Jose Mourinho’s first words as coach of Tottenham Hotspur

first_img Mourinho: “Me excita la calidad de la plantilla y del club” Sport EN Mauricio Pochettino was sacked on Tuesday night. At 6.30 am UK time on Wednesday morning, Jose Mourinho was announced, putting Spurs’ name on the map in world football. Upd. on 21/11/2019 at 16:54 CET IN SPORT.EScenter_img 20/11/2019 Mourinho said: “I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.” The former Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager was sacked by the latter in December 2018 and has not worked since then as a coach.last_img read more

Bloods dominate play against Eagles

first_imgBy Nick Creely DDCA TURF 1 & 2 REVIEW – ROUND 3 (DAY 1) TURF 1 SPRINGVALE SOUTH v CRANBOURNE…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Soccer: Aug. 31 Scoreboard

first_imgFollowing halftime, Central Arkansas (2-0-1) wasted little time in evening the score. In the 50th minute, Cassie Lang fed a pass to Vanessa Randall who slammed a shot off of A-State keeper Amanda Lee’s hands and into the net to know the score at 1-1. In the 86th minute, the Bears got the game winner, as Shelby Wilson slid a pass to Allie Coleman on a breakaway. Coleman beat Lee in a 1-on-1 and found the back of the net to put the Bears up 2-1. The two teams played a physical, yet sloppy first half which saw a combined 12 fouls and seven combined offsides decisions. The Colonels (2-2-0) scored three goals in the first period before pouring on an additional five goals in the second to defeat the Golden Lions (0-3-0). Jess Coates opened up the scoring with a penalty kick goal in the 12th minute. Just one minute later, Coates fired a pass to Lauren O’Brien who scored the second goal of the match. In the 37th minute, Missy McGuire launched a long looping shot into the corner of the net for the third and final goal of the half. Nicholls 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0Central Arkansas 2, Arkansas State 1Southeastern Louisiana 4, Texas Southern 0Sam Houston State 2, Prairie View A&M 1Abilene Christian 2, Texas Wesleyan 1 (OT)No. 25 Arkansas 4, Stephen F. Austin 2North Texas 1, Lamar 0Jackson State 1, McNeese State 0Texas-El Paso 2, Houston Baptist 1New Mexico State 2, UIW 1Texas State 3, Northwestern State 0 She assisted Tori Hale from the right side off of a header just 40 seconds into a game.  Hale leads Texas State (3-0-1) in goals (3) and points (6). Northwestern State fell to 1-3 on the season. – Return to top – Junior Kayla Vera led the Southeastern offensive attack with a goal and an assist. Freshman Maggie Ramsey, sophomore Bri Singh and sophomore Amber Lasher also scored in the victory. Sophomore Katie Noonan and freshman Ana Zadro were credited with assists. – Return to top – – Return to top – Central Arkansas 2, Arkansas State 1JONESBORO, Ark. – The Central Arkansas women’s soccer team was back in action on Sunday afternoon, travelling to Jonesboro to take on in-state opponent Arkansas State. The Bears headed into the half trailing the Red Wolves 1-0, but got a pair of goals in the second half to secure the 2-1 victory. Arkansas State (1-2) grabbed the lead in the 13th minute, as Jena Kelley and Samhia Simao strung a pair of passes together to feed Mykel Ward, who slid the ball past Central Arkansas keeper Anna Hughes. Wildcat sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Newton made four saves in the victory, three of which were in the first half. Her fourth and final save came in the 66th minute against Sandra Villarreal. Sophomore forward Amanda Doyle joined Raymond with one goal against ARK, the first of the season for both Ladyjacks, as SFA was narrowly edged 15-14 in shots and 6-5 in shots on goal. The Razorbacks held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. – Return to top – “North Texas was rested, and I think you could see that in the second half,” Cervantes said. “I thought we played a much better game than we did against Rice. If we would have had that effort against Rice, I think the outcome would have been different.” HBU plays in its home opener next Friday, Sept. 5, against Montana at 7 pm. The match is part of a doubleheader with the men’s team, who hosts Oral Roberts at 5 pm. Southeastern Louisiana 4, Texas Southern 0HOUSTON, Texas – The defending Southland Conference Tournament champion Southeastern Louisiana women’s soccer team remained undefeated with a 4-0 shutout of Texas Southern in non-conference action Sunday afternoon. – Return to top – The match remained deadlocked even as the Wildcats outshot the Rams over the final 30 minutes of regulation, 8-1. Texas Wesleyan goalkeeper Nikki Lockwood saved three shots during this span (and six for the match) to help send the match into overtime; the Wildcats sent several additional shots high and wide. The victory was ACU’s second of the weekend, lifting its early-season mark to 2-2, while the Rams slipped to 1-1. – Return to top – “This was a tough result for us today,” said head coach Scooter Savoie.  “Give credit to Jackson State who did a good job of disrupting the things that we wanted to do.  We missed several scoring opportunities today.” Ramsey, the lone SLU freshman starter on Sunday, has made an immediate impact in her debut season. The Mission Viejo, California native’s third goal of the season came in the fourth minute, giving Southeastern the early advantage. – Return to top – “We have some injuries, and I hope some of those will heal before the weekend,” Cervantes said. “I’m excited to see what we can do when we have our full lineup intact.” Jackie Kerestine made four saves as she picked up her third shutout in as many games for North Texas (3-0-0). The Mean Green were playing their first game in a week after having their scheduled contest at Houston on Friday canceled because of lightning. Lamar dropped a 2-0 decision to visiting Rice on Friday. Southeastern will be back in action on Friday, hosting Louisiana-Monroe at 4 p.m. at the Southeastern Soccer Complex. ARK struck first, as Tyler Allen scored on a through-ball in the box in the 12th minute, before Ashleigh Ellenwood, who assisted on the first goal, scored one of her own in the 15th minute to take a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals attempted 10 shots in the contest while the Aggies had 22 chances.  The Aggies earned four corner kicks, all in the first half, while the Cardinals had just one.  Karly Brightwell was tagged with the loss for UIW despite making three saves in the first half.  Haley Nelson played the final 45 minutes in goal and made two saves.  Hammack picked up the win for NMSU by making three saves in the full 90 minutes. Nicholls 8, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 0LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Nicholls State University women’s soccer team scored early and often against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, cruising to an 8-0 victory on Sunday afternoon at Coleman Sports and Rec Complex. Cache Haley led the team with four shots, and Shelby Balmer had two. Texas State 3, Northwestern State 0SAN MARCOS, Texas – Lynsey Curry accounted for four points and led Texas State to a 3-0 win over the Northwestern State soccer team Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Lady Demons’ two-game road swing. Brooke Bourbonais started in goal for NSU, and played the entire game with six saves and 22 shots faced.  Freshman midfielder Sage Leffew had two shots for Northwestern State, and was the only Lady Demon who played in the field to compete the full 90 minutes. The Southeastern back line of senior Chelsea Villaescusa, sophomore Alexsis Cable, junior Erin Christ and senior Jen Babcock limited TSU’s opportunities on the way to the team’s fourth straight shutout to start the season. Sophomore Hope Sabadash, a candidate for All-White Kit Goalkeeper of the Year, finished with one save in goal, running her career shutout total to 13. The Lady Cardinals (1-3) resume their five-game homestand with a pair of non-conference games next weekend. Texas State comes to town at 7 p.m. Friday before Prairie View A&M pays a visit at 1 p.m. Aug. 7. The Cardinals will face Big 12 rival Baylor on Friday at Betty Lou Mays Field at 7 p.m. Cutaia led all players with six shots and five shots on goal for UTEP (4-0-1). Five other Miners had one shot attempt. Sarah Dilling earned the win in goal, as she allowed one goal and made two saves. Fontenot made a number of spectacular saves in the contest for Lamar (1-3), but was beaten on a corner kick by Karla Pineda 17:09 into the second half. Both teams held each other in check during the first half, heading to intermission in a 0-0 draw.  The Cowgirls held a 6-3 advantage in shots over the Lady Tigers during the first with five shots having been saved by JSU keeper Kylie Christian.  A double shot attack from freshman Janice Coley and sophomore Savannah LaRicci in the 39th minute looked to be enough to put the Cowgirls ahead but instead was saved by Christian. “This was a good day for us,” Southeastern head coach Blake Hornbuckle said of the win over a Texas Southern team that had played SMU to a 1-0 margin on Friday. “Maggie got us off to a great start with a goal early in the match and was fantastic in the second half. – Return to top – The Lady Demons were outshot 22-8, and had no shots on-goal. Nine of the Bobcats’ shots were on-goal, and finished the game with seven corner kicks. The Wildcats return to action this Friday for a 7 p.m. match against North Texas. Hughes made five saves to earn the win for the Bears, while Lee made four saves and took the loss. “It was a fluky goal,” Lamar coach Orlando Cervantes said of Pineda’s tally. “The wind got a hold of it and pushed it into the net.” Each team took 13 shots on the day, and both placed six on target. Randall led the Bears by placing both of her shots on goal, while Wilson, Coleman, and Kate Koch each took a pair of shots and placed on goal. Simao took six shots for Arkansas State and placed two on goal, while Kelley and Ward each put one of their two shots on target. New Mexico State 2, UIW 1LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The University of the Incarnate Word women’s soccer team remained winless on the road this year after a 2-1 defeat at New Mexico State on Sunday afternoon. No. 25 Arkansas 4, Stephen F. Austin 2AUSTIN, Texas – Senior forward Chelsea Raymond extended her all-time goals mark with the 41st of her career, but the Stephen F. Austin women’s soccer team fell 4-2 to No. 25 Arkansas on Sunday afternoon at Mike A. Myers Stadium and Soccer Field on the University of Texas campus. The Cowgirls will be back in action Friday evening for their third-straight road game against UTSA in San Antonio, Texas at 7 p.m.  A former member of the Southland Conference, UTSA scored a win in the last meeting with McNeese in 2011. Curry scored her first goal of the season in the ninth minute with a shot in front of the goal shortly after a throw in, and her second assist was to Rachel Grout after Grout floated a ball over the goalkeeper from the left side in the 68th minute. After the Razorbacks scored their third goal of the match in the 55th minute to retake a two-goal advantage (3-1), Raymond pulled SFA back within reach on a strike in the 63rd minute, dribbling around defenders to create space. ARK would have one more answer, converting on a free kick at the top of the box in the 77th minute, before arriving at the 4-2 final. The Ladyjacks will enjoy a week of recovery, before heading to LSU. SFA and the Tigers will meet in Baton Rouge on Monday, Sept. 8. Nicholls will travel to Baton Rouge to face LSU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Central Arkansas next travels to Tulsa, Oklahoma for a match against the University of Tulsa. The match will kick off at 1:00 PM. Cutaia narrowly scored her second goal of the match in the 67th minute, as her shot attempt hit the cross bar. Hager led HBU (1-3-0) with three shots and two on target. Sophomore Morgan Dean had the other shot on goal. Senior Patty Walrath made four saves in the hard-fought effort between the pipes. Hager tied the match at 1-all in the 68th minute, assisted by senior Lindsay Matlock. Matlock’s throw-in found Hager, who headed the ball past Dilling. It was the first goal allowed by Dilling this season. Doyle answered the second goal of the Razorbacks, getting the Ladyjacks on the board just under a minute and a half (1:29) later on a strong feed from senior Zuri Prince to take a 2-1 deficit into the break. The assist was Prince’s third of the season and 16th of her career, moving her into third place all-time outright. Junior midfielder Shelby McDaniel scored a very well-taken goal to open the scoring in the 77th minute. Sophomore forward Maddy Panozzo made a great run down the right wing and slotted the ball to McDaniel who turned and fired with her left foot into the back of the net. Through four games, Caro leads the Colonels in both assists (2) and goals scored (2). ACU fired 24 shots and placed six on goal. Jones led all Wildcats with five shots, while Fifer had four. “We were very pleased with the play of Chelsea and Alexsis in the back,” Hornbuckle added. “Cheyenne Maxwell continues to be a stalwart for us with her play in the midfield and did an outstanding job limiting Texas Southern’s attack. Kayla was a big difference maker with her activity up top.” Abilene Christian 2, Texas Wesleyan 1 (OT)FT. WORTH, Texas – Freshman Baylee Mitchell booted in a Chloe Fifer free kick in the 96th minute, sending the Abilene Christian soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Texas Wesleyan Sunday afternoon at Martin Field. The Colonels played goalie Josie Stiles through the first period and Haley Golden for the second. Golden recorded one save on the day. “Texas State is a strong team and we knew that, but there is still no reason to come out that flat in the first nine minutes,” said head coach George Van Linder. “When a team is down 2-0 in the first 10 minutes, the coach has to accept the blame. It was our first road trip of the year and I need to guide the young ones better and remind the old ones about playing on the road.” Lasher, who hails from Norco, California, capped the scoring late in the second half, finding the net for the second straight match. Lasher headed in a cross from Vera to provide the final 4-0 margin. Prairie View was able to equalize less than two minutes later. A corner kick was taken short and whipped into the box. Defender Reina Mata appeared to get the final touch as the ball dribbled past goalkeeper Magen Ross at the near post. McNeese continued to attack the net in the second half but could not sustain any momentum to knot the score.  LaRicci’s shot in the opening minutes as well as senior Tori Lasiter’s shot in the 57th minute were unable to slip by Christian, who finished the day with seven saves. “We just had a tough time rallying today and were not able to come away with the result that we wanted,” said Savoie.  “Again, give credit to Jackson State and their staff for what they did.” Junior goalkeeper Maggie Marks was saddled with the loss for the Cowgirls despite collecting four saves in the complete 90 minutes in net. McNeese outshot the Lady Tigers in the contest 10-7, including seven on target, but could not find the back of the net in the contest.  LaRicci led the squad with four shots followed by Lasiter who recorded two shots on the day.  In the second period the Colonels picked up right where they left off when Kaitlyn Caro scored on a pass from Erin Flores just six minutes into play. Anna Gourgues scored just two minutes later off of a pass from McGuire. In the 65th minute, Caro scored her second goal of the day off of a pass from Spencer Valdespino. In the 71st minute, Kristy Tatom assisted on a Sarah Tani goal, before Misty Tatom scored the final goal on a penalty kick in the 74th minute. “When Jackson State got their opportunity to score on a penalty kick, we left them in a position to take advantage of it and they capitalized on it,” said Savoie. – Return to top – Texas-El Paso 2, Houston Baptist 1EL PASO, Texas – Senior forward Natalie Hager’s goal tied the match at 1-1, but Texas-El Paso’s Angela Cutaia scored her second goal of the day a minute later to give the Miners a 2-1 win over Houston Baptist Sunday afternoon. ACU continued to apply offensive pressure right at the start of overtime, but Fifer’s first two attempts both hit the crossbar in the 92nd and 93rd minutes. She was then fouled by TWU’s Paige Wheaton and made the home team pay by sending the ball right into the six-yard box where Mitchell got a foot on it and blasted it past Lockwood. The Cowgirls dropped to an overall mark of 1-3 on the season in their second game of a three-game road swing, while the Jackson State improved its record to 1-2-1 on the year. Vera broke the game open right before the half. With just three minutes before the break, the Vancouver, Washington native scored off a feed from Zadro to give Southeastern a commanding 3-0 lead. Texas Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead into the break after receiving a Kaitlin Bush goal in the 38th minute, but the Wildcats received their equalizer 20 minutes later from Lindsey Jones off a cross from Emily Sumrall. The goals for Jones and Mitchell were their firsts of the season. The road win for the Lady Lions gives the program its first 4-0 start since 2010. Texas Southern fell to 0-4 with the loss. One minute later, Cutaia did score her second goal of the match, assisted by Carmen Webster. Walrath punched Webster’s cross pass, but right to Cutaia, who buried home the rebound for a 2-1 UTEP lead. Walrath made three saves in the first half as both teams entered the break in a scoreless draw. UTEP was not able to cash in on three corner kick opportunities in the opening half. North Texas 1, Lamar 0BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar goalkeeper Bailey Fontenot made a season-high 12 saves, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Cardinals in a 1-0 loss to north Texas in a lightning-shortened non-conference women’s soccer game Sunday. Sam Houston State 2, Prairie View A&M 1HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The Bearkat soccer team needed some late heroics to pick up the team’s first win of the season, 2-1, over Prairie View A&M Sunday at Pritchett Field. Junior Mariah Titus buried a penalty kick in the 89th minute to lead Sam Houston to victory. – Return to top – With the goal in the 63rd minute, Raymond moved one step closer to the SFA (2-2-0) all-time points record of 96. With the goal against the Razorbacks (3-0-1), the native of Irving, Texas, picked up two points to move her career total to 94. Raymond now sits just two points away from what former teammate Kylie Louw (2009-12) established in 2012. The patented long throw-in ability of Noonan led to the Lady Lions’ second goal. The Renton, Washington product threw a ball on frame and Singh was able to get enough of a piece of it to net her team-high fifth goal of the season and put SLU up, 2-0, in the 11th minute. In their closet match of the season, the Cardinals (0-4) fell behind 2-0 after 49 minutes before mounting a comeback.  New Mexico State senior forward Jennae Cambra found the net twice on two assists from Layla Todd.  The first came at the 21:39 mark and the second came at 48:34. The Bearkats piled on the pressure late in the match and were rewarded with a penalty decision with about 90 seconds remaining. Titus blasted it past the goalkeeper who was left standing still. The lone goal was the result of a penalty shot that came off the foot of Jackson State’s Raquel Araujo who converted the goal and gave the Lady Tigers a 1-0 lead.  Araujo was one of seven Lady Tigers to record a shot in the contest. UTEP wasted little time taking a 1-0 lead in the second half, as the Miners were awarded a corner kick two minutes in. Hannah Nicholson took the kick and Cutaia headed it into the far post at the 47:14-mark. “Once again we had some good things happen, and we have the talent but we need the team. I am confident that we will get this sorted out in the coming days and be prepared,” said Van Linder. “I reminded our players we can still accomplish all of our goals and we intend to do that.” – Return to top – Jackson State 1, McNeese State 0JACKSON, Miss – After allowing a go-ahead goal in the 65th minute of the second half, the McNeese women’s soccer was unable to mount an attack down the stretch and fell to Jackson State by a 1-0 margin on Sunday afternoon at the JSU Soccer Complex. Hager tried for her second goal of the afternoon three minutes after UTEP took the lead, but Dilling made the save. Sam Houston will next head to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech Friday at 7 p.m. Goalie Brittany Roberts earned 10 saves while allowing eight goals for UAPB in the contest. “We are getting better and better every game,” said UIW head coach Anne Felts.  “Our underclassmen are really stepping into their roles and making an impact.  We played a very good second half today.  It was reassuring for the team to see what they are really capable of and know that the results will come.” Senior goalkeeper Morgan Glick’s record evened at 2-2 on the young season, making two saves and allowing all four goals across 90 minutes in the net.  Northwestern State will host Arkansas-Little Rock in its next match at the Demon Soccer Complex on Friday before it opens another two-game road swing on Sept. 7 against Baylor.  The Lady Demons will finish the road stint at Prairie View A&M on Sept. 12. The Cardinals did not give up and they were able to cut the deficit in half when sophomore Alexis Santos found herself perfectly positioned to finish a rebound that bounced to her feet.  She tallied the goal at 64:08 giving the team their first goal of the season.  UIW managed four more shot attempts over the final 25 minutes, but could not beat Aggies (1-4) goalkeeper Tayler Hammack again.last_img read more

John Valentin identi­fies with life’s long shots

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Holmdel resident opens Monmouth Baseball Academy in Marlboro FARRAH MAFFAI staff John Valentin looks on as Jacob Glickenhaus, 4, of Manalapan, tries to put the bat on the ball during the opening of the Monmouth Baseball Academy in Marlboro. Holmdel resident opens Monmouth Baseball Academy in Marlboro BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer In every underdog, John Valentin sees a little bit of himself. He can identify with the long shot. Even though he enjoyed an 11-year major league career (10 years with the Boston Red Sox and one with the New York Mets), professional baseball was never a sure-thing for the native of Jersey City, who now lives in Holmdel. In fact, it was a very long shot. A high school star at St. Anthony’s in Jersey City, there were no Division 1-A scholarships waiting for him. College scouts were not beating a path to his door and the phone wasn’t ringing off the hook. Nearby Seton Hall even had the boldness to tell him that he couldn’t play for them. At 5-8, he was considered too small for big-time college baseball. With no Division I takers, Valentin decided to go to Seton Hall University, South Orange, anyway, because his older brother Arnold was matriculating there. Baseball was still in Valentin’s blood and he was going to try and make the Pirates as a walk-on. One thing was for sure, he wasn’t going to be discouraged by the lack of interest colleges had shown. He, like any long shot, was going to try that much harder. “My thought process was to go to school and to be a good player,” he said. “If I developed, fine. If I didn’t, fine.” A funny thing happened, though, on the way from St. Anthony’s to Seton Hall. The John Valentin who arrived at the East Orange campus that fall wasn’t the same physically as the one who had starred at St. Anthony’s. He went through a growth spurt that summer, climbing from 5-8 to 6-0. With the height came strength. “It came at the right time,” he said of his growth spurt. “There was a significant difference.” As a freshman, Valentin got his first break. The starting shortstop had an arm injury that prevented him from playing in the field. The shortstop was assigned the role of designated hitter, and Valentin, always good with the glove, started at shortstop. He was just a glove man, batting ninth in the order. By his junior year, he was one of the major offensive weapons in the country on a team that included Mo Vaughn and Craig Biggio, earning all-American honors and getting drafted in the fifth round in 1988 by the Red Sox. The rest, as they say, is history. “I really sprouted in college,” Valentin said. “When I walked on and started as a freshman, I saw that I could compete. I decided I was just as good as everyone else, and that’s when I started to think I might get drafted.” This winter, Valentin found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time with the Baltimore Orioles and was released in March (the Orioles opted to go with a youth movement). For the first time since he can remember, he said, there would be no baseball. “I wanted to see what it was like — life without baseball,” he said. “I enjoyed the summer with my family.” With time on his hands, Valentin had an opportunity to bring a longtime goal of his to fruition: giving something back to baseball. He turned to his friend Jay Blackwell, the assistant baseball coach at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. “I had so much time (not playing major league baseball),” said Valentin. “I wanted to get involved and teach kids. “I used to work out with Jay in the off-season,” Valentin said. “We used to always talk about how we could help kids.” The result of their collaboration is the Monmouth Baseball Academy, located at 234 Building No. 3 Boundary Road, Marlboro. Valentin and Blackwell have developed their own thorough program, based on their personal experiences, that will help players ages 7 and up reach their full potential and get to the next level. Besides the basic fundamentals — hitting, fielding and throwing — Valentin will draw upon his own professional discoveries to give the students much more. “It requires the intangibles, not just skills,” Valentin explained. “There’s the mental approach to the game, how to take care of yourself, eating right, discipline and dedication. “Players are always looking for an edge and we have it,” he added. “I’m going to teach them what I know. I’ve always been a student of the game.” Valentin had himself in mind while developing the MBA’s program. He knows there are hundreds of John Valentins in the area who just need some encouragement and the edge of learning baseball from a major leaguer who has been where they are. “We came up with a program that will help kids who are like me, underdogs, learn their craft and have fun learning the right skills,” he said. The MBA offers both individual lessons, clinics, team clinics and rentals. “I’m very excited about the facility,” said Valentin. For more information on the Monmouth Baseball Academy, call (732) 577-2550. The season away from baseball, while enjoyable, reminded Valentin how much baseball means to him. At 36, he’s not going to hang up his spikes. “I think that I wanted to retire,” he said. “Now, I see no reason to retire. I really feel great. I’ve worked out all summer.” Valentin, who was bothered by nagging injuries late in his career, is healthy now. He plans to play winter ball in Puerto Rico, looking to convince major league teams that he is over his injuries and can still be an asset. He’s confident that he’ll hook up with a team in spring training next year. He didn’t quit when he was told he couldn’t play college baseball at the Division I-A level, and, true to the advice he will give to youngsters at the MBA about not giving up, he won’t quit now.last_img read more

Soaring to the basket

first_imgMATT DENTON Christian Brothers Academy’s Jack Laffey goes up for a basket against Toms River High School North during the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals at Brookdale Community College. The Colts won handily to advance to the conference tournament finals on Feb. 27 at Monmouth University, where the Colts were stunned by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, 50-24.last_img

Williams, Dacres on show in Stockholm

first_img Schedule for Jamaicans Sprint hurdler Danielle Williams is among three Jamaicans who will compete in today’s fifth stage of the Diamond League series in Stockholm. The other Jamaicans down to compete are Jura Levy (200m) and Fedrick Dacres (discus). The consistent Williams, the 2015 100m hurdles champion, will be hoping for more success today following her win in the event three days ago in Oslo in a non-Diamond League event. Now with points at stake, Williams who sits in fourth position with 11 points, will be seeking another win. Today’s line up includes American Brianna McNeil, who also has 11 points. Dacres who started brilliantly in Rome when scoring a big win in the men’s discus, was disappointing in his last outing in Oslo where he placed eighth. He will be hoping for improvement today. He now lies in fourth place on nine points. Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius, who won in Oslo, leads with 15 points. – R.G. – 8:32 a.m.: Women’s 200m – Jura Levy – 9:35 a.m.: Men’s discus – Fredrick Dacres – 10:15 a.m.: Women’s 100mh – Danielle Williams.last_img read more

A conversation about fatherhood with my father

first_imgBy Leah HernandezMillions of children worldwide are fortunate enough to have a father figure in their lives, while others can only dream of having that man we call a “father”. This contrast often times leads most of us to ask: “what is a father?” and “who is a good father?”.The simplest definition of the word father is “An important male figure in the origin and early history of something”, but, most importantly, being a good father means being an endless role model and making all the difference in a child’s life, as you are a pillar of strength, support, and discipline.”To celebrate and recognise the contributions fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children, the third Sunday in June of each year is, therefore, set aside as the time to celebrate Father’s Day. With great enthusiasm and anticipation surrounding this day, I was fortunate to interact with one father who had his goal set on being a “good father”.Ignatius Hernandez like some of us presently was not raised by a father who was a perfect example of the title given, but rather one who was an alcoholic and gave less attention to the welfare of his family. This father of four related to me that, as a child growing up, he vowed never to be like the man whom he saw most of his life, but somewhere along his life’s journey it happened.“When I used to see him drunk, I used to say in my mind I would never drink or be like him. As I grew, I did not want to follow his example, his role as a father was not really one to take example from, he did not have that impact or positive influence on me… [but I] started drinking when I was 18, It was my own choice, then I became addicted to it,” a thoughtful Hernandez related.According to my 57-year-old father, even though he walked in the shoes of his father for some time, the thought of him being a potential father and having a family of his own motivated him to desire a change, as often times he would reflect on the words “I would never drink or be like him”, while he further credited the desire for change to Christianity.“I knew it was wrong and I desired a change, but because of the habits and cravings for it, it was there and I couldn’t stay without it, but I wanted to be a better father from the one I grew up with.”In the midst of our interesting conversation, I asked my father what are his thoughts about playing the role of father figure in a child’s life, and in the most appealing voice, he responded, “If you want to be a better father, you have to be an example, having an impact on your family, because you cannot lead without being that example … the role of a father is being a security, it’s a breadwinner, a foundation to the family, an example where the whole family looks up to you and you are honoured and respected.”After this, I went on to ask him how he personally felt about being a father to us (his four children), and again, but this time in a more eager voice, he responded in the briefest way possible, saying it is a blessing to be a father. “Being a father isn’t something I would say is easy, but I’m happy to be a father, because besides the responsibility and being tough, it’s still a blessing. I can stand up and joyfully declare I have fulfilled my responsibilities as a father,” he said.Finally realising that our conversation would soon be over, I quickly implored him for some advice that he would want to share with present and potential fathers on how to be a good dad. This is what he carefully uttered to me: “To those fathers, be a foundation, bear your weight which means take responsibility, be interested in the welfare of your children … if all fathers take their stand, this world would be strong, a better community, a better country, we will have better children and strong families.”My father concluded his answer with a famous quote which states: “Anyone can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy”- Anonymous.last_img read more

US$10.7M Vehicle Debt Appeal on Hold?

first_imgOver a month after government lawyers announced it would file an appeal to the Supreme Court against a ruling that the Commercial Court made an error in granting a request to hear and decide a US$10.7 million vehicles debt case brought against them, there is no court record to show that the lawyers have done so.This means that the Liberian government would be compelled to pay Prestige and Alliance Motors, owned by Mr. George Haddad, a Lebanese businessman.In addition, the government has said previously that it had resolved to take the matter to the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, which they have not done up to present.The government had asked the court to dismiss the entire complaint, with its lawyers arguing that the Commercial Court was not established to hear and preside over debt related matters that occurred before its existence in 2010, which Prestige and Alliance Motor at that time resisted.Another argument of the government was that if the court does so, its decision would be tantamount to the enactment of what it considers “Ex Post Facto Law” which would contravene Article 21 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia.In the court’s ruling that was vigorously challenged by the state lawyer, Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, who delivered the ruling, said the act that established the Commercial Court in 2010 gives it jurisdiction to handle all commercial matters without intimidation and denied state lawyers’ argument on whether it has jurisdiction to handle the case.On the argument regarding Article 21 (a) of the 1986 Constitution of Liberia raised by state lawyers, Judge Morgan clarified that the act that created the court limits its power from handling Article 21 and “So we are not going to make any determination into that issue,” she emphasized during her decision.Judge Morgan, who presides over the three-judge panel court, further said “it was the Supreme Court that can decide constitutional matters.”In the aftermath of the initial court ruling, the state lawyers announced that they were going to take advantage of the law to allow the matter to reach the Full Bench of the Supreme Court, which they have yet to do.The article states that “no person shall be made subject to any law or punishment which was not in effect at the time of the commission of an offense nor shall the Legislature enact any bill attainable of ex post facto law.”But, the act that established the Commercial Court also gives the court jurisdiction over all civil actions arising out of or in relation to commercial transactions in which the claim is at US$15,000 and without limitation.It also provides that it shall have concurred jurisdiction with the Debt Court over actions to obtain payment of debt.The case emanated in 2014, when lawyers representing Prestige and Alliance Motors filed an Action of Debt lawsuit against the government claiming US$10.7million for vehicles and spare parts it supplied to GoL from 2003 up to 2006, and are yet to receive the payment.They also alleged that they provided spare parts for the cars and serviced them which he said accumulated to that amount.The government had admitted being indebted to the Lebanese businessman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

KPL Governing Council sticks to 16-teams

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, November 28- The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Governing Council have reconfirmed Friday that next season’s top flight will consist of 16 teams in open defiance to Football Kenya Federation that has demanded an 18-side competition.“The members expressed their continuing and full support for the rule of law in Kenyan football and their determination to protect the integrity and reputation of the Kenyan Premier League. “In this regard the KPL will respect and abide by the decision of the established Judicial and quasi-judicial bodies from time to time. The KPL the Governing Council confirms that the KPL audited accounts are available on the KPL website and in the public domain for scrutiny despite the fact that KPL is a private limited liability company,” a statement signed by all 2014 KPL clubs bar Thika United said.Among the signatures in the document are those of champions Gor Mahia chairman, Ambrose Rachier and AFC Leopard’s Allan Kasavuli despite both sides being reported to have been in support of the 18-team proposed FKF league.On Tuesday, the federation released a statement in response to an earlier KPL declaration that the 18-team league was non-negotiable.“The decision to increase the number of clubs taking part in the KPL from 16 to 18 is therefore final and irreversible and FKF hereby directs all the 18 Premier League clubs, National Super League clubs and National Division One clubs to register with FKF by December 15, 2014 as per the provisions of the Constitution Article 10, failure to which the clubs will cease to be our members and they will immediately be replaced as we will not relent on our efforts of developing and promoting the game of football since that is our core mandate,” FKF president Sam Nyamweya stated.Instead of his decree forcing KPL to relent, the Governing Council has confirmed they will not back away from what is set to be a bruising battle over the control of the country’s top flight. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Stabbed guard’s family to get $1.2M

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The state has agreed to pay $1.2 million to the family of Manuel Gonzalez, a Whittier resident and guard at a Chino prison who was fatally stabbed by an inmate. Gonzalez was attacked at the California Institution for Men by inmate Jon Blaylock. Blaylock was classified as being far too dangerous for the general population area where he was being held. The prison also had a stab-proof vest for Gonzalez, which was sitting in storage because it was never issued to him. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News.last_img read more