first_imgGus Macker Tournament to run April 24-25 at FirstEnergy Park The Lakewood BlueClaws and Ocean County YMCA are teaming up to offer basketball fans of all ages the chance to compete in the area’s first-ever Gus Macker 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The event will be held at FirstEnergy Park April 24 and 25. Presenting sponsors will be: the Asbury Park Press, 105.7 the Hawk, Clayton Block, Larson Ford and The Main Court. “We’re excited about holding an event like this,” said Geoff Brown, BlueClaws general manager. “It should be a great family event, and it’s also going to be of great benefit to the YMCA.” As part of the partnership, the Ocean County YMCA will receive proceeds from each entry. In addition, a portion of the proceeds also will benefit the Grand Slam We Care Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Lakewood BlueClaws and their sister company, the Trenton Thunder. “We’re thrilled to partner with the BlueClaws,” said Rodger Koerber, YMCA executive director. “This is a great benefit, and it will help those families in the area that can’t afford activities at the Y for their children.” Every team is guaranteed at least three games at FirstEnergy Park, where the parking lot will be turned into nearly 20 three-on-three courts. The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament is a double-elimination event with a consolation bracket, and is organized into male and female divisions in junior, adult and top categories. The age, height and experience of all four players for each three-on-three team are considered. To register, fans can call the Lakewood BlueClaws at (732) 901-7000, or the Ocean County YMCA at (732) 341-9622. The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament started in 1974 in Lowell, Mich., originally including 18 friends competing for $18, and has since grown to a national event. Each year the Macker Tournament is held in 75 cities, and more than 200,000 players compete.last_img read more

first_img Michael Aaman (above and below) was in the center of the celebration when the Raritan Rockets defeated Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School to win the Shore Conference Tournament championship last season. The Wagner College-bound Aaman worked hard on improving his game as he looks to lead to another championship season in 2011-12. Raritan High School boys basketball star Michael Aaman verbally committed before his junior season to Wagner College early last December and went on to earn the Shore Conference Player of the Year honor, but has been working as hard as ever over the summer for his senior season.The 6-8 center who keyed Raritan to a 24-3 season and the Shore Conference Tournament championship played in four states over the summer: in Massachusetts with his AAU team, the Game 7 Sharks; in individual showcases, the Super 64 in Orlando and the Reebok Challenge at Philadelphia University; and New Jersey. FILE PHOTOS He played with his high school team in the Scarlet Knights Shootout at Rutgers; the Linden Team Week that included elite teams Linden, St. Patrick’s, Seton Hall Prep, Shabazz and the host team; and in the Ironman Tournament at Kean University. Raritan lost to Plainfield in the championship game at Rutgers. Raritan also hosted scrimmages against Freehold, Ocean, Keyport, Middletown North and Immaculata . “Individually, I thought I played pretty good last season. People were talking about me and I wanted to get better this summer,” said Aaman, who averaged 17 points and 13 rebounds a game last season.His high school coach, Denis Caruano, sees improvement in his young star’s game.“What’s improved is his ability to dominate a game,” Caruano said. “It can be scary.”He’ll be doing more damage away from the basket on the offensive end since he stretched his shooting range, with help from the emergence of 6-8 senior Connor Flynn, one of four new starters surrounding Aaman. A tight end on the football team as well, Flynn gives Raritan the option of a double-post threat.“We’ll be pretty big this year, so we’ll move him [Aaman] off to a power forward as his shooting range has been expanding,” Caruano said. “He’s even been shooting threes. He’ll bemoving around the floor to different spots. This year, he’ll play the four and even go to the three [shooting forward] in certain sets.”“In college, Iwon’t be a center but I’ll be a power forward and sometimes a smaller forward, so I’m working on my jump shot and ball-handling skills and may even be bringing the ball up every now and again,” Aaman said. “I like running the four and three in high school a lot better because I can take people off the dribble and drive in to the basket.”Aaman feels that moving outside on offense better prepares him for when he goes to Wagner to play under Dan Hurley, who is embarking on his second season as head coach, and assistant coach Bobby Hurley, who set an NCAA assists record at Duke before an NBA career with the Sacramento Kings and the Vancouver Grizzlies that was cut short by injuries from a near-fatal auto accident. Aaman and his coach agreed that playing for the Hurleys was a leading reason behind the early college decision.“It’s close to home,” Aaman said of his decision to play in the Northeast Conference against Long Island University, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth and Quinnipiac. Wagner finished 13-17, including a late-season 83-79 overtime loss to eventual conference champion LIU. He made unofficial visits to Wagner and Monmouth.“I’m playing for two former Division I players (Dan Hurley starred at Seton Hall) and the best point guard in NCAA history. And they have the best [rated] recruiting class [in the NEC] coming in this year. Eventually, playing for them will get me the opportunity to play on a professional level later on.”“He chose Wagner because it’s close but still far enough from home, and to play for the Hurleys and to take it to the next level. Once he gave the Hurleys a verbal, it’s been great ever since,” said Caruano, who pointed out that Wagner plays a high-powered non-league schedule this upcoming season that includes Big East schools Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh.Caruano is optimistic about his rebuilt lineup for next season after last season “exceeded expectations.” It ended in an NJSIAA Group III Central Jersey championship loss to Ewing.Graduated off that team are starters Kevin Furlong, a point guard who has gone on to play at Fairleigh Dickinson Florham Park, shooting guards Tim Pizanie and Michael DaCosta and forward Jared Gurczeski, who has embarked on a college football career at St. Francis in Loretto, Pa., as a quarterback.Two younger brothers of those players will look to continue the winning ways for Caruano in his seventh season — sharp-shooting guard Tyler Gurczeski and 6-2 forward Marc Pizanie. Caruano said senior Cody Pegueiro “has been playing very well” at shooting guard, and junior Jordan Joaquin also has practiced hard there. Senior Jon Kaminski also has played well at guard over the summer, the coach said.Caruano feels the hard work will pay off for the program that reached the NJSIAATournament of Champions in the 2003-04 season when he was an assistant coach there. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

first_imgManchester United’s patchy start to the Premier League season continued with a 1-1 draw at 10-man Southampton after a Jannik Vestergaard header cancelled out a brilliant Daniel James goal for the visitors on Saturday.The result left United on five points from four games after last weekend’s shock 2-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace while Southampton, who stretched their winless league streak at home against United to nine games, have four points.Wales winger James, signed from Swansea City during the close season, netted the third goal of his fledgling United career when he beat Angus Gunn with a 10th-minute rocket into the top corner which gave the Saints keeper no chance.The visitors dominated the opening half and livewire James forced a reflex save from Gunn with another piledriver from 20 metres midway through the first half after Marcus Rashford had headed well wide from close range.But United faded after the break and Vestergaard equalised in the 58th minute when he rose above Victor Lindelof to head home emphatically a Kevin Danso cross from the right after visiting keeper David De Gea had saved a Danny Ings effort.The home side were forced to hang on in the closing stages after Danso was sent off in the 73rd minute for a second bookable foul when he hacked down Scott McTominay, with Gunn denying Rashford and substitute Mason Greenwood.last_img read more

first_img‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Lady Spikers near semis Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home The Philippines will be back at full-strength for its next two matches, including its AFC Asian Cup 2019 Qualifying Tournament opener against Nepal on March 28 at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has recalled goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, defender Daisuke Sato and striker Javier Patino for the international friendly against Malaysia on Tuesday that will serve as the team’s only tuneup game before the Group F clash with Nepal.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ceres-Negros is the most well represented club in the latest round of callups with goalkeeper Roland Muller, defenders Carlie De Murga and Junior Munoz and midfielders Manny Ott, Martin Steuble, Luke Woodland, OJ Porteria and Iain Ramsay all named to the squad.Four players from Global were called up in Misagh Bahadoran, Dennis Villanueva, Amani Aguinaldo and Patrick Deyto.Brothers Phil and James Younghusband of Meralco Taguig were also called up along with Fitch Arboleda of Stallion and Kenshiro Daniels of Kaya Makati. Completing the side is Mike Ott who plays for Angthong United in Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely The three players missed the AFF Suzuki Cup in November last year when the Azkals crashed out of the group stage after three straight semifinal appearances as the tournament schedule was not part of the Fifa (international football association) window.In the midst of a solid season with English League One side Walsall, Etheridge returns to the Azkals for the first time since his stellar performance in a friendly against Kyrgyzstan in September last year.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 returnSato, who plays for Romanian top flight side Iasi, saw action against Bahrain and North Korea in friendly matches last year, but pulled out late from the Suzuki Cup team, citing club commitment.A few months after signing a fresh, lucrative contract extension with Chinese side Henan Jianye, Patino gives the Azkals quality at the tip of the attack which the team sorely missed late last year. 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 View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFormer top sprinter POKER STAR has been dropped to $210,000 claiming by his connections and should have few problems in putting away his eight rivals in tomorrow’s second race, the first in the popular Sunrise-Six. Alarm bells should be ringing when a trainer drops a top-rated horse so low, but Wayne DaCosta is desperately trying to retain his champion trainers’ title, and the six-year-old gelding should provide him with the winners’ purse of $360,350. In his last run, POKER STAR was sixth by nine lengths to crack sprinter CHACE THE GREAT, clocking 1:12.4 in the Caribbean Sprint on Superstakes Day, November 10. The opening splits in that race were 22.0×45.0. Only LOOSE CANNON has the class to go that fast, but POKER STAR (Omar Walker aboard), at 52kg, is just too light to be tested in this field. Two-in-a-row DaCosta should make it two-in-a-row in the second Sunrise-Six event, Race Three on the ​​programme. WINTER IS COMING, who slammed $550,000 claiming by five lengths on October 31, has come down from overnight allowance to face $450,000 claimers in a 1600 metres race. Last Saturday, WINTER IS COMING was not disgraced in placing 10th by 14 lengths to SUPERLUMINAL in a fast-run 1700-metre race. They went 46.0, 1:10.4, 1:37.4 (final time 1:45.3) with the selection 10 lengths or two seconds off the pace before clocking a creditable 1:48.2. The four-year-old gelding will carry a featherweight 51kg and is expected to lead all the way, with apprentice Christopher Mamdeen aboard. DANOS LA PAZ, who performed fairly well in overnight recently, while being trained by Anthony Nunes, is his only danger. However, when last venturing over 1700 metres, DANOS LA PAZ clocked 1:50.3 and should be well behind WINTER IS COMING in the final straight. GENERAL MUBARAAK has always run well when dropped to 53kg and is given a grand chance to finally shed his maiden tag in the third. Eleven will face the starter in the 1300-metre event in which only TWILIGHT HEROINE can be considered a serious rival. When dropped to this weight on November 24, GENERAL MUBARAAK lost by just a head to SILVER CRASS over 1500 metres. He returned with 57kg on December 8 in a 1000-metre straight race but lost to BORN TO LIVE and a fast-finishing TWILIGHT HEROINE. The selection is better suited to this distance. He is expected to go into an early lead and should not be caught. Course specialist BULLET RAJ will give DaCosta another win in the fourth, a 1000-metre straight race for $180,000 claimers. This is the five year-old’s favourite distance. On June 23, BULLET RAJ defeated $180,000 claimers by four lengths and has been campaigning in $250,000 claiming with much success since. His superior pace will put him clear of the field from halfway, and he should cruise to an easy victory. DRAGLINE is the firm fancy for the sixth, Race Five of the Sunrise-Six, while well-bred newcomer WESTERN WHEELS is doing well on the exercise track and is poised to give Anthony Nunes his first win for the day. SUNRISE-SIX SELECTIONS 2. POKER STAR 3. WINTER IS COMING 4. GENERAL MUBARAAK 5. BULLET RAJ 6. DRAGLINE 7. WESTERN WHEELSlast_img read more

first_img‘People evacuated on their own’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist The events for this year, though, will not be limited to ONE Championship fight nights with ONE Super Series, ONE Hero Series, ONE Warrior Series, and ONE Esports also set to feature live acts.Kicking off the year for Asian-based promotion is the ONE: A New Tomorrow fight card in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Filipino bet Roel Rosauro is fighting in the preliminaries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Sityodtong also said the company, which also announced signings of partnerships with different brands, is looking into expanding its market to India and United States, if all goes as planned.ONE Championship is holding its first fight night in Manila on January 31 where strawweight world champion Joshua Pacio of Team Lakay will be defending his belt anew. More than 40 quakes hound areas reeling from Taal Volcano’s eruption View comments Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:55Black Nazarene back in Quiapo Church in record time01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption US stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record high ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrie Irving still hopes to avoid shoulder surgery Pagasa sees cloudy skies, scattered rain showers in volcanic eruption-hit areas Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong. ONE PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–ONE Championship is ushering its biggest year yet, lining up a record-high of 50 live events for 2020.ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on Sunday as the mixed martial arts promotion looks to build on a strong 2019, where it held 42 events and launched key properties like ONE Esports.ADVERTISEMENT Air quality in NCR now improving after Taal ashfall LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgFrom news services USC basketball coach Tim Floyd said he met with guards O.J. Mayo and Daniel Hackett over the weekend after multiple sources told the Daily Breeze that Mayo punched Hackett during a pickup game last month. “I brought O.J. into my office and asked him about it and I also spoke to Daniel,” Floyd said. “They said it wasn’t true.” Hackett said Mayo accidentally threw an elbow after a rebound. Hackett broke his jaw during the incident and it will be wired shut for at least four more weeks. That will be the subject of a coroner’s inquest scheduled to begin today. The inquest aims to determine if anyone bears responsibility for the death of the 58-year-old coach, who was found unconscious in his hotel room March 18, a day after his heavily favored team was eliminated from cricket’s World Cup. “There was a lot of speculation, and as a result of that speculation we are having the inquest,” said Sgt. Dwayne Jex of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. More than 50 people are expected to testify. Jex estimated the process would take more than two months. ETC.: A Los Angeles-based federal judge granted a request by Ticketmaster LLC to block a software company from making or distributing computer programs used to flood the ticket retailer’s Web site with orders, beating consumers who log on to the Web site manually to buy tickets. U.S. District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins issued a preliminary injunction against RMG Technologies Inc., barring the Pittsburgh, Penn.-based firm from buying or facilitating the purchase of tickets from Ticketmaster’s Web site for the purpose of reselling them.IOC president Jacques Rogge called Marion Jones’ guilty plea a “good thing” for international sports because it shows drug cheats eventually get caught. Rogge also said in Monday’s edition of the French newspaper Le Monde that the IOC was waiting for track and field’s governing body to rule on Jones’ results from the 2000 Sydney Olympics before deciding how to reallocate the medals. Jones won golds in the 100 and 200 meters and 1,600-meter relay, and bronze in the long jump and 400-meter relay. Serena Williams has qualified for next month’s season-ending WTA Championships in Madrid. Williams arrived at the Zurich Open on Monday to discover she was the fifth player to qualify, along with Justine Henin, Jelena Jankovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Ana Ivanovic. The Australian Open champion reached Sunday’s final of the Kremlin Cup before losing to Elena Dementieva. The year-end championship ranking calculations are long and complicated at this point of the season because of the number of players still in the hunt, various injuries that can prevent them from gaining points, and the number of tournaments remaining. ETC.: Tatiana Golovin, who won her first two WTA Tour titles this season, beat Maria Kirilenko of Russia, 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of the Zurich Open in Switzerland. … Stuart Holden scored a goal just a minute after missing a perfect opportunity and the Houston Dynamo defeated Real Salt Lake, 1-0, in Utah. The win keeps the Dynamo (15-8-6) in second place in the Western Conference. Houston could take over the top spot if it defeats Chivas USA in both teams’ final regular-season game on Saturday. ETC.: New England forward Taylor Twellman and Chivas USA goalkeeper Brad Guzan were added to the U.S. roster for this week’s exhibition game against Switzerland. Some athletes caught using banned substances soon could face a four-year suspension for a first doping offense. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which released the final draft of its latest World Anti-Doping Code, proposes increasing the ban from two years to four if there are “aggravating circumstances.” The code still must be approved next month at a meeting in Madrid, Spain. The losses for Michelle Wie keep piling up even though her LPGA Tour season is over. The latest involved her agent, who resigned after less than a year on the job. Greg Nared, a former Nike business manager whom the William Morris Agency hired a year ago to manage Wie, resigned as vice president of golf. His announcement came one day after Wie finished 19th in a 20-player field at the Samsung World Championship. Oscar Pereiro finally got his hands on the winner’s yellow jersey from the 2006 Tour de France. “Finally, we have a winner and it’s Oscar,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme said. “Oscar, you have won the Tour out on the road.” The Spaniard moved up from second to first after the disqualification of Floyd Landis for doping. He is appealing to the last world court for sports actions. “I have the feeling of arriving at the end of a thriller, after having spent 14 months thinking about it and not being able to concentrate as I should have on my job,” Pereiro said. “It is essentially a kind of release.” Jurisprudence Olympics Tennis Andy Murray pressured Radek Stepanek into early errors before pulling away for a 6-4, 6-1 win on the opening day of the Madrid Masters. Soccer Miscellany ETC.: Golfer Lorena Ochoa and Tennessee softball pitcher Monica Abbott were selected Sportswomen of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation. They will be honored along with figure skater Michelle Kwan and the Rutgers women’s basketball team at the 28th annual Salute to Women in Sports dinner. … Former French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour is dropping out of the race to replace Dick Pound as leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the French sports daily L’Equipe said on its Web site. The election is scheduled for Nov. 17 in Madrid, Spain. Michael Phelps earned a leading five nominations for the Golden Goggle Awards, which honor the year’s top USA Swimming performances. Ryan Lochte received four nods, while Natalie Coughlin, Katie Hoff and Kate Ziegler were the leading women with three nominations. Slew o’ Gold, a champion 3-year-old who went on to sire 28 stakes winners, has died at Three Chimneys Farm in Midway, Ky. He was 27. Slew o’Gold, part of the first crop from 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, was euthanized on Sunday due to the infirmities of old age. Slew o’ Gold won 12 of 21 starts during his three-year racing career, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Wood Memorial in 1983. Swimming Boxing Daiki Kameda was suspended for one year by Japan’s boxing commission for his antics during last week’s loss to champion Daisuke Naito in a WBC flyweight title match.Kameda repeatedly grabbed Naito in Thursday’s bout, lifting up the champion and throwing him to the canvas in a scene that resembled a wrestling match. Kameda’s father and trainer, Shiro, who was working the corner during the bout, was hit with an indefinite suspension, the JBC said. Deaths Golf Cycling Quotable With tennis in the midst of a major gambling investigation, British bookmaker spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “There is always a way (to fix a match). There will never be a foolproof system. Whatever rule you have in place, they’ll find a way around it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Although the incident occurred Sept. 28, Floyd’s been out of town for several weeks and did not speak to Mayo about it until Sunday. Several sources, including a member of the basketball team, said Mayo punched Hackett during the game. No coaches were present. “Yeah, he punched him,” a player said. “They changed the story for the media.” Hackett and Mayo denied any punches were thrown. “No, I didn’t punch him,” Mayo said. Said Hackett: “It was a hard elbow.” Although the death has been ruled a heart attack by other authorities, Jamaican police have not ruled out a violent crime in the passing of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The boys each have denied conspiracy to commit murder charges contained in a petition filed against them, the equivalent of entering a not guilty plea in adult court. They remained in custody. The younger boy also denied a charge of making criminal threats. At a fitness hearing, the judge will consider reports prepared by a probation officer on the boys’ past behavior and social history. Both sides can also call expert witnesses to testify, Felker said. The judge will decide whether or not the teens would be “amenable to the care, treatment, and training program available through” the juvenile system based on five criteria. They are the degree of criminal sophistication exhibited by the minors; whether the minors can be rehabilitated prior to the expiration of the Juvenile Court’s jurisdiction; the minors’ previous delinquent history; success of previous attempts by the Juvenile Court to rehabilitate the minors; and the circumstances and gravity of the offenses alleged to have been committed by the minors. The boys, who sheriff’s deputies said dressed in the Goth style, characterized by black clothing and nail polish, said they felt ostracized at Quartz Hill High and wanted to get revenge, deputies said. In announcing the boys’ arrests, sheriff’s deputies said the the teens had acquired bomb-making instructions off the Internet and detonated practice bombs in the desert. The boys had been on probation in connection with a 2003 assault in which a 14-year-old boy was sodomized with a metal rod, deputies said. Authorities said the 17-year-old admitted that the Valentine’s Day 2006 attack plan included shooting students and using improvised explosive devices. Deputies said the 15-year-old told them the plan was to kill all of the students who had made fun of him at school and then commit suicide. The teens had attended Quartz Hill High School but were transferred in the fall to other schools because of past discipline problems. The 15-year-old enrolled at Desert Sands Charter School and the older boy at Littlerock High School. The investigation started when a girl contacted a Quartz Hill High vice principal and said she had been told by friends that the 15-year-old did not like her and was planning to kidnap and torture her and cut off her arms and legs. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYLMAR – Two teenagers charged with planning a Columbine-style attack at Quartz Hill High School will return to court in February to set a date for a hearing to decide whether they should be tried as juveniles or adults. Prosecutors are seeking to try the two boys, ages 15 and 17, as adults and will present evidence to back their request at a hearing before a Juvenile Court judge or commissioner. “It’s just several criteria. The court reads a report, whatever is presented,” Deputy District Attorney Lonnie Felker said. “The court decides whether they are fit or unfit for Juvenile Court.” The boys, whose names were not released because of their age, appeared in Sylmar Juvenile Court on Wednesday, but setting the date for the so-called fitness hearing was put over to Feb. 9 because more reports were needed, Felker said. last_img read more

first_img 7. Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas – The Spanish pals came through the fabled Masia academy together at Barcelona, playing in the same youth side as a certain Lionel Messi. After winning the World Cup in 2010, the pair were soon reunited in Catalonia when Fabregas completed a £35m transfer from Arsenal a year later. 8 1. Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard – scroll through the gallery to see other football bromances – The midfield pair formed an unbreakable bond en route to securing the FA Youth Cup for Man United in 2011, and Lingard was the first to welcome his mate Pogba back to Old Trafford following his world record move in the summer. In the club’s 4-1 Europa League win against Fenerbahce they displayed a well-choreographed ‘double dab’ celebration following Pogba’s second goal. 3. Frank Lampard and John Terry – This relationship may be strictly long-distance now, but the Londoners are still the best of mates. During Chelsea’s dominance in the early 2000s, the pair dug in together and established themselves as regulars for the Blues when the club became flushed with cash under Roman Abramovich. With Terry finding game time more and more scarce at Stamford Bridge, don’t be surprised if there is a reunion in New York City one day. Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba were instrumental in Manchester United’s 4-1 Europa League victory over Fenerbahce on Thursday night, although much of the focus was on their choreographed ‘double dab’ celebration.After Pogba smashed home his second goal, the pair showcased their signature dance move, leaving many supporters unsure whether they should laugh or cry at their antics.The midfield pair formed an unbreakable bond en route to securing the FA Youth Cup for the Red Devils in 2011, and Lingard was the first to welcome his mate back to Old Trafford following his world record move in the summer.But do their dodgy dance moves prove they are the best palsl? talkSPORT has compiled a list of the greatest ‘bromances’ the game currently has to offer in the gallery above.Do you agree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below. 8 8 4. Gary Neville and David Beckham – The duo could not have been more different if they tried. However mismatched they may have appeared the pair soon formed an almost telepathic understanding down the right flank for both Manchester United and England. They were so close in fact that Gary Neville once revealed: “When I had my house in Bolton, David would stay when Victoria was away, and he’d make food for me all the time.” 8 8. Neymar and Dani Alves – Neymar couldn’t be more at home sharing the pitch with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, but much of this success it seems is down to his Brazil team-mate Alves. “I have Dani, who is really important in helping me adapt, both at the club and outside it. He’s someone who has helped me quite a lot,” Neymar said. 8 8 6. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Maxwell – You have to like Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be able to put up with his ego for a decade. That’s clearly not a problem for Maxwell, who played with the Swede at Ajax, Inter, Barcelona and finally Paris Saint-Germain. 5. Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll – One of the more boisterous bromances the game has to offer is Nolan and Carroll who became so close they even followed one another across the country. When the latter faced assault charges in 2010 – charges which were later dropped – one of the conditions of his bail was that he move in with his then Newcastle captain and best pal, Kevin Nolan. Following Carroll’s unsuccessful transfer to Liverpool in 2011, the pair were later reunited in London at West Ham. 8 8 2. Dele Alli and Eric Dier – The pair have been inseparable since Alli arrived at White Hart Lane from MK Dons in 2015. The duo have ridiculed one another relentlessly on social media, but it’s not all jokes between these two. The midfielders are serious on the pitch and have become key figures for Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino and they could well be regulars in the England side for years to come. last_img read more

first_imgScotland’s World Cup qualification quest ultimately ended in failure, bringing with it the culmination to the international careers of some of the squad’s older statesmen.A new generation will step in to fill the void, tasked with finally ending the nation’s wait for a major tournament berth.While some of the youngsters have already made their mark on first-team football, others are patiently biding their time waiting for their opportunity in the limelight.Here we pick out some of the young talents worth keeping an eye out during both 2018 and the years to follow.Mikey Johnston evades a challenge in Celtic’s 6-2 UEFA Youth League loss to Bayern Munich. SNS Fleet-footed winger Mikey Johnston made the graduation to the Celtic first team during 2017 and is expected to continue on his rapid ascension in the year to come.The highly-rated youngster, who has been with the Hoops since the age of nine, made his debut for Brendan Rodgers’ side in May against St Johnstone following a standout display in the 3-0 Youth Cup victory over Rangers.Johnston put to pen to paper on a new three-year-deal in the hours that followed as Celtic sought to tie down his future amid interest from English Premier League suitors.He has since kicked on, starring for the Scottish champions’ youth side in their UEFA Youth League campaign. The 18-year-old scored one and set up the other as the young Hoops lost 6-2 to Bayern Munich.His performance prompted a standing ovation from supporters of the Bavarian giants and left youth coach Shaun Maloney lauding an “exceptional talent”.Blessed with a great turn of pace and clever dribbling skills, Johnston has remained in Rodgers’ thoughts ever since and featured twice over the festive fixture period.Competition for wide berths in Celtic’s starting 11 is ferocious but Johnston’s natural ability leaves him with every chance of making the grade in the years to come.Billy Gilmour starred for Rangers’ youth side before moving to Chelsea. SNSTraining with the Rangers first team at the age of 15, Billy Gilmour was earmarked for a bright future at the heart of the Light Blues midfield.But a tug-of-war was to ensue for the prodigious talent’s services following a series of stellar performances for Scotland’s youth side in the 2016 Victory Shield.English champions Chelsea eventually won the race for Gilmour’s signature and the pint-sized playmaker headed south to join up with the Stamford Bridge club in the summer.He faces no shortage of competition as part of a Blues academy side that has picked up four FA Youth Cups on the trot.But the Scot has settled in quickly to life in the capital, scoring three in his first three appearances for the under 18s.The toughest challenge lies ahead in finding a way to break through into Chelsea’s star-studded first team squad, a leap which has proven too big for a number of young talents.Gilmour, however, has plenty of time on his side to make that dream a reality.Harry Cochrane celebrates his opener in Hearts’ 4-0 win over Celtic. SNSHe may only be 16 but Hearts teenage sensation Harry Cochrane already looks comfortable mixing it with the best the Scottish game has to offer.Cochrane was the star turn as the Jam Tarts stunned Celtic at Tynecastle Park, scoring the opener as Craig Levein’s side thrashed the champions 4-0 to end their 69-game unbeaten run.The Glaswegian, released by Rangers at under-13 level, is one of nine teenagers promoted to Levein’s first team squad this campaign but looks the standout talent so far.He bites into challenges and looks comfortable taking the ball in tight areas before quickly moving it on, while in a midfield battle with Scott Brown he played with maturity beyond his years.His manager says that, despite impressing, Cochrane’s first team chances have probably come a bit early such is his lightweight stature and the youngster could return to the youth ranks to fine-tune his game once Hearts’ injury woes clear up.Contracted until 2020, Cochrane has plenty of time to set about establishing himself as a permanent fixture in first his clubs’ and then his countries’ starting line-ups.Ross McCrorie recently signed a new long-term deal at Rangers. SNSPedro Caixinha tipped Ross McCrorie to become a legend for club and country after handing the 19-year-old his Rangers debut in September.While such lofty billing may prove tough for the young defender to fulfil, he has quickly set about establishing himself in the Light Blues starting 11 since his first outing against Partick Thistle.Loan stints in the lower leagues have helped the teenager, born in Dailly, South Ayrshire, quickly develop the physicality and versatility required to thrive in the Scottish game.Impressive displays initially at centre-half have been followed up by a run of games at the base of Rangers’ midfield diamond, where the 19-year-old’s tenacity, pace and timing in the challenge have come to the fore.McCrorie recently agreed a new long-term contract with the Ibrox club and looks set to become a key figure in Graeme Murty’s plans, having previously worked closely with the former development coach as he progressed through the ranks.As his career progresses a return to his natural position at centre-half looks likely. Performing well out of position should do McCrorie’s stock no harm in the meantime.Dean Campbell made his Aberdeen debut in the 3-1 defeat to Celtic. SNSDean Campbell rose to prominence after becoming Aberdeen’s youngest player when he made his debut against Celtic.The 16-year-old’s cameo appearance in the 3-1 defeat at Pittodrie also meant he was the first player from the SFA’s performance schools project to experience competitive club football.Campbell, from Bridge of Don, was rewarded by boss Derek McInnes after starring for the club’s under 20s, whom he already captains.Most comfortable playing from a deep-lying midfield role, the left-footed playmaker reads the game well and makes use of a wide range of passing to spark attacks.He also possesses a dangerous shot from range and scored a stunner from all of 45 yards against Celtic’s youth side this season.Lewis Morgan signed for Celtic at the start of the January transfer window. SNSA red-hot start to the campaign saw Lewis Morgan bag 13 goals in 26 games across all competitions for St Mirren and spring to Brendan Rodgers’ attention.The 21-year-old signed on the dotted line with Celtic at the start of the January transfer window before returning to the Buddies, where he will spend the rest of the season on loan.Both footed and capable of playing anywhere across the front, Morgan has developed a ruthless streak in front of goal on top of his ability to glide past full-backs.His current boss Jack Ross holds no concerns regarding Morgan’s ability to make the grade when he joins up with the Scottish champions.Arsenal midfielder Charlie Gilmour has pledged his future to Scotland. SNSArsenal youngster Charlie Gilmour offered the Tartan Army a timely boost after pledging his future to Scotland, having also turned out for England at youth level.Born in Brighton, Gilmour’s father Ian played for Motherwell before moving south where he set up the Ian Gilmour Football Academy.Not long after, Charlie was spotted by Arsenal scouts and joined the club aged six.Since then the midfielder has progressed through the youth ranks and signed a scholarship with the Gunners in 2015.He was called up to Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad for the Gunners’ 4-2 Europa League win over BATE Barisov.Talented on the ball, the 18-year-old follows the Arsenal midfield blueprint which emphasises dribbling ability and confidence using both feet.He has developed the physical side of his game of late too to become more assured in a deeper role.Another string to Gilmour’s bow comes in his set-piece capabilities which he showcased to bag a hat-trick of penalties as Arsenal under 18s beat Liverpool 4-1.Lewis Ferguson hails from a famous Scottish football family. SNSHamilton Accies youngster Lewis Ferguson looks set to become the next product on the conveyor belt of young talent at New Douglas Park. James McCarthur, James McCarthy and most recently the likes of Greg Docherty have graduated to star for the Lanarkshire club and now Ferguson is on the brink of a breakthrough. The 18-year-old hails from a famous Scottish football family – he is the son of Derek and nephew of Barry.Like his elders, he thrives in centre midfield where a powerful physique helps the youngster go box-to-box effortlessly.Aggressive in the challenge and in the air, Ferguson also times his runs well to become a goal threat from crosses.He has forced his way into Scotland’s under 19s side recently and will be hoping to impress Martin Canning over the coming months in a bid to convince the Accies boss he is ready for first-team football.Scott McTominay has yet to decide where his international future lies. PAScott McTominay has met the challenge of convincing Jose Mourinho he is ready to mix it with the global stars at Manchester United.Now, the challenge lies with Scotland in convincing the English-born midfielder, who has a Scottish father, he would be better served playing in front of the Tartan Army.A remarkable growth spurt over the last couple of years has taken McTominay from 5ft 6in to 6ft 4in, bringing about heightened improvements to his game as a result.Formerly an attacking midfielder, the languid 21-year-old has been moved into a deeper midfield role after catching the eye of Mourinho in training.He has enjoyed fleeting appearances for United this campaign, featuring in cup competition mainly, where his physical attributes and composure on the ball have helped McTominay draw plaudits.For the time being his focus remains on impressing his Portuguese coach, but should Scotland persuade McTominay he would likely become a key performer for the national side.last_img read more