CBA harriers easily retain Monmouth County title

first_imgPHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above a St. John Vianney harrier races to the finish during Saturday’s Monmouth County Championship at Holmdel Park. Below, a Raritan runner tries to hold off a competitor as they near the finish. Three days after winning the Eastern State Championship at Van Cortlandt Park, Christian Brothers Academy’s top-ranked cross country team didn’t want to extend itself at the Monmouth County Championships. So the Colts ran together, as if it were a dual meet, and easily captured the county championship on Oct. 19 at Holmdel Park. The Colts’s 50 points more than doubled that of runner-up Colts Neck (101). Justin Wheat (16:52), Brian Keating (16:53), Kevin Rogers (16:53), Chris Horel (16:53) and Greg Leach (16:54) crossed the finish line in a group in places eight through 12 for the Colts. Without pushing themselves, they all managed to run under 17:00 — an impressive performance by the team favored to win the Meet of Champions next month. So deep is this CBA team that its sixth and seventh runners, Nick DiChiara (17:02) and Derek Jensen (17:11), were 14th and 15th. Colts Neck’s Craig Forys won the individual championship covering the 5K course in 16:05. Raritan’s Matt Dahl (16:38) closed well to take third place and Matawan’s Tom Walsh, continuing his comeback from injury, was fifth (16:48). Alexsander Emerel led Holmdel to third place (127) with his 13th place (16:55). Jeffrey Cody (17:26), Terry Wu (17:26) and Brian O’Keefe (17:34) were within 8 seconds of each other in 25th, 26th and 28th place for the Hornets. Walsh’s fifth place helped Matawan finish sixth (223). In the girls’ race, Holmdel’s Lisa Picascia was the top local finisher in fifth place. The junior posted a 20:09. Red Bank Regional’s Christina Nelson captured the county title in 19:32, surprising Colts Neck’s Ashley Higginson (19:51). Middletown South’s Alex Beaver was eighth (20:17). Raritan’s Christine Altland had a top 20 finish placing 16th (20:44). Holmdel’s Dannie Shudan Wang (20:56) and Wendy Shuwei Wang (20:57) were 23rd and 24th, and Middletown South’s Sophie Ehrlich (20:59) was 25th. Shore Regional won the Monmouth County title with 122 points. Middletown South had the best area finish in sixth (183), with Holmdel eighth (219). On Saturday, the harriers will turn their attention to NJSIAA championships with the running of the State Sectionals. The Central Jersey meet is at Holmdel Park. The top 10 individuals and top five teams will advance to the state group championships, also at Holmdel, on Nov. 13. The Shore Conference Championships are Nov. 6 and are scheduled to be run at Ocean County Park, Lakewood.last_img read more

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Yaya gets a taste of Ivory Coast success at last

first_imgBy Mark GleesonYaya Toure looked more relieved than elated as he lifted the African Nations Cup for the first time at the sixth attempt, breaking his duck at international level with the Ivory Coast.“When you win with your club, it’s quite amazing but with your country it’s something unbelievable,” he said after the Ivory Coast shaded Ghana 9-8 on penalties in Sunday’s final in Bata.“I’ve been waiting for so many years now. I’ve been dreaming of this. It’s difficult right now to describe the feeling as captain, it’s something special.”Midfielder Toure, 31, has won league titles at clubs in three different countries and a Champions League with Barcelona.For Manchester City, he has twice proven a cup final hero and also won two English Premier League titles over the last four seasons.But with the Ivory Coast it has been a tale of woe up until Sunday’s decider at Estadio de Bata which was settled by penalties following 120 minutes of goalless action.Toure was on the losing side in both 2006 and 2012 final when the Ivorians were defeated on penalties.He also suffered World Cup heart break in Brazil last year when the west Africans were on the brink of reaching the second round for the first time only to concede late on to Greece which sent them out of the tournament.“I’m a guy who always likes to win but I think we had the luck today,” he said.“But I’m delighted for my family and all those around us who have supported us. I will go now to my people and celebrate.“It was little bit stressful in the penalty shootout but I’m very delighted with the win and I want to say thank you,” said Toure, who has played at every Nations Cup tournament since 2006.last_img read more

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Brazil edge Peru to extend winning streak, Venezuela humble Colombia

first_imgAn injury time goal from Douglas Costa gave Brazil a barely deserved 2-1 win over a plucky Peru side in the Copa America on Sunday.Substitute Costa slipped the ball past the keeper from close range in the 48th minute of the second half to break the deadlock and extend Brazil’s winning run to 11 matches.“I managed to control the ball from a perfect pass from Neymar and I scored,” Costa said in a pitchside interview.Brazil have kept a perfect record under Dunga, who took over for a second stint as coach last year following the disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of their home World Cup.Brazil have conceded just three goals under Dunga but looked vulnerable during a frantic opening few minutes against Peru, who got off to a dream start with an unexpected opener to Christian Cueva after just three minutes.David Luiz failed to clear a long ball and goalkeeper Jefferson passed the ball straight to Cueva who hammered it home from 10 yards out.However, Peru’s lead lasted just two minutes. Dani Alves stroked a lovely cross into the box where an unmarked Neymar headed home his 44th international goal in 64 matches.The Barcelona striker was the stand-out performer of the match. He had a shot saved off the line in the 13th minute and saw a long range strike crash off the underside of the bar eight minutes into the second half.He was also booked moments before half-time for wiping away the referee’s spray before taking a free kick.“I just want to help my team with goals and passes,” he said afterwards. “The win is what is important.”The results leaves Brazil joint top of Group C with three points, alongside Venezuela, who beat Colombia 1-0 earlier on Sunday. Brazil play Colombia on Wednesday, while Peru play Venezuela the following day.“It was incredible,” Peru’s Jefferson Farfan said of the late winner.“I think we did very well, we knew that we were facing a great time like Brazil and we had a chance to at least get a draw but it never happened. Now we need to think of the next match.” Venezuela beat Colombia 1-0 at the Copa America on Sunday, the biggest upset of the tournament so far and their first victory over their South American neighbours in the history of the competition.Striker Jose Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the Group C match in the 60th minute in the central Chilean city of Rancagua.Midfielder Rafael Ocosta swung in a deep cross from the right, Alejandro Guerra headed it back across goal and Rondon buried a firm header into the bottom lefthand corner of the Colombian net.Colombia, tipped as outsiders for the title, poured forward in search of an equaliser and James Rodriguez, Edwin Cardona and Juan Cuadrado all came close but Venezuelan keeper Alain Baroja kept them at bay.Colombia had beaten Venezuela in four of their five previous encounters at the Copa America. The other clash, back in 1979, ended in a goalless draw.last_img read more

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Rashford scores winner but Man United suffer Ibrahimovic blow

first_imgManchester United needed an extra-time winner from Marcus Rashford to defeat Anderlecht 2-1 at Old Trafford on Thursday and move into the last four of the Europa League with a 3-2 aggregate victory.While the result keeps open a possible path to next season’s Champions League for Jose Mourinho’s side, it came at a high price with defender Marcos Rojo and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic both suffering possibly serious knee injuries.United took the lead in the 10th minute through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but Sofiane Hanni brought the Belgian side back level in the 32nd.After Ibrahimovic wasted two great chances in the final stages of normal time, the contest went into extra time and Rashford settled the tie with a fine finish early in the second period.It was not the comfortable passage into the semi-finals that United might have expected with Anderlecht showing no shortage of guts and enterprising football, but it was a deserved victory for the English side.United, buoyed by their Premier League win over Chelsea on Sunday, started confidently and grabbed the early advantage.Paul Pogba played a pinpoint 40-metre pass along the ground to Rashford who, at the second attempt, found Mkhitaryan on the edge of the box and the Armenian midfielder drilled home his fifth goal in this season’s Europa League.There was almost a swagger about United’s approach and they twice came close to instantly doubling their advantage with Pogba seeing a firm header tipped over by Anderlecht keeper Martinez Ruben who moments later excelled again as he pushed a curling Jesse Lingard shot wide.But the 33-times Belgian champions, were not willing to be swept away and after a defensive mix-up Frank Acheampong outpaced Eric Bailly and fired dangerously into the side-netting.After Rojo was taken off on a stretcher with a knee injury, being replaced by Dutch international Daley Blind, United appeared to lose focus.The Belgians struck back when Youri Tielemans hammered a powerful long-range shot against the bar, Lukasz Teodorczyk got the loose ball stuck under his feet but was able to nudge it into the path of Algerian Sofiane Hanni who drove in the equaliser.Rashford was again the main threat after the break, shooting off target from a promising position. He then robbed Dennis Appiah, burst goalward and rounded Ruben but was forced too wide for an effective shot.United certainly should have been back in the lead when Marouane Fellaini headed down a cross to Ibrahimovic but the normally clinical forward shot straight at Ruben from point-blank range.Ibrahimovic then wasted another good opportunity, screwing his shot wide after being found in the box by Michael Carrick and a bad night got much worse for the Swede, who fell badly in the final action of normal time and picked up a knee injury.United were dominant and Pogba had an effort ruled out when Fellaini was adjudged to have pushed a defender as he rose to head the ball down to the Frenchman.The winning goal came early in the second period and Fellaini’s head was again the source, as he nodded down to Rashford who did superbly to find space for a left-foot shot into the bottom corner.Thursday’s other Europa League quarter-final results:Besiktas 2-1 LyonAggregate 3-3 Besiktas win 6-7 on penaltiesGenk 1-1 Celta VigoAggregate 3-4Schalke 3-2 AjaxAggregate 3-4last_img read more

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PNGBSA to hold general meeting next week

first_imgPNGBSA acting secretary, Ephata Samuel, said nominations are now open for the positions of president, secretary, treasurer, public relations officer and four committee members.“Nominations forms are available at Lamana Q Club and only those players and officials who are members of affiliated associations to the PNGBSA are eligible to vote and nominate for any office bearer position,” said Samuel.All nominations must be handed over to Joe Chan at Lamana Q Club by 6pm by next Monday, instructs Samuel.The biennial general meeting will be held at 5pm at the Lamana Q Club.Samuel added the presidents and treasurers reports will be presented before the election of office bearers.last_img

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Basketball team proves that change in attitude has rewards

first_imgSouths joined the revamped Kiunga Basketball Association in 2014 and enjoyed their most successful year this year, winning 10 of their 18 games; however that was not enough to secure a finals berth.Led by high flying Madang representative, Nelson Thom, who joined the club this season, Souths United proved that a change in attitude and discipline on and off the courts has rewards.From winless seasons in 2014 and 2015, they have turned their fortune around this season and have become a team to watch come 2017.“They have done extremely well this season, I would have loved to see them playing finals this year but I know for sure they will be a team to beat next year because they have completely changed themselves as a team,” KBA president Zita Sagom said.The president added that Thom has changed and revamped basketball in the mining township and much excitement is brewing with the finals set to start this weekend.“Nelson is one-of-a-kind; he has changed the face of basketball in Kiunga and the province. Out of his heart to give back, he has repainted the courts to the new standard rulings, he has given each team the 2014 FIBA rules, explained new rules, given officials advice and event held training sessions for all the 10 teams we have in the competition,” Sagom explained.Souths United got a revamp when senior player and 2016 sponsor Watuma Raguna (Tuksy) joined the club this year and lured Thom and Lenny Kosi to the club and began the process of change.Thom explained: “It was not a hard choice for me to move to Souths because all the other teams knew what basketball was all about, they knew how to approach it and for Souths, it was different; they needed a leader and that’s where Tuksy (Watuma) comes in and we just helped him rebuild the team.“In our first training session I told the team, we are not here to make the finals this year but to win a few games to show that we can change, we can improve and we can win too. I told them 2016 is the year Souths United in Kiunga rebuilds itself and come 2017, we will be a team playing in the finals and even winning it.“We are that confident now that the season is over for us and we know where we are and where we want to go,” Thom stated.The Madang star added that the game has changed a lot and the standard has greatly improved in the last couple of years.“I love the game and my input into the game here is not about making a name for myself but lifting the image of the game here and the rest of the country.“I got a lot of assistance and advice from my Madang coach Raymond Parangkei, technical officers like Morgan Kapera and Charles Morola and the PNG Basketball Federation president Nick Daroa, so it has been a journey and I would like more to be given back to basketball here and I will work hard to do that.”Thom explained that while the PNG Games has been deferred to March 2017, he will feel a great sense of accomplishment when Team Western is represented by a basketball team in the Kimbe Games.“To be honest, I’d probably get really emotional. That is my goal and even though I’d be putting on my beloved Madang number 12 and representing my province of Madang, just seeing a basketball team from Western and this bunch of players being exposed to PNG is all I want.”Souths United not only wants to play in the KBA finals next year but want to do more to basketball in Kiunga and their team.They are raising funds to take part in the National Souths Basketball Championships and buying new uniforms and seeking sponsors too.“I was privileged to train at the national level with the national team and what I have learnt there, I am passing onto my team mates here and in Madang.“I want every player, every team and every association in the country to understand and move with the changes happening with basketball. We know Pom, Lae, Madang and Hagen are super powers in the game for so long but I’d love to see Milne Bay or Enga or Oro beat the top teams.“When that happens, we know basketball as a code has greatly improved nationwide and I want to contribute to that,” Thom said.The KBA finals start this weekend at the Kiunga Basketball courts, with the top six battling it out to be 2016 champions in the “B” Grade and “A” Grade divisions.Women’s champions KTPS Falcons are in the mix to make it back as well as Waliya in the men’s division.If you want to support Souths United Basketball team or the Kiunga Basketball Association, you can contact Nelson on 7226 7712 or email nelsonposathom@gmail.com.(Nelson Thom dribbling during a game in Western Province.)last_img read more

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Ase Boas yet to regain form

first_imgThe five-eighth will be leading the SP PNG Hunters in tomorrow’s match, and Coach Michael Marum says the only concern is his level of fitness.  Boas returns to captain the SP PNG Hunters in round 16 of the Intrust Super Cup competition tomorrow afternoon.However, more work needs to be done by the 29-year-old.  Coach Michael Marum said Boas is carrying a bit more weight, which is unfavourable for half backs.“Your half backs should be around 80, 85 or 86 kilos and they can run and be in the game all throughout,” Marum stated. “So for himself his injuries are good now but he needs to just work on his fitness.”Coach Marum said he has spoken with Boas, who is now doing extra training.“If he is really serious about finishing off the season well, he needs to concentrate on those areas.”The SP Hunters will be going up against the Sunshine Coast Falcons at the National Football Stadium.Boas will start at five-eighth alongside his brother Watson.(Ase Boas, right, in training this week)last_img read more

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Wayne Rooney rejoins Everton from United

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonManchester United’s former England captain Wayne Rooney has rejoined his boyhood favourites Everton on a two-year deal from their Premier League rivals, the striker said on Sunday.“Excited to be back at @Everton. Can’t wait to meet up with @RonaldKoeman and the lads! #EFC,” he said on twitter where he was pictured wearing an Everton shirt.Rooney, who has moved on a free transfer, spoke of his excitement at returning to his boyhood club.“(Winning trophies with Everton) would be the pinnacle,” he said. “I really feel now the club is moving in the right direction, bringing the right calibre of players in. I want to be part of it and hopefully part of a successful Everton team.“It’s a great feeling to be back. I’m excited, I cannot wait to meet the lads, get on the training pitch and then get on the pitch to play. I’m ecstatic – I just cannot wait to get back playing.”Rooney scored the winner for Everton against Arsenal in the Premier League while only 16 but moved to United two years later for a fee reported to be 25 million pounds ($32.23 million).Scoring a hat trick for United on his debut against Fenerbahce, Rooney went on to play more than 550 games, scoring 253 goals to become their all-time leading scorer.Rooney’s England debut came under Sven-Goran Eriksson, aged 17, and he became the country’s top scorer with 53 goals and the most capped outfield player with 119 appearances.At United he won the Champions League, five Premier League titles and the FA Cup and was Footballer of the Year in 2010.But last season he was no longer an automatic selection under manager Jose Mourinho and also lost his place in the England squad.REAL CONTRIBUTIONEverton manager Ronald Koeman said he believes Rooney can make a real contribution to the Merseyside club next season.“He loves Everton and he was desperate to come back,” said the Dutchman. “He is still only 31 and I don’t have any doubts about his qualities. It’s fantastic he’s here.”With a fee agreed between Everton and United for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku to move in the opposite direction, the way was clear for Rooney to leave Old Trafford after 13 years.When he appeared at the Everton training ground on Saturday for a medical supporters soon arrived to welcome back a player who first joined the club aged nine.Rooney is reported to be taking a large pay cut to return to Everton, who have been recruiting heavily under Koeman and financial backer Farhad Moshiri, a British-Iranian businessman, after finishing seventh in the league last season.They have already bought young England players goalkeeper Jordan Pickford from Sunderland and Burnley’s central defender Michael Keane plus Netherlands midfielder Davy Klaasen from Ajax Amsterdam among others, spending almost 90 million pounds.last_img read more

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Gascoigne charged with sexually assaulting woman on train

first_imgFormer England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman on board a train.The 51-year-old was arrested at Durham station on August 20 and on Monday British Transport Police confirmed that he had been charged with one count of sexual assault by touching.A spokeswoman for the force said: “A man is due to appear in court next month charged in connection with the sexual assault of a woman on board a train from York to Durham.“Paul Gascoigne, of Amy Street, Leicester, was charged via postal requisition with one count of sexual assault by touching, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.“The charge relates to an incident on board a train on August 20 this year.”He will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on December 11.last_img read more

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Vertonghen shines as Tottenham beat Dortmund 3-0

first_imgDefender Jan Vertonghen scored once and set up another goal for Son Heung-min as Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to give them the clear edge following the first leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.The Belgian notched his first goal in the Champions League with a well-timed volley in the 83rd minute after he had set up forward Son for a 47th minute lead. Substitute Fernando Llorente grabbed their third in the 86th.That was Son’s ninth goal against Dortmund in 11 matches, with the South Korean, who played in the Bundesliga from 2010-15, having also scored twice in the competition’s group stage last season.The Bundesliga leaders, who were eliminated from the German Cup last week, were nowhere to be seen in the second half, with speedy teenager Jadon Sancho given no space to operate after the break. The return leg is on March 5.Before Wednesday, Tottenham, playing without injured captain Harry Kane and Dele Alli, had never won a home match in the knockout stage of the competition and Lucas Moura came close with a fine shot in the seventh minute.Dortmund, who were themselves missing injured captain Marco Reus and top striker Paco Alcacer, gradually took control and had the better chances in the first half with Christian Pulisic firing onto keeper Hugo Lloris and the Frenchman saving a point-blank header from Dan-Axel Zagadou.But the hosts changed the course of the game two minutes after the restart, pouncing on a defensive error and with Vertonghen whipping in a cross for Son to tap in.Dortmund, who had conceded just two goals in the group stage, tried to recover but found no way past the disciplined Tottenham backline.Vertonghen then timed his run to perfection in the 83rd to kill off the game and Llorente gave them a big advantage for the second leg. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar)last_img read more

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