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first_imgThe Middletown Shooting Stars U-13 girls Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association travel team seeks a goalkeeper for the upcoming fall and spring seasons. Players must be born between Aug. 1, 1994, and July 31, 1995. There are no residency requirements. Call Mary Pat Serhus at (732) 796-0699 or e-mail mpster@aol.com for additional information. The Aberdeen/Matawan Chaos U-11 girls travel soccer team seeks players for the fall season. Girls born after Aug. 1, 1997, are eligible. There are no residency requirements. Call (732) 566-7166 or e-mail kcdoobie@aol.com for additional information. Co-ed flag football league is looking for teams/individuals for the fall season. All ability levels are welcome, and the emphasis is on having fun. Games are played at Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck on Saturday afternoons beginning Sept. 8 for approximately eight or nine weeks with single-elimination playoffs. Call Scott to R.S.V.P. or for more details, (908) 461-8946. Deadline to R.S.V.P. is Aug. 18. The Holmdel Stallions boys travel soccer team is looking for players for the fall U16 season. No residency requirement. Please contact Dave at (732) 946-0596 for more information.last_img read more

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first_imgMickey Zudonyi of Holmdel, a sophomore at Felician College, Rutherford, has been named to the 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America (NCBWA) Division II All-East Region Second Team. The NCBWA honor marks the second all-region selection this postseason for Zudonyi, who was also a second-team Daktronics honoree. He was the 2009 first-team all-CentralAtlantic Collegiate Conference second-baseman. Zudonyi hit .307 with 42 runs scored and 27 RBIs in 47 games as the Golden Falcons’ leadoff man. He had 18 extra-base hits, including three homers, and finished in the top five in the CACC in runs and stolen bases (20). The Division II East Region consists of the CACC, East Coast Conference, and Northeast-10 Conference, plus one independent. In total, 33 teams are encompassed. Felician completed the 2009 season with a 24-24 won-lost record. The Golden Falcons tied for fifth place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference with a 14-13 league mark.last_img read more

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Three-team race looms in District 22 wrestling

first_imgOcean, Long Branch and Raritan are expected to battle it out for the top spots in the NJSIAA District 22 Wrestling Tournament this weekend at Red Bank Regional High School.Long Branch, 19-6, overall, is coming off winning the NJSIAA Central Group II championship after manhandling Delran in the semifinals and downing Northern Burlington by a count of 43-13 in the finals. The Green Wave fell to West Essex, 28-21, in the semifinals of the overall Group II tournament.During the regular season, Long Branch picked up victories against several strong teams, including Perth Amboy, Middletown South and Christian Brothers Academy. Last season, the Green Wave won District 22 with 192 points to Raritan’s 166.5 points. Ocean finished fourth.Coach Dan George’s team has five grapplers with 20 ormore victories and several others with solid win counts, who could be in the hunt in District 22. Two sophomores, Luke Balina (119 pounds), 20-9, and Nick George (125 pounds), 22-11, will be looking to build on second-place finishes a year ago at 103 and 112 pounds, respectively Senior Luis Filipe (135 pounds), who finished third at 140 pounds last winter, leads LongBranchwith 29 wins against one loss, and should be a factor at 135 pounds this time around. Other top Green Wave contenders include seniors Matt Eggie (140 pounds), 27-4, Markos Moya (189 pounds) 20-8 and James Parnell (heavyweight), 26-6, who is tied with Filipe with 13 pins.Juniors David Carmona (103 pounds), 17- 13; Gavin Pejakovich (130 pounds), 19-13 and Alberto Plaza, 16-9; as well as sophomore Joscil Jackson (171 pounds) could also make their marks.Raritan boasts a solid lineup with six competitors with 20 or more wins. Overall, the Rockets posted a 20-6 mark, picking up wins over Middletown South, John F. Kennedy, Long Branch and Toms River South along the way. Coach Rob Nucci’s grapplers won the Shore Conference A Central Division title, reached the semifinals of the Shore Conference Tournament where they fell to Jackson Memorial, and the quarterfinals of North 2 Group II, where they lost to Governor Livingston in a tight 25-22 match.Matt Lindo (103 pounds) will defend his District 22 crown. The junior is 22-5 thus far. Another junior, Nick Ligouri (125 pounds), who is 14-4, took second in his weight class a year ago, as did senior Ryan Lynch (171 pounds), who leads the Rockets with 29 triumphs. Joe Masi (152 pounds), 23-4, junior Steve Corona (152 pounds), 17-9; and sophomore Jason Bohal (130 pounds), all had thirdplace showings.Adam Daniels (heavyweight) is 22-7 and Connor McGrath (135 pounds) is 17-10, while junior Vic Ianello (215 pounds) is 16-9. Sophomore Vin Masi (112 pounds) owns a 17-12 mark and fellow sophomoreAnthony Scarcella (119 pounds) is 19-11.Ocean, meanwhile, went to the finals of Central Group III before falling 40-21 to powerful South Plainfield. The Spartans, which won 15 straight matches to start the season, went 20-4 overall, with wins against CBA, Brick Memorial, Montvale, Long Branch and John F. Kennedy, then later in the semifinals of Central Group III. The Spartans dethroned the Green Wave as the B North Division champions this year.Tyler Lyster (189 pounds), 27-3, with a team-leading 15 pins, is looking for another strong showing in District 22 after winning at 215 pounds last season. Withler Marcelin (135 pounds), a junior who finished a surprising second at 130 pounds a year ago, is 19-9. P.J. Parrino (140 pounds), 28-2, and Brandon Shenan (145 pounds), 25-9, were both third.Ocean’s other top wrestlers include: seniors Seth Rubel (130 pounds), 26-4, and Andres Rivero (152 pounds), 15-10, with 10 pins; juniors Colton Bigelow (215 pounds), 12-0, and Jason DaCruz (119 pounds), 15-4; and sophomore Jordan Eugenis (112 pounds), 17-12.Other contenders from around the district include:Middletown South — Nick Herring (145 pounds), 27-1, 14 pins, who won at 130 pounds last season; Manny Blasco (135/140 pounds), 22-6, 16 pins, the defending champ at 140 pounds; freshman Garrett Rumsby (103 pounds), 19-9, 13 pins; and sophomore Andrew Blasco (125 pounds), 16-8.Middletown North — Defending champ Zack Torchia (125 pounds), 23-3; and Rob Mercantante (215 pounds), 23-4.Keyport — defending heavyweight champ Greg Velasco, 30-0.Red Bank Catholic — Andrew LaMura (171 pounds), 20-4; Dan States (140 pounds), 18-6; David States (heavyweight), 15-4; and Paul Alwell (160 pounds), 15-8.Rumson-FairHaven— TaylorAvino (215 pounds), 21-3; Nick Hodgkiss (152 pounds), 18-6; and Adam Van Pier (189 pounds), 13-7.Keansburg — Kevin Mount (135 pounds), 22-7; Romello Union (119 pounds), 20-8; and Jose Jara (130 pounds), 16-8.CBA — Vin Favia (152 pounds), 31-1, with 12 pins; Hayden Hrymack (189 pounds), 27-4, with 18 pins; Frank Lurch (125 pounds), 25-5, with 11 pins; Mike Matlaga (135 pounds), 24-6; and Erik Beshada (103 pounds), 23-4.Red Bank — Ben Swanson (125 pounds), 25-6; Jahmer Bunch (160 pounds), 23-8; Dillon Stambough (152 pounds), 23-4; Alphonse Muola (112 pounds), 23-7; Youvani Ruiz (145 pounds), 20-11; and Cliff O’Malley (189 pounds), 18-3. BYWARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent last_img read more

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Vettel takes record ninth consecutive win

first_imgRed Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday to chalk up a record ninth victory in a row, and 13th of the Formula One season.Australian team mate Mark Webber bowed out of the sport with second place, anchoring a Red Bull one-two in his 215th and final race for the champions, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso third.Vettel is the first driver to win nine successive races in a single season although Italian Alberto Ascari strung together nine in a row over two campaigns in 1952-53.The 26-year-old German’s victory equalled compatriot Michael Schumacher’s 2004 record with Ferrari of 13 wins in a season.Vettel and Red Bull had secured their fourth successive drivers’ and constructors’ titles last month.Driver and constructor standings Drivers Points 1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 3972. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 2423. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1994. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1895. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus 1836. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1717. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1328. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1129. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 7310. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber 5111. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 4912. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 4813. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 2914. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso 2015. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso 1316. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber 617. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 418. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 119. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia 020. Charles Pic (France) Caterham 021. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 022. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham 023. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia 0Constructors Points 1. RedBull – Renault 5962. Mercedes 3603. Ferrari 3544. Lotus – Renault 3155. McLaren 1226. Force India – Mercedes 777. Sauber – Ferrari 578. Toro Rosso – Ferrari 339. Williams – Renault 510. Marussia – Cosworth 011. Caterham – Renault 0last_img read more

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Last-gasp Samaras penalty sends Greece through

first_imgBy Gideon LongA stoppage time penalty from Giorgos Samaras gave Greece a dramatic 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast in their final Group C match on Tuesday and took them through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup for the first time.Samaras stroked home a controversial 93rd minute penalty after he was judged to have been tripped in the box by Giovanni Sio as the Greeks poured forward in search of a winner.Replays showed that Samaras caught his foot on Sio’s calf, tripped and fell, but Ecuadorian referee Carlos Vera pointed to the spot and Samaras cooly converted the kick.“We went for the win in the last 20 minutes,” Samaras said.“I thought we controlled the game. They didn’t have many chances. It means a lot for the team and I hope we gave a lot of joy to the Greeks back home.”Defeat was heart-breaking for the Ivorians, who had fought their way back from a goal down and were just seconds away from a draw that would have taken them through.“The end result is cruel even if the Greeks deserved this victory,” Ivory Coast Sabri Lamouchi said. “It’s very tough, it’s very hard. It’s very disappointing and frustrating for me. The whole team put in a lot of effort.”Ivory Coast players wore black armbands for the match following the death last week of Ibrahim Toure, the younger brother of two of their players, Kolo and Yaya Toure.Greece’s win left them second in the group on four points, one ahead of Ivory Coast and three clear of Japan. Colombia topped the group with a perfect nine points.Having failed to get past the group stage at their two previous appearances at the World Cup, Greece will face Costa Rica in Recife on Sunday in the last 16.For a long time it looked like it might not be Greece’s day. They hit the Ivorian crossbar twice and the post once.The match started dismally for them when they were forced to make two substitutions within the first 25 minutes.Midfielder Panagiotis Kone limped off after 12, to be replaced by Samaris, and then goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis retired with a back injury.But despite that, Greece almost took the lead after half an hour, defender Jose Holebas crashing a piledriver off the Ivorian crossbar.Three minutes before halftime they went ahead, Andreas Samaris pouncing on a mistake by Cheick Ismael Tiote and exchanging a quick one-two with Samaras before firing a low shot past Boubacar Barry.The Ivorians kept plugging away after the break and equalized on 74 minutes, substitute striker Wilfried Bony connecting with a low cross from Gervinho.That would have been enough to take the Africans through until Samaras’s late strike turned the tie on its head once more and sent the Ivorians home at the group stage for the third consecutive World Cup.last_img read more

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Exhausted Murray desperate for a break

first_imgAndy Murray is itching for a break after an exhausting few months, the world number two said, after defending champions Britain were knocked out by Argentina 3-2 in the Davis Cup semi-final.The 29-year-old had a busy European summer when he reached the French Open final, followed by his second Wimbledon triumph, and then successfully defended his Olympic gold at Rio.A tired Murray then lost to Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the US Open.Murray was involved in both the singles and doubles matches in the Davis Cup semi-finals defeat against Argentina, including a five-hour marathon against Juan Martin del Potro.“I have played so much tennis in the last few months, I need a break and I need it now,” Murray was quoted as saying by the Times.“I knew I was going to be in some pain this weekend and I spoke to my team about that it was going to be really hard. But my expectations were less than what I’m feeling now.”Murray is scheduled to next play in the China Open, beginning on Oct 3, followed by the Shanghai Masters.He had a thigh injury worry during his straight-sets win against Guido Pella in the reverse singles.“I’ve never really had any muscle injuries before. That was worrying for me and thankfully I managed to get it done in straight sets,” Murray said.last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic vows to return stronger from injury

first_imgManchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed to come back even stronger after suffering a serious knee injury against Anderlecht in the Europa League last week.Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo are likely to miss the rest of the season after scans revealed they both have suffered cruciate knee ligament injuries.“First of all, thank you for all the support and love,” Ibrahimovic, United’s top scorer this season with 28 goals, wrote on his Instagram account on Sunday.“It’s no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while. I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn’t be any problem.”The 35-year-old Swede, whose contract at Old Trafford expires at the end of the season, said injuries will not decide his future in the game.“One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option,” he added.United, who are fifth in the Premier League standings, face a challenging schedule including visits to Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.They also face Spanish side Celta Vigo in a two-legged Europa League semi-final next month.last_img read more

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FIFA medical officer gives facilities thumbs up

first_imgProf Jiri Dvorak’s feedback was very positive of the medical facility that will serve during the FIFA competition.“A state-of-the-art hospital will be available in offering all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, including the majority of surgical interventions during the games,” Dvorak said.In the event of medical emergencies, the emergency system is well developed and fully available to serve the competition.The level of consciousness or loss of consciousness (LOC) medical staff will also work in partnership with the FIFA venue medical officers and are well trained.“The background and the idea of the governor and the Ministry of Sport and Tourism match the ‘FIFA 11 for Health’ program and are most fitting.“We will start discussions with the authorities with a view to initiate the operation of our global health campaign FIFA 11 for Health prior to the opening match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup,” Dvorak said.He stressed that the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in PNG should be used to support one of FIFA’s key objectives; to develop women’s football and women in football.last_img read more

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Utd held by Rostov in Europa

first_imgThe Armenia international had spent another spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, but started the game in Russia which went ahead despite concerns from Manchester United about the state of the pitch.Mkhitaryan opened the scoring in the 35th minute after a cutback from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but United were pegged back by their hosts eight minutes after the break as Aleksandr Bukharov’s effort beat Sergio Romero.Chances were mostly at a premium during the match and neither side could find another goal to take the aggregate advantage into next Thursday’s return leg at Old Trafford, although United do have an away goal in their favour.The opening 30 minutes was a cagey affair as United adapted to the much-maligned pitch at the Olimp-2 Stadium, with the most interesting event early on being a substitution for Rostov as Vladimir Granat was replaced in the 18th minute by Denis Terentyev following a collision with Mkhitaryan.The home side had a half-chance not long after the change as Marcos Rojo made a strong block to deflect Bukharov’s shot behind for a corner, but the resulting set-piece was fired straight into the hands of Romero.United scored the all-important away goal with ten minutes of the first half to play as Marouane Fellaini did well to control Phil Jones’ long pass before releasing Ibrahimovic on the left-hand side of the box. The Swede then dinked the ball into the path of an unmarked Mkhitaryan who tapped home from close range.Jose Mourinho’s side started with more vigour in the second half, as Ibrahimovic fired just over the bar within seconds of the restart before Ashley Young poked a fizzing cross past the post in the 52nd minute.But 60 seconds later, Rostov surprisingly got themselves on level terms in what was a fine finish from Bukharov. The striker raced forward to meet an angled ball over the top from Timofei Kalachev, getting between Jones and Chris Smalling before thumping home past Romero to lift the home support.Both sides could have doubled their lead in quick succession as Aleksandr Yerokhin got in behind the United back four in the 65th minute, but could only curl an effort wide before a strong Fellaini header from Daley Blind’s corner fell into the hands of Rostov goalkeeper Nikita Medvedev.Rostov continued to push for another goal as the clock wore down with Kalachev going on a tricky run to the top of the box on 74 minutes before taking aim from the right-hand corner, but could only send it into the raucous home support.Both goalkeepers were called into action in the final minutes with Medvedev coming off his line to punch away Blind’s free-kick before Romero collected a fizzing pass into the box from Kalachev and Alexandru Gatcan tried his luck with a long-range strike.Anthony Martial could have been the hero for United with the final kick of the game as Fellaini headed down for the Frenchman, but he could not connect in the six-yard box to see the game end all square.last_img read more

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Quake topples Mexico City paralympic events

first_imgThe magnitude 7.1 shock killed at least 226 people, nearly half of them in the capital and among them at least 22 school children.The swimming and powerlifting events were due to start at the end of the month with 1,400 athletes, officials and staff involved and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said that this was the first time it had been forced to postpone a major championship.”As a result of this tragedy, we are in full agreement that the immediate focus of the Mexican authorities should be on prioritising recovery and rebuilding for the Mexican people and not organising two major international sport events,” IPC President Andrew Parsons said.”I know the postponement of both championships will be disappointing news to all the athletes who were set to take part, however these are unique circumstances and quite simply this is the right thing to do at the moment.”Parsons said arrangements were being made for a safe departure of delegations that had already arrived in the capital. Photo: AFPlast_img read more

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