Ferro, Warner among area standouts to win state titles

first_imgThe state indoor track and field season concluded with Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) standout Blaise Ferro capturing his second straight NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) title.The Colts’ junior defended his 3,200- meter run title by posting the year’s fastest time, 9:12.96. He now has three 3,200 MOC crowns — two indoors and one outdoors.Ferro was the only area athlete to strike gold at the MOC on Feb. 21 at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River. However, it was another outstanding season overall for area track and field athletes.At the group championships on Feb. 13- 15 in Toms River, Ferro won the 1,600 (4:34.11) and 3,200 (9:24.76) in leading CBA to the team championship. The Colts defeated Union Catholic High School by 33 points, 83-50.Ferro’s 3,200 time was a meet record.In Non-Public A, Red Bank Catholic High School senior MaryKate McNamara won her first individual state championship, taking the girls 800 in a meet record 2:18.88.St. John Vianney High School hurdler Josh Taylor was fastest when it counted in the 55 hurdles. The Lancer didn’t have the fastest qualifying time during the heats, but he picked it up when it mattered. He won the Non Public-A crown (7.61) in the finals.In Non-Public B, Mater Dei Prep’s Tom Mongeau was the state champion in the 800, clocking 2:03.61 and winning by more than two seconds. During the cross-country season, Marin Warner and Aaron Barlev gave Holmdel High School a rare sweep of the individual titles at the Monmouth County championships.At the state group championships, the duo gave the Hornets another double, as each captured Group II state titles.Warner won her first indoor Group II 1,600-meter run title in 5:04.02 — her best time this winter. The University of Pennsylvania bound Warner added the state title to the Monmouth County and Central Jersey championships she collected earlier this year.During cross-country, Warner also won the Group II state crown.Barlev delivered his best 3,200 of the indoor season at 9:36.99, holding off River Dell Regional High School’s William Daly (9:37.83). This was his first state championship.Barlev also won the Central Jersey Group II championship.Also leaving Toms River as a state champion was Raritan High School’s Joseph Cawley. The Rocket won the Group II 800 title, nipping River Dell’s Colin Daly, 1:59.56-1:59.74.The top six finishers in each event from the group championships all qualified for the MOC.Although the MOC ended the indoor track season in New Jersey, a couple of major meets remained on the schedule. The Eastern State Championships took place on March 3, and the New Balance Indoor Nationals are scheduled for March 13-15. The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City is the setting for both meets. By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Jamaicans stand tall at NCAA meets

first_imgLAST Saturday saw the completion of both the NCAA Division 1 East and West preliminary round track and field championships in the United States. The top 12 athletes to finish in their respective events booked their tickets for the National Outdoor Championships to be held in Eugene, Oregon, between June 7 and 10.A host of Jamaican athletes were involved in both Championships, where 28 advanced in their individual events. Sixteen came from the east, and 12 from the west, with former Kingston College quarter-miler Akeem Bloomfield leading the way from the east and former Hydel High thrower Shardia Lawrence the top performer from the West.PERSONAL BESTCompeting at the East Meet on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Bloomfield was the top performer in the Men’s 400m. Competing for the University of Auburn, he won his quarter-finals in a personal best of 44.74 seconds. Two other Jamaicans also went under 45 seconds in advancing as Steven Gayle, competing for the University of Alabama, and Nathan Allen for the University of Auburn, both clocked 44.99 seconds to win their heats and were the third and fourth best, respectively, to qualify.Following her recent National record in the Women’s Discus throw, Lawrence continued her excellent form at the West Meet on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin, after a big throw of 60.58m, to be the number one seed moving on to Nationals. Former St Jago High athlete, Samantha Hall, competing for the University of Texas El Paso, also moved forward after finishing seventh overall with 56.50m.Former Wolmer’s Boys sprinter Odean Skeen won his heat in the Men’s 100m for Auburn in 10.24 seconds to be the fourth fastest qualifier in the event. Also advancing with him was his teammate Raheem Chambers, formerly of St Jago High, who was eighth overall after finishing fourth in his heat in 10.37 seconds.Former Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) athlete Sashel Brown continued her good form this season for Auburn in the Women’s 400m hurdles after finishing second in her heat and third overall in a personal best of 56.20 seconds.Other qualifiers on the track were former Wolmer’s Girls athlete Joneil Smith and St Jago High’s Natalliah Whyte, who both competed for Auburn, along with Peta-Gaye Williams and Jeanine Williams. Smith finished sixth overall in the Women’s 100m in 11.40 seconds, while it was seventh overall for Whyte in the 200ms in 22.88 seconds.Peta-Gaye, formerly of St Jago High, now competing for Florida State University, was third overall in the Women’s 100m hurdles in 12.99 seconds, while Jeanine, formerly of Immaculate Conception, now competing for Georgia Tech, was fourth overall in 13.09 seconds.List of qualifiers WEST400m Hurdles Women3. Andrenette Knight – San Diego State 58.66s, formerly St Jago High10. Ranae McKenzie – Kansas State 58.89, formerly Manchester High400m Women2. Chrisann Gordon – University of Texas, 51.29, formerly Holmwood Technical100m Hurdles3.Rushelle Burton – University of Texas, 12.75 +2.4Triple Jump Women5.Shardia Lawrence – Kansas State – 13.39m, formerly Hydel100m Men5. Senoj-Jay Givans – University of Texas, 10.03 +3.7, formerly Munro College200m Men7.Senoj-Jay Givans 20.36 +2.9400m Hurdles Men3.Kemar Mowatt – University of Arkansas, 49.10 seconds, formerly Munro CollegeHigh Jump Men1.Christoffe Bryan – Kansas State 2.18m, formerly Wolmer’s BoysTriple Jump Men2.Clive Pullen – University of Arkansas, 16.64m, formerly Kingston College EASTDiscus Throw – Women1. Gleneve Grange- Florida State 56.24m, formerly Holmwood Technical3. Daniel Thomas – Kent State 55.44m formerly Edwin Allen High6. Kellion Knibb – Florida State 54.56m, formerly St Jago High12. Shanice Love- Florida State 53.19m, formerly ExcelsiorShotput – Women3. Daniel Thomas – 17.48mTriple Jump Men2. Clayton Brown – University of Florida, 16.14m, formerly Jamaica College3. Jordan Scott – University of Virginia 15.96m, formerly Campion CollegeHigh Jump Men5. Clayton Brown – 2.14mlast_img read more

LFA, SDG Unveil Anti-Ebola Stigma Awareness at 12th Street Bus Stop

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, (SDC), yesterday unveiled a little over USD10, 000.00 worth of anti Ebola stigma message at the 12th Street Bus Stop in Sinkor, Monrovia.The Liberia Football Association’s vice president for Administration, Musa Shannon said the project is part of the on-going efforts by the association to encourage Liberians to do away with all forms of stigmatization as they relate to those who have survived the deadly Ebola virus disease.“Stigma in every form is what the LFA is against,” Shannon said, “we want to encourage all Liberians to become aware of the dangers of it.” He said the LFA is aware of the danger that goes along when one is stigmatized and is unable to rejoin his community.“We have here our former soccer stars,” he said, “including Kelvin Sebwe, Christopher Wleh, Oliver Markor and James Debbah who are all involved in the campaign against the Ebola stigma.”He said despite the massive decline of the Ebola infections in the country, “Ebola is still around until we can get rid of it completely.”“It is another first by the Liberia Football Association,” Shannon said, “for we were the first to suspend all activities to redirect attention to the fight against the deadly disease.”The national chairperson of the National Survivors Network, Patrick S. Farley expressed appreciation to the Liberia Football Association for identifying with the struggle to defeat Ebola and its stigma on survivors.Farley, an Ebola survivor, whose organization was initiated by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare and inducted into office a couple of weeks ago in Monrovia, said Liberians must make a determined effort to defeat Ebola and its attendant stigma.“Fighting Ebola and its stigma is a national responsibility,” Farley said, and appealed to Liberians to welcome and embrace their fellow brothers and sisters who survived the deadly disease.Representing the Swiss (Switzerland) Agency for Development & Cooperation, Mr. Darciba Christian said supporting the drive to restore Ebola survivors to their families and into their communities is a worthy cause.“We decided to assist the Liberia Football Association to let its former professionals deliver messages of restoration and hope as well as unveiling these messages at vantage points to help Liberians gets involved in the fight,” he said.Former international footballers present at yesterday’s unveiling at the 12th Street Bus Stop, included Kelvin Sebwe, Dionysius Sebwe, Oliver Makor, Christopher Wreh, LFA Sec. Gen. B. Alphonso Armah, Amputee Sports Association president Cooper Melvin Gotten and Prince Forfor of the LFA.In a brief demonstration, Kelvin, Shannon, Wreh and Makor hand-delivered several tee shirts bearing anti-Ebola stigma messages to passengers in passing vehicles.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reinforcements energize Ducks

first_imgBarch, who had already received a fighting major earlier in the game, picked a fight with the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Pronger, who knocked him over with a few well-placed punches to the delight of the crowd. Pronger sat out the first part of the second period with the five-minute penalty, but the knockdown of Barch announced his presence with authority. “I’m not sure what he was thinking,” Pronger said of Barch. “He was trying to listen to the ref and he was looking at me. I said, `Don’t look at me. If you want to go, go ahead.”‘ The Ducks threw down nicely on the offensive end, clustering two two-goal spurts to gain momentum and eventually kill the Stars’. Their first two goals came 26 seconds apart midway through the first period, as a McDonald wrister beat Dallas goalie Marty Turco with 10:27 left. Dustin Penner followed up with his 17th goal of the season at the 10:01 mark. Both goals were set up by hustle plays, as Chris Kunitz pokechecked the puck from the Dallas defense at the blue line before feeding McDonald, while Todd Marchant outfought Sergei Zubov for a loose puck in front of the Dallas goal before leaving it for Penner. “We came out really intense and focused,” McDonald said. “We haven’t had starts like that in a while, so to come out and play the first 20 minutes that hard was a good feeling. We gained a lot of momentum from that.” The Stars (29-19-2) thought they had the momentum after Lehtinen was interfered with by Beauchemin on an open scoring chance and knocked in the ensuing penalty shot. But the Ducks followed with the last two goals in a 63-second span. McDonald notched the first with 10:46 left on a bad-angle wrist shot from the right face-off circle, while Teemu Selanne poked his 31st goal of the season under Turco’s legs with 9:43 to go. Dallas’ frustration of falling 10 points behind the Ducks in the Pacific Division and 0-3-1 in the season series was echoed by Turco. “Obviously it’s disappointing,” Turco said. “There was a chance to come back in the third and that’s disappointing in itself.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ducks started the post-break schedule much like they began the pre-break portion, using physical defense and rapid-fire scoring to overwhelm the Dallas Stars, 4-1, at the Honda Center. All-star Andy McDonald had his second two-goal game of the season to pace the Ducks (31-12-8), scoring their first and third goals. But it was the return of the two defenders and Giguere that seemed to energize the Ducks, who limped into the all-star break with a 2-6-2 record in the 10 games before it. “We haven’t had those guys for a while, and it was great to see them back on the ice,” McDonald said. “Whenever you have guys like that come back, it really gives your team a spark.” Beauchemin and Giguere, who have been out of action 11 games dating back to Dec. 29, contributed nicely on the stat sheet in their returns. Beauchemin, who was out with a lacerated spleen, registered an assist and logged 29:41 of ice time to lead the team. Giguere, who suffered a groin strain, turned away 30 of 31 shots, giving up a goal on a Jere Lehtinen penalty shot with 12:14 left in the third period. “I was a little nervous to get back out there, but it felt good,” Giguere said. “I got my legs under me after a while and that helped me relax a bit. It was fun to be back.” Pronger, although he didn’t register a point, might have given the largest jolt of energy. Out nine games after breaking his foot at Minnesota on Dec. 31, Pronger played nearly 27 minutes (26:43) and got the 17,331 fans at the Honda Center rocking by throwing down with Dallas rookie forward Krys Barch at the end of the first period. center_img ANAHEIM – The Ducks’ first game after the all-star break Sunday saw the return of defensemen Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin, along with goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere, from injury. It also might have seen the Ducks re-establish themselves as the NHL’s team to beat. last_img

Mourinho on the FA naughty step again

first_img“The referees are afraid to give decisions to Chelsea. Once more, we don’t get the penalty at a crucial moment in the game,” Mourinho said.“The penalty in this game is crucial because my team, at the moment, the first negative thing that happens, they collapse.“The penalty was a giant penalty, and after that, the team lost even more confidence.”The comments refer to an incident in the second half when Radamel Falcao went down under challenge from Southampton stopper Fraser Forster, though replays showed the striker was already going down before the contact.A statement released by the FA read: “It is alleged his remarks constitute improper conduct in that they allege and/or imply bias on the part of a match official or match officials and/or bring the game into disrepute.”Mourinho has until Thursday evening to respond to the charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reacts during the English Premier League soccer match between Everton FC and Chelsea FC at Goodison Park in Liverpool, Britain, 12 September 2015. PHOTO/EFELONDON, October 6- The Football Association have confirmed that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been charged with misconduct for his comments following his side’s loss to Southampton on Saturday.In a remarkable seven-minute rant after his side fell to a 3-1 defeat to the Saints at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said that referees were afraid to give penalties to Chelsea.last_img read more

Ronald Koeman demands more support for misfiring Everton striker Romelu Lukaku

first_img Romelu Lukaku in action for Everton Everton manager Ronald Koeman admits Romelu Lukaku needs more support to get him back on target.The Belgium international has seven goals to his name this season but the last of those came at the end of October.His drought currently stands at four games and he has not even registered a shot on target in three of those four outings.But with next-highest scorer Ross Barkley (three) relegated to the bench against Manchester United last weekend and winger Yannick Bolasie, who has provided four assists for Lukaku, now out for a year with knee ligament damage, the manager has put the emphasis on the rest of the team to step up.“It’s a little bit the story of strikers,” said the Dutchman.“You can have a good run of scoring goals and then have a bit of time where you don’t really get big chances to score.“The players around him need to create more and he can improve in his movements – it’s a team question to create more chances.“We know how we need to create chances for him. If he gets the chances, we know he will score goals.“We need movements around the player and that was the reason why Kevin Mirallas played closer to Romelu against Manchester United. He needed that support as a striker.”Everton have won just once in 10 matches in all competitions but despite taking two points from their last four games they remain in eighth place.However, their away record is poor with just seven points out of a possible 21 on the road, having not won since mid-September at Sunderland.If they were to lose at Watford they would be overtaken by their 11th-placed opponents, who have lost three out of the last four themselves.Koeman saw positives in the 1-1 draw against United, secured via an 88th-minute Leighton Baines penalty, but accepts things have to pick up in the next few weeks with games coming thick and fast.“One point every time is not enough. The best confidence is to win the game,” he added.“The team performance against United was good but we know we need to win – it is the same problem for most of the teams.,“Watford are also in a difficult situation as they have not had the results they expected, so we know it will be a tough game coming up.”Failure to win against Watford would increase the pressure with trips to Arsenal and Liverpool due before Christmas, but Koeman is remaining calm.“It is not about the schedule. Sometimes maybe you get a win against a big team and not against a lower team,” he said.“We don’t have a good away run at the moment and we need to change that.” 1last_img read more

‘Mbappe is what the English media tried to convince us Marcus Rashford was’

first_img1 Mbappe has been likened to compatriot Thierry Henry Kylian Mbappe is an insanely talented 18-year-old.The French youngster did no harm to his growing reputation after scoring twice for Monaco against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.Mbappe has been likened to compatriot Thierry Henry and it’s not hard to see why.Monaco currently possess one of Europe’s most prized assets and have emerged as a genuine contender for the Champions League.The Ligue 1 leaders have enjoyed a memorable season to date and will hope Mbappe can continue to bulge the net in their bid for domestic and European glory.talkSPORT takes a look at the best reactions from fans online…center_img //storify.com/talksport/first-time-i-ve-watched-bernardo-silva-live-my-god.js?border=false[View the story “‘Mbappe is what the English media tried to convince us Marcus Rashford was’ ” on Storify]last_img read more

Striking employees due back at jobs

first_imgAt Los Angeles International Airport, some Teamsters and Operating Engineers refused to cross the picket line Tuesday and Wednesday, leaving only about half of 120 employees working on the south runway relocation project. But Villaraigosa said it appeared that support for the strike had dwindled, with fewer than 1,000 pickets Wednesday compared with about 1,600 Tuesday. The City Council voted last week to impose a contract on the EAA that gives members no raise the first year, but subsequent hikes totaling 6.25 percent – an agreement accepted by 17,000 other city workers. Aquino said his members are insulted there is no raise in the contract’s first year. “That was what they offered when we first sat down to talk and nothing’s changed,” Aquino said. “When they said they were continuing to negotiate, I don’t know who they were negotiating with.” The EAA is seeking parity with Department of Water and Power workers, who received a five-year contract with increases of 3.25 percent a year. Aquino said the strike affected the Department of Building and Safety and several other key departments, and that anger is growing among EAA members. “We have a lot of members who are telling us, Why go back?” Aquino said. “I hope the mayor and the City Council’s attitude is not `Let them eat cake.’ Unfortunately, that will lead to further disruption.” Aquino said wastewater from the city’s sewage treatment plants was flowing into Santa Monica Bay untested – a claim the city’s Department of Public Work said was largely false. The city’s Bureau of Sanitation was allowed to postpone some beach water quality tests normally conducted on Tuesday until today, Public Works spokeswoman Cora Jackson-Fossett said. The city also has arranged for Los Angeles County to do the required tests for bacteria pollution at several key beach testing spots. Picketing outside City Hall, architect Charles Chu said he was willing to forgo his pay for the strike. “If the strike is longer than two days it would affect me paying my mortgage, paying my car, paying for groceries, everything. But I’m willing to sacrifice if that’s what the membership votes to do.” Villaraigosa and City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka continued to say Aquino has not been straightforward with his members on contract negotiations. “It was the union that declared an impasse after only eight bargaining sessions,” Fujioka said. “That’s unheard of. It was the union that wanted a fact-finder and when the fact-finder report came out, we offered to implement it, but it was the union that said no.” Villaraigosa said the union’s contract demands would add $17.5 million to the budget, something the city cannot afford. “Three months ago, I was here telling you we have a $300 million structural deficit to deal with,” Villaraigosa said. “We are reducing that. But I have a financial responsibility to the taxpayers of the city to make sure we live within our means.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“We started this out to let the city and the people of Los Angeles know how important our jobs are,” Aquino said. “We said at the start it would be a two-day strike and we proved our point. “There is no reason to prolong this and make the people of Los Angeles suffer any further.” Villaraigosa said he was pleased with the union’s decision to end the strike. “We should welcome back our colleagues from the EAA and get back to doing a professional job in serving the public,” Villaraigosa said. On Wednesday, the striking workers forced city officials to shut 22 of the city’s 59 swimming pools because of inadequate staffing, and the Los Angeles Police Department said it was deferring most cases that needed fingerprint specialists. Hundreds of City Hall workers are expected back at their jobs today, ending the first strike by Los Angeles municipal employees in more than a decade. While the two-day strike by the 7,400-member Engineers and Architects Association caused scattered service disruptions, it failed to push the city into giving in to union demands for bigger salary increases. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has opposed the EEA’s effort to get more than most other city employees have accepted, urged workers Wednesday to “say thanks to the taxpayers of Los Angeles and get back to work.” Despite previous threats to prolong the job action, EAA Executive Director Robert Aquino told about 150 striking workers at City Hall late Wednesday that they had made their point. last_img

Cody sets another record in Baja 1000

first_imgSome of the most dangerous spots were created because of the storms. Others parts were booby-trapped by some of the estimated 300,000 spectators who attended the race. Cody said before the race it would take her 23 to 26 hours to complete the course. She was about 10 hours off her estimate. As she entered La Paz and worked her way through the streets to the finish line, she said she had tears in her eyes and was met with applause and celebration. Cody’s record-setting Baja 1000 was filled with near head-on collisions with other entrants, mud holes that swallowed trucks and motorcycles along the coast, a wayward hay truck driver and a moment of inspiration provided by her brother and crew near the end of the race. “It was one of the most emotional races I have ever done,” Cody said. Her race started with the other entrants at 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 15, and she almost crashed twice with other vehicles in the first 150 miles of the race. She nearly collided with a Volkswagen Bug going the wrong way on the course shortly after the race started. When she was racing through the Valley of Trinidad, she had to maneuver her way around a hay truck that was driving down the middle of the course. Things eased up once she reached San Felipe. She didn’t have many problems until the trophy trucks started catching her near San Ignacio around 8 o’clock at night. The nighttime racing conditions presented more problems for Cody. The trophy truck, buggy and race car entries were bearing down on her constantly. Plus, muddy conditions along the coast outside of San Ignacio were swallowing motorcycles, ATVs, trucks and cars. It was a part of the course she and her mechanic, Richard Jackson, inspected a few days before the start of the race. They knew the muddy conditions were dangerous and were prepared to avoid any treacherous spots. But racing at night made it difficult to notice some of the mud holes. Jackson told her how to tell if a mud spot was firm enough to ride over and which parts were soft. Cody said she saw trucks, motorcycles and ATVs stuck in the mud and considered herself lucky she listened to Jackson’s advice on how to avoid following them. “If he hadn’t given me that tip, I would probably still be stuck there,” Cody said. She had another near-miss with a vehicle around 2 a.m. She was almost 20 hours into the race, stopping only for brief breaks for fuel and water, when she crashed her motorcycle. While she was trying to pick up her bike and get back on the course, she could hear and see a trophy truck heading right for her. Only, she wasn’t sure if the truck driver or navigator could see her. She tried to wave down the truck and warn the driver where her motorcycle was. Cody said the truck narrowly missed hitting her bike. “I dragged it about 25 feet into the bushes just to get it out of the way,” she said. She eventually got back on her motorcycle and made it to the next pit area. “I was pretty shook up at that point,” Cody said. “I rested for about an hour. The roughest part of the course was coming up.” The last 200 to 300 miles were the most storm-damaged part of the course. But at one of the last pit areas, about 50 miles from the finish, her brother’s team and her crew members put together a sign that read: “Welcome Anna.” She was more than 30 hours into the race, with little rest, food or water. But she was within reach of her goal of finishing the Baja 1000 on her own. “Overall, I was actually feeling fine,” Cody said. “Tired, but I kept it together, kept it moving forward.” She crossed the finish line around 4 p.m. on Nov. 16 emotionally drained and physically sore, but in the record books as the first woman to complete the Baja 1000 solo on a motorcycle. “It’s such an awesome feeling,” the 38-year-old Cody said. “I just said a little prayer to my former teammate that we did it and I wish she could be here with me. I’ve always wanted to solo it to La Paz.” Cody was one of 16 solo riders to complete the course this year. James Sones of Banning on a Honda XR650R was the fastest solo finisher. He completed the course in 26 hours, 6 minutes, 4 seconds. Alastair Hilson was one of the top solo finishers. He completed the course in 32 hours, 53 minutes, 6 seconds on a Honda XR650R. “I don’t know what would feel better – to win or just to finish,” Hilson said. “It’s two different people. One’s doing it for time; the other’s doing it for satisfaction.” There were 37 riders on motorcycles or ATVs who attempted to complete the race solo. The 16 who did it received the Sal Fish SCORE IronRider Award. Colie Potter was one of the 16 solo riders to finish the course. “I had to pull way down deep here at the end, but it’s fun,” said Potter who finished the race in 31 hours, 58 minutes, 30 seconds. “I love to ride motorcycles. I only took gas breaks and stopped for food. I didn’t sleep or anything. I took like four 15-minute breaks.” The 431 starters broke the record 346 set in 1977. The 234 finishers were also a record, breaking the previous mark of 198 set last year. The SCORE Baja 1000 is scheduled to be televised as a one-hour NBC Sports special at 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10. timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’It was almost 15 hours after the first motorcycle team finished the race. A three-rider team, which included Cody’s younger brother, Quinn Cody, won the Baja 1000 on a Honda XR650R in 18 hours, 17 minutes and 50 seconds. But winning the Baja 1000 was not Anna Cody’s goal. She just wanted to finish. She wanted to finish as part of a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. It was part of Cody’s way of honoring and memorializing her friend and teammate, Lillie Sweetland, who died five years ago after a battle with leiomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Cody and Sweetland were the first women motorcycle riders to complete the Baja 1000 back in 1990. Injuries, children and work schedules prevented Cody and Sweetland from repeating their feat. That race in 1990 was Cody’s last Baja 1000. Sixteen years after completing a record-setting run in the race, Cody was back to set another record. The 1,047-mile race started in Ensenada, Baja California, on Nov. 15 and ended in La Paz on Nov. 18. The course was damaged in spots from recent hurricanes and tropical storms, and several of the top finishers crashed at one point or another on the treacherous course. Very few riders attempt to complete the SCORE Baja 1000 in a solo effort. Even fewer would try in a year like this one when the course is in one of its worst conditions and the level of difficulty is extremely high. Entrants were given nearly two days – 43 hours – to complete the course. Of the record 431 starters, a little more than half – 234 – officially finished. Before last weekend, only two solo riders have completed the Baja 1000 in the past three years. No woman has ever completed the course in a solo effort in its 39-year history. Anna Cody, a motorcycle rider from Camarillo, became the first woman to complete the Baja 1000 by herself. She finished 172nd overall, in 33 hours, 35 minutes and 40 seconds. last_img read more

Hibernian v St Johnstone: Key battles in League Cup semi-final

first_imgAttacker O’Halloran has been St Johnstone’s key attacking weapon this season, providing pace and intelligent running to what has been a very attacking Saints side this term.While he’s been the talk of the January transfer window his core numbers, four goals and five assists, fail to do justice to his impact on his team. O’Halloran’s direct style drives St Johnstone up the field and creates opportunities for team-mates as witnessed in recent matches against Celtic.The task of stopping O’Halloran will fall to Lewis Stevenson, who after years as an Easter Road utility man has finally established himself as the club’s left-back. Able to play as a wing back and as part of a back four, Stevenson provides width should Alan Stubbs opt for a diamond midfield formation. Liam Henderson and Simon Lappin. SNSOn-loan Celtic midfielder Henderson has showed signs of his undoubted potential in recent weeks, helping to turn the match against Falkirk back in Hibs’ favour as well as scoring a wonderful free-kick against St Mirren. The build up may have been overshadowed by a Tynecastle ticket row but Saturday’s League Cup semi-final between Hibernian and St Johnstone provides several intriguing match ups.Tommy Wright’s side continue to perform well in the top flight but face the Championship high flyers, who have claimed the scalps of Aberdeen and Dundee United.While Saints switch between a 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1, Stubbs’ Hibernian have experimented with 3-5-2, 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 in recent weeks.Here are some of the vital battles that could play a major part in deciding the outcome of this weekend’s last four clash. Michael O’Halloran may be up against Lewis Stevenson. SNS Comfortable on the ball and technically astute, it would be a surprise if the 19-year-old wasn’t included in the starting line up where he is likely to come into contact with St Johnstone’s Simon Lappin.With Murray Davidson and Chris Millar rated at 50/50, Lappin may be deployed in a holding midfield role alongside Liam Craig. Lappin fits the St Johnstone stereotype as astute, effective and underrated with the 33-year-old possessing a wicked shot from distance.St Johnstone’s defence will come up against Hibernian’s attack. SNS Stubbs may be tempted to try out his new look partnership of Jason Cummings and Anthony Stokes after the Irishman made a scoring cameo on his second Hibs debut. Both forwards have a tendency to drift wide in search of the ball in an attempt to drag centre backs out of position.While Wright reckons captain Dave Mackay will recover from a hip injury in time to partner Steven Anderson in the centre of defence. Injuries and personal changes have contributed to Saints’ defensive record which has seen them concede 34 league goals already this term, the same total as in the whole of last season.While Mackay is more mobile than the experienced Anderson both will be keen to avoid being drawn into one-on-one situations especially on the wings.Paul Hanlon will have to pay close attention to Steven MacLean. SNS One of the Scottish Premiership’s most intelligent forwards, regular readers of this site will be well versed in our admiration for St Johnstone’s Steven MacLean.Back in October the forward was averaging a top flight goal every 63 minutes and while his rate has slowed since then, he was back on track in Saturday’s loss at Celtic Park. MacLean, who has proved to be a cup specialist for Saints, has scored 11 goals this term including eight from inside the six-yard box.The 33-year-old’s movement opened up space for Michael O’Halloran to shine in the 3-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox before hitting the winning goal against Morton in the last round.Paul Hanlon may be tasked with keeping tabs on the former Sheffield Wednesday attacker and he will be keen to make it an aerial contest rather than a race on the ground.last_img read more