The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be holding open registration for its Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program on March 29 from 1-3 p.m. at Raritan High School’s cafeteria. Registration fee for the flag program (5- and 6-year-olds) is $50. The fees for the Pop Warner football and cheerleading program are $100 for one child, $150 for two and $175 for three or more family members. Please bring an original and one copy of your child’s birth certificate. In addition to the registration fees, please bring checks for a uniform deposit, a work deposit and the mandatory fund-raiser raffle. New registrants must provide proof of residency. For additional information, call (732) 264-3060 ext. 4. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will be holding grandfather registration for its Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading Program on March 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. The registration will be held at Raritan High School’s cafeteria. Registration fee for the flag program (5- and 6-year-olds) is $50. The fees for the Pop Warner football and cheerleading program are $100 for one child, $150 for two, and $175 for three or more family members. In addition to the registration fees, please bring checks for a uniform deposit, a work deposit and the mandatory fund-raiser raffle. Rosters will be filled on a first-come, first-filled basis. For additional information, call (732) 264-3060 ext. 4.
Battle of Monmouth Jersey Kickers U18 girls team seeks players to complete its roster. Professionally trained team will compete in fall college showcase tournaments and spring 2006 MAPS League. For more information, call Jeff at (732) 972-3075 or visit www.eteamz.com/jerseykickers. The Middletown High School North girls basketball team has been invited to participate in the annual KSA Holiday Basketball Tournament in Orlando, Fla., in December. As part of its fund-raising efforts to reach this tournament, the team will be hosting a gift auction, “The Road to Disney,” Sept. 23. The girls work very hard to bring pride to Middletown High School North, and to be offered a position to play in the annual tournament is a dream that happens when you work and play hard together. The girls are asking the always generous and supportive merchants if they would kindly donate gift items or monetary donations to purchase gifts. The team would be happy to pick up the items at your convenience. For pickup, please call Denise at (732) 671-6244. The Holmdel Raptors U13 boys travel soccer team is seeking to add a skilled, dedicated player to its roster for the 2005-06 season. The Raptors compete in the Mid-Atlantic Premier Soccer (MAPS) flight against the top teams in the region. The team offers professional training in all aspects of the game and an extensive, competitive and, most importantly, enjoyable soccer program for the players that is affordable for their parents. The team’s roster includes players from throughout the central New Jersey/Shore area. Players must have been born after Aug. 1, 1992. Interested players should contact head coach Jim Colaprico at [email protected] or team manager Jay Kraus at [email protected] for additional information and to arrange a tryout. A competitive travel 10-year-old boys fall baseball team in the Lincroft/Middletown area is looking for competitive players this coming fall season. Tryouts are in July. Boys must be born after July 31, 1994. Please call (732) 530-7305 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.
RON NUZZOLO Even with the bad weather, the fishing continues There’s been plenty of serious fishing going on. Just before the rain, snow and gale-force winds last weekend, many anglers were squeezing in a few last trips for the year. Bait fish continue to remain just offshore from Sandy Hook to Barnegat Light, and alongside the bait are your choice of fish. From striped bass and gator-size blues, even the migratory and mighty bluefin tuna are patrolling the waters just offshore. There is so much bait in the water, anything is possible. Anglers are still fishing through huge numbers of short bass, with just a few keepers to keep it interesting. Member MGM from NJSaltwaterfisherman. com headed out on the Sea Hunter just before the storm. The story was the same: find the birds and start jigging. The Sea Hunter and the Gambler shared similar reports. Plenty of bass, but few if any keepers. This is a good time to try out a few different lures and jigs. Tog fishing on the Big Mohawk from Belmar has been bringing in full fares. Our good friend Fishing Dude and his buddy John caught a few keepers for the dinner table, while most fares did the same, with plenty of bottom action. Capt. Matt on the Norma K III mixed it up for ling and blackfish. Capt. Matt squeezed one in before the storm. He has a few good inshore wrecks he likes to target and does extremely well. Capt. Matt had a steady pick of some big ling and nice-size sea bass. Pool winner was a 5- pound whopper ling. Capt. Jeff on the Voyager took a run as well before the storm. The Voyager had a night trip for sea bass that was a little slow. A few big sea bass up to 6 pounds and a 9-pound pollock took the pool. Porgies were slow to bite, with too many bergalls and dogfish taking the action. Fishing is never predictable, but the past few weeks have seemed that way. Now is the time to pick a day and get one last trip in. With all the bait that’s been around, a record fish is possible in many different categories. Fish on.
By Mike CollettPrince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said it was time for the “culture of intimidation” in FIFA to end when he launched his campaign on Tuesday for the presidency of world football’s ruling body.He also called for a public debate among the four candidates in the race including incumbent Sepp Blatter “to set out our positions and for people to know exactly where we stand.”Prince Ali, 39, FIFA’s Asian vice-president for the last four years and a member of the ruling body’s executive committee, said he “could not sit through” another four years in the current circumstances.“There has been a culture of intimidation within FIFA,” he told a news conference.“In the past people have taken a principled stand and they have ended up being punished for it. I hope things are played fairly and in the right way now.“Obviously, the incumbent has a natural advantage but I want to assure the national associations we are moving in the right direction.”As well as Prince Ali and Blatter, the other contenders are former Portugal international Luis Figo and Michael van Praag, the president of the Dutch FA.Prince Ali said the countries who had nominated him were his own Jordan, England, Malta, Georgia, Belarus and the United States, adding that the fact that his own Asian confederation was not fully behind his campaign was not a hindrance at this stage.“This is about the whole world, it is not just about one confederation,” said the Prince who has campaigned for reform since being elected in 2011.However, he is facing a complication over the next few months.Due to changes in the Asian confederation, he will lose his seat on the FIFA executive committee following the Asian Congress on April 30 when he will be replaced by Sheikh Salman of Bahrain.He confirmed that he would not contest an “ordinary” Asian seat on the FIFA executive committee at the Asian Congress which means he faces a “win or bust” situation.If he does not win the presidential vote at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 29 he will not be on the executive committee at all after that date when decisions taken at the various confederation congresses come into force.“My total commitment is to run for the presidency of FIFA. I am not going to sit through another four years of what’s been going on and I think the way to change it is to go for the top,” he said.“I want to turn the pyramid upside down, so that the national associations, the players the officials, the fans and the sponsors are on top and the FIFA president is there to serve them and protect the game.“If I am elected, I will not attempt to shift blame or dodge my responsibility for the actions of FIFA. As president I will accept accountability at all times.”
By Mike CollteeJose Mourinho has again refuted criticism that his team plays dull football after Arsenal fans jeered them with chants of “Boring, boring Chelsea” during the London derby on Sunday.The Premier League leaders relied on a watertight defence to earn a 0-0 draw at The Emirates and are within six points of their first league title since 2010.After the match Mourinho, referring to Arsenal’s last title success in 2004, told reporters: “You know, boring I think is 10 years without a title. That’s very boring.”The Portuguese coach continued his theme at Chelsea’s training ground at Cobham, south of London, on Monday before his team visit Leicester City on Wednesday.“I met an Arsenal fan this morning, a gentleman who lives next to me, an Arsenal fan for 50 years and he congratulated me on my press conference and said I was spot on.“If the number of goals decides if a team is good or bad, or boring or not boring, we have 18 teams that are more boring than us.”Manchester City are the league’s top scorers with 70 goals followed by Chelsea on 65, and Mourinho said: “By this criteria only Manchester City has more quality than us – they are the best team and Chelsea is the second best team.“If a good team is the team with more points we are the best team. If the best team has the least defeats we are the best team.“If the best team is the champion, but not yet, but if the best team is the one that leads, we are the best team. In goals conceded we are the second best team.“So however you want to analyse it, we are either the best team or the second best team – it’s as simple as that. It cannot be true that we are boring.”Chelsea are top with 77 points from 33 matches after 23 wins and two defeats. City have lost seven games and Arsenal six, with both on 67 points, though City have played a game more.Mourinho’s side have conceded 26 goals compared to City’s 36 and 32 for Arsenal, although seventh-placed Southampton have also only allowed 26 goals against them.On Sunday Mourinho said he thought his skipper John Terry played the game of his life against Arsenal and on Monday called the former England captain the best defender of his generation.“The two seasons prior to my arrival he was not an important player for Chelsea managers,” said Mourinho.“But in this generation I think he is the best centre-back. So many caps, so many battles, so many amazing number of matches, and a good goal-scorer considering his position.”Chelsea will clinch the title if they win at Leicester City on Wednesday and beat Crystal Palace on Sunday.
By Zandi ShabalalaSouth Africa’s ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius was found guilty on Thursday of murdering his girlfriend, in an appeal court ruling that could see him sent back to prison for at least 15 years.The Supreme Court upgraded the 29-year-old Paralympian’s sentence on appeal to murder from “culpable homicide”, South Africa’s equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence.Pistorius was released from prison and placed under house arrest on Oct 19, having spent one day less than a year behind bars for shooting dead model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day in 2013, in a case that attracted worldwide interest and continues to fascinate and divide South Africa.Members of the ruling African National Congress party’s Women’s League welcomed the new ruling, dancing and singing outside the court. They have attended the court sessions since the trial began in solidarity with Steenkamp’s family and in support of women’s rights.Pistorius had been meant to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest on his uncle’s property in a wealthy suburb of the capital Pretoria.A new sentence for the Paralympic champion will be handed down at a later date. Pistorius is expected to remain on parole until then, unless a court rules otherwise, officials said.In their appeal, prosecutors argued that Pistorius should have been convicted of murder for firing four shots through a locked toilet door. They said he intended to kill Steenkamp and that she had fled to the toilet during a row.“This case involves a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions,” Judge Eric Leach said as he read out the ruling.“A young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete. In doing so he becomes an international celebrity, he meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model, romance blossoms, and then, ironically on Valentine’s Day, all is destroyed when he takes her life.”Leach added that “as a matter of common sense, at the time the fatal shots were fired the possibility of the death of a person behind the door was clearly an obvious result.”Pistorius denies deliberately killing Steenkamp, saying he mistook her for an intruder at his home.The case has prompted a fierce debate in a country beset by high levels of violent crime. Some rights groups had said the white track star got preferential treatment.Anneliese Burgess, the Pistorius family’s spokeswoman, said the family would wait for lawyers advice on what to do next.Some legal experts said Pistorius’ lawyers could appeal the court’s ruling at the constitutional court, where they could argue that the heavy media coverage of his trial had infringed upon his right to a free trial. Others disagreed, saying Pistorius had received a fair trial and had been allowed to testify.“It will be a long shot if they approach the constitutional court, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do,” Johannesburg-based lawyer and legal analyst Ulrich Roux said.ERROR OF JUDGEMENTAt the original trial last year, Judge Thokozile Masipa ruled that the state had failed to prove intent or ‘dolus eventualis’, a legal concept that centres on a person being held responsible for the foreseeable consequences of their actions.Judge Leach said Judge Masipa had erred in the application of the concept, however.Dolus eventualis refers to whether a person foresees the possibility that his or her action will cause death but carries on regardless. Some legal experts were worried that the verdict by Judge Masipa could have set a bad legal precedent in a country with one of the highest crime rates in the world.Pistorius, whose lower legs were amputated when he was a baby but who went on to become a global sporting hero, was not at the court session in Bloemfontein, some 400 km south-west of Johannesburg.Steenkamp’s mother June, who has said she does not want retribution, attended the court session. She shed tears as she left the court after the new judgement was handed down.Barry Steenkamp, Reeva’s father, welcomed the new verdict.“It’s a big relief. I feel it’s a fair decision that the judge gave,” Steenkamp said in a brief interview on local television station ANN7, before breaking down in tears.
Wisil, who ran an Olympic qualifying time of 11.29 seconds in Fiji last month, is exempted from the preliminary round which the non-qualified athletes will run earlier in the day.It is not yet known exactly which athletes will feature in Wisil’s heat as the draw will only be made after the preliminaries, which will see a field of 24 athletes whittled down to 8 to go into the first round draw with Wisil and 64 other qualified athletes.It seems certain that the PNG and Pacific Games champion sprinter will need to run a personal best time in order to advance to the semi-finals and almost certainly better than 11.20 seconds.“With the fourteen top ranked athletes in the world this year under 11 seconds, it’s going to be very tough,” said Athletics PNG President Tony Green, “but Toea’s mind will not be on the other athletes”.“She will be 100 percent focused on her own race and on getting the sort of blistering start that has become her trademark.“The sort of start that was on show for the world to see in London 2012 when Toea led a top class field, including Allyson Felix of the USA, for almost 50m before eventually finishing fourth. Felix went on to win three Olympic Gold in London.”Reports from Toea’s husband-and-wife coach and management team Tony and Alison Fairweather are that she is a more confident athlete than in 2012 and has worked really hard on being able to finish her races better.“Toea is feeling good and very positive,” reported Alison yesterday. “She is really looking forward to the challenge.”
Marum said changes may be made before the team flies out on Saturday to Brisbane for the ANZAC round.“I have retained the starting side that beat Redcliffe Dolphins and made some changes to the extended bench but will confirm on Friday after a couple of players undergo further medical tests.“Burleigh Bears are the reigning premiers and we want to prepare as well as we can this week. The other added motivation is to regain the Kokoda Cup,” said Marum.Marum has omitted Lawrence Tu’u from the bench and has added Rhadley Brawa, Ismael Balkawa and Butler Morris in the extended 21 man squad.The 21 man squad is:1. Bland ABAVU2. Stargroth AMEAN3. Israel ELIAB4. Adex WERA5. Karo KAUNA6. Ase BOAS – Captain7. Watson BOAS8. Henry WAN9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr10. Esau SIUNE11. Nixon PUT12. David LOKO13. Wellington ALBERT14. Radley BRAWA15. Willie MINOGA16. Stanton ALBERT17. Moses MENINGA18. Enock MAKI19. Paul WAWA20. Ismael BALKAWA21. Butler MORRISThis Sunday’s match will kick off at 2:05pm at Pizzey Park.
The eight-time Olympic champion reminded his rivals that he remains the fastest man in the world, despite an underwhelming 10.03 seconds over 100 metres on home soil this month.In the meantime Andre De Grasse – who took third in the 100m in Rio and silver in the 200m – clocked a wind-assisted 9.69secs in Stockholm to underline his growing threat to Bolt’s supremacy, and long-time rival Justin Gatlin won the US trials last week.But Bolt, who will compete in Wednesday’s Golden Spike meeting in Ostrava, was defiant when asked if he would be able to keep up with the competition in his final outing on the global stage in August.”I am the fastest man in the world so I will say yes to that,” he said, before playing down De Grasse’s time in hugely beneficial conditions. “Every time I hear a wind-assisted time my friend NJ [Nugent Walker, Bolt’s executive manager] always calls me and says: ‘Why are we never this lucky?’ We always have negative wind.”The possibility with a strong tailwind is endless. We have always thought about it. I have never been that lucky.”Golden Spikes pic.twitter.com/fiwdkCQ2pw— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) June 26, 2017The 30-year-old admitted that anxiety got the better of him on an emotional night in Jamaica, when thousands turned out to see him run in his homeland for the final time – his modest time still enough for a fitting victory.”I always get nervous for my first race, but I was really nervous just with the energy and the amount of people there,” he said.”The only time I have seen the stadium full like that was the girls and boys’ champs so it was emotional to come out and be there in front of my parents and best friends, it was something different.”Race-wise it was horrifying. It was really bad. I didn’t feel smooth as I should have. Bad start. Everything was just not perfect. But over time I will feel good and get better. And I think with running two more races for the championships [in Ostrava and Monaco] I will be fine.”