May 31

DeMonico, Drapkin win at Marlboro Autumn Amble

first_img By tim morris Staff Writer JEFF HUNTLEY Aberdeen’s Dulce Drapkin crosses the line as the women’s winner of the first Autumn Amble on the grounds of the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital on Saturday. The inaugural Marlboro Autumn Amble had a familiar winner, South River’s Dave DeMonico. DeMonico picked up where he left off two weeks ago at the Bayshore 5K Classic in Holmdel when he captured the Marlboro Autumn Amble on Saturday. It added to the already impressive list of area road race victories for the busy South River runner. The Marlboro Autumn Amble was a 5K run through the picturesque grounds of the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, off Route 520. DeMonico was not seriously challenged in this cross-country type race, taking the lead early, as is his m.o., and cruising to the win in 16:12. Former Marlboro High School runner Josh Lunde was DeMonico’s nearest pursuer, taking second place after a 17:07. Third place went to Mike Simonetti of Old Bridge (17:58). Aberdeen’s Dulce Drapkin was the women’s champion, turning in a 21:22. Like her male counterpart, DeMonico, Drapkin’s win was decisive. Nina Gutkowski of Princeton was second (22:04), just ahead of former Manalapan High School runner Maya Levy (22:05). Age group winners among the men were: 12 and under, Ben Forrest, Jackson (21:51); 13-17, James Coomber, Marlboro (18:53); 23-27, Michael Krot, Union Beach (21:47); 28-32, Bob Reilly, Morganville (20:37); 33-37, David Johnson, Madison (18:46); 38-42, Swidam, East Brunswick (18:19); 43-47, Samuel Lawrence, Newark (18:59); 48-52, John Scherf, Scarsdale, N.Y. (21:14); 53-59, Rich Marino, East Brunswick (20:31); and 60+, Mike McDonnell, Middletown (22:25). Age group winners among the women were: 12-and-under, Lisa Picascia, Holmdel (22:21); 13-17, Staci Myfield, Forked River section of Ocean (24:07); 18-22, Kelly Kuntz, Edison (27:50); 23-27, Denise Wepprecht, Holmdel (24:17); 28-32, Leslie Grider (23:44); 33-37, Kim Machkin (26:14); 38-42, Susan Arendt, Ocean (22:43); 43-47, Bonnie Kabajra, Lake Hopatcong (27:07); 53-59, Bunny McDonnell, Middletown (24:12); and 60+, Gloria Baggley, Basking Ridge (32:17). Local finishers included Marlboro’s Nick Reed (21:38), third in the 13-17 division; Fair Haven’s Jim MacPhee (22:46) and Aberdeen’s Maurice Wehller (26:04), second and third in the 28-32 division; Colts Neck’s Paul Pierre (19:40) and Matawan’s Patrick Applegate (20:34), second and third in the 33-37 division; Englishtown’s Jim Jensen (23:17), third in the 48-52 division; Colts Neck’s Jon Kopko (23:00), third in the 53-59 division; and Morganville’s Jim Sullivan (24:18), third in the 60+ among the men. The other local women were: Marlboro’s McKenzie Reed (26:54) and Matawan’s Karen Zahray (41:40), second and third in the 12-and-under division; Sayreville’s Gina Gilandrillo (27:39), third in the 13-17 division; Monroe’s Kelly Perkins (27:30), third in the 23-27 division; Port Monmouth’s Mary Fisher (26:33) and Howell’s Pam Cavcino (27:04), second and third in the 33-37 division; Holmdel’s Antonetta Picascia (27:23), second in the 43-47 division; and Hazlet’s Panse Geer (25:27), second in the 53-59 division. In the racewalking section the winner was Betsy Moore (35:41). The Jersey Shore Running Club and the New Hope Foundation coordinated the Roadrunners Club of America-certified event. Proceeds from the race benefit the New Hope Foundation programs for fighting drug and alcohol abuse.last_img read more

May 31

Lackawanna upsets BCC men

first_imgPHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Brookdale pitcher Greg Slavicek fires a pitch to the plate during the Jersey Blues game against Lackawanna in Lincroft on Saturday. Below, BCC catcher John Romana makes a difficult catch in foul grounds. Lackawanna Jr. College pulled off the first big upset of the Region XIX baseball tournament, beating host Brookdale Community College in the best-of-three series on Sunday. Brookdale, which won the Garden State Athletic Conference championship this spring, was looking to win the region title for the second time in three years. Despite the Blues having the home-field edge, visiting Lackawanna, the No. 7 seed from Scranton, Pa., eliminated No. 2 BCC Sunday, 6-4, to take the series two games to one. Lackawanna (19-17) served notice to Brookdale that it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk to the Region Final Four when it topped the Jersey Blues 6-3 in the first game of the series on Saturday. Brookdale roared back to beat Lackawanna 10-2 that afternoon, to force a decisive third game on Sunday in Lincroft. Nick Riker improved to 6-0 on the season, holding the visitors to seven hits while striking out six. The offensive star for Brookdale was Adam Taha, who was 3-for-3, with three runs scored, an RBI and a pair of stolen bases. John Romano smacked a home run and a double, and Dave Lorber also struck for extra bases with a double. Romano had homered in the 6-3 loss in the first game of the double-header. Sunday, Lackawanna proved once again that “on any given day” is more than a cliché. With both teams staring at elimination, Lackawanna rallied in the final two innings, scoring one run in the eighth to tie the game and two in the ninth to beat Brookdale, 6-4, and advance to the weekend’s Region XIX Final Four, hosted by Mercer County College. Lackawanna trailed 3-1 after three innings but tied it in sixth, plating a pair of runs. The Blues went back up 4-3 in the last of the seventh only to see Lackawanna steal the game in the last two innings. The loss was a bitter one for Brookdale, which finished its season at 28-8 and was ranked sixth in the country in the latest junior college poll. The Jersey Blues had impressed their head coach Johnny Johnson with how consistently they had played from the first game of the season, avoiding any long losing streaks. That led to a GSAC title, the No. 2 seed for the Region XIX tournament and an optimism that the Blues could return to the Junior College World Series for the first time since 2002. However, in a short series, the pitching that had been so strong throughout the year surrendered six runs twice to the seventh seed, and the timely hitting that had led to a 27-win regular season couldn’t produce the knock-out blow in either of the losses. The Blues wasted an 11-hit attack in the first game, manufacturing just three runs. Although it’s a loss that stings, Brookdale can look ahead to a bright future. This was a team dominated by freshmen, and there is no reason to believe that the Blues won’t be in a position to challenge for the Region title again next year. — Tim Morrislast_img read more

May 26

Leader Froome big winner but Martin takes time trial

first_imgBritain’s Chris Froome extended his overall lead in the Tour de France after finishing second in the stage 11 time trial behind hot favourite Tony Martin.German world time trial champion Martin, who suffered concussion in a mass crash on the race’s first stage, blasted round the flat 33-km course in 36 minutes 29 seconds.Froome, adorned in the race leader’s yellow jersey, was the last man down the start ramp and was two seconds quicker than Martin at 22km.But the Team Sky rider could not maintain the pace pedalling into a headwind over the latter part of the stage and finished 12 seconds down on Martin, with Belgian Thomas De Gendt third.Froome, the Olympic time trial bronze medallist, was the big winner of the day, though, gaining two minutes on his nearest rival in the race standings and now leads Spain’s Alejandro Valverde by 3:25.Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands remains third overall 3:37 back with twice Tour champion Alberto Contador fourth at 3:54.last_img read more

May 26

UEFA chief Platini calls for 40 team World Cup

first_imgBy Nick MulvenneyUEFA chief Michel Platini wants the World Cup finals expanded to 40 teams from 2018 to allow more African and Asian countries into the tournament without reducing the number of European nations represented.Europe currently provides 13 of the 32 teams at the finals, compared with five from Africa and four or five, depending on the winners of a playoff against a South American team, for the most populous continent Asia.FIFA President Sepp Blatter wrote last week that Africa and Asia deserved more representation at football’s showpiece event because they had more member associations than Europe and South America.Former France international Platini, widely regarded as the most likely successor to Swiss Blatter in the FIFA job, said by his own calculations that adding eight more teams would require extending the tournament by only three days.“It’s good for everybody,” Platini told Britain’s Times newspaper in an interview.“I totally agree with Mr Blatter that we need more African and Asian teams. But instead of taking away some European, we have to go to 40 teams.“We can add two African, two Asiatic, two American, one Oceania and one from Europe.”European and South American countries have won all 19 versions of the World Cup.last_img read more

May 26

When managers attack: 5 notorious manager touchline bust-ups

first_imgBy Philip LovegroveAs football fans, we can’t help but love watching managers having a dispute on the sidelines.Sunday’s touchline fracas between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge during the first half certainly livened up the cagey opening affair on the pitch.This isn’t the first time, as the beautiful game has seen some heated exchanges between managers during many a match.Let’s take a look at the top five greatest bust-ups when managers have failed to see eye to eye.5. Ally McCoist v Neil LennonThe Old Firm derby is one of the fiercest rivalries in world football, and in March 2001, emotions ran high between both clubs as Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon verbally attacked one another.Tempers had previously boiled over a month before when Rangers striker El Hadj Diouf claimed the Celtic boss had targeted him in the tunnel at Ibrox, and the bad blood came to a head again at Celtic Park when touchline mayhem broke out in the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay.Rangers boss Walter Smith accused Lennon of setting off the spat, as the fiery redhead came out of his technical area to exchange words with Diouf and McCoist, following the dismissal of Steven Whittaker.4. Alan Pardew v David MeylerAnother manager and player bust-up, this time between Alan Pardew and David Meyler, happened last season at the KC Stadium.The incident happened while Hull were trailing 3-1 when Meyler tried to retrieve the ball from Pardew’s hands in front of the visiting dugout, only for the Newcastle boss to angrily respond by head-butting the midfielder, much to the disbelief of everyone inside the ground.Pardew was given a seven-game touchline ban, a £60,000 FA fine, as well as costing the club a £100,000 fine.The Republic of Ireland international has since accepted Pardew’s apology, with the pair shaking hands before this season’s encounter.3. Alex Ferguson v Roberto ManciniOne of the biggest showdowns in managerial history came in one of the biggest games, when Sir Alex Ferguson squared up to Roberto Mancini at the Etihad in April 2012.Both bosses went toe-to-toe ten minutes before the end of the all important title clash, after Nigel De Jong had been booked for a foul on Danny Welbeck.The pair were eventually separated by officials with the City boss making hand gestures towards Ferguson, which seemed to only intensify the situation.A solitary Vincent Kompany header in the first-half would end up winning the game, with United eventually surrendering the title to their neighbours.2. Arsene Wenger v Alan PardewArsene Wenger has certainly shown plenty of fight on the sidelines during his career at Arsenal. In November 2006, the Gunners boss demonstrated his anger again in a touchline tussle with Alan Pardew.The ex-West Ham boss has never shied away from showing his emotions, and certainly displayed them here, as his side hit a dramatic late winner at Upton Park.The Arsenal boss was more than angered, when he saw Pardew celebrate enthusiastically in front of the away dugout, and tempers soon flared between the two.Wenger was fined £10,000 for his aggressive behaviour, while Pardew was cleared of any charges.1. Jose Mourinho v Tito VilanovaJose Mourinho was involved in another fractious run in, this time with the late Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova in August 2012.The incident happened during the Spanish Super Cup when the Portugese boss was coaching Real Madrid, with Barca emerging 3-2 winners on the night to claim the Super Copa 5-4 on aggregate.In a match which finished in ugly scenes at the Camp Nou, Mourinho appeared to poke Vilanova in the eye, with the Barca boss responding later by striking the Madrid coach on the side of the head.Mourinho, as a result, was given a two-match ban for his involvement in the mass brawl, which started after defender Marcelo was sent off. Both managers were fined 600 euros. For more articles and the latest soccer news, check out FTBpro.comlast_img read more

May 26

Djokovic extends hot streak in China Open

first_imgNovak Djokovic kept his juggernaut rolling at the China Open by improving to 26-0 with a 6-2 6-1 win over local hope Zhang Ze on Thursday which tied him with Jimmy Connors for the second-longest unbeaten record at an ATP Tour event.The Serbian top seed, a five-time winner at the China Open, is now only behind Rafa Nadal who had a 31-0 run in the French Open at Roland Garros.The world number one was unable to identify any particular reason for his performance at the tournament and said the conditions here were just in sync with his game.“The conditions are definitely suitable to my game,” Djokovic was quoted as saying by the ATP website.“I feel very pleasant playing on the centre court. I guess as I keep coming back each year with that positive record, obviously it gives me more confidence knowing that I played so well in the past on this court.“I just keep on going. That’s all. There is no particular reason. There are a few things that play in my favour.”Next up for Djokovic in the quarter-finals will be American John Isner, who snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against Australian qualifier John Millman.The Australian was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set but Isner broke back then won the tiebreak and then the deciding set for a 4-6 7-6(5) 6-4 win.In other men’s matches, Fabio Fognini reached the last eight after a 6-2 2-6 6-2 win against number seven seed David Goffin while Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay beat Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5) 7-6(7).In the women’s draw, Spanish rising star Garbine Muguruza made her 22nd birthday one to remember by sealing her spot for the WTA Finals in Singapore with a nervous 1-6 6-2 6-1 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.“I was really nervous before the match, because I knew I could get to Singapore and it was also my birthday,” the 2015 Wimbledon finalist said.But U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta had her hopes of qualifying for the season-ending tournament in Singapore dented when she lost 3-6 6-4 6-3 to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Pennetta, who is engaged to Fognini, has already announced her decision to retire at the end of the season.Her compatriot and opponent in the US Open final, Roberta Vinci, also went out with a 6-1 3-6 6-2 defeat to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands.Pavlyuchenkova’s opponent in the quarter-finals will be Ana Ivanovic who edged out Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5 4-6 6-2 in a thrilling battle.last_img read more

May 26

Paphos and Ethnikos face off for survival

first_imgPAFOS FC and Ethnikos Achnas will play for their first division survival on Sunday when they meet in Pafos in the only game that really matters in the final round of the season.Pafos FC need to win the game to stay in the top flight while Ethnikos need just a point to avoid the drop. Paphos FC, who let slip a seven-point lead over their rivals, have decided to allow free entry for their fans in the hope that a large partisan crowd will push them towards victory and subsequently top-level football for next season. Their coach Apostolos Markides will have all players at his disposal for the crucial fixture.Ethnikos are on the back of a six-game unbeaten run and they are favourites to clinch a result that will keep them in the first division.Coach Danilo Dončić will be unable to call upon the services of his highly regarded defenders Adanta and Besera who are both suspended for the game.Ethnikos club official Tommys Kouis praised his team’s fighting spirit and said that even if they are relegated they will still be proud of the way they battled until the end against all the odds.Top referee Vassilis Demetriou has been appointed to officiate the game.APOEL, champions for a fourth straight year, were due to receive their trophy at the end of Sunday’s game against Anorthosis from Cyprus Fooball Association (CFA) chairman Costakis Koutsokoumnis.However this has been put off until Monday as the Nicosia side’s supporters objected to the CFA chairman being present at the game due to the recent incident when he was photographed wearing a Turkish football jersey during a friendly match in Istanbul.Instead, Interior Minister Socratis Hasikos will be giving out the medals and a replica trophy.Second-placed AEK are away to Nea Salamina with a player from each side, Alves and Makriev respectively, hoping to score at least one goal to draw level with APOEL’s Fernando Cavenaghi at the top of the scoring chart.Cup finalists Apollon and Omonia will field a number of second string players to avoid any injuries to key stars.The remaining two matches are between Aris and Doxa and Ermis and AEL.Champions GroupApollon vs Omonia, Nea Salamina vs AEK (Saturday at 19.00)APOEL vs Anorthosis (Sunday at 18.00)Relegation Group (all games at 17.00)Pafos FC vs Ethnikos AchnasErmis Aradippou vs AELAris vs Doxa Katokopiaslast_img read more

May 26

Griezmann leaves it late to dent Real Madrid’s title tilt

first_imgReal Madrid’s title hopes were dented as Antoine Griezmann grabbed an 85th-minute equaliser for city rivals Atletico in a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu on Saturday.Pepe opened the scoring for Real with a looping header that flew past Jan Oblak in the 52nd minute and it looked like the hosts would earn three points to move five clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.Fernando Torres missed a one-on-one as the visitors searched for parity, which eventually came when substitute Angel Correa split the defence with a through-ball that Griezmann slotted past Keylor Navas.Barcelona visit Malaga later on Saturday and can go ahead of Real at the top of the table on goal difference with a victory, albeit having played one game more.last_img

May 14

PNG U20 women win first match in USA tour

first_imgAlthough Ramona Padio secured the win for the team by scoring both goals, the match reflected a team effort with all 21 field players participating in the game, allowing every team member to showcase their skills in front of PNG coach Lisa Cole before final team selection.The scheduled match against Seattle Pacific University on August 15, but Papua New Guinea was unsatisfactory to the girls which saw them going down against dominant Seattle University side.The team hopes to continue a winning streak for the remaining five trial matches as part of their development while preparation before the World Cup is the top priority.Between the team’s training schedule and matches, they have filled spare time by gaining inspiration from other football teams including Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink field, an experience Cole described as an amazing opportunity for the PNG team.last_img read more

May 14

Ronaldo skips questions following Portugal victory

first_imgThe 32-year-old netted the only goal of the game to help the European champions to victory in Moscow, beating goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev from close range early on.As man of the match, he was due to appear in front of the press, but Ronaldo was in no mood to take any questions amid ongoing uncertainty about his future at Madrid and stuck to a few prepared words on Portugal’s win.”Obviously we are very happy, it is the first time that Portugal wins in Russia,” he stated.”I think the team played very well. We played against an opponent playing at home with a home crowd, a team which pressured us, but we were better.”We had more opportunities and we were just winners. We have four points and we have to congratulate our team.”Ronaldo also skipped his media duties after winning the man of the match award following Portugal’s 2-2 draw with Mexico, claiming he needed to undergo treatment on a knock instead.The Madrid star has been making headlines in recent weeks following accusations that he defrauded Spanish tax authorities out of €14.7million.Reports have since suggested he has set his sights on a move away from Madrid and Spain, although club president Florentino Perez stressed this week they have no intention of selling the former Manchester United man.Ronaldo himself has yet to comment on the latest developments and his actions at the Confederations Cup suggest he does not plan to open up on his plans for the future any time soon.last_img read more