[img_assist|nid=9789|title=|desc=PHOTOS BY JEFF GRANIT staff |align=left|width=250|height=170|link=node] Holmdel’s Kristin Galicardi (c) holds her position in front of RBC’s goal as Holly Manucci (l) applies [pressure and Mary Beth Weiner (r) tries to clear the ball during a game in Holmdel.
Placing all five of their scorers in the top 20, Holmdel’s girls captured the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II cross country championship on Nov. 6. Lennon Cooper led the parade of Hornets at Jamesburg’s Thompson Park by finishing second (19:25) behind Manasquan’s Georgiana Honrath (19:13). Shannon Nelson dipped under 20:00 with a 19:57 that was good enough for seventh place as the Hornets dethroned 2009 champion Rumson-Fair Haven, 58-84. Katie Little (20:38), Lindsay Conlan (21:14) and Gina Delio (21:18) finished 11-18-20 to complete the Hornets’ scoring. T he top five teams and top 10 individuals all advanced to Saturday’s NJSIAA Group State Championships at Holmdel Park. Holmdel’s boys almost made it a clean sweep for the Hornet harriers. They were second to Delaware Valley, 53-62. Jack Baisley (16:56) and Jason Mc- Mullen (17:05) gave the Hornets a good one-two, taking fourth and ninth. Jacob Yang was 11th (17:15). Completing the scoring were Arthur Eng (17:36) and Eric Williams (17:57) in 16th and 22nd. Raritan’s girls are going to Holmdel, having placed fifth (115) in CJ II. The Rockets were led by Stephanie Sparacino (20:49) and Miranda Marques (21:18) in 15th and 19th place. Kayla Cullari (21:29), Amanda Stabile (21:35) and Erin Byrne (21:41) placed 25-27-29. In Group III, Middletown South’s girls lost a close race with Princeton for the sectional title, 57-64. The Eagles ran in a close pack, stacking their runners between ninth and 17th place. Grace Watters led the pack in ninth (20:18) followed in 11th by Taylor Landis (20:30). Brianna Haspel (20:41) and Erica Colavito (20:42) were 13th and 14th, and Christiana Rutkowski (20:55) was 17th . Only 37 seconds separated the five Eagles. That was enough, however, to overcome Princeton having its first three runners take 4-8-10. Middletown South’s boys extended their season by taking fourth (129). Brian George (17:232), James Coulter (17:29), Mac Norman (17:36), Brian Ruane (17:49) and Alex Spence (17:49) finished 17-20-25-33-34. The Non-Public schools, like the state’s top-ranked boys team Christian Brothers Academy, Red Bank Catholic, St. John Vianney and Mater Dei, will be competing for Group championships as well as the public schools on Saturday.
By Mitch PhillipsUSAIN Bolt rocked his huge frame back into his too-small chair, wrapped his arms behind his head and prepared to deliver his well-worn defence after another bombardment of doping-related questions at his news conference on Thursday.Ahead of his return to London for this weekend’s Diamond League meeting the script was supposed to be all about his happy memories from 12 months ago when the Jamaican lit up the Olympic stadium with another superlative triple gold medal performance in front of 80,000 dazzled fans.Yet the number one topic was the recent positive dope tests on his fellow Jamaicans Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson as well as that of American Tyson Gay, leading one journalist to ask Bolt if the public could trust the fastest man in history.“How long have you been following Usain Bolt – maybe since 2008?” he said.“If you’d been following me from 2002 you would know I’ve been doing phenomenal things since I was 15.“I was the youngest person to win the world juniors at 15, I set a world youth junior record at 17, I’ve broken records in every race I’ve ever done so I’ve proven myself. You could say I’m underperforming right now!“I was made to inspire people and to run I was given a gift and that’s what I do. I’m going to continue running and using my talent and help the sport.”Bolt is long used to his role as his sport’s beacon of hope and with every failed test his position becomes more important to athletics’ credibility.Next month he will race the world championships in Moscow where his main rival is likely to be American Justin Gatlin, a twice-convicted doper now back in the big time.Powell and Gay, the fastest man in the world this year, will be watching from afar and working on their defence that their failed tests were the result of inadvertently taking contaminated supplements.Bolt was cagey when asked about the latest batch of positive tests and though he stopped short of condemning his rivals, he did issue a reminder of the principle that every athlete is responsible for what they put into their body.“I think there are a lot of details that are still to be discussed, a lot of things that haven’t been said so I’m just waiting to see what happens,” he said.“In life things happen and people make mistakes but as an athlete you have to be very careful and aware, it’s hard but that’s why you have a team to have to help you out with these things.”Powell was said to be on an incredible regime of 19 supplements, including some injectable, but Bolt, who said he had spoken to his compatriot and told him to “stay strong” said he trod a far safer path.“I have vitamins that I take, every athlete does, but I don’t really take supplements,” he said.“I work hard every day go out with one focus and don’t worry about other athletes.“I’m not going to stress about it (doping). I know I am clean and I just want to improve the sport and that is what I am going to do.“Definitely it’s going to set us back a little bit but I can’t focus on this I still have the worlds ahead of me and everyone is stepping up their game.”Bolt will run the 100metres on Friday in the final event of the night (20.48GMT) and return on Saturday as part of a Jamaican 4x100m relay squad.His best time of the year so far is 9.94seconds – pedestrian alongside his 2009 world record of 9.58 – but he has looked sharper over 200m where his 19.73 is world-leading.He says he is unconcerned as he seeks to regain the 100m title he lost to Yohan Blake in 2011 after he was disqualified for false-starting in the final.“I could have run faster at the national trials, the main aim was to go there and qualify,” he said.“I’ve had three weeks of solid training, technique work, speed endurance, working on my core. I’m feeling in great shape.“This year I wanted to try to break a world record but its been an up and down season. Hopefully tomorrow will put me on the right path to run fast at the worlds.”
By Brian HomewoodAC Milan’s first competitive match of the season could also be one of their most important when they visit PSV Eindhoven for the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Tuesday.The seven-times European champions have missed out on the group stage only once in the last 11 seasons and failure to qualify this term could quickly turn the heat back on coach Massimiliano Allegri, who clung on to his job during the summer.Arsenal, aiming to reach the group stage for the 16th season in a row, visit Fenerbahce in another of the 10 ties while Huub Stevens returns to his old club as he leads PAOK Salonica against Schalke 04 and Olympique Lyonnais host Real Sociedad in a France-Spain contest.PAOK are one of five clubs, alongside Ludgorets Razgrad, Shakhter Karagandy, Pacos de Ferreira and Austria Vienna, who are attempting to reach the group stage for the first time.If Shakhter overcome former European champions Celtic, they would also become the first team from Kazakhstan to reach the group stage since the Central Asian nation joined UEFA from the Asian Football Confederation in 2002.Dutch clubs are no longer the force they were in European competition but even so, Milan, third in Serie A last season, will not be relishing their trip to 1988 champions PSV, who have already played five games this season and won them all.“It will be tough for Milan because PSV are a young team, who run a lot and want to play on the attack,” former Netherlands midfielder Mark van Bommel, who played for both clubs during his bruising career, told Milan’s website (www.acmilan.com).“PSV are very good at going forward but they have a very young defence. It will be a very interesting match because who knows what can happen.”PSV have sold several key players from last season but have been boosted by the emergence of 17-year-old Belgian Zakaria Bakkali, who became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Eredivisie in this month’s 5-0 win over NEC Nijmegen.MATCH-FIXING CASEArsenal travel to Istanbul for Wednesday’s match with their confidence dented and questions over manager Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy after a 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday.Fenerbahce are surrounded by uncertainty after they were handed a two-year European ban in June over a domestic match-fixing scandal in 2011 but were reinstated pending an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).CAS are due to announce the result before Aug. 28, the day after the second leg.Ukraine’s Metalist Kharkiv, meanwhile, were expelled last week by UEFA in connection with a domestic match-fixing case dating back to 2008 and replaced by Greek runners-up PAOK, who visit Schalke on Wednesday.Unlike with Fenerbahce, CAS refused to grant Metalist a temporary reprieve after they also appealed.PAOK coach Stevens had two stints in charge of the Gelsenkirchen-based club, the most recent ending only eight months ago when he was fired.Celtic, champions in 1967, set off immediately after Saturday’s Scottish league match at Aberdeen for a 5,500-km (3417 miles) journey which took them across five time zones for Tuesday’s game against Shakhter.Tuesday’s match will be played in Astana, around 400 km from Shakter’s own stadium which did not meet UEFA requirements for European competition.Real Sociedad’s match at Olympique on Tuesday will be their first in Europe since the 2003/04 season and coincidentally will be against the same opponents.Olympique, meanwhile, are looking to return to the Champions League group stage after their run of 12 successive participations ended last season.In other ties, Pacos de Ferreira, who had never finished higher than sixth in the Portuguese league before last season’s impressive third place, host Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday, hoping the Russians fail to notch a first-ever win in Portugal.Former European Cup semi-finalists Austria Vienna, aiming to become the first team from their country to qualify for seven years, visit Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.Steaua Bucharest, champions in 1986, host Legia Warsaw the same evening when Bulgarian champions Ludgorets Razgrad entertain Switzerland’s FC Basel.
By Nick MulvenneySTUART Broad took five wickets to put England in charge on the first day of the first Ashes Test despite a battling Australian rearguard that kept the hosts alive at 273 for eight at the close of play on Thursday.The England paceman’s first four wickets helped trigger an Australia collapse from 71 for the loss of a single wicket prior to lunch to 132-6 during the middle session.Broad, cast as the pantomime villain in Australia after his failure to walk at Trent Bridge earlier this year, then returned with the second new ball to bowl Mitchell Johnson for 64 and break his 114-run seventh wicket stand with Brad Haddin.Haddin, playing his 50th Test, was unbeaten on 78 when stumps were drawn with long shadows across the ground, and will resume on day two with Ryan Harris, who had scored four.Australia won the toss and decided to bat on a bright, sunny morning at the Gabba and the booing of Broad, branded a ‘smug Pommy cheat’ on the front page of the local Courier-Mail newspaper, contributed to a festive atmosphere.Opener Chris Rogers was the first victim of the bounce Broad managed to generate from the Gabba track but it was the dismissals of Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and David Warner around lunch that shifted the momentum firmly England’s way.Watson, whose preparations for the series were disrupted by a hamstring injury, looked like reaching lunch with his wicket intact until Broad intervened.The all-rounder pushed at a ball he could have left and edged it to Graeme Swann at second slip, swatting his bat in disgust at the manner and timing of his dismissal for 22.Australia captain Clarke faced just seven balls after lunch before he was making his way back to the dressing room with one run to his name after he popped a catch Bell at short leg.Opener Warner had looked dangerous in building an innings of 49 with some choice shots but he threw it all away when he swatted a Broad delivery straight to Kevin Pietersen in the covers.James Anderson then pitched in to remove debutant George Bailey for three runs before Chris Tremlett, the third England quick, curtailed a promising innings from Steve Smith for 31.Haddin, whose half century was his 13th in Tests, then combined with Johnson, recalled for his pace bowling than his batting prowess, to stem the flow of wickets.Johnson hit six fours and two huge sixes for his eighth Test 50 before Broad smashed his wickets asunder to complete his 11th Test five-wicket haul.England, who won the first series of this year’s double header 3-0, are chasing a fourth successive Ashes triumph and a first victory at the Gabba since 1986.All is not lost for Australia, however, and they could look to the corresponding Gabba Test in the 2010-11 series for some comfort.England were bowled out for 260 on the opening day but battled back for a draw, carrying the momentum from that recovery to clinch the series 3-1.
By Iacovos ConstantinouAPOEL had to come from behind to overcome Apollonas by 2-1 in Sunday’s top of the table clash at GSP. The surprise of the day though came at the Tasos Marcou stadium where Paralimni trounced early season title favourites Anorthosis, by 4-0.Apollonas began the game confidently, moving the ball around crisply and closing down APOEL high up the field. The ploy worked and with just eleven minutes on the clock APOEL’s Selim Benasour was dispossessed on the half-way line and the ball was threaded through to Gaston Sangoy who finished off the move with aplomb.APOEL needed a while to get over the shock but gradually began to take control of the game as Apollonas inexplicably retreated. Apollon’s Merkis had to make a goal-line clearance with keeper Vale well beaten, while Benasour failed to direct a simple header into the net.Greek coach Giorgos Donis introduced two out-and-out strikers in Santin and Sheridan at the interval, which changed the game completely. APOEL dominated the game and the visiting team was pegged back.APOEL drew level with Thomas de Vincenti in the 67th minute after Apollon’s captain Merkis was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the area. The winner came seven minutes later when the same player squeezed the ball past Vale from a very tight angle.Despite APOEL’s dominance after the break, Gaston Sangoy could have sewn up the game for the visitors early in the second half if he had found the net with only APOEL’s keeper Pardo to beat.Nicos Kostenoglou, the newly appointed Anorthosis coach, watched his team being humbled by Enosis Neon Paralimniou by 4-0. The new coach, who officially takes charge today, must have been shocked by the way his team crumbled as soon as the home team took the lead.Enosis’ Ibrahim was outstanding, netting a hat-trick, providing Angulo with the fourth, and in general running the Anorthosis defence ragged. However Enosis need a few more performances like this and hope the other relegation candidates, Aris and AEK Kouklion, falter further as they did on Saturday.Aris Lemesou had to fight back from two goals down and draw their game against AEK Larnaca while AEK Kouklion and Doxa Katokopias played out a drab 0-0 draw with Doxa looking the likelier to score as the game wore on.Omonia defeated Nea Salamina in Larnaca with Cerfa getting the only goal of the game in the seventh minute. Omonia just about deserved the win as they were more dangerous than the home side in the final third of the field.Three more points for Ethinkos Achnas who defeated relegated Alki by 2-1. Dimitris Froxylias and Chidi the scorers for Ethinkos with Patranoiu getting Alki’s consolation goal.League leaders AEL entertain Ermis Aradippou tonight at 7pm for the last of this week’s fixture list.
By Mitch PhillipsSouth Africa held off a fierce England fightback to triumph 31-28 in a thunderous test at Twickenham on Saturday to make it five defeats in a row for Stuart Lancaster’s side 10 months before they host the World Cup.Two tries put South Africa 20-6 ahead a minute into the second half and though England scored two quickfire rolling maul tries to get level, Schalk Burger got the key third Springbok score and the boot of flyhalf Pat Lambie brought them home.The victory made it 11 wins and a draw for the Boks against England, dating back to 2006, and was a hugely satisfying one following their defeat by Ireland last weekend.The frustration for England was that, just as a week ago against the All Blacks, they dominated the early stages but this time failed to turn possession into points and found themselves 10-0 down after 15 minutes after Jan Serfontein intercepted a Danny Care pass.When England did fashion an opening, poor handling or bad decision-making let them down, encapsulated when massive lock Dave Attwood ignored a two-man overlap and backed himself to get to the line, only to blow the chance.England had the best of possession and territory in the first half but were generally too lateral in their attacks and only two Owen Farrell penalties kept them in touch at 13-6 down.That gap became 14 points 38 seconds after the restart when Lambie chipped a perfectly weighted kick into the arms of Willie le Roux which the fullback gathered without breaking stride before slipping a lovely offload for Cobus Reinach to complete a wonderful score.England needed to hit back immediately and did so emphatically in the way they know best.A monster maul that South Africa, deprived of sin-binned lock Victor Matfield, were powerless to stop, sent prop David Wilson over and minutes later virtually the entire England team combined for another irresistible 40-metre charge that ended with Ben Morgan making it 20-20.South Africa showed, however, that they too could score through the forwards when, still with 14 men, they rolled over the corner for Burger to score and Lambie took his side 10 points clear with a penalty and a drop goal.Centre Brad Barritt scored England’s third try in the last minute but, just as last week, it came too late and merely made the margin of defeat look more respectable.
By Iacovos ConstantinouAEL were the winners of Sunday’s clash against APOEL while Anorthosis hit Ayia Napa for five and AEK Larnaca thumped four past Ermis Aradippou. Omonia continued their excellent run with an easy win against Ethnikos while Nea Salamina recorded their first win since the beginning of October against Doxa Katokopias.Despite taking an early lead through John Arne Riise and controlling play for most of the first half APOEL, collapsed after the break as an improved AEL hit back with two Tagbanjumi goals to give the Limassol team a thoroughly deserved win.The game though was marred by crowd trouble and referee Mashias had to stop play for twenty minutes in the first half as hooligans from both sides invaded the pitch throwing smoke bombs, uprooted stadium seats, and in general creating scenes usually witnessed at riots.Police arrested nine hooligans with further arrests expected.AEK Larnaca produced another display of fast and incisive football to thrash Ermis Aradippou 4-0.New signing Monteiro got off to a dream debut as he scored twice in the first half to give his side a comfortable lead. Two goals in quick succession midway into the second half through Vander and Larena made the points safe for the Larnaca team.Omonia, who many had written off a few weeks ago, continued their resurgence with a solid display against Ethnikos Achnas. Nuno Assis gave the Nicosia team an early lead but they had to wait until a minute from time to secure all three points when Skembri, who re-signed for Omonia a few days ago, took advantage of a defensive howler to slot the ball past Ethnikos’ keeper.Toni Calvo produced another sterling display to lead Anorthosis to their eighth win as they trounced Ayia Napa 5-1.Three penalties were awarded in the game, two for Anorthosis and one for Ayia Napa, but none found the back of the net. Calvo however was fortunate enough to score from the rebound to give his team a half-time lead. The turning point came in the 53rd minute when Kaminski saved Kolokoudias’ spot kick with the score still 1-0. Three minutes later Anorthosis doubled the score through Makris.Even though Ayia Napa pulled a goal back, the sending off of Messios a couple of minutes after with a second yellow card proved too much for Ayia Napa who let in three more goals in the last 15 minutes. A 35th minute strike by Enrique was enough to give Nea Salamina all three points gainst Doxa Katokopias.The win allows Nea Salamina to move five points clear of the danger zone, but with a very difficult schedule coming up, the relegation threat continues.
Order of play at Wimbledon on Saturday, prefix number denotes seeding, all times GMT. Third round unless stated.CENTRE COURT (1200)5-Simona Halep (Romania v 26-Kiki Bertens (Netherlands)John Millman (Australia) v 2-Andy Murray27-Jack Sock (U.S) v 6-Milos Raonic (Canada)COURT ONE (1100)1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v 28-Sam Querrey (U.S) T/F 6-7(6) 1-6Alize Cornet (France) v 9-Madison Keys (U.S)15-Nick Kyrgios (Australia) v 22-Feliciano Lopez (Spain)COURT TWO (1000)Carina Witthoeft (Germany) v 4-Angelique Kerber (Germany)10-Petra Kvitova (Czech Rep) v Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) T/F 5-7 0-0 (second round)
English football clubs were raided early on Wednesday morning by tax officials as part of a wide-sweeping probe, with several men arrested for suspected Income Tax and National Insurance fraud.British media were reporting that West Ham United and Newcastle United were targets of the investigation.The London club did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment, while a Newcastle spokesperson said she expected to issue a statement “in due course”.West Ham issued a statement to local media, saying the club was “cooperating fully with HMRC to assist their enquiries”.The body responsible for United Kingdom’s tax collection said: “180 HMRC officers have been deployed across the UK and France today.“Investigators have searched a number of premises in the North East and South East of England and arrested the men and also seized business records, financial records, computers and mobile phones.“This criminal investigation sends a clear message that, whoever you are, if you commit tax fraud you can expect to face the consequences.”HMRC said French authorities were assisting the UK investigation, that they have made arrests and that several locations have been searched in France.A French judicial source with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed to Reuters that a preliminary investigation has been opened and that operations were underway in France and in the UK.The source, who declined to be named, would not elaborate.