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first_imgGoodSports USA, Aberdeen, will hold an open roller hockey tournament Dec. 16 for $300 per team. GoodSports will also hold tournaments on Dec. 16 for Pee-wee (14-and-under) for $300 per team. Only the first eight teams per division will be accepted. Call (732) 290-0003 for more information. GoodSports is also accepting registrations for one-day soccer tournaments to be held on various dates. The men’s open soccer tournament will be held on Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. Registrations for a Wednesday night men’s roller hockey league (starting Dec. 20) and men’s over-30 league (starting Dec. 21 and 22) are also being accepted. Phil Brynildsen of Hazlet is a member of the 2000 Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa., men’s soccer team, which recently completed its season. Brynildsen, a graduate of Raritan High School, Hazlet, helped the team to a 15-3 record and a ranking as the 18th top team in the nation, according to the Nov. 6 final NSCAA coaches’ poll. Elizabethtown came in second in the Commonwealth Conference and fell to Messiah, which went on to win the NCAA Division II national championship in the conference championship game, 2-1. The Avalanche under-10 and under-16 roller hockey teams qualified for the Mission Cup Championships after recording wins in the Mission Cup series in Voorhees in September. The championships will be held later this month in Voorhees. The under-16 Avalanche also placed second in the Staten Island Tournament in October. The under-10 players are Vinnie Palumbo (captain) and Mike Pakrywa of Sayreville; Jonathon Gorombey (alternate captain), Chris Capelli, and Gregg DiPierro of Manalapan; Walter Heid of Keansburg; Danny Cuccinello of Old Bridge; and Kevin Yorks, and Nick and Rich Lafaman of Hazlet. The under-16 players are Nick Pulizzano (captain), Joe Fay, Garrett McCormack and Frankie Amodeo of Hazlet; Richie Heid (alternate captain) and Jimmy Dean of Keansburg; Scott Grande of Middletown; Eric Namowicz of Monroe; and Mike Conti of Hazlet. The head coach of both teams is Vinnie Palumbo of Sayreville. He is assisted by Rich Heid of Keansburg, Mike Cuccinello of Old Bridge, and Steve Gorombey of Manalapan. The general manager is Tony Pulizzano of Hazlet. Former CBA standout Todd Billet is off to a brilliant start as the starting point guard for the Rutgers University, New Brunswick, men’s basketball team. On Dec. 2, Billet scored 37 points in leading the Scarlet Knights over James Madison, Harrisonburg, Va. Thus far, the Middletown product has been one of the top performers in the Big East Conference and is hoping to lead Rutgers back to the NCAA tournament. The New Jersey Interscholastic Lacrosse Officials Association is seeking interested candidates to become high school boys’ lacrosse officials. Prior playing experience is not required. For more information, contact Bill Long at (609) 688-5500, ext. 2251. Howell’s John Blewett III didn’t have a car to race a month before the 27th running of Wall Stadium’s Turkey Derby. He teamed up with Modified car-owner Barry Jost for the race, and both were pleased with the results, a victory. Blewett joined his father, John Blewett Jr., the winner in 1980 and 1984, in victory lane. The Turkey Derby is three 50-lap features with the winner determined by the accumulation of points in all three events. Toms River’s Tim Arre won two of the three races and Blewett the other. However, the Howell driver won the overall derby title by finishing third behind Arre in the first 50-lapper, and then sixth in the third 50-lapper won by Arre. In Blewett’s win (the second of the three features), Arre was back in 10th place and lost enough points that his win in the third feature couldn’t overcome the gap. John Therkildsen of Matawan won the Pro Stock Turkey Derby title, despite not winning either of the two 25-lap Pro Stock races. Jackson’s Ray Gastelu won the first feature and Farmingdale’s Rob Williams took the checkered flag in the second main event. Therkildsen, however, was runner-up in both races and that was good enough for him to bring home the overall win. A pair of Farmingdale drivers, John McCormack and Chuck Jadacki, won the 20-lap Street Stock features. McCormack was co-champion with Manalapan’s Scott Parkstrom, who finished fourth in both races. The truck series produced a tri-championship between the brothers Buckley, Tim and Dennis of Colts Neck, and Phil Naylor of Absecon. Naylor and Tim Buckley were the winners of the 20-lap main events. Tim Adams of Robbinsville won the 25-lap Three-Quarter Midgets feature, and the Legend Card event went to Ben Seitz of Skillman. The Turkey Derby was held over two days, Nov. 24 and 25. The Battle of Monmouth Metro Stars, an U-11 boys soccer team, won the Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association National III Division fall championship with an 8-0-2 record. The unbeaten Metro Stars outscored their MOSA opponents by a 28-3 margin. In addition to their MOSA title, the Metro Stars won the National Division at the Wall Fall Classic. Since their inception, the Stars have an overall record of 32-2-3. The Metro Stars are Bryan Foley, Kyle Frederick, Luis Trinidad, Justin LeVicchi, Victor Avila, Jared Moskowitz, Kevin McArthur, Andrew Tennant, Alexander Taylor, Connor McDermott, Isreale Pantoja, Christopher Ballester, Joseph Dwyer, Kevin Nolan, and Joseph Ferraro. The coaches are Tom Foley, Frank Dwyer and Alex Taylor. The Battle of Monmouth Rockets, an under 9 boys’ soccer team, finished a very successful fall season with an overall record of 10-4-5, taking second place in the Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association’s U9 Premier IV Division, in addition to first place in both the East Brunswick and Spook-A-Rama Classic tournaments. A stingy defense anchored by Brandon Coluccio, Joe Procopio, Alex Terwilliger, Mike Utset and Chris Wishart, along with outstanding goal tending by Mike Casari and Matt Magliocco, made scoring against the Rockets very difficult. The Rockets’ offense, powered by Rob Casari, Jim Meindl, Nick Pascale, Frank Pluchino, Joe Reyes, Patrick Risi, Mario Rangel and Aakash Shah, kept constant pressure on their opponents, capitalizing on many scoring opportunities. The team is coached by Steve Casari, Jim Meindl and George Pascale, as well as team dad Frank Pluchino An under-9 Peninsula Eagles boys’ soccer team is being formed for children born between August 1, 1991 and July 31, 1992. The team will be selected within the next 45 days and will begin playing competitively in the spring. For more information, call Al Sambade, (732) 747-5710.last_img read more

Mater Dei athletes sign National Letters of Intent

Mater Dei athletes sign National Letters of Intent

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Liz Shaw wrote down the pros and cons of each school when she was weighing her college decision. By the time she was finished, she had a novel’s worth of notes. It would turn out to be a novel with a happy ending for the Mater Dei High School senior. Mater Dei star athletes Ryan McCormick (l) and Liz Shaw recently signed their National Letter of Intent to continue their athletic careers at Division I schools. Golfer McCormick is off to St. John’s University and distance runner Shaw is headed to Towson University. Shaw, who runs track and cross country for the Seraphs, recently signed her National Letter of Intent to Towson (Md.) University, where she will continue her running career on an athletic scholarship at a Division I school. “I had a hard time deciding,” said Shaw, whose final two choices were Towson and Rhode Island. The decision was agonizing because she liked both schools. But location tipped the scales for Shaw because she puts family first. “My family is very important to me,” she said. “Towson was better for my family because it would be easier for them to come and see me run.” Of course, much more was at play in her decision. Shaw was very comfortable at Towson. “The team and the coach were so welcoming,” she pointed out. “They were close to a family.” On the day she made her final decision, Shaw called Towson coach Roger Erricker, and his answer confirmed her decision. “He [Erricker] said he was so excited that I chose Towson,” said Shaw. “That made me feel secure in my decision. I’m so excited.” Towson had the two things that Shaw was looking for: she wanted a college that was strong in her major — kinesiology (as a runner, she wants to know how all the body parts move) — and one that takes running seriously. “I wanted running to be important to the school,” said Shaw. “I want to improve on my times.” Her focus, now that her college decision is behind her, is to improve on her 1,600-meter personal best (5:13) and qualify for the Meet of Champions in June. Shaw finds as much pleasure in cross country as she does in track. She’s an All-State harrier who made the MOC every year at Mater Dei. She is one of the few runners who say they will miss Holmdel Park. Mater Dei may be a small school, but Shaw believes it helped her get to where she is now. “I feel the support system, the teachers, coach [Kevin] Attridge and my family pushed me the furthest,” she remarked. The biggest change in track during her career was the resurfacing of the track from cinder to a state-of-the-art allweather surface. “The new track was the greatest gift we have ever gotten,” said Shaw. “We get to host [dual] meets.” Shaw’s classmate Ryan McCormick was also torn between a pair of schools, St. John’s University and Seton Hall University, before settling on St. John’s in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y, “It was the toughest decision I ever had to make,” he said. “It wasn’t easy. I feel like a monkey’s off my back.” St. John’s, it turns out, was where McCormick was most comfortable. “I kind of fit in with the team, and I loved their coach [Frank Darby],” said McCormick. “Everything clicked.” McCormick got the same response from St. John’s coach that Shaw did when she called Towson’s coach. “He [Darby] told me, ‘You made my day,’ ” recalled McCormick. Other factors playing a role in the decision were the competitiveness of the Red Storm team in a major conference, the Big East (they were fifth at the recent Big East Championships, just five strokes from first place) and the fact that the Red Storm does not carry a big roster. “That was the really important part,” he said. “They don’t have a big roster, which means I’ll play in every tournament. I really like getting the playing experience; it will better prepare me to get to the next level.” Playing college golf in the Northeast is frowned upon for the serious golfer. They will tell you “Go South, young man,” where golf is played all year. But Mc- Cormick is not like most golfers. He likes to put his golf clubs in the closet come winter. “I enjoy the time out,” he said, adding that the time away re-energizes him. McCormick has had an unparalleled career on the golf links, winning NJSIAA State Non-Public B and Central/South Jersey Non-Public B state sectional titles and a pair of Shore Conference crowns. The highlight, though, was last spring when the Seraphs won the Non-Public state sectional championship. The team accomplishment, McCormick said, was “awesome.” What Shaw and McCormick have been able to do is give the small parochial school in Middletown positive statewide recognition. You don’t have to be at a large school to achieve success. “It’s kind of neat to get Mater Dei’s name out there,” said McCormick. “I’ve enjoyed my four years here.”last_img read more

Lions display their balance in Showcase win over Jags

Lions display their balance in Showcase win over Jags

first_img Middletown North High School’s Jason Huelbig (l) tries to put up a shot against Jackson Memorial’s Brandon Holup during the Boardwalk Hoop Group Classic at Long Branch High School on Jan. 14. The game pitted the Shore Conference’s two best teams, and it was the Lions who pulled out a 36-32 win in the defensive game. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Jackson Memorial High School’s Brandon Holup held explosive-scoring Jason Huelbig to eight points, but the Jaguars could not stop the rest of a well-balanced Middletown North lineup that held on for a 36-32 victory at Long Branch on Jan. 14 in the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase.In the highly anticipated showdown of the top two ranked teams in the Shore, No. 1 Middletown North avenged a loss to Jackson Memorial in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV semifinals last season to improve to 12-1. Jackson Memorial slipped to 10-1.“Holup is on the other team’s best player every time. He can guard a 6-7 guy; he can guard 6-1 guys. Our defense is built around that,” said Jackson Memorial coach Joe Fagan. “Although Huelbig has gotten a lot of the attention, it’s not just about him. They’re a well-balanced team.” Middletown North High School’s Tim Frawley (r) tries to get a piece of the shot of Jackson Memorial’s Brandon McDonnell during the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase. Cody Thompson led Middletown North with 12 points, and Will Bowman and Tim Frawley added seven each, although Huelbig still got the Showcase’s Outstanding Player award for his team. Brian Kenny led Jackson Memorial with 10 and got his team’s Outstanding Player award.Huelbig was not disappointed about hitting only two field goals after slamming four dunks and scoring 18 points last week in a rousing 19-point victory over Christian Brothers Academy in Shore Conference A North Division. Jackson Memorial likewise had come off a big victory over Southern Regional in a battle of unbeatens in A South. “Cody is our X factor,” Huelbig said of Thompson, who also is the quarterback of the football team. “When I’m not putting up a lot of numbers, four different scorers can do the same thing.”“We have balance and feel pretty good about it,” said Middletown North coach Mike Iasparro.Middletown North closed the first half with six points — the first four on a layup and a jumper from the right by Thompson — for a 22-17 lead that it held until Holup sank a three-pointer and Kenny hit a driving layup with 1:35 left, which tied it at 32-32. Huelbig put Middletown North back ahead with two free throws. Jackson Memorial missed two free throws, and Frawley stole the ball and sank the first of two free throws with :08.6 left for a 35-32 lead. Thompson then grabbed a loose ball and Frawley was fouled, hitting one of two free throws with two seconds left. “I wasn’t worried about our missed shots,” said Fagan. “I just thought we turned the ball over too much.”While Huelbig was held down on one end, he also limited Brandon McDonnell to five points.“Not often do we put him on the opposing team’s best player, but with the way we matched up to them, we had to do it,” said Iasparro. “We gave him [Huelbig] the challenge and he stepped up to it and played tremendous defense, and Will Bowman’s pressure on the ball takes teams out of their set offense and comfort zone.”That pressure and tight defense down low inhibited Jackson Memorial, which has been struggling with scoring.Middletown North also had trouble scoring as it altered many of its shots against its much taller opponent and played without Huelbig for six minutes in the second half when he picked up his fourth foul.“I thought we had a lot of opportunities in the course of the game to gain control of the tempo and didn’t,” said Fagan.The point total ties a season low for Jackson Memorial dating back to the WOBM championship game in late December when it beat Toms River North in a defensive struggle. Middletown North feels this game will give it an added push.“This boosted our confidence and brought us a lot closer together,” Thompson said.It’s back to work in the A North for the Lions this week. Today they take on the only team to defeat them, Manalapan, at home in Middletown. Tipoff is 4 p.m.The Braves along with Freehold Township and Middletown North all began this week with one division loss.Middletown North travels to Freehold Township on Monday (Jan. 23) in another key division game (4 p.m. start). The Lions handed the Patriots their only division loss last month BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

Area wrestling teams chasing wins at District 22 tournament

Area wrestling teams chasing wins at District 22 tournament

first_imgBy MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent A fter missing out on state titles, Long Branch High School, Ocean Township High School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) will look to bounce back this weekend at the District 22 wrestling tournament.Long Branch advanced to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II championship with a 30-18 win over perennial state rival Delaware Valley Regional High School. The Green Wave then lost to Wall High School, 33-26, in the finals.CBA and Ocean Township met similar fates in their sectional finals. St. Augustine College Preparatory School topped the Colts, 37-25, in the deciding matchup for Non-Public South A. Ocean Township fell short of a Central Jersey Group III title in a 36-23 loss to Brick Township High School.Now the teams will regroup and square off against fellow Shore Conference members in the District 22 tournament, which will be hosted by Red Bank Regional High School on Feb. 21-22. This is the last team championship of the year.Long Branch took home the team title last season, finishing ahead of second-place Ocean Township. Middletown High School South placed third in the 2013 tournament.All four of the Green Wave’s district champions from last year have graduated. Junior Andy Hernandez (120/126 pounds) and senior Connor Mullan (182) lead this year’s team with 27 wins apiece, while Hernandez has lost just one bout. Both are among the best District 22 grapplers in their respective weight classes.Seniors Nick Menkin (145), Arturo Rios (170), Brandon Perez (152) and T.J. Covin (195) should also be in the running for individual titles. Menkin is 26-7 on the season.Freshman Austin Cannon has quickly emerged as a contender at 138 pounds, logging 13 wins and just one loss so far. He will be competing in the same weight class as CBA senior Erik Beshada and Middletown High School North’s Paul Capaldo. Beshada has a record of 29-2 this season and won gold at 126 pounds in 2013.Capaldo, a junior, is 26-6 for Middletown North, which hasn’t had a District 22 champion since 2010. Also competing for a title are senior Anthony Fabiano (170), freshman Thomas Anderson (152), junior Fred Svenson (160) and sophomore Chad Freshnock (182), who has an impressive 29-3 record.Crosstown rival Middletown South has a strong contender in senior Dom Franciosi, who is 26-3 at 126 pounds. He won the District 22 title at 113 pounds last year. Meanwhile, junior Matt Best (152) has a record of 28-3, and senior Kevin Fisher (170) is 20-6. Heavyweight Taylor Hendrickson, a senior, could also make a run for gold. In addition to Beshada, CBA is bringing another defending champion to the districts, Mike Oxley (195). The senior recently hit the 30-win milestone for the season and has been defeated only twice.Undefeated sophomore Sebastian Rivera also has 30 wins and will likely be a top competitor for the individual title at 106 pounds. Fellow CBA sophomores Dylan Van Sickell (126) and Will Oxley (170) are also grapplers to keep an eye on in District 22 play.Ocean Township’s Max Rallo could be the favorite at 120 pounds after winning the title in 2013. Rallo, 25-3 on the season, recently posted his 100th career victory and has won district championships in each of the last two years.Ocean Township, the all-time leader with 13 team titles in the District 22 tournament, is also counting on senior Andrew Mac- Neille (132) and junior Costa Poniros (126).The likely favorite at 132 pounds is Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School junior Marcus Iwama, who has put up a 24- 2 record going into the tournament.Raritan High School expects to have several wrestlers in the running for a gold medal, including junior Dylan Seidenberg (132) and senior Kyle Polonsky (220). With a 27-4 record, senior Connor Sheehan may be the tournament’s top wrestler at 160 pounds. Other likely favorites are seniors Kyle Lynch (182), who is 31-0 this season, and Pat Toal (heavyweight).Keansburg High School’s top contender is 195-pound junior Tyree Sutton, who placed first at 132 pounds as a freshman in 2012. Junior Dylan Alt (170) is 20-4 and could make a run for gold as well.Keyport High School, looking for its first individual champion in three years, could have its best shot in Dan O’Steen, a 220-pound senior whose record is 18-5.Red Bank Catholic High School has the longest drought at 13 years since its last gold medal winner in the District 22 tournament. Senior Shawn McCord gives the Caseys a solid chance at claiming an individual title this year, going 21-1 at 220 pounds.Home team Red Bank Regional graduated last year’s champion at 170 pounds, Dillion Stambaugh. This weekend, sophomore Tom Hinz, who is 19-9, may be in the mix for a title at 145 pounds.For the wrestlers themselves, the district tournament is the first step toward the state championships in Atlantic City. Individual champions, as well as the second- and thirdplace finishers, in each weight class will move on to the Region 6 tournament at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River on Feb. 26, Feb. 28 and March 1.last_img read more

Liverpool’s Suarez named English PFA Player of the Year

Liverpool’s Suarez named English PFA Player of the Year

first_imgBy Josh ReichControversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was named the English Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Player of the Year on Sunday.The 27-year-old Uruguayan, who will lead his country at the World Cup in Brazil in June, has scored 30 goals and contributed 12 assists this season as Liverpool head the Premier League table with two matches remaining.“The Premier League is full of really great players and so it is a great honour when these players recognise your work on the pitch,” Suarez said.He claimed the honour ahead of team-mates Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, as well as Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, Manchester City’s Yaya Toure and Adam Lallana of Premier League surprise packages Southampton.The irrepressible Suarez, the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush in 1986-87 to score 30 league goals in a season, has helped the likes of fellow striker Sturridge to flourish.His personal haul has arrived despite missing the first five league games of the season as he served the remainder of a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic last April.That incident occurred just before Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale claimed last season’s award and the announcement of Suarez in the Premier League Team of the Year was met with rumblings of discontent.Suarez tried to engineer a move to Arsenal in the off-season, before returning to Liverpool with devastating effect, leading the Anfield club back into the Champions League and taking them to the brink of a first title in 24 years.He has tormented top-level defenders with his speed, guile and deadly finishing and none of his 30 goals have come from the penalty spot.“He’s a remarkable player. His determination and his desire is at such a high level. He gets his rewards,” manager Brendan Rodgers said of Suarez after he scored a hat-trick against Cardiff City last month, his third of the season.“He’s a world-class player who is enjoying his football and long may it continue.”Suarez was one of three Liverpool players named in the PFA Team of the Year along with midfielder Steven Gerrard and fellow striker Daniel Sturridge.Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, defender Gary Cahill and midfielder Eden Hazard were also included as well as Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany and midfielder Yaya Toure, Southampton left back Luke Shaw and midfielder Adam Lallana, and Everton right back Seamus Coleman.Hazard was named PFA Young Player of the Year.last_img read more

Swiss seal ‘crazy’ win with remarkable late rally

Swiss seal ‘crazy’ win with remarkable late rally

first_imgSwitzerland, having looked as if they could play all night without scoring, struck three times in a remarkable last 14 minutes to come from 2-0 down and beat Slovenia 3-2 in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday.Milivoje Novakovic and Bostjan Cesar netted either side of halftime as Slovenia took control of the Group E game against the error-prone hosts who were jeered off at halftime.But two goals from Josip Drmic, including the winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time, and one by fellow substitute Valentin Stocker gave the Swiss a memorable victory.Breel Embolo, 18, the other Swiss substitute, also played a key role in the first goal as coach Vladimir Petkovic’s second-half changes paid off handsomely.“It was a crazy game where we had the bit of luck that we didn’t have in Slovenia,” Petkovic told SRF television, referring to Switzerland’s 2-0 defeat in Maribor in October.The win left the Swiss second in the group and clear favourites to follow England through while Slovenia must now battle for third spot, and a place in a two-legged playoff, alongside Estonia and Lithuania.Petkovic’s men have 15 points from seven games while Slovenia are fourth on nine points, below Estonia (10) who beat Lithuania (six) by a 1-0 margin. England (21) qualified after crushing San Marino 6-0 earlier on Saturday.The Swiss dominated the first half but struggled to create openings and were then caught on the break as Novakovic dinked the ball over Yann Sommer on the stroke of halftime.Cesar headed in from a corner three minutes after the restart to leave the Swiss floundering and Sommer prevented a third with a superb stop denying Josip Ilicic.Swiss frustration showed as Ricardo Rodriguez and Xherdan Shaqiri wasted good attacks with poor crosses.Stocker came on in the 80th minute and, almost immediately, the three substitutes combined to put the Swiss back in the match.Stocker fed Embolo, his clever flick set Drmic clear and he held off his marker to beat Samir Handanovic.The Swiss were level four minutes later when Shaqiri pulled the ball back and Stocker levelled.Then, in the last move of the game, Slovenia lost possession as they tried to play out of their own half.Switzerland poured forward and Fabian Schaer’s shot was deflected into the path of Drmic who grabbed the winner. Saturday’s Euro Championship qualifiers roundup:Spain 2 Jordi Alba 5, Andres Iniesta 30pen Slovakia 0– – –Switzerland 3 Josip Drmic 80,90+4, Valentin Stocker 84 Slovenia 2 Milivoje Novakovic 45, Bostjan Cesar 48 – – –Austria 1 Zlatko Junuzovic 52 Moldova 0– – –Montenegro 2 Fatos Beciraj 38, Stevan Jovetic 56 Liechtenstein 0– – –Ukraine 3 Artem Kravets 7, Andriy Yarmolenko 30, Yevgen Konoplyanka 40penRed Card: Denys Garmash 90+2Belarus 1 Sergei Kornilenko 62pen – – –Luxembourg 1 Sebastien Thill 90+2Macedonia 0– – –Estonia 1 Konstantin Vassiljev 71 Lithuania 0– – –San Marino 0England 6 Wayne Rooney 13pen, Christian Brolli 30og, Ross Barkley 46, Theo Walcott 68,78, Harry Kane 77Halftime: 0-2;– – –Russia 1 Artem Dzyuba 38Sweden 0– – –Next Fixtures (GMT):Sunday, September 6Latvia v Czech Republic (1600)Turkey v Netherlands (1600)Iceland v Kazakhstan (1845)Wales v Israel (1600)Bosnia v Andorra (1845)Cyprus v Belgium (1845)Malta v Azerbaijan (1600)Norway v Croatia (1600)Italy v Bulgaria (1845)Monday, September 7 Poland v Gibraltar (1845)Ireland v Georgia (1845)Scotland v Germany (1845)Finland v Faroe Islands (1845)Northern Ireland v Hungary (1845)Romania v Greece (1845)Armenia v Denmark (1600)Albania v Portugal (1845)last_img read more

Fear of missing out drives English club spending

Fear of missing out drives English club spending

first_imgFear of missing out on English football’s biggest ever payday drove the Premier League’s relegation-threatened clubs on a spending spree in January, with Championship sides hoping for promotion also splashing the cash.An analysis by business consultants Deloitte of the transfer window that closed on Monday showed that the six clubs at the bottom of the table accounted for more than half of all Premier League spending.That 90 million pounds, out of an overall figure of 175 million, compared to 20 million paid out by the bottom six in January 2015 when they made up less than 20 percent of the total.Next season will see Premier League clubs share more television revenue than ever thanks to a record-breaking 5.1 billion pound deal with broadcasters Sky and BT that runs from 2016 to 2019.That has increased the rewards of staying up while clubs battling for promotion have more of an incentive to spend.“This January’s spending has been driven in large part by clubs in the bottom half of the table,” said Dan Jones, a partner in Deloitte’s Sports Business Group.“The promise of the new broadcast deal for Premier League clubs from next season onwards and the threat of missing out through relegation is contributing to clubs investing in an attempt to stay in the league.”Spending by second-tier Championship clubs in the January transfer window was around 35 million pounds, with promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough paying a reported nine million for Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes.Clubs in the top six positions accounted for 70 percent of second tier spending.No Premier League club received less than 64 million pounds when the money was shared out last season with Aston Villa, who narrowly avoided the drop in 17th place, taking 68.6 million.Winners Chelsea received 99 million, according to Premier League figures.Under the Premier League agreement, half of the UK broadcast revenue is split equally between the clubs with 25 per cent paid in merit payments and the remainder coming in ‘facility fees’ based on television exposure.Newcastle United (18th), Norwich City (17th) and Watford (10th) were the Premier League’s biggest gross spenders in the window and accounted for about 40 percent of the total.Newcastle spent a reported 12 million on Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend and the same on Swansea City’s England midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.Sunderland (19th) made a clutch of signings while Bournemouth (16th) and Swansea City (15th) were busy, but Villa, last and seemingly doomed to relegation with 10 points between them and Norwich, spent nothing.Deloitte’s said January also saw the highest ever total spend by Premier League clubs on players from overseas, the total of 110 million pounds comparing to 65 million in the same period last year.The amount of business between Premier League clubs fell, accounting for just 26 percent of gross spending.last_img read more

Referees want sufficient security provided for games

Referees want sufficient security provided for games

first_imgBefore the brawl last Saturday at the Sir John Guise stadium during the game between the Mt Hagen Eagles and the Agmark Rabaul Gurias, the referees expressed their disappointment on the incident and urged the Digicel Cup Board to take responsibility in providing strong security on grounds during games.Referees director in PNG Joe Peregua said, this is not the first incident that our men had faced with such violent behaviour from the supporters and the players and team officials.“We have encountered four similar incidents so far and some of which are very serious that my officers got beaten, stoned and even threatened and sliced with bush knives by supporters,” he said.Adding that, three of the four incidents happen on the field of play while one happened outside of the field.One of the referees, Robin Talopa said he was one of the victims who escaped death during the recent game between Mendi Muruks and Mt Hagen Eagles two months ago in Minj in Western Highlands where he was stoned, threatened and nicked by sharp bushknife but managed to escape.“I have also written my incident reports and to be insured by the PNGNRL but to date nothing has been done,” he added.Talopa expressed his disappointment saying that security on ground to safe guard his safety was very poor knowing that any professional rugby match in the Highlands is not safe.However, the referees are now calling on the responsible committees to provide tougher security on ground where rugby league matches especially the Digicel Cup matches are played.The referees are still awaiting the judiciary decisions on last week’s incident before deciding on whether to take the grand final match or not.last_img read more

Apoel humbled by Doxa, AEL remain perfect

Apoel humbled by Doxa, AEL remain perfect

first_imgAEL continued their impressive start to the season beating Pafos FC and maintaining their lead at the top, but it was Doxa Katokopias who stole the headlines over the weekend with a comfortable demolition of champions Apoel, while Paralimni and Alki picked up their first points of the season.Apoel suffered perhaps their biggest home defeat in their history as they were humbled by Doxa 5-2.Those who had watched Apoel’s opening two wins of the season could not have expected an easy game for the champions but few would have expected the ease with which Doxa took the three points.Doxa though more than deserved the win and if anything the score flatters Apoel. A team that has perhaps less than a tenth of Apoel’s budget were a joy to watch with their quick, direct and incisive play.Doxa’s centre forward Sadik was in irrepressible form hitting a hat-trick and was denied a fourth by the post. Sadik opened the rout in the third minute with Apoel goalkeeper Boy Waterman guilty of ball watching. Zatl added a second just before the half hour mark with Apoel’s defence in disarray. Sadik got his second and third for his team before the break beating Waterman with a low drive from the edge of the penalty box.From the restart (46th minute) Papafotis added a fourth laying to rest any hopes Apoel may have had of a miraculous revival. Apoel were a shambles. They resembled a pub team still suffering from an extended hangover. Their expensively-assembled team was slow, predictable and devoid of any passion. The change of manager earlier this month did little to improve the side and the management should start looking elsewhere for reasons of Apoel’s (gradual) demise. AEL continued their impressive start to the season and maintained their perfect start to the season with a difficult 2-0 away win over a battling and to a large extent unlucky Pafos FC.The Limassol team’s man of the match was undoubtedly their second string goalkeeper Procek who was standing in for the injured Vozinhia for the second consecutive game. Procek made a number of excellent stops to deny Pollici, Holt, Loulinia and Sirok.Early in the game Procek was beaten by Rasic but the goal was disallowed for offside. Initially the referee had overruled his assistant’s raised flag but after consulting him and apparently the cameraman he reversed his decision. AEL took the lead in the 48th minute through Jurado after a melee in the home side’s penalty box and as Pafos FC poured forward in search of the equaliser, AEL countered and doubled the score with a crisp strike by Andreas Avraam four minutes from the end.After four games, AEL not only have a perfect points tally they have also yet to concede a goal.Anorthosis surrendered two more points as they could only draw against a battling Alki.Anorthosis were by far the better side and dominated play from start to finish but were unable to breakdown Alki’s stubborn defence that was excellently marshalled by goalkeeper Pardo.Enosis Neon Paralimniou picked up their first points of the season after defeating Ermis Aradippou 2-0.The first half produced precious little with Ermis being slightly the better side. Two goals though in a 10-minute spell early in the second half by Pittas and a Rasmussen penalty were enough to get Enosis off the mark.Enosis’ coach Andre Paous praised his players for following his gameplan and said that his team will only get better.The final two games of the round took place on Monday night due to Apollon and AEK’s involvement in the Europa League.Both enjoyed 1-0 home wins with AEK beating Omonia and Apollon seeing off Nea Salamina.last_img read more

Three Man. City players make shortlist for PFA award

Three Man. City players make shortlist for PFA award

first_imgManchester City’s Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva have made the six-man shortlist for the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) Players’ Player of the Year award, the organisation said on Saturday.Premier League leaders Liverpool were represented by centre back Virgil Van Dijk and forward Sadio Mane, while Chelsea winger Eden Hazard completed the list of nominees for the 2018-19 campaign.Aguero is the league’s joint top-scorer with 19 goals and Sterling has found the net 17 times as City aim to become the first team in a decade to defend the English top-flight title.Van Dijk has transformed Liverpool’s defence since joining the club from Southampton in Jan. 2018, and has been key in the Merseyside club keeping 18 clean sheets this season.Mane was rewarded for his 18 league goals this campaign, while Hazard has been Chelsea’s standout performer with 16 goals and 12 assists.Sterling and Silva are also up for the PFA Young Player of the Year award alongside Liverpool full back Trent Alexander-Arnold, West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford and Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks.The winners, voted for by the PFA members, will be announced at the annual awards ceremony on April 28.last_img read more

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