Brothers Academy’s George Kelly won NJSIAA Non-Public A state championship in 1,600 meters June 3 at Old Bridge High Lombardi Field. The junior posted a in his victory. He also finished second in 3,200. ERIC SUCAR staff Mater Dei Prep strongman Christopher Pace dominated the field events at the NJSIAA Non-Public B State Championship last weekend.The senior won the shot put with a throw of 51-1½ and finished second in the discus (131-5). For good measure, the Seraph thrower added a fifth place in the javelin (152-9).Pace helped the Seraphs finish eighth (29 points) in the championships held June 3-4 at Jost Field in South Plainfield.Also scoring for Mater Dei were Daniel Polanco, third in the 3,200 (9:58.25); Christopher Delaney, fifth in the 100-meter dash (11.42); and Daniel Tartaglia, sixth in the 110 hurdles (18.20).The top six finishers in each event at the group championships qualified for today’s NJSIAA Meet of Champions at Old Bridge High School’s Lombardi Field.Mater Dei’s girls finished seventh (27). They were led by the second place of Dejah McGee in the 400 intermediate hurdles (1:06.21). McGee also finished fourth in the 400 (1:01.18).Laura Catanzaro also medaled in two events. The junior was fourth in the discus (98-10) and sixth in the shot put (31-1½).Also scoring for the Seraph girls Christian were Caitlin Gatto (5-0) and Fallon the Quigley (4-10), third and fifth in the School’s high jump, and Amanda Mennan, 4:17.31 fifth in the javelin (98-9). theMatawan Regional High School’s Dylan Spadaccini won the Group II pole vault state title, soaring 14-0. The indoor MOC champion improved by a foot over his Central Jersey championship vault (13-0).Andre Hodge qualified for the MOC in the discus, where he was fourth (152- 8), and the shot put, where he was third (52-1). Justin Love cleared 6-4 in the high jump to take fifth and punch his ticket to Old Bridge.Matawan took ninth place with 22 points.Heading to Old Bridge for the Matawan girls is Gaynell Boham in the triple jump, where she was third (35-8¼) and the long jump, where she took fifth (16-9¾).Anna Johnson tied for fourth in the high jump (5-0).Old Bridge hosted the Non-Public A State Championships last weekend, and Christian Brothers Academy junior George Kelly won the 1,600-meter title in 4:17.31. Teammates Tom Groman (4:22.15) and Dan Mykityshyn (4:23.79) were fourth and fifth.In the 3,200, Kelly turned in a personal best 9:19.87 behind Delbarton’s Morgan Pearson (9:05.67), whom Kelly had beaten in the 1,600.Mykityshyn (9:35.99) and Conrad Lippert (9:37.55) were third and fifth in the 3,200. Gorman took third in the 800 for the Colts (1:56.31).CBA, which had not lost a championship meet all season, finally felt the loss of state champion Mike Mazzaccaro and finished second to an impressive Don Bosco Prep team, 111-80.Matt Pozo was second in the 110 hurdles (15.21) and fifth in the 400 intermediate hurdles (57.57) for the Colts.Theo Foster was fifth in the 400 (49.08) while Phil Reid was fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.78) and Zach McDermott was sixth in the 400 hurdles (58.06).The team of John Turi, McDermott, Clark Mangini and Foster was second in the 4×400 (3:20.56).Out in the field events for CBA, Kyle Connors was second in the high jump (6- 2) and Phil Ragan was third in the javelin (183-10). Bryan Morris was fifth in the pole vault (13-0) and Nick Berger was sixth in the triple jump (43-2½).St. John Vianney High School sprinters Elija Smith (11.47) and Ishmael Hyman (22.78) were sixth in the 100 and 200 dashes, respectively.James Pancetti took fifth in the javelin (166-0).Heading to the MOC for the girls is Andrea McKenna, who was second in the shot put (38-9¼) for the Lancers.
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By Steve KeatingNEW YORK, Aug 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Open women’s draw was blown wide open by a series of upsets on Friday but it was business as usual on the men’s side with Roger Federer leading a parade of seeds into the third round at the year’s final grand slam.The shockwaves began early on another sunny day at Flushing Meadows with 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni dismissing Romanian second seed Simona Halep 7-6(6) 6-2 to reach the fourth round.Lucic-Baroni, who failed to build on her run to the 1999 Wimbledon semi-finals, was almost overcome by the victory.“I mean, I’m a little bit emotional now. Sorry,” she said, wiping away tears. “It’s been really hard.“After so many years to be here again, it’s incredible. I wanted this so bad. So many times I would get to … a place where I could do it.“Then I wanted it so bad that I’m kind of burned out. I’m so happy.”The tremors continued at the U.S. National Tennis Centre as Swiss teen Belinda Bencic ousted sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-1 7-5 to reach the round of 16 in her U.S. Open debut.The tournament also lost a fan favourite when Italy’s Sara Errani posted her first career win over twice champion and 19th seed Venus Williams, coming out on top in an absorbing roller-coaster clash 6-0 0-6 7-6(5).By the time fifth seed Maria Sharapova had closed out the action under the Arthur Ashe Stadium floodlights with a laboured 6-2 6-4 win over Germany’s Sabine Lisicki the top of the women’s draw had lost four of the top eight seeds.The top 10 men’s seeds, however, remain intact.Federer, Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych and seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov all advanced on Friday.The highest-ranked casualty was Ernests Gulbis of Latvia, the 11th seed, who was ousted by 45th-ranked Dominic Thiem of Austria 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-3.‘JUST REALLY FAST’Federer, chasing an 18th grand slam title, served up a tidy 6-4 6-4 6-4 win over big-hitting Australian Sam Groth to ease into the third round.The former world number one has feasted on Australian opponents in grand slams over the years, piling up an 18-1 record against men from Down Under, and Groth, who was facing a top 10 opponent for the first time, proved little more than a distraction to the Swiss maestro.Throughout the one hour and 48 minutes contest the Australian took his best shots at the 33-year-old, including booming serves of over 140mph.“The 142, honestly I hit it and I turned around,” said Federer. “I didn’t know if it went into the stands or the bottom of the net or on the other side. I just felt like I hit it clean.“The 147 one I felt like I was there and felt like I had more control on it.“The difference between 142 and 147, there’s none really in the racquet. I think once you pass the 135 range everything is just really fast.”Ferrer reached the third round without lifting his racket when Australian Bernard Tomic withdrew with a hip injury, while Dimitrov breezed into the third round with a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win over Israel’s Dudi Sela.Berdych had a much tougher time, needing five sets and three hours 45 minutes to tame Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-3 4-6 6-2 3-6 6-3.Richard Gasquet, seeded 12th, and Gael Monfils, 20th, advanced in straight sets to set up an all-French collision for a berth in the fourth round.Working harder was 18th-seeded South African Kevin Anderson, a four-set winner against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland, while Spain’s 19th seed Feliciano Lopez won a fourth-set tiebreaker to advance past Japanese qualifier Tatsuma Ito.Results from the U.S. Open Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Friday 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Samuel Groth (Australia) 6-4 6-4 6-4Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat 11-Ernests Gulbis (Latvia) 4-6 3-6 6-4 6-3 6-317-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Tim Smyczek (U.S.) 6-3 6-2 6-126-Gilles Simon (France) beat Federico Delbonis (Argentina) 6-4 3-6 7-5(0) 6-112-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3David Goffin (Belgium) beat 32-Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-4 6-2 6-04-David Ferrer (Spain) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) walkover7-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Dudi Sela (Israel) 6-1 6-2 6-219-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Tatsuma Ito (Japan) 6-4 3-6 6-4 7-6(4)14-Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Illya Marchenko (Ukraine) 7-6(2) 6-2 6-418-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 6-7(6) 6-2 6-1 6-320-Gael Monfils (France) beat Alejandro Gonzalez (Colombia) 7-5 6-3 6-2Marcel Granollers (Spain) beat 25-Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 7-6(6) 6-7(3) 7-6(5) 3-6 6-46-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 6-3 4-6 6-2 3-6 6-3Adrian Mannarino (France) beat 15-Fabio Fognini (Italy) 6-3 6-4 6-1Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia) beat Alexander Kudryavtsev (Russia) 6-1 6-4 7-6(4)Results from the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Round 3 matches on Friday 5-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat 26-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-2 6-414-Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) beat 22-Alize Cornet (France) 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) beat 6-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 6-1 7-513-Sara Errani (Italy) beat 19-Venus Williams (U.S.) 6-0 0-6 7-6(5)Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) beat 2-Simona Halep (Romania) 7-6(6) 6-2Peng Shuai (China) beat 28-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-4 6-39-Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) beat Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 6-1 6-010-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) beat 18-Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 6-3 6-2
Manchester City reached the Champions League last 16 by demolishing Sevilla 3-1 away with a brilliant first-half attacking display in Group D on Tuesday.City top the section with nine points and are through with two matches to spare as Juventus, who are a point behind, drew 1-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach. Sevilla have three points above the Germans who now have two.City tore into their hosts, who had won their last 10 home matches in Europe, with Raheem Sterling scoring after eight minutes before Fernandinho headed another three minutes later.Benoit Tremoulinas headed Sevilla’s goal after 25 minutes before Wilfried Bony wrapped up victory with City’s third in the 36th.Manchester United 1CSKA Moscow 0Real Madrid 1PSG 0Shakhtar Donetsk 4Malmo 0PSV 2Wolfsburg 0Astana 0Atletico Madrid 0Benfica 2Galatasaray 1B. M’gladbach 1Juventus 1
Bolton Wanderers, one of England’s oldest football clubs, received a reprieve in their fight for survival at a High Court hearing on Monday.The Championship (second tier) club announced that they have been given a 14-day adjournment to conclude a takeover deal with the Sports Shield Consortium run by their former player, Dean Holdsworth.Bolton, one of the Football League’s founders who have fallen on hard times and lie second-bottom of the Championship table, owe HM Revenue and Customs 2.2 million pounds, leading to tax officials asking for a winding-up order on Monday.But lawyers representing Bolton told the Court that efforts were being made to raise money and another hearing will now take place next month.The planned deal with the consortium, reported by British media to be worth 7.5 million pounds, could resurrect the ailing club. On Friday, it was announced the club’s training ground had been sold to Wigan Athletic.“Whilst this continues to be a challenging time for everyone associated with the club, we are confident that this adjournment will give us the necessary time to conclude a transfer of ownership of the club, subject to approval from The Football League,” Trevor Birch, adviser to the Bolton board, said on the club’s website.At the heart of the takeover is 47-year-old Holdsworth, the striker who made over 150 appearances for Bolton in a six-year spell and scored 39 goals.
He played 38 tests and 75 matches for the All Blacks in the 1970s but he was also Samoa’s head coach at the 1991 World Cup.Samoa beat Wales and Argentina to finish second behind Australia in their group, which made the rugby world suddenly take sit up and notice of teams from the Pacific Islands.His son Paul played for Samoa at the last World Cup and he said he could never understand why it had taken so long for New Zealand to play in Samoa.”It was a wonderful day all round – celebrating the relationship between New Zealand rugby and Samoan rugby,” said Williams. “When the national anthems were played, I must confess that I got pretty emotional.”I know that a lot of other people did because it was very poignant remembering some of our friends who’ve passed on – Peter Fatialofa and Jerry Collins.”We drove down town after the game and some of the people, who hadn’t been able to go to the ground, had a big screen down on the water front. They were extremely excited about what they’d just seen. Everyone will feel well pleased with how things turned out.”Samoa welcomed the All Blacks with open arms when they arrived on Tuesday but there were no such pleasantries on the field during a bruising encounter, which the All Blacks eventually went on to win 25-16.”It was a pretty exciting game, particularly in the second half,” said Williams. “At one stage it was possible that Manu Samoa might sneak a win.”It had lots of excitement and lots of drama and there was all the pageantry with the flags and buntings. It’s happened now and I think the way it happened, illustrated that it should have happened a long time ago.”Hopefully it will happen in the future but finding the right sort of windows for those sorts of games is a bit tricky with Super Rugby and the Rugby Championships.”It really highlights to me that the Pacific Islands should be part of those competitions anyway as teams ranked in the top 10 or 12 in the world. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me but there you go, said Williams… PACNEWS
The Championships will be held at Italy from 25-30 October.PNGKF president Stanley Nandex said they aim to compete and produce world champions for PNG in the unified world.The federation has announced the 65 selected fighters including 12 females as the train on squad for the tournament following the 2015 national titles.The federation noted previously that the size of the team will depend on funding.The Championships will attract more than 105 countries including 12 different martial arts and kickboxing bodies to compete in this event.
Team Madang General Manager John Gringo and Madang Provincial Community Development Assistant Advisor Joe Bande in a meeting yesterday said Team Madang preparation is going well and credit goes out to code sponsors and general team sponsors.Bande said Madang Provincial Government, Ramu Agri Industry Limited, Wasmatau Limited, RD Tuna Canners Limited and others have supported Team Madang well in the last PNG Games and have come on board again to support the team.He thanked Ramu Agri Industry the supplier of Ramu Sugar and Ramu Beef for the sponsorship of K50,000 which will go straight towards the supplier of the uniform, and walkout wear for the team and officials.Bande along with Gringo further thanked Madang Provincial Government under the leadership of Jim Kas and Provincial Administrator Daniel Aloi for the continuous support to sports.He also thanked RD Tuna Canners Limited for the last PNG Games and their pledge to continue the support and Wasmatau, local company for supporting volleyball in subsidising the levy fee, uniforms and other necessary items.Bande said the support will go a long way and Team Madang is prepared to prove they are competitive.Meanwhile, Gringo said Team Madang still needs more funding to cater for Transportation, and food in the two weeks duration of the game.“As part of fundraising drive Team Madang will be holding a corporate dinner on October 22 at Madang Country Club to raise funds to meet the high transport cost,”“A Table will go for K5,000 with ten people and 15 tables up for sale,” he said.Gringo said business houses, corporate bodies in Madang who cannot meet the K5,000 can make agreement with others and co-sponsor the table, and those who cannot get one can help in kind like sponsoring wines, auction items and others.He said individuals and business houses who wish to pay for a table or contribute in cash or kind can contact the Fundraising Committees Chairman Atis Deme on 72055550 or Reuben Tabel on 72762034 for further information.
Andros Townsend gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 lead with a close-range finish on 17 minutes, despite Arsenal’s dominance in possession in the first period.The Gunners were second best after the break, and it was 2-0 just after the hour mark through Yohan Cabaye’s looping effort, before Luka Milivojevic put Palace three ahead from the penalty spot after Emiliano Martinez brought down Townsend.The result means Arsene Wenger’s side are seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City albeit with a game in hand, while Palace are six points clear of the relegation zone, also with a game in hand.Arsenal have now lost four consecutive Premier League away games for the first time under Wenger, leaving them 20 points off Chelsea at the top and the same distance off Crystal Palace.Both sides were unchanged for the clash after the midweek fixtures, and it was Arsenal who went closest early on, with Mohamed Elneny forcing Wayne Hennessey into a good save from long range.Despite having very little possession in the opening stages, Palace were ahead on 17 minutes through Townsend, who turned home from eight yards after Wilfried Zaha’s low delivery into the box.Hennessey was forced into action again by Alexis Sanchez, whose effort was destined for the bottom corner, before the Chilean struck just wide from the left angle.Palace could have easily been 2-0 up going into the break through Christian Benteke, who caused Arsenal problems throughout the game, but his effort at the near post when one-on-one with Martinez was tipped round the post by the goalkeeper.Benteke then saw a deflected effort on the turn blocked superbly by Hector Bellerin, before the striker had the ball in the net from a rebounded shot, only to be flagged marginally offside.And Palace deservedly went 2-0 up on 63 minutes through Cabaye, whose looping effort from just inside the area found the corner of the net following Zaha’s centre.Zaha, enjoying a fine season for Palace, was a menace all night for Arsenal’s defenders down the right flank, deservedly picking up the man-of-the-match award.Referee Michael Oliver then awarded Palace a penalty just five minutes later after Martinez came racing out to clean out both Bellerin and Townsend inside the box, leaving Milivojevic to finish well into the bottom left corner from the spot.And Palace nearly made it worse before full-time, but Benteke’s volley at the far post was cleared off the line by Nacho Monreal.Player ratingsCrystal Palace: Hennessey (7), Ward (7), Kelly (7), Sakho (8), Schlupp (7), Milivojevic (7), Cabaye (8), Puncheon (7), Zaha (9), Townsend (8), Benteke (8)Subs: McArthur (6), Delaney (NA), Flamini (NA)Arsenal: Martinez (4), Bellerin (5), Mustafi (3), Gabriel (3), Monreal (5), Elneny (4), Xhaka (4), Walcott (4), Ozil (4), Alexis (4), Welbeck (4)Subs: Ramsey (5), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Giroud (5)Man of the match: Wilfried Zaha
English superstar Joshua is a healthy favourite to prevail when he meets New Zealand fighter Parker in their world heavyweight title unification bout in Cardiff on Easter Sunday (NZ time).Many believe the WBA and IBF champion will be too powerful for the WBO belt holder from South Auckland, referencing the fact all 20 wins on Joshua’s perfect professional record have come via knockout.But respected UK boxing commentator and analyst Steve Bunce, a well-known voice in the sport, is one of an increasingly sizeable contingent who are giving Parker more chance than the odds would suggest.Speaking on the latest 5 Live boxing podcast with longtime BBC boxing correspondent Mike Costello, Bunce said the 24-0 champion from New Zealand had an advantage in one crucial area.”As a pro what he has done is get an awful lot of rounds. All three of his world title fights have gone the 12 rounds and he had done 12 rounds before that. And some of them weren’t easy, he had to think.”People in the Joshua camp, one of the biggest camps in world, would say that’s because Joshua doesn’t need to take the rounds, he’s has bashed and smashed people up.”I don’t necessarily agree with that, sure he’s bashed and smashed people up but without a doubt the better professional boxer right now, not the most explosive, not the most popular, but the better professional boxer, the better schooled, the guy who has got the better skillset looking at a 12 round fight is without a doubt Joseph Parker. Let’s get that clear straight away.”Bunce bases his statements not only on what he has seen but also what the numbers and other facts show.Parker has racked up 123 rounds during a professional career of less than six years, while Joshua has only 65 since his professional debut in 2013.The 26-year-old Kiwi has also been boxing for much longer, having got his start in the sport at a young age, with the rapidly-rising Joshua not introduced to the sport until he was 18.The Parker camp also have also indicated they believe their man will be the frontrunner if the fight goes the distance.Joshua’s stamina has been questioned on several occasions since negotiations for the bout began last year and a lean, mean-looking Parker is looking fitter than ever after a strict training camp at his Las Vegas base.”When you look at Joseph Parker he is one of those fighters that doesn’t do anything brilliantly but he does everything well, including taking a shot,” Bunce said.”He has got that history, he has got that solid amateur pedigree.”Another well known name in British boxing is also adamant people should not be writing Parker off.Former heavyweight champion David Haye, who has a re-match with English counterpart Tony Bellew this weekend, told Bunce and Costello that the WBO champion is a real threat to Joshua.Currently hosting the Parker team at the hotel in London where he lives and has a gym, Haye used Joshua’s 11th-round knockout win over longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko last year to make his points.A then 41-year-old Klitschko put Joshua on the canvas during the bout, but was unable to finish the job as the big Brit fought back for a famous victory.”Klitschko is a very defensive fighter … when he gets you hurt he doesn’t jump on you,” Haye said.”That’s very different when you have a young, hungry fighter in front of you. Klitschko had made the mistake before of being gassed out and being beaten.”But Parker doesn’t know how to lose, he hasn’t lost as a professional. If he manages to wobble Joshua he’s not going to stand off like Klitschko did, he is going to pile on the pressure and empty the tank.”That is the difference in this fight … as soon as one of the fighters shows any weakness the other fighter is going to jump all over him.”