O’Neill looks for MOC sweep after claiming Group III 3,200 title

first_imgBY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown High School South’s Carissa Gray competes in the Group III high jump during the June I NJSIAA Group Track and Field Championships held at Frank Jost Field in South Plainfield. SCOTT FRIEDMAN Middletown High School North distance runner Tom O’Neill kept checking back on the field that stayed pretty far behind him in the 3,200 meters at the NJSIAA Group III championships on June 1 at South Plainfield.He didn’t have to. O’Neill kept a commanding lead and finished with a winning time of 9:13.08, 10 seconds ahead of Toms River High School South’s Kyle Kroon. For the second year in a row, O’Neill advanced to the Meet of Champions (MOC) at the same complex on June 5. O’Neill, who was 14th in the 3,200 in 9:22.73 at last year’s MOC, is determined to make it a clean sweep of titles in only his junior year after winning the MOC cross-country championship and the indoor MOC 3,200 in 9:02.“That’s my goal,” O’Neill said. “On [June 5], I’ll do what always is my strategy — to go out fast. I just like that way better.”Also returning to the MOC from Middletown North is Nikki Ras, who placed fourth in the long jump with a measure of 17-4 1/4 and tied for fifth in the high jump, where she reach 5 feet with 13 others, including teammate Kristen Hassenkamp.“Kristen was my partner [in the high jump relay], so I’m really glad that she is going with me to the MOC,” said Ras, who will study physical education at Rowan University starting in the fall. “I made both events last year, but skipped the high jump. I think I’m ready. I put in a lot of hard work, and I’m confident I will do well.”“I know she is not happy with her long jump because 18-6 is her best,” said Ray Convey, the Middletown North boys coach who works with the jumpers on the girls team. “I know she wants to come back here on [June 5] and show what she can do. Now she knows what it’s like at this point and wants to hit another 18 (feet) in the long jump.”Last year, Ras jumped 17-0 1/4 for 18th place in the long jump at the MOC.Ras also ran on Middletown North’s 4×100 relay team that finished fifth in 49.70 with Sydney Forte, Jen Diettman and Devon Freshnock. Diettman, a senior, ran in the MOC two years ago. In all, 13 athletes from Middletown schools advanced to the MOC — six from Middletown North, four girls from Middletown High School South and three girls from Mater Dei High School.Brianna Haspel of Middletown South advanced in the 800 by finishing sixth in 2:17.20. Haspel also ran on the 4×800 relay that won in 9:22.67 with Sylvie Evarts, Christiana Rutkowski and Cassidy Weimer.Eli Smith of Middletown South’ boys team was the school’s top finisher, placing ninth in the 100 dash (11.19) and the 200 (22.56).In Non-Public B, Mater Dei freshman Theresa Osborne threw a winning 101-2 in the javelin, while senior Dejah McGee was second in the 400 hurdles in 1:08.36 and junior Fallon Quigley was second in the high jump at 5-2.Brendan Donnelly, who was ninth in the javelin in 129-8, and C.J. Williams, who was ninth in triple triple jump in 36-2 3/4, led Mater Dei’s boys.last_img read more

Spurs roar back, Southampton see off Ipswich in FA Cup

first_imgBy Mark MeadowsTottenham Hotspur stormed back from 2-0 down to beat Burnley 4-2 in their FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday night despite resting their top striker in the once-fabled competition.Red-hot Harry Kane watched from the bench as Danny Rose sealed the home victory for eight-time FA Cup winners Spurs after Burnley, who gave their leading forward Danny Ings a breather, had scored twice in the first eight minutes.The overbearing significance of the Premier League was underlined by Southampton also resting top scorer Graziano Pelle for much of their replay at second tier Ipswich Town but fellow forward Shane Long struck with an instinctive finish after 19 minutes to secure a dour 1-0 win.With both sides third in their divisions and the clubs winning their only FA Cup in the competition’s sideburn-filled glory years of the 1970s, the replay after a 1-1 draw in Southampton promised much.But, in truth, the gap in quality was clear, although a hamstring injury to influential midfielder Victor Wanyama might lead Southampton fans to question the worth of the FA Cup as they chase a Champions League place.At least the ‘magic’ of the Cup was slightly in evidence in Wednesday’s other replay.Third tier Bradford City thumped second tier Millwall 4-0 at home to set up a fourth-round glamour trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea.Tottenham’s prize for battling back against Burnley at White Hart Lane is a home tie against top-flight strugglers Leicester City in round four.“It was a very interesting game. It was a strange game,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino told reporters.“The team has shown character and faith. It’s important to grow in the group.”Tottenham’s progression looked unlikely in north London after a goal from Burnley reserve striker Marvin Sordell and a deflected Ross Wallace free kick.But forgotten midfielder Paulinho netted from close range before a blistering Etienne Capoue strike just before half-time made it 2-2.Pochettino made seven changes to the team beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday and the players that came in gave him a nice selection headache following Saturday’s lacklustre display.Romanian Vlad Chiriches headed Spurs in front from a corner early in the second half before fellow defender Rose capped off the win after another assist from the ever inconsistent Roberto Soldado who was guilty of a glaring miss just before half-time.last_img read more

French Open order of play

first_imgOrder of play on the showcourts on day four of the French Open on Wednesday (all times GMT, prefix numbers denote seeding, all matches second round):Court Philippe Chatrier (play starts at 0900) 10-Venus Williams (U.S.) v Kurumi Nara (Japan) 4-Garbine Muguruza (Spain) v Anett Kontaveit (Estonia) Robin Haase (Netherlands) v 4-Rafael Nadal (Spain) 16-Lucas Pouille (France) v Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil)Court Suzanne Lenglen (0900)6-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Simone Bolelli (Italy) Joao Sousa (Portugal) v 2-Novak djokovic (Serbia) Sara Errani (Italy) v 13-Kristina Mladenovic (France) Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) v 6-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)Court One (0900)Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) v 15-Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) Tommy Robredo (Spain) v 11-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 5-Milos Raonic (Canada) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) Oceane Dodin (France) v 8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)last_img read more

NBA: Durant’s mom hurt over ‘vicious’ treatment son got in OKC return

first_imgPoe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES “The most vicious things you could say, they said about my son tonight. It’s hurtful,” the loving matriarch admitted to ESPN after the heated game.“We poured our heart into this place. Not just him. Our family. This is basketball. This is not whether or not you’re going to make it into heaven.”The 49-year-old mother, who was famously referred to by Durant as “The Real MVP” during his Most Valuable Player acceptance speech back in 2014, could not hide her grief after some fans approached her during the game and uttered obscenities about her son.“They called him a snake, a sellout, a b**ch,” she said. “It’s just a sad day. I understand that they loved him. I do understand it. But the name-calling…It didn’t have to be like this.”Apart from Durant’s emotional return to the city where he spent his first eight seasons, pundits and fans alike were thrilled to see how he’d react against former teammate and fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED STORY:Durant’s mother, the ‘Real MVP,’ subject of Lifetime movieSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Following news that the one-time league MVP hired extra security for his first return to Oklahoma since bolting for the Dubs this summer, Durant poured in 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting and led the defending Western Conference Champions to a 130-114 win.Despite the apparent disdain he got from the home court fans, the 28-year-old seemed unfazed by the hate and even told reporters after the game that he thought the boos “would be a little louder.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut unfortunately for Kevin, his mother Wanda Durant could not muster the same composure and admitted to have been hurt by the harsh treatment his son received.Just basketball, not whether or not you’re going to heaven Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely The match-up did not disappoint, as Westbrook brought in an unparalleled intensity and finished the game with a game-high 47 points and 11 rebounds, albeit in a losing effort.At one point, the once dynamic duo were seen jawing at each other in a heated exchange in the fourth quarter.Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook👀😤 pic.twitter.com/xZkxT2keHv— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) February 12, 2017In a separate report from USA Today, famed Oklahoma City restaurant Mahogany Prime Steakhouse reportedly turned down Durant’s offer to rent out the entire place after the game.The eight-time All-Star was eventually given a table on the restaurant, even though Westbrook was also sighted in the same establishment after the game.Kevin Durant is eating dinner at Mahogany after all. pic.twitter.com/c6zeZECEjd— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) February 12, 2017 Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite The fiery point guard was reportedly seated in a different area and did not interact with Durant. Khristian Ibarrola ‘The Real MVP’ Wanda Durant did not appreciate OKC fans’ harsh treatment of her son on Sunday. AP file photoAmid a sea of jeers and boos from his former fan base, Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors left the Chesapeake Arena with a victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.READ: Durant leads Warriors over Thunder in return to OKCADVERTISEMENT 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Wrestling legend Chavo ‘Classic’ Guerrero Sr. passes away at 68 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Tunes Liberia Launches Android App

first_imgLiberia’s biggest music portal, Tunes Liberia, has officially launched its long awaited android app, which comes with several features, including the main website.In a press release signed by the company’s founder and president Elvis Juasemai, the launching of the app is part of their new promotional strategy to make the site accessible to its users.Users who download the app will have access to all of the company’s social media sites in one place, as well as receiving notifications on recent posts about newly uploaded songs, lyrics videos and news, the release added.“Our new app can work on any android phones or tablets, and it is easy to use. With the app, our users will have the whole world of the Liberian music right in their hands.“Our goal from this is to make sure that our costumers become informed about new music from his or her app anywhere, any time,” Juasemai said.According to him, the beauty of the app is that it is easier and a whole lot faster to download songs than just using the website.He added: “From a business perspective, the app is easy to use and quick to increase popularity; therefore, we believe that the coming of the app will make the company reach its target of 15,000 viewers per day before the year ends.”“The app is free, but this link http://app.appsgeyser.com/Tunes Liberia needs to be used in order to download the app in the meantime, while plans are being worked out to have the app on Google Play Store.“Right now, we have received about a hundred downloads with no complaints. This tells you that the app is good and worth using.”In related news, the authorities of Tunes Liberia are appealing to artists to make use of the lyrics video opportunity by sending the lyrics to their songs.“Please send us your lyrics; this is a golden opportunity we are offering for free!” According to the company, the site’s total average download per day is 5,000. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD RECRUITS TURN HEADS AT HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgBryn Walsh is a pole vaulter/sprinter from Kelowna, B.C. At the B.C. high school championships last week, Walsh won the pole vault, clearing 2.95m, while placing second in the 100m (12.28) and third in the 200m (25.50). She will join Lew in studying kinesiology, starting in September. Sprinters Maya Ryan and Sarah Bell are also coming off some exceptional results at their high school championships. Ryan, who is a member of the University of Toronto Track Club (UTTC), placed third in the 400m (57.66) and fourth in the 200m (25.68) at the central region championships. She has accepted her offer of admission to study social science at University of Toronto Scarborough. Fellow West coaster Kristen Schulz is the 2017 Canadian junior triple jump champion. The North Vancouver native is a member of the NorWesters track and field club and placed fourth in the triple jump at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. She is set to study life science within U of T’s University College. Like Carvery, Bella Willett also represented Nova Scotia at both the Canada Summer Games and Legion youth national championships in 2017. At the Nova Scotia high school championships, she placed third in both the 80m hurdles (13.40) and high jump (1.60m), while also finishing eighth in the long jump (4.40m).  Willett will be studying kinesiology at U of T. Lagerstorm is the fifth kinesiology-bound recruit of the batch. She recently placed seventh in the long jump at the B.C. high school championships, jumping of 5.03m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Version Bell, who joins the Blues from the Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute (KCVI), is coming off a third-place finish in the 200m (26.16) at the East regional championships. She will join Lew, Walsh and Willett in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education this fall. The next two standout recruits come from the East Coast. Coming from St. Peter Catholic High School in Ottawa, Anesi Anyia is a sprinter, who recently reached the podium three times at the East regional championships. She won the 100m hurdles in 14.97 seconds, while placing second in the 200m (25.91) and third in the 100m (12.67). She will be studying social science at Victoria College starting this fall.center_img The University of Toronto women’s track and field program is pleased to announce 10 incoming recruits who have accepted their offers of admission and committed to compete for the Varsity Blues beginning in the 2018-19 season. Lew won the B.C. Athletics Harry Jerome scholarship, awarded to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional ability and show considerable promise in track & field, have attained an acceptable academic record and have demonstrated qualities of character and leadership. She will begin her studies in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education this fall. Rounding out this impressive list of recruits and some outstanding results are Morgan Fichter and Kristen Lagerstrom. Fichter recently won the triple jump with a distance of 11.51m, while placing second in the 100m (12.74) at the Saskatchewan high school championships. She plans to study life science within U of T’s New College. Jasmine Lew is a jumper/sprinter from Heritage Woods Secondary School in Coquitlam, B.C. She won the youth national long jump championship gold medal in 2017 and most recently placed first in the long jump (5.74m) and third in the 100m (12.42) at the B.C. high school championships. Zoe Carvery is a sprinter/jumper who represented Nova Scotia at both the Canada Summer Games and Legion youth national championships last summer. This past weekend, she placed first in the 80m hurdles (12.76), second in the high jump (1.60m) and fourth in the long jump (4.82) at the Nova Scotia high school championships. She is set to begin her studies in social science at New College. Story Linkslast_img read more

Nijja in shock after Super Eagles turn chicken

first_imgThe failure to qualify mirrored the disappointment when Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2012 tournament hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.The scorer of Nigeria’s two goals, Sone Aluko, said the whole team was devastated.“I am disappointed, everybody is disappointed,” said the Hull City forward. “We did not get the result we wanted and we now have to pick ourselves up as a team.”Out-of-contract coach Stephen Keshi blamed his players for taking South Africa too lightly in a match they needed to win to qualify for the tournament finals, to be held in Equatorial Guinea.“Maybe we took South Africa for granted and we paid dearly for this,” said the coach, who was only reinstated to his post last month after being sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).The NFF said in a statement that they would shoulder the blame but believed the country would bounce back from the setback.“The NFF takes full responsibility for what has happened,” said the body’s president, Amaju Pinnick. “It is a tragedy for us to come so near and yet fail to reach the finals.“We made so much effort and sacrifice in Congo to achieve the victory we needed there on Saturday and really had no business bungling it here.“This is a disappointment but for us, we gave it our best shot and supported the team fully. This is a dark moment but we will emerge into sunshine shortly.”Former Nigeria skipper Segun Odegbami said he was shocked and that South Africa, who had a poor head-to-head record against Nigeria, must now be taken a lot more seriously.“We have always taken South Africa for granted, believing we can have them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they have now shown us that this is an end of era,” he said.Abuja-based sports journalist Michael Obasi said the failure to qualify was a sign that there needed to be changes made in the Super Eagles.“The players let a whole country down in front of their fans, just as was the case in 2011 when we also failed to qualify for the 2012 Nations Cup,” he said.“We should now do away with this generation of players. We need hungrier and more committed players to represent Nigeria.“Keshi should also bow out of the national team. His best was not good enough.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000ABUJA, November 20- African champions Nigeria were reeling on Thursday after they failed to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations to defend their title.The Super Eagles finished a disappointing third in Group A on eight points despite a 2-2 draw against South Africa on Wednesday night in the southern town of Uyo.last_img read more

Fox show downloads debut on iTunes

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“We’re not going to stop,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of applications. Apple will continue to expand its video offerings the way its song list grew from 200,000 in 2003 to more than 3 million today. The Cupertino-based company debuted TV shows and music videos on the iTunes store in October. The store has sold more than 15 million videos – at a current rate of about a million video downloads per week – and propelled a boom in video distributed over the Internet. Rivals include shows on the TV networks’ own Web sites and Google Inc.’s video store. Time Warner Inc.’s AOL also recently launched in2TV, which streams episodes of classic TV shows with ads. SAN JOSE – Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes Music Store started selling Fox Entertainment Group’s programs on Tuesday, adding such TV shows as the hit series “24” and classic episodes of “Lost in Space” to its growing video portfolio. The distribution deal with News Corp.’s Fox introduces 16 more series to the popular online store, representing the platform’s largest programming debut from a single network. Apple, which already sells shows from ABC, CBS and NBC, now offers over 90 television shows from more than 20 networks. Like other iTunes programs, Fox downloads will cost $1.99 each. The Fox programs include “The Shield,” “Prison Break,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” among others, and is expected to grow. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Two incumbents pass on election

first_imgDebbie Sandland, the school board president, said Kurachi and Stratton will be missed. Although there have been some disagreements, the five-member board has voted unanimously on most issues, she said. “I would like to thank them very much for their service and their dedication to our district and wish them well,” Sandland said. Filing papers are available at the Simi Valley Unified School District headquarters at 875 E. Cochran St. and the Ventura County Elections Division in the county Hall of Administration, 800 S. Victoria Ave. The election is Nov. 7, and the papers must be filed at the county elections office by Aug. 11. eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Stratton said he was retiring and planned to travel, which would make him unavailable for school board responsibilities, and Kurachi said she was going through an emotional recovery after the death of her husband Roger, 55, last year. “I need time to heal my spirit,” she said. “I lost my husband in October and I’m trying to heal from that. It’s going to be a long process.” Stratton, who served 20 years on the Simi Valley City Council, including 12 as mayor, said he never planned to remain on the school board more than one term and wanted to announce his intentions early so other candidates had plenty of time to go about filing for the seat he is vacating. Stratton said although he has been frustrated in efforts to provide closer oversight of the school district and pursue improvements he advocates, the reason he wasn’t seeking re-election was because of his personal retirement. “We need outsiders to come in and ask questions,” he said. “In general, everything is fine, but the district is stagnating.” SIMI VALLEY – The two incumbent school board members say they will not be running for re-election this November, with both citing personal reasons and frustrations with their work on the board. Carla Kurachi and Greg Stratton were both elected to the Simi Valley Unified School District’s Board of Education in 2002. They supported a group of unsuccessful candidates in a bitter 2004 race and said in the past they were passed over in organizational meetings when the board president was selected. But both said they decided not to run for re-election this fall because they were embarking on new chapters in their lives. last_img read more