Month: May 2020

  • Vegas tourney helped the Jersey Blues jell

    first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer An 0-3 trip to Las Vegas hardly rattled the Brookdale Community College (BCC) women’s basketball team. If anything, playing against top Division I junior colleges at the Dixie State College of Utah Invitational, made the Jersey Blues believers in themselves. “It was a real big help going out there,” said Joanne Cobb, co-head coach along with Marianne Campacci. “It boosted their confidence. They saw how good they [Division I teams] are, and we stayed with them. “The trip allowed us to assess what we’re doing right and wrong,” she added. “It helped out a lot.” The Blues, who are a Division III junior college team, lost to Salt Lake City, Eastern Utah and Spokane. Salt Lake City, Cobb said, was a giant killer that out-classed the Jersey Blues. However, the other two games could have gone the other way. “We could have won both of those games, but we started shooting cold,” Cobb said. There was more to the trip than basketball. Being on the road during the holidays (Dec. 28-30) brought the team closer together. “The kids learned so much and not just on the basketball court,” Cobb noted. “They grew off the court as well.” Becky Piper (Colts Neck) was BCC’s best player in Vegas. The sophomore two guard had two double-doubles in the three outings and averaged 13 points and eight rebounds per game. On the season, Piper leads the Blues in scoring, averaging 14 points a game, as well as steals (4.1 a game). Forward Amy Gaudious (Long Branch) is playing through a hip injury that has limited her mobility. Still, the sophomore remains one of the best front-line players in the conference and region. She is still averaging close to a double-double (10 points and nine rebounds a game) and is a defensive force with her shot-blocking. Brookdale began the season short-handed because of the injuries, but now, as they begin the heart of the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) season, they are healthy again and able to play the end-to-end fullcourt pressure defense that is their trademark. Since tipping-off back at the Thanksgiving Classic in Mercer County Nov. 27, the Blues have become a deeper team. Sophomore Tammy Wood (South River), an All-American soccer goalie, is rounding into basketball form and is providing another presence on the backboards. She’s averaging 11 points and seven rebounds a game. Freshman Ashley Healy (Howell) has become a more confident player with playing time and is making a bigger contribution. Cobb said that Healy had “freshmanitis” at first, but has settled in and is not shying away from wanting the ball and wanting to be in the action. One of the biggest plusses has turned out to be freshman Stephanie Brady (Ocean Township). She is the back-up point guard to Jess Williams (Central Regional) and has given the team valuable minutes. Williams was slowed for a period of time by a leg injury and Brady filled in quite well at the point, working in tandem with two guard Piper. Williams is averaging a team-best 5.5 assists per game Latisha Brown (Keyport) became eligible this month and gives the team a tenacious rebounder. The Blues are primed and ready to defend the GSAC co-championship they won last year. Although the Blues left Las Vegas with a 4-6 record overall, they believe they have an edge over their conference opponents because of the tough schedule they’ve played. Also, BCC is 3-1 in conference play already and heads into the heart of the schedule with everyone back and playing better than they did in December. Brookdale begins a four-game road stretch tomorrow night against Union. The Blues are not home again until Jan. 25 (5 p.m.) when they host Cumberland in a GSAC and Region 19 tilt.last_img read more

  • Monmouth team tabbed as NEC baseball favorite

    first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Monmouth University’s baseball team has been picked by the coaches in the Northeast Conference as the team to beat in 2006. A conference game hasn’t even been played yet, but coach Dean Ehehalt’s team finds itself as the one with the target on its back. Monmouth was 30-24 last year and 15-8 in the conference. The Hawks made the NEC Tournament for the eighth straight year, a conference record, losing in the final to Quinnipiac, 7-3. The Hawks have a trio of All-NEC selections to build around in second baseman Nick Massari (Hamilton West), catcher Mike Hussa (Seton Hall Prep) and lefty pitcher Matt Marc-Aurele (Wayne Valley). Massari batted .301 last year and led the NEC in triples (four). The senior had 35 RBIs and 55 hits along with 20 multihit games. Hussa led the Hawks in batting (.347), doubles (16) and hits (61). He also was a force behind the place with a .982 fielding percentage. Marc-Aurele, led the Hawks in earned run average (2.24), which ranked him third in the conference. Monmouth will have one of the deepest pitching staffs in the conference, led by Marc-Aurele and sophomore Brad Brach (Freehold Township). Brach, a right-hander, led the Hawks in wins as a freshman, going 6-4 and had two complete games. His ERA was 4.37 (11th best in the conference) and he was third on the team with 41 strikeouts. A New Jersey All-Rookie pick, Brach will be one of the team’s big conference starters. The Hawks also have closer Kevin Schneider (Lawrence) and Joe Cummings (Toms River East) back. Schneider led the NEC in saves (eight) and had an ERA of 0.74. Teams batted .208 against the righty. Cummings (5-5), chewed up innings, leading the team with 77 innings worked. His five wins were second to Brach. One of Monmouth’s important newcomers is Matt Coulson (Freehold Borough). Coulson, a lefty, is a junior coming off two outstanding years at Brookdale Community College, where he was 16-0 with a 1.50 ERA. He earned All-American honors last year and will be a welcomed addition to a strong staff. Sophomore first baseman Andy Meyers (Sterling), senior infielder Marc Weres (Union) and sophomore shortstop Kyle Higgins (Watchung Hills) are other mainstays from 2005 who are returning. Meyers provides the power in the lineup. He led the Hawks in RBIs (38) and home runs (seven). Weres, who was a NEC Rookie of the Year as a freshman, smacked 10 doubles and had 31 RBIs. Higgins was an all-state rookie last year. The Hawks are in the process of their Southern swing, playing national powerhouses before returning to West Long Branch and the start of the NEC season. Monmouth plays its home season-opener on Tuesday at 3 p.m. against Iona. Monmouth is currently 1-6 in Florida. Their lone win was a huge one though, their first ever over nationally ranked University of Southern Florida. Brach was the star in the 2-1 victory, tossing 7.2 innings of shutout ball in Orlando. Brach fanned six as the Hawks made a two-run, fifth-inning stand in evening his record at 1-1. Schneider went 1.1 innings in relief and picked up his first save of the year. “Brad was phenomenal today,” said Ehehalt. “He really took care of business. He did everything you can ask out of a pitcher – got ahead of hitters and worked out of jams. He was lights out.” Kyle Messineo has been the Hawks’ most productive hitter thus far, batting .304 and leading the team in RBIs (three), runs scored (three) and total bases (nine). Massari has the team’s lone home run, and Hussa, batting .296, leads in hits (eight). Brach leads the team in strikeouts (10) and innings pitched (12.2). This year’s NEC Tournament is May 25-27 at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, home to the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Hawks last won the NEC tourney in 1999, and the trip to the College World Series that goes with it. The baseball team would like to join the mens basketball team in the NCAA’s this year.last_img read more

  • Sports Shorts

    first_imgThe MC Renegades, a 13U travel baseball team playing in the central Jersey area, is seeking quality players, especially pitchers and catchers. Players must be born after May 1, 1995. The team will be having indoor winter training workouts starting in January and then will play in a spring travel baseball league, including tournaments. The team is looking for dedicated players. A few slots are still available. If interested, contact Les Kramsky at 732-239-6767 or [email protected] The 2009 Rebel Indoor Shot Put Series will start on Jan. 8. The series will be held at Howell High School, starting at 6:30 p.m. (check-in is 6 p.m.). The series will be held on three Mondays, Jan. 8 and 15 and Feb. 4. For additional information, call 732-919-2131, ext. 8525, or 732-207-3925. The Shore Athletic Club’s 45th annual Asbury Park Polar Bear Races on the boardwalk will be held Dec. 28. The Polar Bear 5-Mile Run will start at 1 p.m. It is preceded by the Polar Bear 10-Mile Racewalk and 5-Mile Health and Fitness Walk at 10 a.m. The races will feature the traditional Polar Bear T-shirts and hot soup served after the race. For additional information, go to or write [email protected] or call 732-222-9080. Entries will be accepted right up to race time.last_img read more

  • Chelsea remain unbeaten, Southampton and Arsenal win

    first_imgBy Mike CollettLeague leaders Chelsea were made to battle for a narrow 2-1 win over strugglers Queens Park Rangers at Stamford Bridge as they maintained their unbeaten start in the Premier League on Saturday.The winner came from Eden Hazard who scored with a 75th minute penalty after Charlie Austin had pulled strugglers QPR level in the 62nd minute.Oscar had put Chelsea ahead with a curling shot with the outside of his right foot in the first half.Chelsea moved on to 26 points from 10 matches and stayed four points clear of second-placed Southampton, who won 1-0 at Hull City with Victor Wanyama crashing home a speculative 40-metre shot after three minutes as the Saints won for the 10th time in 11 matches in all competitions.Arsenal left Burnley without a win in their first 10 games by beating them 3-0 at the Emirates with Alexis Sanchez scoring twice and Calum Chambers also finding the net to move the north Londoners above West Ham United into fourth place.West Ham, who slipped back to fifth, came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Stoke Cityat the Britannia Stadium.Newcastle United maintained their recent revival with their third straight league win, beating Liverpool 1-0 at St James’ Park with Spain Under-21 international Ayoze Perez scoring the winner 17 minutes from time.Everton and Swansea City, who had Jonjo Shelvey sent off, drew 0-0 at Goodison Park while West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Leicester City with an own goal from Esteban Cambiasso just after halftime giving the Baggies the points.Champions Manchester City host Manchester United on Sunday when Aston Villa play Tottenham Hotspur before Crystal Palace play Sunderland on Monday.last_img read more

  • News about Schumacher ‘not good’ says ex-boss

    first_imgThe latest news about the health of seven-times Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is not good, his former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said on Thursday.The German is still receiving intensive treatment far from the public eye at his home in Switzerland following severe head injuries that he suffered in a skiing accident in France in December 2013.“I have news and unfortunately it is not good,” Montezemolo told reporters without giving any further details.“Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident with Ferrari in 1999”, the former Ferrari chairman said.Schumacher‘s long-time manager Sabine Kehm, who has been steadfast in refusing to comment on rumours or speculation about the 47-year-old’s condition, had nothing to say when contacted by Reuters.last_img read more

  • Takubar Sports Complex to receive K1.5m funding

    first_imgThe announcement was made during the official opening of the 42nd National Softball Titles in Kokopo.“Softball is a family sport and must be supported and my government with support from the three other open members including the Deputy Prime Minister will develop the infrastructure “Tobaining saidKokopo since 2014 was selected as the Tourism hub of the New Guinea Island region but today I want to announce that “I will make it the softball hub of PNG,” Tobaining said“Under the ENB Sports Development Association the Kokopo City Cup will be contested by softball teams in ENB over the Queen Birthday weekend with a cash prize of K60, 000”Tobaining Jr saidPNG Softball Federation President Ralph Tarasomo called on the government to seriously look at supporting sports like softball which has over 3000 players around the country. “We have no direct support from the government but we still host our national titles every year,” Tarasomo said.“I thank  Governor Tobaining for his support and I believe the softball will take roots again in the province and become the number sports which has been in the past,” Tarasomo concludedThe province has some of the best sporting facilities located in Rabaul town at the famous Queen Elizabeth Park during the colonial administration and after PNG gain Independence in 1975.This sporting reserve was home to all the sporting codes including softball but the 1994 twin volcanic eruptions buried these magnificent fields leaving sportsmen and women is limbo and most sporting code suffered.Rugby League was the only sport to rise up and has since developed the Kalabond oval  with good corporate sponsorship from business houses, with Agmark Guria has become the pride of ENB.Kokopo  was  home of PNG Hunters competing in the Queensland Cup and with weekly televised matches has regain its place as the number sport in the province.last_img read more

  • Bottas holds off Vettel in Austrian cliffhanger

    first_imgValtteri Bottas won a cliffhanger Austrian Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finishing a mere 0.6 of a second behind to increase his lead over Lewis Hamilton to 20 points after nine races.Hamilton, Bottas’s team mate, started in eighth place after a grid penalty triggered by an unscheduled gearbox change and finished fourth.Vettel now has 171 points to Hamilton’s 151. Bottas is third overall on 136.“I had a bit of deja-vu in the end from Russia,” said Bottas, referring to his first Formula One win at Sochi in April when Vettel again almost reeled him in at the finish and also crossed the line 0.6 behind.“At the beginning I could control the race but it was trickier towards the end.”Australian Daniel Ricciardo finished third for Red Bull, at a circuit owned by the energy drink brand, for his fifth successive podium finish with Hamilton pushing him hard to the chequered flag.The victory from pole position was the second of the season and of his career for Bottas, who joined Mercedes in January as a replacement for retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg.Apart from the closing laps, with Vettel reeling in the Mercedes in a nail-biting finish and Bottas looking anxiously in his mirrors as he wrestled with blistered tyres, the Finn’s biggest scare came at the start.Bottas reacted with split-second precision, his getaway so blindingly quick that Vettel alongside immediately questioned whether the Mercedes had jumped the lights. Stewards investigated and took no further action.“I think that was the start of my life. I was really on it today,” he said.“I was pretty sure he jumped it,” said Vettel, who felt he would have won with one more lap.“How would you feel if you were just shy of half a second behind the winner? It was very close.”As Bottas led away, bits of bodywork went flying behind him in a three-car coming together that drew a groan from some 10,000 orange-shirted Dutch fans around the circuit as Ricciardo’s teenage team mate Max Verstappen was shunted off.It was the 19-year-old Dutch driver’s fifth retirement of the season.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth with Frenchman Romain Grosjean sixth for Haas and Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon following behind.The Williams pairing of Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll completed the points places after starting 17th and 18th.McLaren’s Fernando Alonso joined Verstappen in retiring without completing a lap, the Spaniard hit from behind by Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat and pushed into the Dutch driver. Kvyat was given a drive-through penalty.Result from the Formula One GP Austria at Red Bull Ring 1. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 1:21:48.5272. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari +00:00.6583. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 00:06.0124. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 00:07.4305. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 00:20.3706. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas – Ferrari 01:13.1607. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India – Mercedes 1 lap8. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India – Mercedes 1 lap9. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap10. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap11. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 1 lap12. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 1 lap13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1 lap14. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 1 lap15. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber – Ferrari 2 laps16. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso – Renault 3 lapsr. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso – Renault 27 lapsr. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas – Ferrari 42 lapsr. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 70 lapsr. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull – TAG Heuer 71 laps(rank: r = retired, nc = not classified)Fastest Lap: Lewis Hamilton,1:07.411, lap 69. Driver and Constructor Standings after the Formula One GP Austria Drivers Points 1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1712. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1513. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Mercedes 1364. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1075. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 836. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 507. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Red Bull 458. Esteban Ocon (France) Force India 399. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 2910. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 2211. Lance Stroll (Canada) Williams 1812. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Renault 1813. Romain Grosjean (France) Haas 1814. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) Haas 1115. Pascal Wehrlein (Germany) Sauber 516. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso 417. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 218. Jolyon Palmer (Britain) Renault 019. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 020. Stoffel Vandoorne (Belgium) McLaren 021. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) Sauber 0 Constructors Points 1. Mercedes 2872. Ferrari 2543. Red Bull – TAG Heuer 1524. Force India – Mercedes 895. Williams-Mercedes 406. Toro Rosso – Renault 337. Haas – Ferrari 298. Renault 189. Sauber – Ferrari 510. McLaren 2last_img read more

  • Liverpool boss Klopp says has no problems with Coutinho

    first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he has no problems with Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho and is ready to welcome the Brazilian back into the squad after he recovers from illness and injury.Liverpool have rejected three bids from the Spanish side, including the latest last week which British media said came in at 125 million euros.Klopp has maintained he does not want to sell Coutinho, who missed Liverpool’s first three matches of the season due to a back injury. The attacking midfielder will also miss Wednesday’s Champions League play-off second leg against Hoffenheim.“You asked is everything okay between us? I answered with of course. Yes, indeed, absolutely, 100 percent,” Klopp told reporters on Tuesday, adding that there was no concrete date for the 25-year-old’s return.“Phil can’t start because on top (of the back problem) he’s now ill. If he started training again tomorrow it would take time because he hasn’t trained for a long time.”Liverpool hold a 2-1 advantage over Hoffenheim from the first leg in Germany and Klopp said his side would look to capitalise on home advantage to seal a spot in the Champions League group stage.“Anfield is a main factor, we all know it, it’s a very special place. Nothing happens by itself – we have to perform, we have to deliver – but then we all know the atmosphere can and will help you,” he said.“I really hope that everybody is ready for this game, everybody is ready to fight. I would be concerned if the people thought it was a weak side coming from Hoffenheim…After the Champions League game, Liverpool host Arsenal in the league on Sunday.last_img read more

  • Denmark ‘will stand up to Ireland physicality’

    first_imgDenmark were well up for the physical challenge posed by World Cup playoff opponents Ireland in Saturday’s scoreless draw in Copenhagen, and they won’t be intimidated in the second leg in Dublin either, defender Simon Kjaer has told Reuters.Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph pulled off a number of fine saves to keep the Danes at bay in a game that will be remembered more for its fighting spirit than its footballing skill.“I think we matched them in that part of the game. We were ready for the hard tackles and a lot of duels,” Kjaer said ahead of the second leg on Tuesday.“We are not afraid or concerned about that part of the game, the physical end. This is also one of our strengths.”Kjaer was not surprised that the Irish came for a draw and barely ventured forward in the first leg.“Not at all. With half an hour left of the game, they just smashed the ball up to (Denmark goalkeeper Kasper) Schmeichel and then just stayed there. They came with what we expected,” he said.“We are very confident and very calm about the result (in Copenhagen). We had the chances to score, they only had one chance, so I’m very relaxed and confident and positive for our game in Dublin.”Kjaer expects to see more attacking intent from Martin O’Neill’s side at the Aviva Stadium.“I hope they come up a little bit longer away from their own goal. It will give us a little more space, but of course they will come with a lot of optimism and try to intimidate us a little bit,” the 28-year-old said.“I don’t think they can keep us from scoring in two games. We will have our chances – we will just have to take them.”last_img read more

  • Kane ‘wants to spend entire career at Tottenham’

    first_imgTottenham Hotspur and England forward Harry Kane wants to spend his entire career at the London club, he told Germany’s Bild newspaper on Sunday.“My aim is to play my whole career only for Tottenham,” Kane, who is reportedly a major transfer target for the biggest European clubs but whose current deal with Spurs runs to 2022, told the newspaper.“At the moment, everything fits well for me here and I am happy. We have a fantastic team, a good coach and a professional training centre and we are getting a new stadium as well.”Kane, Premier League Golden Boot winner for the last two seasons, has scored eight more league goals this season with Tottenham currently in fourth place.Tottenham’s squad, with a young English core of Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Harry Winks and Kieran Trippier, certainly appears to offer a sustainable future.Promoting home-grown youngsters into the first team is a matter of pride for coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was equally impressive on that front while in charge at Southampton, but Kane’s rise is a particular source of pride for supporters.The 24-year-old, who arrived at the club as an 11-year-old back in 2004, has also scored five times in the Champions League, with Tottenham having qualified for the knockout stage with two games to spare.They travel to Borussia Dortmund next week with the Germans all but eliminated from the competition.last_img read more