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first_imgThe Matawan/Aberdeen Soccer League will be holding a try-out for a 9 and under girls team at 11 a.m. on July 15 for its Mid-Jersey League Team. For more information, call Rich Gerrity at 583-8598 or at (212) 390-5311. The Middletown Soccer Club will be creating a new fall girls U-10 traveling team. For players interested in playing at a traveling level, please contact Ray Veth at 747-9588 (days) or 747-8647 (evening). Middletown residency is not a requirement. Coaches are also needed. The Middletown Babe Ruth Challenge 2000 will beheld July 14-26 at McMahon Park, Middletown. This double-elimination baseball tournament will have the following age brackets: 8-year-old, 10-year-old, 12-year-old, 13-year-old, 15-year-old. Fee is $275 per team for 8-13-year-old brackets. $300 for 15-year-old bracket. Contact John Finnegan for more information at (732) 291-8535. Summer Camp 2000 will be held by the United Soccer Academy for all ages and abilities between 3 and 14 years old in Fair Haven for the week of Aug. 14 -18. For more information check out the Web site at www.USAsoccer.net or call (908) 781-8887. The Jersey Shore Summer Duals wrestling tournament will be held July 17-20 at Matawan Regional High School, Atlantic Avenue, Aberdeen, from 6 to 10 p.m. The format for the tournament will be as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday team competition, culminating in the crowning of the team champion. The top two teams will qualify for the Super Summer Duals in Toms River on Aug. 2. Thursday will be the individual competition, which is a double elimination tournament. Weigh-ins will begin at 5 p.m. Awards will be given out for first through fifth place. For further information, call Art Perri (732) 566-0154. Jersey Shore Baseball Academy, in conjunction with the Middletown Babe Ruth League, the Hazlet Youth Athletic League and the Holmdel Youth Athletic Association will hold summer baseball/softball camps at McMahon Field in Middletown for the weeks of July 17-21, July 24-28 and July 31-Aug. 4. Camps will be held at the HYAL Field in Hazlet the weeks of Aug. 7-11 and Aug. 14-18. Camps will be held at the Village School in Holmdel the week of July 17-21. Camps run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the cost is $90 per child. The staff is former professional players, high school coaches, and college players and coaches. Call (732) 291-7701 for more information or to register. Middletown Babe Ruth will begin registration for its ninth annual Fall Ball program for baseball divisions ages 10-16, softball divisions ages 10-17. Games will be played in September and October. Cost is $60. Call Al Auerbach at 495-6608 for additional information and registration. League is limited to 400 children, so registration will be on a first-come basis. Recreational teams are welcome.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Lincroft Knights fall travel baseball team (11U/10-year-old division) is seeking competitive players. Players must be born May 1, 1994, or later. All towns welcomed to tryout. Season starts Aug. 27. For more information, call (732) 530-7305 or e-mail bepirro@yahoo.com The MYAA 9/10-year-old girls softball all stars won the District 19 championship by sweeping the competition. Impressive wins over Marlboro (11-1) and Lincroft (24-7) led to the victory. Game one was skillfully pitched by Jordan Donohue, who allowed only one unearned run. The second game was a slugfest, as Middletown racked up a whopping 20 hits. Extra base hits were provided by Alexis DeMatteo and Christy Capo. The championship roster includes Tori Brown, Christy Capo, Meg Davidson, Megan DeGrushe, Alexis DeMatteo, Jordan Donohue, Skyelar McArtney, Kristy Miceli, Casey Raguseo, Marisa Reilly and Nicole Tollevsen. A U11 fall baseball team from the Matawan/Aberdeen/Old Bridge area is looking for competitive players. Tryouts will be held the end of July. Anyone interested can call (732) 970-8889 or e-mail Coach Ron at robin001@optonline.net.last_img read more

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Chelsea beat Palace to clinch Premier League title

first_imgChelsea clinched their first Premier League title for five years as Jose Mourinho’s side produced a typically stubborn display to grind out a 1-0 victory against Crystal Palace at a jubilant Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Playmaker Eden Hazard scored the crucial goal in the 45th minute when he headed home the rebound after Palace keeper Julian Speroni had saved his weak penalty.Chelsea were tested at times by a dangerous Palace side but the final whistle was greeted by raucous scenes as Jose Mourinho’s side clinched their fifth top-flight title and first since 2010.Chelsea have 83 points from 35 games and cannot be surpassed by closest rivals Manchester City, who visit Tottenham Hotspur later on Sunday, and Arsenal both of whom trail by 16 points. Palace remain 12th with 42 points.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Chelsea captain John Terry told Sky Sports. “We’ve worked so hard, so to get over the line is great.“It was a bit nervy — they are a good side and made it difficult. Thankfully Eden got the goal and we won the game.“This is what I live for. It’s been five years since we’ve won it. The first one was special and you go four or five years without it and that hurts. So I’ll really enjoy it today.”Blustery, grey conditions had lingered for much of Sunday morning but kickoff in west London was greeted by the sudden emergence of sunshine which reflected the celebratory mood created by Chelsea’s expectant fans inside Stamford Bridge.Visiting manager Alan Pardew had won four of his previous six matches as an opposition coach against Chelsea and from the opening stages it was evident his side — nestled safely in mid table — had designs on postponing the Blues’ title celebrations.The hosts were almost gifted a fortuitous lead in the 22nd minute when Speroni punched wildly at Cesc Fabregas’s free kick but Nemanja Matic, afforded the freedom of the Palace penalty area, dithered and his shot was diverted for a corner.Then it was Palace’s turn to go close but Jason Puncheon was denied by a desperate block from Chelsea defender John Terry — though replays suggested the ball may have struck the Chelsea captain’s arm.With frustrations slowly building it was talisman Hazard, who after a relatively anonymous half by his own standards, burst into life drawing a challenge from James McArthur to win a controversial penalty.The resultant spot kick was tame and easily saved by Speroni though the Belgian was quickest to react to nod home the rebound.The game followed a similarly fractured pattern after the break and Chelsea had chances to extend their lead before Jason Puncheon fired inches wide for Palace in the 69th minute.Palace have won more points from losing positions than any other Premier League side this year and they continued to cast warning shots with their counter-attacking threat.At the other end, Chelsea continued to fire blanks in search of a clinching goal but a fervent atmosphere had already engulfed Stamford Bridge long before the final whistle was blown.last_img read more

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Real sack coach Benitez and appoint Zidane

first_imgBy Iain RogersReal Madrid have sacked coach Rafa Benitez after less than half a season in charge and promoted their former France great Zinedine Zidane from the B team to replace him, president Florentino Perez said on Monday.Perez announced the dismissal of the experienced Benitez, who had a contract until June 2018, following a board meeting and Zidane was present at the president’s news conference at the Bernabeu stadium.“Firstly I would like to thank the club and the president for giving me the chance to coach this team,” Zidane, known as “Zizou” and a hero to Real’s fans, told reporters.“What we need to do now, and what I will try to do, is try to do my best so that this team is a winner at the end of the season,” added the 43-year-old, one of the club’s youngest-ever coaches.“The important thing is to be with the team tomorrow and start work,” he said.“I will put all the heart I have into the job for this club and try to make sure things work out well.”ELEVENTH COACHReal did not immediately specify the length of Zidane’s contract.He is the 11th coach Perez has installed during two terms in charge and it will be the former France captain’s first top-flight management job.He played for Real for five seasons after joining from Juventus in August 2001 and helped them win their ninth European crown with a stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2002 Champions League final.Perez, who has publicly backed Benitez in recent weeks, said it had been a difficult decision to sack him.He said Zidane had always tackled the biggest challenges in soccer with “talent and dedication” and noted that the Frenchman knew many of the players well from his role as assistant coach under Benitez’s predecessor Carlo Ancelotti.“You have all our confidence and support so our fans can be excited and entertained in every match,” Perez told Zidane, who won the World Cup and European Championship as a player.He retired from international football after the 2006 World Cup, having been sent off in the final for headbutting Italy defender Marco Materazzi. France lost on penalties.DISGRUNTLED FANSBenitez, a former Valencia, Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Napoli manager who began his coaching career in Real’s youth ranks, replaced Ancelotti after the Italian was sacked in June.Real have failed to find the level of consistency Perez demands, however, and there have been widespread reports Benitez does not get on with some of Real’s key players like Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez.Disgruntled fans have been whistling Benitez at the Bernabeu in recent months and he also appears to have been blamed for Real’s expulsion from the King’s Cup last month for fielding an ineligible player.Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Valencia, when Real twice surrendered the lead, left them third in the standings, four points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and two behind champions Barcelona, who have a game in hand.Real’s biggest failure this season was a stinging 4-0 home loss to arch-rivals Barca in November, although they did qualify for the Champions League last 16 as group winners.Their next outing is a La Liga game at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday and they have been drawn to play AS Roma in Europe’s elite club competition, with the first leg in the Italian capital on Feb. 17.last_img read more

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IOC delays decision on banning Russia from Rio Olympics (updated)

first_imgRussia’s participation in the Rio Olympics remained in jeopardy on Tuesday after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it would ‘explore legal options’ for banning the country from the Games.At an emergency IOC Executive Board meeting in Switzerland, a day after an independent report detailed a systematic, state-run doping programme in Russia, members fell short of an immediate ban but announced a series of other measures.A five-man disciplinary commission was set up to start proceedings against Russian officials mentioned in the report, which described extensive doping and cover-ups at the Sochi Winter Olympics hosted by Russia in 2014.The IOC also said it would not organise or give patronage to any sports event in Russia, including the planned 2019 European Games, and that no member of the Russian Sports Ministry implicated in the report would be accredited for Rio.With regard to the participation of Russian athletes in Brazil, the IOC said it would “carefully evaluate” the report by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency.“It will explore the legal options with regard to a collective ban of all Russian athletes for the Olympic Games 2016 versus the right to individual justice.”A ban would be humiliating for Russia, which since Soviet times has prided itself on its sporting prowess. President Vladimir Putin has said the affair could split the Olympic movement.The last such schism was in the 1980s, when the United States and Soviet Union each boycotted Olympics hosted by the rival superpower.COURT RULINGThe IOC said it would have to take into consideration a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code and the Olympic Charter.CAS is due to rule on the dispute between Russia, 68 of its athletes and the governing body of world athletics, after the country was banned from sending a track and field team to Rio.The McLaren report said positive doping tests at Sochi were covered up and “dirty” urine samples swapped with “clean” ones with methods developed by the domestic intelligence service, while deputy sports minister Yuri Nagornykh decided which athletes would be protected.The IOC has ordered the immediate re-testing of all Russian athletes who took part, as well as a full enquiry. It also instructed all international Olympic Winter Sports Federations to halt preparations for major events in Russia.Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told the R-Sport news agency he had suspended his anti-doping adviser Natalia Zhelanova as well as Irina Rodionova, deputy head of Russia’s state-funded Sports Preparation Centre, and two other officials.Mutko, mentioned 21 times in the report, said his own suspension was not being discussed and that no allegations had been made against him. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Mutko had not been named in the WADA report as being directly involved in the cover-ups.Some international sporting federations have already opposed a blanket ban on Russia. But the head of volleyball’s governing body said Russian teams should not be punished “simply because of problems in some other sports”. The International Gymnastics Federation said it was also opposed to a blanket ban.last_img read more

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Team Central to participate in 21 sports

first_imgCentral provincial sports coordinator, Henry Kavana, confirmed the sports include athletics, golf, karate, rugby league 9s, taekwondo, soccer, volleyball, weightlifting, netball and golf.Athletics has the biggest number of athletes with 48 (24 male and 24 female).He added that Team Central won’t participate in sports inlcuding hockey, AFL, softball and swimming.486 athletes and team officials will be travelling for Team Central.The PNG Games will run from March 18- April 1.last_img

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PNG U17 arrive in Tahiti for OFC Championships

first_imgPNG is pooled in Group A against hosts Tahiti, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.Their first clash will be against New Caledonia in the opening match of the competition on February 11.Head coach Harrison Kamake wants the team to move into camp in Tahiti focused on the competition.This follows their successful friendly lead up matches in New Zealand recently in preparation for the championship.They played three friendly matches while in New Zealand against Fiji U17 national team, Auckland Central Academy and Onehunga Mangere 2nd division team.They had a 2-0 win over Onehunga Mangere 2nd division team on Saturday.Kamake was ecstatic about the victory and said the team is now in competition mode and looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead of them.He said the three friendlies in New Zealand have lifted their spirits and are now focusing on the competition and what they are there to achieve.Kamake said it will be a bigger challenge in the competition and they should take the momentum of the positive result.(Picture courtesy of PNG Football Association)last_img read more

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Snax Tigers inspire students in Enga

first_imgThe Tigers arrived in the province on Thursday heading straight to the Wapenamanda Primary School for a stretching session.On Friday the Snax Tigers visited țwo primary schools in Wabag; Wabag primary followed by Par primary just outside Wabag town in the Ambum-Kompiam district.The Tigers team ran basic rugby skills sessions for the 2,500 students of Wabag primary, including ball security, defense and ball passing.They also presented five rugby balls to support the school’s rugby league development programs as well donated 50 cartons of Snax Noodle plus 10 cartons of Snax biscuits to the Wabag Primary School.At Par primary, the team was welcomed by students dressed in traditional regalia.They spoke to the 1,000-plus students on the importance of education as a prerequisite to a successful future, including playing rugby league.The team also promoted their new noodle product, the Snax Noodle.Today they will continue their community obligation by visiting a health facility in Enga.The Tigers are currently in the lead, heading into round 10 of the competition where they will meet the Mioks at Aipus Oval in Wabag.The Mioks are the runner up in last season’s grand final against the Goroka Lahanis and currently sit on the second last spot in the points ladder.(Pictures supplied by Tigers)last_img read more

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Bottas can turn it up to 11 in Spain

first_imgValtteri Bottas can add his name to one of Formula One’s longest sequences by following up his breakthrough win in Russia with another triumph when the European season starts in Spain this weekend.The Finn, fresh from his first grand prix victory with champions Mercedes in Russia, is the man most likely to become the 11th different winner in a row at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.No other track on the calendar has had such a variety of winners over the past decade, an ironic fact given that it is the most familiar to drivers from winter testing and was once famed for its predictability.Last year it was Dutch 18-year-old Max Verstappen who became the sport’s youngest winner when he triumphed for Red Bull, on his team debut, after both Mercedes drivers collided at the start.In 2012, it was now-departed Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado — a one-hit wonder — who handed Williams a surprise victory that remains their most recent.Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, 13 points behind the German, will start as favourites and success for either could be an omen given that both went on to take the title last time they won in Spain.But Bottas, who joined Mercedes from Williams in January as replacement for retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, is the best bet to continue the streak of different winners in Spain even if he has yet to finish higher than fourth there.“Getting that first win definitely gives me a lot of confidence that I can do it, even though I always knew I had the ability,” he said after Sochi.“And now it’s done, I just want to do it again and again.”RICCIARDO REVIVALThe only other driver from the leading trio of teams yet to triumph in Barcelona is Verstappen’s Australian team mate Daniel Ricciardo, but the Red Bull has lagged Mercedes and Ferrari on pace so far this year.That will surely change, with the flow of upgrades set to speed up now that teams are closer to their factories, and Red Bull have some big chassis modifications in the pipeline with engine improvements still to come.“I hope the upgrade will give us a chance to really fight with Mercedes and Ferrari or at least get us closer,” said Ricciardo.The driver of car number 11, Force India’s Mexican Sergio Perez, has racked up 14 successive points finishes and he too will have aerodynamic updates on his car.Of the current crop, only Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso have won twice at the Barcelona circuit with their first victories in 2005 and 2006 respectively.Alonso will consider it a bonus to get as far as the starting grid on home soil, having failed to make it even that far in Sochi before his car broke down, in his last race before heading to the United States and the Indianapolis 500.“I’m not sure what we can expect from this weekend,” said the Spaniard. “We’re expecting some various new parts…but we can’t really focus too much on performance until we have solved our reliability issues.”The lap times will be closely scrutinised, with Barcelona a benchmark for the 2017 regulations that aimed to make the cars five seconds quicker, thanks to wider tyres and revised aerodynamics.There will also be more of a buzz in the paddock, with teams rolling out their ‘motorhomes’ — palatial multi-storeyed hospitality units — for the first time this season.last_img read more

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Bottas makes Hamilton settle for second in F1 finale

first_imgValtteri Bottas won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday as Mercedes wrapped up the Formula One season with a one-two finish and four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton had to settle for second.The win was a career third for the Finn, who had started on pole position at the Yas Marina circuit, and denied Hamilton a 10th of the campaign.“It’s a really important win for me after having a pretty difficult start to the second half of the year,” said Bottas, who joined Mercedes after 2016 champion Nico Rosberg retired abruptly a year ago.“This weekend, pole and win, I couldn’t be happier to end the season like this.”In a processional race under the floodlights, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place to finish runner-up in a championship that Hamilton won in Mexico last month.The final points tally was Hamilton 363, Vettel 317 and Bottas 305.Mercedes had already won the constructors’ world championship for the fourth year in a row and ended with 668 points to Ferrari’s 522. The one-two finish was their fourth of the season.“After three, four or five laps I couldn’t go any faster and from then it was pretty lonely,” said Vettel, a three-times winner in Abu Dhabi “In the second part of the race we had a stronger pace but not good enough.“Lewis deserves to win the championship this year. I hate to say it but he was the better man.”Hamilton kept Bottas in his sights but was also unable to pass. He said that was not because of a lack of intent or team orders.“Big congratulations to Valtteri, he did an amazing job to hold me off. It was a great race, I gave it everything. It is hard to overtake here,” he said.With the finishing order reflecting the starting positions, with the exception of Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo who retired with an hydraulics issue, the main suspense was in midfield.Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas were separated by just six points before the start, with millions of dollars in prize money at stake and Renault taking the honours thanks to Nico Hulkenberg’s sixth place.It was still a tense evening for the French manufacturer team, however, after their Spanish driver Carlos Sainz was released from a pitstop with a loose wheel and retired after almost crashing in the exit tunnel.There was also an emotional send-off to Williams’s veteran Brazilian driver Felipe Massa, the 2008 world championship runner-up bowing out after 269 starts.last_img read more

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