At 10-2, team is looking toward Shore Conference tourney With a 10-2 mark, including 9-1 in divisional play, the Middletown High School North field hockey team has clinched the Shore Conference Class A North championship and is busy preparing for the conference tourney. The Lions can expect a high seed and won’t play a first-round game until Monday. The play-in round begins on Friday. North’s success can be attributed largely to a stingy defensive corps, led by goalie Megan Trivett, a three-year starter that has permitted just seven goals against and only one goal in its last six matches. Trivett has seven shutouts to her credit. Two other third-year starters, sweeper Nicole Piner and junior midfielder Joanne Pichardo are also solid on the defensive side of the ball. Their fundamental play and leadership have rubbed off on the team’s younger players, coach Bill LaFalce said. Thus far, the Lions have lost to only crosstown rival Middletown South, a 1-0 decision on opening day, and 2-1 against Toms River East. “Our experience on defense has really helped us shut down other teams,” LaFalce said. “We don’t score a lot of goals, but because we give up so few goals we’re always in a position to win.” In addition to Trivett, Pichardo and Pinero, juniors Amanda Svenson and Jade Yelk patrol the back line, with junior Jessica Kurek providing depth off the bench. In the middle, North relies on junior Gina Bellifemine and Shannon Norton, along with sophomore Jaclyn Corr. Sophomore Danielle Freshnock is North’s top scorer with nine goals and five assists. Juniors Deanna Benjamin, Jerilyn Fix, Jen Nolet and Courtney Rotolo, as well as sophomores Jade Kauffman and Christine Mazzaro, see action up front. “The girls take pride in their defense and it shows in the way they play,” the coach said. “Knowing that we have the ability to hold teams down will help us in the tournaments. Defense is so important in those games.” Middletown North is looking to replicate last year’s strong showing in the NJSIAA North Jersey II Group IV tourney, where the Lions brought home the title before bowing to Bridgewater-Raritan in the Group IV event. Overall, LaFalce’s team went 18-3-1. “We graduated a lot of girls from last year, but we have good senior leadership from Megan Trivett and Nicole Piner, and an excellent mix of younger players who have fit in well,” LaFalce explained. “Our seniors know what it takes to win in the tournaments and they’ll help lead the way for the rest of the team.” BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer
Kingston College 8-0 Dunoon Technical STATHS 3-0 Papine High Cumberland High 1-1 Tarrant High St Jago High 1-1 Denham Town High St George’s College 8-1 Cedar Grove Kingston Technical 0-0 Kingston High Bridgeport 3-2 Greater Portmore Innswood 1-0 Tivoli High Calabar 0-1 Mona High Excelsior High 10-0 Oberlin High St Catherine High 0-0 St Mary’s College Ardenne High P-P Clan Carty High (rain) Haile Selassie P-P Penwood High (rain) Kingston College’s (KC) head coach Ludlow Bernard said the team has dedicated the school’s 8-0 victory over Dunoon Technical in the ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup to student Malek Grannell, who died from sickle-cell disease on Sunday. KC, who were semi-finalists in the competition last year, were led to victory courtesy of a brace each from Oneeko Allen, 33rd and 90th minutes, and Treyvone Reid, 42nd and 59th minutes. Ronaldo Robinson (29th), Trevor Tingling (38th), Renato Campbell (56th) were the other scorers for the North Street-based institution. There was also an own goal in the 49th minute. Bernard said that Grannell was actively involved with the team and that he would be missed by all. “He is accustomed to being around the team. He was suffering from sickle-cell disease and he would have been here today, very much alive and sharing with the guys, but unfortunately, he took another step elsewhere,” said Bernard. “As a show of some respect, we figured that it would have been appropriate for us to wear the black armbands,” he said. “It is a camaraderie thing with the Fortis family. When one of us has fallen, we are going to pick up the slack and we are going to do it for him,” Bernard said. Reflecting on his team’s opening game victory, Bernard said his players gave a good account of themselves despite a slow start. “It was a fair performance,” said Bernard. We started pretty slowly, but I know that despite the quality of the team, nervousness had a role to play in our slow start,” he said. “It being the first game of the season, we are pretty satisfied with the performance levels,” Bernard said. Yesterday’s ISSA/Digicel Manning Cup results
0Shares0000British driver Jenson Button retired from Formula One at the end of last seasonLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 2 – Jenson Button says he enjoyed some of his best race wins when he had Lewis Hamilton as a team-mate at McLaren as his compatriot brought out the best in him.Shortly after winning the 2009 Drivers’ title with Brawn, Button joined McLaren ahead of the 2010 season and he would team up with Hamilton, who won the 2008 title, at the Woking-based squad until 2012. Although McLaren failed to win the title during their time together, they were regularly challenging for race wins and Button believes despite the added pressures, he enjoyed some of his best race wins during that period.“Our relationship was interesting,” he told Sky Sports. “Because I came from Brawn, where I won the World Championship in 2009 – and he won the previous World Championship in 2008, with McLaren.“I moved to his team, if you like, so I walked in the door looking for that challenge of racing against Lewis Hamilton.“Both British, racing for a British team, both World Champions, fresh new World Champions, so it put a lot of pressure on us and that made it fun, I really enjoyed that challenge.“He is unbelievably quick and, over one lap, he is the quickest guy I think that has ever driven a Formula 1 car.“In a race, I could challenge him, and we could race for wins.“Over those three years we won a lot and some of the races I did win were the best races in my career, because I had to beat Lewis to achieve them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
It was cruel on visiting goalkeeper Fraser Forster, who had produced excellent saves to keep out Danny Welbeck and substitute Olivier Giroud in the second half.The last-gasp victory moved Arsenal above Swansea City into sixth place, two points behind fourth-place Manchester United, while Southampton remain third after back-to-back losses.Following Southampton’s 3-0 home defeat by defending champions Manchester City on Sunday, there was a degree of pressure on Ronald Koeman’s side to prove their top-four credentials.Would an impressive start to the season turn into a collapse, or was it only a blip?The opening 45 minutes in north London suggested the latter and Koeman would have been the happier manager as he began his half-time team talk.Nonetheless, Arsenal created the first chance of the game in the seventh minute.Welbeck, fresh from his weekend winner at West Bromwich Albion, was sent clear down the left by a precise through ball from Santi Cazorla, but he slotted wide of the target.The visitors then suffered a blow when Jack Cork appeared to roll his ankle following a challenge from Ramsey. The midfielder struggled on until the 29th minute, when he was replaced by Maya Yoshida.By that time, Southampton had missed the best chance of the first half courtesy of main striker Graziano Pelle. – Forster acrobatics –The Italian had scored nine goals in his first 16 appearances for the south coast outfit, yet he lacked the composure to finish off a fine move.After playing a neat one-two with Steven Davis on the edge of the penalty area, he blazed over with his left foot from 12 yards.Arsenal were jittery in front of their increasingly frustrated fans, lacking cohesion and confidence in their play despite enjoying plenty of possession in midfield.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saw a 15-yard shot well handled by Forster after slick build-up play by Cazorla and Ramsey, before Welbeck had a header brilliantly tipped over by the England goalkeeper.Koeman’s side always looked a threat on the counter-attack, with Shane Long wasting a decent opportunity when he fired over early in the second period.The Emirates faithful were getting ever more nervous and boos rang around the ground in the 65th minute when Wenger opted to introduce French striker Giroud for the ineffective Oxlade-Chamberlain.The change almost paid dividends within three minutes as Giroud collected Sanchez’s diagonal pass before seeing a left-foot drive beaten away by Forster.Sixty seconds later, Celtic’s former number one was pressed into action again. This time, Forster produced a superb one-handed save to push Welbeck’s effort to safety.Giroud made a big impact off the bench and he forced Forster into a clawing save with minutes remaining.But Arsenal kept searching for the winner, which came with a minute of normal time remaining and with Southampton down to 10 men after Toby Alderweireld limped off, Koeman having already used all his substitutes.After Giroud caused havoc in the Southampton box, Ramsey collected the loose ball and crossed from the right for Sanchez to beat Forster from close range.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, December 4- Alexis Sanchez’s late strike saw Arsenal edge Premier League top-four rivals Southampton 1-0 on Wednesday as Arsene Wenger’s side closed to within two points of the Champions League places.The Chilean forward netted his 14th goal of the season in the 89th minute by slotting home from Aaron Ramsey’s pull-back to puncture a bubble of growing frustration at the Emirates Stadium.
NEW YORK (AP) – Dan Rather filed a $70 million lawsuit Wednesday against CBS, alleging that the network made him a “scapegoat” for a discredited story about President Bush’s National Guard service. The 75-year-old Rather, whose final months were clouded by controversy over the report, says the complaint stems from “CBS’ intentional mishandling” of the aftermath of the story. The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, also names CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom Inc., Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward. (At the time Viacom Inc. owned CBS. But Viacom and CBS Corp. split into two different companies in January 2006.) Rather, the former anchorman of the “CBS Evening News,” is seeking $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. CBS spokesman Dana McClintock said: “These complaints are old news, and this lawsuit is without merit.” Rather narrated the September 2004 report that claimed President Bush skirted some of his duties during his National Guard service and that a commander felt pressured to sugarcoat Bush’s record. Rather maintains the story was true. But an independent review for the network determined the story was neither fair nor accurate. CBS fired three news executives and a producer for airing it. Richard Thornburgh – the former U.S. attorney general who made up the two-man investigative panel with Louis D. Boccardi, the retired chief executive of The Associated Press – said he was unaware of Rather’s lawsuit. Reached at his home in Washington, he said only: “Our report speaks for itself.” Boccardi was not immediately available for comment. Issued in January 2005, the 224-page report portrayed Rather as “pushed to the limit” with other stories at the time of the “60 Minutes Wednesday” report. He relied on a trusted producer, and didn’t check the story for accuracy or, apparently, even see it before he introduced it on the program, the panel said. CBS rushed the story on the air and then blindly defended it when holes became apparent, said the panel, which was unable to say conclusively whether memos allegedly disparaging Bush’s service were real or fake. Rather, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Wednesday, worked at CBS News starting in 1962, then replaced Walter Cronkite in 1981 as “CBS Evening News” anchorman until signing off March 9, 2005. He always considered himself a reporter first, and the habit of news anchors to travel to the scenes of big stories is largely his legacy. His interview with Saddam Hussein in 2003 was the last given by the Iraqi leader before he was toppled. With his intense on-air demeanor, Rather also had his detractors, and his broadcast was a distant third in the evening news ratings at the time he stepped down. CBS News’ ratings rebounded under short-term successor Bob Schieffer, but they’ve plummeted under Katie Couric, who took over the broadcast in September 2006. Associated Press Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
For some players, Euro 2016 has been the perfect place to put themselves in the shop window. Some have gone from little-known players to highly sought-after stars.Ahead of the quarter finals, we all know those expected to perform well but what about those unlikely players? The tournament is a good opportunity to spot a bargain, potential in players out of favour at their current clubs – or even out of contract.Click the arrow, above right, to see talkSPORT’s list of surprise performers that may well have earned themselves summer moves and comment below with any we may have missed. 9 Bartosz Kapustka (Poland) – Cracovia – The 19-year-old has been a big positive for the Polish. He has started two games, making one substitute appearance and missing one match due to suspension after receiving two yellow cards. A little-known player before the tournament, Kapustka has undoubted potential and he will not have a shortage of interested suitors, particularly after his impressive showing v Northern Ireland in their Euro 2016 opener. 9 Emanuele Giaccherini (Italy) – Sunderland – After failing to impress at the Stadium of Light, the attacking midfielder was sent on loan to Serie A side Bologna for the 2015/16 season. The 31-year-old netted seven goals in 28 league appearances and he was a surprise starter during the group stages for Azzurri boss Antonio Conte at Euro 2016. He opened the scoring in their first game against Belgium and has now emerged as a reported target for Conte when he takes over at Chelsea in the coming weeks. Sunderland flop to Chelsea star? 9 Hal Robson-Kanu (Wales) – free agent – The London-born forward is on the lookout for a new club after ending a 12-year association with Reading. The 27-year-old got the Dragons’ campaign off to a flyer when he came off the bench to net a late winner against Slovakia in the Group B opener. 9 Robbie Brady (Republic of Ireland) – Norwich City – The 24-year-old may have been relegated with the Canaries in May, but his Euro 2016 performances could well have secured his place in the top flight. The winger, who started the tournament at left-back for Martin O’Neill’s side, netted a late winner against Italy before opening the scoring with an early penalty against hosts France in the round of 16. A number of clubs are linked with the former Hull City man, including Premier League champions Leicester City, who are favourites to sign him for around £12million. 9 9 Adam Nagy (Hungary) – Ferencvaros – As talkSPORT reported earlier in the week, Premier League champions Leicester are interested in the 21-year-old after being impressed by his showings for Hungary. Claudio Ranieri’s Foxes face stern competition from Benfica, with his club reportedly accepting the fact he will leave this summer. Laszlo Kleinheisler (Hungary) – Werder Bremen – He only joined the Bundesliga side in the January transfer window, but he has been one of Hungary’s most impressive performers along with Nagy. The 22-year-old midfielder, who is yet to score for Werder in seven appearances, played twice for Hungary as they qualified as winners of Group F, before he was suspended for receiving two bookings. He pulled up with injury in the warm-up before the round of 16 clash with Belgium, as Hungary were beaten 4-0, but his initial performances could well have attracted Premier League interest. 9 Ragnar Sigurdsson (Iceland) – FC Krasnador – One of the stars of Iceland’s shock win against England, Sigurdsson has inevitably been linked with the Premier League, with reported interest from Tottenham and Leicester. The 30-year-old is part of an Iceland defence yet to keep a clean sheet in four games at the tournament, but he made the headlines after scoring the equalising goal against the Three Lions this week, less than three minutes after Wayne Rooney’s opener. Michael McGovern (Northern Ireland) – free agent – The 31-year-old’s summer started with an exit from Scottish Premiership side Hamilton. He soon showed it was not down to his ability, as he became a surprise star for his nation between the sticks at Euro 2016. He played all five games – keeping one clean sheet against Ukraine – as the Green and White Army reached the knockout stages. McGovern could now be set to move to England, with a whole host of Premier League and Championship clubs reportedly interested in acquiring his services. Jeff Hendrick (Republic of Ireland) – Derby County – The playmaker impressed as he helped the Irish reach the round of 16. He was one of the standout stars for the boys in green as they exited the stage after losing to hosts France. He nearly made more headlines after coming close with long-range efforts on more than one occasion. The 24-year-old made 35 appearances for the Rams in all competitions last term, scoring just twice, but his performances this summer have showed the 24-year-old could hold his own in the Premier League. 9 9
8 4. In both the 1967 and 2017 FA Cup runs, Tottenham beat Millwall – This year it was a 6-0 mauling of the Lions, but back in 67 it took Spurs two attempts to triumph, with a 1-0 replay win at White Hart Lane coming courtesy of an Alan Gilzean goal. 7. Tottenham lost 1-0 to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the league – This year saw Henrikh Mkhitaryans goal end Spurs unbeaten start to the season while, in 67, David Herds goal led to Tottenhams last defeat before their stunning unbeaten end to the campaign. 8 8 8. Tottenham scored plenty past Fulham in both campaigns – In their current FA Cup run, Spurs beat the Cottagers 3-0 away from home, with Kane scoring a hat-trick. In 1967 both league games against Fulham, were goal fests as Tottenham won 4-2 away and 4-3 at home. 5. In both FA Cup campaigns, Tottenham registered a 6-0 win in the quarter-final – Millwall were put to the sword in style on Sunday while, back in 1967, braces from both Greaves and Terry Venables, plus strikes from Gilzean and Frank Saul saw Spurs thrash Birmingham City in a quarter-final replay at White Hart Lane. 8 8 8 3. Both seasons saw long unbeaten league runs for Spurs – In 1966/67, Bill Nicholsons Spurs saw out the season in stunning style by going 16 league games unbeaten, while the current campaign started with Mauricio Pochettinos men not losing for 12 matches. Tottenham Hotspur, in days past, were known for the spectacular record in the FA Cup.In 1991, Spurs won their eighth, putting them firmly amongst the best in the competition’s history.Since then, though, despite, six semi-final appearances they haven’t even made a final with the likes of Everton, Arsenal, and Newcastle knocking them out of the famous tournament.But, this time, the omens are looking good for the Lilywhites, even if they have been drawn against Premier League champions elect Chelsea in the last-four, with plenty of parallels to their 1967 win in the FA Cup.So, to find out why it could be Tottenham’s year, click the right arrow above… 6. Spurs were knocked out early in the League Cup – In 1967, West Ham knocked the Lilywhites out of the competition in round two with Geoff Hurst giving the Hammers a 1-0 win. This season, meanwhile, a Daniel Sturridge double knocked Spurs out in their second EFL Cup tie. 8 Check out the similarities between Tottenham’s 1967 FA Cup triumph and their 2017 campaign – No.1: Three of the top four teams in the top-flight are in the semi-finals – Click the right arrow above to see more omens for a Tottenham FA Cup win… – Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester City are in the top four in the league and the last four of the FA Cup this year, while in 1967 it was Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Spurs from the leagues top four who made the Cup semis. Chelsea who finished the 1966/67 season ninth in the league were also in the FA Cup semi-finals. 2. Tottenham’s top striker was coming into the season on the back of international disappointment – Harry Kane had a tough Euro 2016 as Roy Hodgson declared the forward corner-taker in chief, despite going into the Championship as the Premier Leagues top scorer. In 1966, Spurs striker Jimmy Greaves saw injury sideline him for the World Cup quarter-finals, and was then left out in favour of Geoff Hurst in the last four and final as the Three Lions lifted the Jules Rimet trophy. 8
The Champions League round of 16 is over, with eight clubs through to the quarter-final stage of the competition.The biggest shock comes in the form of Leicester, who beat Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate to make it to the last eight, where they are joined by Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid of Spain, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund of Germany, Juventus of Italy and Monaco of France.The round of 16 threw up some of the greatest matches in European history, with Barcelona’s comeback against PSG and Manchester City’s 5-3 first leg win over Monaco truly superb spectacles.But what players shone in this round of matches? talkSPORT have taken a look at every round of 16 game and created an XI of the best performing players, which you can see by clicking the right arrow above… 11 Right forward: Kylian Mbappe (AS Monaco) – Mbappes performances in the entire Champions League campaign have caught the eye, and he continued his fine form in both legs of the win over Manchester City. With a goal in each game, he constantly tormented Citys defence in an electrifying showing. Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) – Saved a penalty in both legs of the Foxes win over Sevilla, and was instrumental in keeping Leicester in the away leg when they were being overrun making five saves throughout the 90 minutes. Click the right arrow to see the rest of talkSPORT’s Champions League team of the round… Centre midfield: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich) – Arguably the best playmaker in Europe right now, Thiago made Bayern tick in both matches against Arsenal. He netted two goals and registered an assist in the home win, and created the joint-highest number of chances in the second leg. g Centre forward: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – A goal and assist in the first leg win over Arsenal was followed up with another goal in the second leg for Lewandowski. The Gunners defence just could not deal with the Polish forwards talent, and only the strong form of David Ospina prevented him adding to his goal tally. 11 Centre back: Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) – Two superb displays from the 22-year-old stopper in Atleticos 4-2 aggregate win over Bayer Leverkusen. Imperious on the ground and in the air in both legs, he really caught the eye in the second clash, winning five aerial battles and four tackles as Atletico kept a valued clean sheet. Holding midfield: Fabinho (AS Monaco) – A match winning display from the midfielder in both legs of the victory over Manchester City. He was allowed freer rein in the first leg, creating two goals, and while he did score in the second leg his main job was of midfield destroyer was fulfilled with excellence. Left back: Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco) – Put in an energetic display in the first leg loss to Manchester City, winning four tackles and completing two dribbles to cause a constant threat to the City defence. Put in an even better performance in the second leg, capping his display with an assist. 11 11 Left forward: Neymar (Barcelona) – Neymar turned match winner in the second leg 11 11 Right back: Dani Alves (Juventus) – Came off the bench to score the second goal in the first leg win over Porto, which all-but guaranteed Juves place in the quarter-finals. Started ahead of Stephan Lichtsteiner in the second leg, dominating the right flank in a 1-0 win. 11 11 Centre back: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) – Was solid enough in the first leg win over Napoli, but really came to life in the second leg. He again showed his incredible ability to score important goals netting Reals first and seeing a second classed as a Mertens own goal but he really came to the fore at the back, winning two aerial duels and four tackles. 11 11 Centre midfield: Arturo Vidal (Bayern Munich) – Capped his performance over both legs of the 10-2 aggregate win over Arsenal with two goals at the Emirates Stadium. In both matches he dominated the midfield zone, both attacking and defending with ease. He made more tackles (11) over the two legs than any other player, and only five fewer passes (179) than the player with the highest over both legs (Xabi Alonso). 11
Liverpool are going backwards under Jurgen Klopp.That’s the damning verdict of Joey Barton, with the former Premier League ace telling talkSPORT the Reds are further away than ever from being serious title contenders.“Liverpool are getting closer to the other sides than they are to winning the league,” said Barton, who co-hosted Monday’s Sports Breakfast.“They are actually regressing under Jurgen Klopp. They are not getting any closer to wining the league.“Manchester City are now 14 points ahead of them having played the same amount of games. They are closer to West Ham, who are in the relegation zone, than they are to the top of the table.”Liverpool have drawn in their last two games, against Sevilla and Chelsea, despite going in front, and Barton says they will continue to struggle defensively if Klopp doesn’t change his ways.“Liverpool are making the same mistakes now that they made in August,” he said.“They are making the same mistakes now that they have made all the way through Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.“At what point do you say, ‘he needs to adjust’. His ego is in overdrive.“He needs to adjust because Liverpool are phenomenal at times going forward but every single game they seem to have an error or a rick in them.”
2 2 Solskjaer has won 13 of 16 matches in all competitions since taking over from Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford and lived in the £4m property during his successful career as a player.As The Sun report, he put the house up for sale a couple of years ago when it seemed unlikely he’d be back in Manchester permanently.However, he couldn’t find a buyer and eventually Van Dijk became the tenant when he made the £75million move from Southampton in 2018. Van Dijk joined Liverpool in January 2018 and currently rents Solskjaer’s mansion A source told the newspaper: “The property is the one Ole and his family lived in since his time at United and when he moved away it was eventually put up for sale.“But when no takers came it was offered for rent – and when Van Dijk signed for Liverpool he came to see it and loved it.“Ole probably never thought he would be coming back to Manchester but now he is it really is ironic he can’t move back into his old place which he still owns.“There are a few grins from people who know that Van Dijk is the tenant – a player for one of United’s fiercest rivals!” CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unable to move into his own house because Virgil van Dijk is currently renting it.Manchester United’s caretaker manager is house hunting at the moment having made the decision to move out of the Lowry hotel as he edges closer to becoming the permanent boss. Home defeat? Solskjaer is currently looking for a house as the one he owns is currently being rented by Virgil van Dijk Like his predecessor, Solskjaer had been staying in the Lowry, but while Mourinho remained there throughout his time in charge, the 46-year-old has decided to move out.When Mourinho was dismissed on December 18, he had spent a total 901 days living at the hotel in his role as United manager.Mourinho is believed to have stayed in one of the riverside suites, which, according to the Lowry’s official website, cost £600 per night meaning his check-out bill was a whopping £540,600.More important than his house, though, is the trip to Paris on Wednesday when United attempt to overhaul a two-goal deficit against Paris Saint-Germain.The French side are 2-0 up in their Champions League last 16 tie and Solskjaer has a selection headache as it is said he may be without TEN key players for the match. PSG v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT at 20:00 on Wednesday 6 March