first_imgSport Shorts Limited space is available in the player development programs being offered this summer in Aberdeen by the Be No. 1 Goalkeeping Academy. The training program for soccer goalkeepers offers separate sessions for elementary/middle school students and high school students. Sessions are being held late afternoons and early evenings, every Monday and Friday through Aug. 1, at the soccer fields behind the Strathmore Elementary School, located on Church Street just off Lloyd Road. The 90-minute sessions offer training in all aspects of goalkeeping, including diving, use of hands and on-the-field leadership. The camp is run by Brian Parness of Aberdeen and Edgar Dinten of Old Bridge. Parness is the former captain of the Matawan Regional High School varsity soccer team and now a goalkeeper for the University of Delaware. Dinten, who previously played at Old Bridge High School, is now a goalkeeper at Montclair State University. Both are also goalkeepers for the Ocean Stingrays, one of New Jersey’s top-rated club teams. For more information on the academy, call Parness at (732) 290-1448 or e-mail him at pull4bp@aol.com. The Hazlet United Soccer Association will hold late registration for the fall program on June 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the soccer complex on Green Acres Drive. Call (732) 264-2729 for more information. Back for its second year, the Lions Pride Basketball Camp will host three weeks this summer: July 14-18, July 21-25 and Aug. 4-8. The camp runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and is held at Middletown High School North. Camp director is Will Mayer, the head boys basketball coach at Middletown North. The cost is $110 for one week, and discounts apply for more than one week. Enrollment is limited to 60 campers to ensure quality of instruction. Call (732) 306-4015 or e-mail mayerw@middletownK12.org for more information. The St. Catherine Athletic Association will hold its annual basketball clinic for third- and fourth-graders and girls from fifth-eighth grades from July 21-31, from 6-9 p.m. The boys’ fifth- through eighth-grade camp will be held Aug. 18-28 from 6-9 p.m. Registration is $30 and will be held on June 26 from 6:30-8 p.m., and June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Steve Heath at (732) 787-9589 or Jim Lamar at (732) 495-4758.last_img read more

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_imgThere was something old and familiar and something new at the Monmouth County Indoor Track and Field Championships.The old and familiar was Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) team championship. It was the Colts’ sixth straight and 24th overall. CBA was simply overwhelming, scoring 106 points at the meet held at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Jan. 9.The something new was on the girls side with Holmdel High School claiming its first indoor county championship. The Hornets’ 53 points topped Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School (36) for the title.Holmdel received individual wins from Marin Warner (1,600 meters) and Keira Yonclas (pole vault) along with the 4×400 relay team.Warner ran the state’s fastest 1,600 of the indoor season at 5:05.37. The group cross-country state champion also gave the Hornets points in the 800 by finishing third (2:21.21).In the pole vault, Yonclas sailed over the bar at 10-6, while teammate Kelly McKay was next at 10-0 to give Holmdel an important 18 points.Yonclas displayed her versatility by running on the winning 4×400 team. Sam Moryto, Yonclas, Anna DeSario and Hannah Lee made up the quartet that edged Matawan Regional High School, 4:16.32- 4:16.75.Lee was sixth in the 55 finals (7.64).Joie Bauman gave the Hornets valuable points in the high jump, taking second via the tiebreaker (fewer misses) as she and winner Destyni Cooper of Red Bank Regional High School both cleared 5-0.Matawan’s Samantha Anderson ran the state’s fastest 400 meters, at 58.55. She helped the Huskies’ girls take second in the 4×400. Her teammates were Yasmin Ali, Rachael Kenny and Danielle Cross.CBA won all but two events on the track, relying on big points from its state champion cross-country team, as well as wins by its sprinters and thrower Andrew Liskowitz.Blaise Ferro led the way with his 1,600- 3,200 double. The reigning indoor Meet of Champions 3,200 champion paced the Colts in the 1,600, winning in 4:28.32 ahead of teammate Greg Paugh (4:33.50).In the 3,200, Ferro bested Monmouth County cross-country champion Aaron Barlev of Holmdel, 9:33.01-9:43.07. CBA’s John Morris was third (9:43.72).The 800 went to the Colts’ Drake Anzano, who outran Raritan High School’s Joseph Cawley to the line, 1:58.83-1:59.03.The Colts’ sprinters were not to be outshined. Mike Zupko held off Freehold Township High School’s Nasir Haines on the line to win the 400 in 50.35, with Haines just .04 back (50.39).Zupko anchored CBA’s 4×400 relay team to a win over Matawan. Jack DeVizia, Mike Somma and Colin Gowen ran the first three legs for the Colts. Their winning time was 3:29.41. Zupko also took third in the 55 dash finals (6.73).Liskowitz continued his big season in the shot put by winning with a throw of 58- 5¾, which makes him No. 1 in New Jersey this season.Matawan, which finished second to CBA with 39 points, had two individual champions.Pole vaulter Matt Isaacson matched his season-leading 13-6 in winning by 1½ feet.Nate Bowie won the 55 hurdles in 7.54.The team of Thomas Kalaietta, Shawn Ramcheran, Matt Natolit and Greg Edwards chased CBA in the 4×400, taking second in 3:30.40.It’s back to the relays for the state’s track and field athletes with this week’s NJSIAA Relays Championships back at the Bennett complex.Group IV starts it off on Jan. 15 and 16. Groups I and II are next on Jan. 17. Group III and Non-Public A and B go on Jan. 18.The Shore Conference Championships are Jan. 23 in Toms River.last_img read more

first_imgBy Sonia OxleyManchester United fans have been buying Marouane Fellaini wigs with their new Belgian showing signs he can add a cool head and quality passing to the midfield just in time for Sunday’s derby against City (6pm).Last season’s champions and runners-up meet at the Etihad Stadium, hoping midweek Champions League success can ignite their domestic campaigns after some uninspired performances from both in their first four games, each taking just seven points.While Wayne Rooney’s return to form in Tuesday’s 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen stole the headlines, Fellaini’s physical presence and ability to hold the ball in his first start since signing just before the transfer deadline added a new dimension.It was no coincidence that a side who had not scored in two of their last three league games and only netted from set pieces in the other were suddenly able to put together more meaningful charges forward with the big Belgian on the pitch.Similarly, City, who had failed to repeat the scintillating showing of their season-opening demolition of Newcastle United, rediscovered some attacking flair in a stylish 3-0 win at Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday.“It will give confidence for all the players,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini told reporters.“We have the derby and always winning away in the Champions League, scoring three goals, having at least three or four more chances to score and a clean sheet – I think it will give all the players a lot of confidence.”City midfielder Yaya Toure, who like Fellaini offers a towering presence, creative instinct and ability to read a game, scored a sublime goal at Plzen and it could well be the battle between these two powerful players that proves key on Sunday.It will be the first Manchester derby for both clubs’ managers and they will be aware that City hold a slight advantage in recent years having taken 10 points to United’s seven in league encounters in the past three seasons.The return of captain Vincent Kompany, who made a successful comeback from a groin injury on Tuesday, will offer the hosts a further boost ahead of what he describes as a “special game.”“It is becoming one of the most sought-after fixtures in the world and it is always great to be involved in such games. I never take them for granted,” the Belgian defender said.This fixture two seasons ago, which City won 1-0, proved decisive as they went on to secure the Premier League crown on goal difference from their neighbours.It is far too early in the season to be talking of the title race but it is nevertheless a crunch game with both sides keen to establish the edge on their opponents.Early season pacesetters Liverpool, who are unbeaten with 10 points from four matches, host Southampton on Saturday (5pm) but have suffered a blow with midfielder Philippe Coutinho ruled out until the end of next month with a shoulder injury.They are, however, full of confidence over the form of striker Daniel Sturridge. He has netted in all their league matches this season and will be keen to keep up his scoring escapades before the return of Uruguay striker Luis Suarez from a 10-match ban, which comes to an end after this game.Saturday’s evening kick-off (7.30pm) sees Chelsea host Fulham in a west London derby eager to make amends after suffering their first league defeat of the season at Everton last weekend and losing at home to Basel in the Champions League.Everton, the only unbeaten Premier League side along with Merseyside rivals Liverpool, travel to West Ham United on Saturday (5pm) who are proving miserly at both ends of the pitch.North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, who both have nine points, are in action on Sunday, with Arsene Wenger hoping for more magic from record signing Mesut Ozil when they host Stoke (3.30pm) and Andre Villas-Boas taking his team to Cardiff (6pm).Two of the early season strugglers, West Bromwich Albion (two points) and Sunderland (one), meet at the Hawthorns on Saturday (5pm), while fellow slow starters CrystalPalace entertain SwanseaCity on Sunday (3.30pm).The weekend’s other games are Norwich at home to Aston Villa in Saturday’s early kick-off (2.45pm) and Hull travelling to Newcastle today (5pm).last_img read more

first_imgBy Andreas VouMARCOS Baghdatis was forced to retire from his first round match at the US Open against Marin Cilic on Wednesday evening after suffering a suspected ankle injury midway through the second set.Baghdatis had lost the first set against the 14th seeded Croatian 6-3 and was down 3-1 in the second before he was forced to pull out of the encounter in New York, having only been granted entry into the draw due to the withdrawal of German Tommy Haas.Though Baghdatis held his own for large parts of the match, Cilic had been proving too tough to break on his own big serve which left Baghdatis frustrated. However, the Cypriot – now ranked 86 – had been on a good run of form in recent months and would have fancied the challenge had injury not caused him to pull out. The 29-year-old need not feel downhearted after rediscovering his old touch in the last few months which has resulted in three titles. Baghdatis earned his first singles trophy since 2010 in the Aegon Trophy final in Nottingham at the beginning of June.Earlier this month, he claimed the VanOpen in Canada and then, on August 10, continued his hot streak on the ATP Challenger Tour, winning a second straight title and the ninth of his career after beating top seed Mikhail Kukushkin to win the Aptos Challenge in California.Due to the defeat, Cilic now extends his head-to-head lead over Baghdatis to 5-1, only losing to the Cypriot at the Cincinnati Masters in 2010.last_img read more

first_imgRoger Federer stared down defeat and saved two match points before knocking Tomas Berdych out of the Miami Open on Thursday with a 6-2 3-6 7-6(6) victory in their thrilling quarter-final.Federer will next face Nick Kyrgios on Friday after the 12th seeded Australian edged German teenager Alexander Zverev 6-4 6-7(9) 6-3 in an evening quarter-final, finally clinching victory on his sixth match point.Swiss magician Federer had to call upon all his resources of skill, poise and experience to edge the Czech in a third set tiebreak in front of a frenzied crowd at Crandon Park.Berdych served for the match at 6-4 in the tiebreak but Federer reeled off four points in a row, including two unplayable serves, and secured the win when the 10th seed crumbled with an awful second serve.Federer conceded he had rode his luck at times to advance.“I’ve had some tough losses here where I should have won. They stay with you so I’m happy today to have come through somehow,” he said courtside.“I definitely got very lucky at the end but I think I showed great heart today and I fought. Tomas really stepped it up and it was a great match at the end but one guy had to win.”Australian Open champion Federer, who also won at Indian Wells two weeks ago, is playing some of the best tennis of his career and appears completely recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the second half of last year.‘STAY AGGRESSIVE’The 35-year-old is 17-1 this season, his only loss a surprise defeat to Russian Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai.Federer has won all seven of the tiebreaks he has faced during his current American campaign.“I enjoy winning breakers because those are the ones that are going to make you win a tournament or not sometimes,” he said.“(My thought process is) don’t mess up, hit a few aces, stay aggressive on the return, all those silly things that never work but they seem to be working now.”In the tiebreak, Berdych hit a backhand winner into the corner to set up two match points, the first on serve, but netted a forehand to squander the first.Federer saved the second match point with a superb first serve and set up his own with an ace down the middle. The pressure reverted to Berdych and this time he cracked, his second serve landing closer to the baseline than the service line.Kyrgios is looking forward to facing Federer after pulling out of their scheduled Indian Wells quarter-final with a virus.“He’s my favourite player, so I’m going to enjoy the moment,” said the 21-year-old, who won their only career meeting, on clay in Madrid in 2015.“He’s the greatest of all time. We don’t know how long he’s going to hang around so it’s a blessing.”last_img read more

first_imgShaun Draughn, a free agent running back the 49ers signed after Hayne was cut and sent to the practice squad, suffered a knee injury in the team’s 24-14 home loss to an undermanned Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.Draughn left the field in the first half and didn’t return. That leaves just two healthy running backs, Kendall Gaskins, who was in doubt for the Bengals match because of a concussion, and Travaris Cadet.The 49ers have already lost running backs Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush and Mike Davis to injury although Davis, after breaking his hand seven weeks ago, could be healthy for next week’s second-last game of the season against the Detroit Lions.Pressure has been mounting on the 49ers’ coaching staff and management to reinstate Hayne in the 53-man squad. The 49ers, with the worst offence in the NFL, have nothing to lose – they have a four-win, 10-loss record and their playoff hopes ended weeks ago.San Francisco area media have devoted columns to questioning coach Jim Tomsula and special teams co-ordinator Thomas McGaughey for not looking to use Hayne’s game-changing ability.“The 49ers and Jarryd Hayne: It seems clear that they don’t have a clue what to do with him – and never did,” was the headline in a stinging column by San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami.Disgruntled fans also targetted 49ers chief executive Jed York before the Bengals game, flying a plane over Levi’s Stadium with a “Hold Jed Accountable” banner.The Bengals, with an 11-win, three-loss record, are headed to the playoffs but went into the 49ers game without injured quarterback Andy Dalton. The 49ers were never in the game, going into halftime down 21-0.last_img read more

first_imgThe 33-year-old, who has previous experience in county cricket at Lancashire and Nottinghamshire, will be available for the first five games of the 2018 Championship season.Siddle has taken 211 Test wickets in 62 appearances for Australia but has not featured for his country since 2016.He told Essex’s website: “I’ve enjoyed my previous experiences of county cricket and can’t wait to get under way at Chelmsford.”I have heard very good things about the club and the quality of the playing squad and look forward to contributing strongly towards the title defence during the first few weeks of the season.”Siddle was a regular presence in Australia’s Test attack from 2008 to 2016 and helped Australia to win the Ashes 5-0 in 2013/14.Essex head coach Anthony McGrath added: “Peter is someone with proven quality at the highest level. He is vastly experienced and is a player who won’t just deliver on the pitch but will help our younger bowlers as well.”Australia coach Darren Lehmann spoke glowingly about him as a person and a bowler when I spoke to him recently, so we are looking forward to him joining us and making a real impact in the opening weeks of the season.”last_img read more

first_imgJoshua lost his WBA, WBO and IBF belts to Ruiz in a stunning upset at Madison Square Garden in June.Matchroom Boxing last week confirmed a rematch for December 7 in Riyadh, with Ruiz having refused to fight in Britain.The Mexican-American is yet to comment on the scheduled fight, but Matchroom promoter Hearn told a news conference on Monday: “Both fighters signed for this fight. The governing bodies have been informed.”The location of the second bout had long been discussed, with Joshua announcing a desire to fight back in the United Kingdom while Ruiz suggested he would prefer Mexico.Instead, Saudi Arabia was settled on and Hearn is confident it is a good move for the growth of the sport.”We had approaches from Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar,” he said.“This is an iconic moment for boxing and the whole world will be watching this fight on December 7 – this is going to be an event that you will never ever forget” – @EddieHearn#RuizJoshua2 #ClashOnTheDunes pic.twitter.com/k6EIJmk9Vz— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) August 12, 2019″We wanted to go somewhere that had a vision for the sport of boxing. We already knew Saudi Arabia was for real and investing in the sport.”We have to realise that there is another world out there outside of Cardiff and Madison Square Garden. We have an obligation to grow the sport to new areas and regions.”This event could change boxing forever. If Saudi is going to invest in these fights you could be seeing a big change in the dynamics of the sport, which truly excites me.”Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images Caption: Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshualast_img read more