Matawan High School quarterback Jared Allison attempts to make a pass while facing pressure from the Long Branch defense during the Oct. 9 game in Long Branch. The undefeated Huskies are now 5-0 after holding off a Green Wave rally to win 34-31. FRANK GALIPO
Indoor Auto Racing will return to Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in 2013 for the 11th year under the promotion of Len Sammons.Sammons has confirmed that the exciting events will be held on the nights of Feb. 1-2. Tickets for the Atlantic City Indoor Races became available on Aug. 17.The Three-Quarter Midgets will hit speeds upwards of 70 mph while running around a course set up on the historic landmark Boardwalk Hall concrete floor. Feature events find a minimum of 24 cars taking the green flag providing some hair-raising action for fans.Each year professional racecar drivers from many different segments of the sport, and over 10 different states, compete at the event. The Champ Kart and Slingshot divisions will also be included in the Atlantic City race weekend.Racing will begin on Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Feb. 2. Each night will include qualifying races and a feature event for the headline division.Tickets for the Atlantic City event will go on sale at Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Boardwalk Hall box office. Ticket prices for Feb. 1 are $25 for front row reserved, $20 for lower level reserved, $17 for upper level reserved, $15 for general admission adults, and $5 for general admission kids 12 and under. Tickets for Feb. 2 are priced at $30 for front row reserved, $25 for lower level reserved, $22 for upper level reserved, $20 for general admission adults, and $5 general admission kids 12 and under. These prices do not include facility fees. Ticket prices will be $2 more if purchased on the day of the show.
When the calendar changes to 2013, Bob Dubina, the head coach of the Brookdale Community College womens basketball team, expects his girls to become one of the best teams in the Garden State Athletic Conference and Region XIX.With only two players returning and a host of incoming freshmen, Dubina knew his club would be a work in progress early in the season. Tackling a difficult schedule wouldn’t make things easier for a team whose players were just getting familiar with each other and adjusting to new roles and positions.“It’s taking a little longer for us to gel than I thought,” he said. “We’re not shooting the ball well. But, we’ve been competitive and we’ve shown flashes.“We have freshmen coming in and playing different roles,” he added.While the offense has lacked consistency, it’s the defense that has made the Jersey Blues competitive and helped them get to 7-5 while they work things out.“We’re doing a real good job defensively,” said Dubina. “They work hard and give 100 percent.”The Jersey Blues mostly play a 2-3 zone, but it’s an aggressive one. The team will press and trap teams. To change things up, Dubina will go to man-to-man.Having size up front in the 6-foot-3- inch tall Samantha Carlson, a freshman from Manalapan, has made the zone that much more effective. She makes teams reluctant to drive the lane. Sophomore Eden Obou (Newark) is one of the top rebounders in the country. The 5-foot-9-inch tall forward is pulling down 12 caroms a contest, which ranks 11th in the nation. Her boarding is another reason the defense has played so well, allowing just 47 points a game.Freshmen guards Kierra Smith (Monmouth Regional) and Laurne Bowler (Red Bank Regional) have shown a lot of promise. Smith has scored as many as 32 points in a game and leads the team in assists (3.7).Completing the starting lineup for the Jersey Blues is Jasmine Davis, a freshman swing player from Monmouth. She leads a very balanced attack in scoring at 13 points a game. She is the only player averaging in double figures. Behind her are Smith and Obou, who are averaging 9.2 and 7.7 points per game, respectively.Dubina has a very deep bench. Jennifer Patterson (Old Bridge) is a good shooter who can provide offense. Forward Marina Lukianov (Howell) and guard Nadya Szanieszio (Keansburg) are solid defensive players. Forward Molly Carrol (Keyport) has provided an offensive spark, while guard Jamie Jackowski (Howell) completes the squad.Dubina has the option of going big or small with his lineup, as well as having a more offensive or more defensive unit on the floor depending on what he needs.Brookdale finishes a three-game homestand this week hosting Ocean County College on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. and Sussex County Community College on Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
By Tom HaywardWayne Rooney ended his eight-game Premier League scoring drought with a brace as Manchester United climbed back above Arsenal into third with a 2-0 victory against a dogged Sunderland on Saturday.United were booed during stages of another underwhelming first half at Old Trafford but Rooney, restored to his favoured forward position, dispatched a 66th-minute penalty after Radamel Falcao was impeded by John O’Shea.Fellow former United man Wes Brown was wrongly shown the red card instead of O’Shea despite the remonstrations of Sunderland’s players before Rooney added his second with a simple finish in the 84th minute.“It’s great to score but the three points are the most important thing after last week (a 2-1 loss to Swansea City),” Rooney told the BBC.“We knew Sunderland would be dogged. They defended well, but we were patient. It was a good performance.“I think there are a lot of teams in a good run of form and there’s not much difference between the top teams. We hope that, come the end of the season, we’re in the right position.”United’s top-four rivals Southampton continued their recent slump after they were beaten 1-0 at improving West Bromwich Albion courtesy of Saido Berahino’s early goal.Earlier Glenn Murray scored twice and was sent off as resurgent Crystal Palace registered a 3-1 Premier League win at a toothless West Ham United to heap more woe on the stuttering east London side, who began the season brightly.Newcastle United extended Aston Villa’s winless Premier League run to 12 games with a 1-0 victory at St James’ Park thanks to Papiss Cisse’s goal.Swansea City climbed to eighth after Kieran Trippier’s own goal in a 1-0 win at struggling Burnley while Stoke City were 1-0 victors at home against Hull City thanks to a Peter Crouch header.UNITED VULNERABLENot for the first time this season, Manchester United’s back three looked vulnerable and were indebted to goalkeeper David de Gea, who tipped Connor Wickham’s early shot round the post before the Spaniard denied Jermain Defoe.A prolonged period of United possession yielded no attacking enterprise and ended with a ball back to De Gea, which was met by widespread boos and groans from a disgruntled Old Trafford crowd.Moments later Ashley Young’s low cross clipped the bar via a sizeable deflection off O’Shea before the United wingback fired a shot narrowly past the far post.After the break, more sloppy United play was greeted with groans though their side finally opened the scoring when Falcao turned brilliantly to win a penalty after he was impeded by O’Shea.Referee Roger East mistakenly showed Brown the red card before Rooney calmly converted the penalty.Adnan Januzaj, a halftime substitute for an anonymous Angel di Maria, made a huge impact following his introduction and his low shot was parried by Costel Pantilimon allowing Rooney to apply a simple finish to secure the points.Southampton had won one of their previous four league games to slip out of the top four and they found themselves behind after Berahino’s excellent strike in the second minute.The visitors commanded much of the possession but too many of their players cut frustrated figures as they failed to break down a resolute West Brom side.Morgan Schneiderlin split the hosts’ defence with a sublime ball midway through the half but Sadio Mane wasted the opportunity with a wild shot.West Brom’s lively striker Berahino, who has 17 goals in all competitions this season, was substituted with an apparent injury.Southampton’s Graziano Pelle failed to convert a glaring opportunity with the goal beckoning midway through the second period.Darren Fletcher missed a good chance for the hosts before both Pelle and Eljero Elia wasted good chances for Southampton as West Brom held on to climb eight points clear of the relegation zone with a fourth league game without defeat.Second-placed champions Manchester City visit Liverpool on Sunday when Arsenal, two points behind United, host Everton. Leaders Chelsea play Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup final.
By Julien PretotFormer world number one Roger Federer was beaten 6-4 7-6 by local favourite Gael Monfils in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters on a bad day for the Swiss which also saw Stanislas Wawrinka exit on Thursday.Defending champion Wawrinka put up only token resistance as his game fell apart in a 55-minute 6-1 6-2 rout at the hands of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Centre Court.Dimitrov will face Monfils in the quarter-finals after the French showman, decked out in green and black stripes, saw off second seed Federer in a high-quality contest.Federer, beaten by Wawrinka in last year’s final, moved 3-1 ahead courtesy of an early break but Monfils hit straight back and then outplayed the Swiss from the baseline to break again at 4-4 before clinching the opener.The second set went with serve and Federer built a 5-3 lead in the tiebreak before losing four points in a row.“It was not the best end to the match,” Federer told reporters. “I should have done better with the break up in the first. I think I did a good job to hang around the second set. I also had chances of my own.“I never felt like things were really happening the way I wanted them to be going during the whole match.”Federer said he would now return to Switzerland to prepare for more clay court action in Istanbul and Madrid.Wawrinka also looked like he needs some practise.The third seed hit 41 unforced errors as he went down in less than an hour.Later on Thursday eight-time Monte Carlo champion Rafa Nadal takes on American John Isner and world number one Novak Djokovic is up against unseeded Austrian Andreas Haider-Maurer.
By Alan BaldwinWhile Lewis Hamilton chases his fourth victory in five races in Barcelona this weekend, much of the immediate attention at the Spanish Grand Prix will be on a home hero with no hope of winning.Bookmakers were last week offering better odds, before the birth, on Britain’s latest royal baby being named Macbeth than on Fernando Alonso’s McLaren team winning at the Circuit de Catalunya.They are now a more reasonable 250-1 on the Spaniard, winner in Barcelona with Ferrari in 2013 and Renault in 2006, and team-mate Jenson Button although just getting into the points for the first time this year will be a big step up for the ex-champions.Alonso will be very much in the spotlight however on his return to the circuit where he crashed heavily in pre-season testing.That accident ruled him out of the opening race in Australia and triggered all kinds of conspiracy theories about his condition and what had ‘really’ caused the crash.Neither McLaren nor Alonso made any mention of the incident in their pre-race preview, preferring to focus on improvements they expect to see in the first race of the European season.“I’m incredibly happy to be heading back to Europe, to my home country and racing in front of the loyal Spanish fans,” said Alonso.“We are seeing improvements race by race, and I want to ensure that we maintain this consistency throughout this weekend.“Although we won’t be fighting for victory in Barcelona, I know I can count on the support of the fans to bring even more motivation during the whole weekend, which will be very special.”After a three week gap, the fifth round of the season will be closely watched for signs of any shift in the pecking order with teams bringing upgrades to their cars now they have had time back at the factory.The battle at the front, however, is still likely to be between Mercedes, with double world champion Hamilton in commanding form, and resurgent Ferrari.The Briton, who posted on Instagram a photograph of himself ringside at last weekend’s Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquaio welterweight unification bout in Las Vegas, is up for another fight.“Having tasted success there (Barcelona) for the first time last year, I want to do it in even better style this time,” said 2014 winner Hamilton, who has a 27-point lead over team-mate Nico Rosberg.Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff added: “Lewis is in the zone right now, probably driving as well as he has ever done, and Nico showed his teeth in Bahrain with some forceful overtaking and a strong, aggressive race.“We’re expecting more of the same in Spain.”
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane reckons Cristiano Ronaldo is on top form as the Portuguese looks to increase his Champions League goals tally when they visit AS Roma in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday (9.45pm).Ronaldo is the competition’s leading marksman this season with 11 goals, a record for the group phase.Zidane, a Champions League winner playing for Real in 2002, said Ronaldo was on top of his game after the Portuguese scored twice in Saturday’s 4-2 Liga win over Athletic Bilbao.“Cristiano is very important on the wing because when he attacks one-on-one he’s very good… he’s very hard to defend against,” Zidane added before the game at the Stadio Olimpico. “That’s how we scored the first goal (against Athletic).”Left-back Marcelo has recovered faster than expected from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss Saturday’s home game, was back in training on Monday and named in the match squad.“We have to be especially wary of the speed of (Roma’s) players because that could hurt us,” Real striker Karim Benzema was quoted as saying in Mundo Deportivo.“They’re going to play to win because it’s a very important game for them at home. We must win too because we know that to qualify the key is the first leg… If we’re at our best we’ll win.”Isco looks certain to play in central midfield with Zidane saying he gave Mateo Kovacic a game against Athletic to rest the Spaniard, who has been a regular alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric under the Frenchman.The match pits two recently appointed coaches against each other after Zidane and Luciano Spalletti took charge last month.Spalletti returned for a second spell at Roma, who are on a run of four wins in Serie A, to replace Rudi Garcia.Spalletti will have been pleased to see striker Edin Dzeko end his three-month scoring drought with a goal in Roma’s 3-1 win at Carpi on Friday, although the man Real must especially guard against is winger Mohamed Salah, who also netted.Garcia’s tenure effectively ended with the 6-1 drubbing by Barcelona at the Nou Camp in the Champions League group stage, a result they will want to put firmly behind them on Wednesday.
The official transfer was done today at the Taurama Aquatic Centre (TAC) where the HPTC is now located.The HPTC was previously run by the PNG Olympic Committee (PNGOC).CEO of the PNGSF, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr described the transfer as a historic occasion for sports in the country.He acknowledged the work of his staff at the PNGSF, the PNGOC and the Government and other stakeholders for their all their support so far.“This a step forward for sports where we can merge the success at the grassroots level with that of the elite.“After the Pacific Games, we are now a threat to the rest of the region. We have become so competitive in the world and we can produce world champions.“But we will continue to work in partnership as all of us are responsible to pave the way forward for sports in PNG,” said Tsiamalili Jnr.President of the PNGOC, Sir John Dawanincura said he wanted the partnership with all stakeholders to continue and grow from strength to strength into the future.He encouraged the country’s athletes to fully utilise the HPTC and continue to produce good results not just on home soil, but overseas as well.
In addition to the donation, the NRL has pledged to continue to work with UNICEF and their rapid response network and is encouraging fans and communities to support the appeal and the people of Fiji as they start to rebuild.Australian Rugby League Commission Chair John Grant said the Rugby League community has close ties with Fiji, with some of the game’s finest and most popular players coming from Fiji.”We work closely with the Fijian Rugby League authorities to develop and promote the game and you cannot help but be impressed by the warmth and talent of the Fijian people,” said Grant.”I know that the people of Fiji are resilient and they will rebuild and I am encouraging all our fans to get behind UNICEF’s appeal to assist with the recovery operations.”The local NRL Fiji office and staff thankfully survived the cyclone uninjured and have been helping out with recovery and clean up efforts on the island of Suva. The team are providing support to local schools and communities that have been affected by catastrophic circumstances.NRL legend and community ambassador Petero Civoniceva, said he was praying for the people of Fiji and his homeland.”Thousands of people have been displaced and families have been lost to this powerful storm,” said Civoniceva.”I am devastated for my people of Fiji and I know that as a game, we will do whatever we can to assist those affected as they go through this difficult time.”UNICEF Australia Chief Executive Adrian Graham said they were moving quickly to provide aid to the people of Fiji.”UNICEF is urgently responding to the needs of children and their families in Fiji,” said Graham.”With whole villages having been wiped out, the needs are immense and our priority is to reach the most vulnerable.”Most of the people who live in Fiji are affected in some way, including more than 120,000 children who need help to return to their normal lives. Our primary focus is providing water and sanitation kits, as well as education and health supplies.”We thank the NRL and the Rugby League community for their support for the people of Fiji and we urge those who can to please donate now to the Fiji Appeal.”The NRL has consistently aided UNICEF in responding to the needs of children and communities in the Pacific region, with the Rugby League community having rallied around response efforts to Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu in March 2015.Donations to the UNICEF Fiji appeal can be made at unicef.org.auAbout UNICEFUNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything it does.Together with its partners, UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In Australia, UNICEF works with government and advocate bodies to defend children’s rights and support international development programs. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.• $30 can provide four blankets to families who have lost their houses in the storm, keeping children warm.• $54 is enough to supply a family with an emergency water kit, which includes buckets, soap, water purification tablets, sanitation and hygiene items. This ensures a family has safe drinking water in an emergency where clean water is scarce.• $80 can provide 10,000 water purification tablets. Each tablet provides a family with two litres of clean water – essential when water is contaminated in an emergency situation.
WKF World secretary general and Oceania president Robert Wilesmith has invited kickboxers in all provinces across PNG and surrounding Oceania countries.Wilesmith invited kickboxers to get registered and join the WKF to get global exposure by getting their names in the WKF World Rankings.“By being registered under WKF, all the global Promoters around the world will see who the PNG fighters are as Promoters cannot guess who is in PNG.“The PNGKBA cannot create a pathway for PNG fighters to fight for World Titles unlike the WKF,” he said.Wilesmith added that the fighters need to enter the International WKF Rankings, and also compete at the WKF Amateur World Championships in Andria Italy on November 14-19, 2016.Anyone that wishes to register as a fighter, an official, a promoter or a trainer can contact the WKF Australia Oceania head office president Robert Wilesmith on email: email@example.com