The Hazlet Wave played the Ocean Explosion at home and came away with a decisive victory for their second win this season. Goals were scored by Sean Leonard on a pass down the side from Scott Latham. Beau Dummer scored after a block from the goalie on Sean Leonard’s attempt. Leonard’s second goal came on a pass from Robby Hollywood that blew past the goalie. The team’s fourth score was on a pass by Hollywood to Leonard, who made a crossing pass to Scott Latham. The final goal of the day was from Tommy Friscia on a pass through the center of the goal. The Wave’s forwards and midfield players Tommy Devlin, Greg Godzwon, Tom Grobelny, Brendan Hilliard, Matt Richards had some opportunities to score but were thwarted by the defense. The defensive players, Josh Barbarich, Angel Martinez and Mike Sullivan made some great moves on the opposing players that kept them off balance and away from the goal to preserve the shutout. The team also had some great saves by goalie Jeff King to put the match away. Hazlet is coached by Gene Leonard and Randy Richards. The Central Jersey Hawks under-10 Girls AAU Basketball Team is looking for two or three experienced players to join the team for the 2000-01 season. Must be born in 1990. Call Tom Moreno at (732) 817-1000. A total of 15 students from Karate America in Matawan participated in the Northeast Open Karate Championships held in Monticello, N.Y. They brought home several winning trophies. Among the students who competed are: Kerilyn Svenson, Michele Mensing, Andrew Velba, Nevin Pene, Lee Benyehuda, Alyssa Mills, Christina Mennelia, Michael McGuinness, Melissa Myers, Haig Monokian, Patrick Stopiello, David Kim, Cory Cho, Matthew Weisfeld, Jeff Friedson and Hans Vandooren. Karate America is owned and operated by Master Louis Le Comte. Goodsports USA in Aberdeen will begin new youth instructional roller hockey sessions on Nov. 2 from 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Men’s roller hockey tournaments will begin on Nov. 12 and Dec. 16. The cost is $330 per team. Youth roller hockey tournaments will be held on Nov. 26 for squirt (12-and-under) and pee-wee (14-and-under), Dec. 9 for atom (8-and-under) and mite (10-and-under), and Dec. 6 for pee-wee. The cost is $300 per team. For more information, call (732) 290-0003. Jersey Shore Baseball Academy, located in Atlantic Highlands, is now accepting registrations for its indoor hitting league. The league includes four divisions for ages 7 and up. Call (732) 291-7701 for more information. The Bike-A-Thon for Bridges and St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen will be held Oct. 7. The 25-mile bicycle ride through Holmdel and Colts Neck is open to anyone willing to participate. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The Bridges program is a monthly caravan of volunteers who go into lower Manhattan to hand out bag suppers, hot soup, cocoa, clothing, blankets and toiletries. The St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen is a daily hot-lunch program for the disabled and working poor in the Keansburg area. Anyone who would like to ride in the bike-a-thon will need a registration form. Please call the church office at (732) 946-8821 or e-mail email@example.com. Middletown Babe Ruth baseball/softball league will be accepting registrations for its spring baseball/softball season. Ages are from 5-18, and registrations will be taken at the Middletown Library on New Monmouth Road on Nov. 16 from 6-8:30 p.m., and Oct. 21 and 28 from 9 a.m.-noon. Registrations will also be taken at the Middletown Babe Ruth clubhouse at McMahon Park on Oct. 7 and 14, Nov. 4, 11 and 25 from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608.
Goodsports USA, Aberdeen, will be holding the following events in the next few weeks: youth one-day soccer tournaments; a men’s open soccer tournament on Feb. 3, starting at 6 p.m.; a youth roller hockey winter session starting the first week in January; a Wednesday night men’s roller hockey league, starting yesterday; and over-30 men’s league starting today; and youth travel soccer leagues, winter session II, starting Jan. 27 ($375 for eight-game schedule). Goodsports is also accepting registrations for the junior tennis programs, holiday clinics, Sunday doubles clinics and Sunday mixed socials. Call (732) 681-3366 for more information. Goodsports USA, Aberdeen, is offering an indoor baseball academy for children ages 8-15. For more information, call (732) 681-8898. The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), the New Jersey Football Coaches Association and the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association have joined forces to sponsor the fifth annual New Jersey Football Coaches Clinic. The clinic will be held at the Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City on Feb. 8 (2:30-10:30 p.m.) and Feb. 9 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Attendees will be provided an opportunity to visit an exhibit area filled with items of interest to all football coaches. Included in the registration fee are giveaways and social activities. Special hotel rates have been established for this clinic. Call the NJSIAA (609-259-2776) for registration and hotel forms. Meals are not part of the package. For more registration information, call Ernie Finizio at (609) 259-2776 or Tim Gushue at Shawnee High School at (609) 654-7554. Freehold Township High School has the following coaching vacancy: head women’s lacrosse coach. Anyone interested in the position should contact Jim Roe, supervisor of extracurricular activities, at (732) 431-8460, ext. 8470. Candidates must have earned at least 60 college credits. The Hash House Harriers will return to Edison County Park for the Freezing Cold Hash Run on Jan. 6 at 10:17 a.m. The event is not a race but a noncompetitive group run which follows an off-road course laid out with baking soda. The run resembles European-style cross-country races without the competition of a formal race. Call Kenneth Vercamment at (732) 906-2180 for additional information on the Hash runs. More information is also available through the Rumson Hash House Harriers hot line (732) 219-0301.
Sport Shorts Middletown Youth Athletic Association’s girl’s recreational basketball sign-ups for the summer season will be held at Thorne Middle School on April 22 (6-8 p.m.), April 29 (6-8:30 p.m), May 3 (9 a.m.-noon) and May 5 (6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.). Games will begin in mid-June and end in early August. Instructional clinics and family barbecue are included. Volunteers are always welcome. The league is open to girls ages 8-15 (entering grades 3-9). Cost is $60 for one child, $11 for two and $150 for three. For more information, contact Joan Crosby at (732) 706-0912.
BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer There are a thousand reasons why New Zealand native Adrian Blincoe would like to run the mile in less than 4:00 Saturday. The 19th annual New Jersey International Track and Field Meet, being held at Colts Neck High School, is offering a $1,000 bonus to the post-collegiate winner of the Eamonn Coghlan Men’s Mile Run who breaks 4:00. Blincoe, a recent graduate of the University of Villanova and a New Zealand Olympian, certainly has what it takes with a personal best of 3:53 for the mile to his credit. Villanovans Michael Kerrigan and Kippy Keino, son of Kenya’s legendary Olympic champion Kip Keino, will see to it that Blincoe has a run for his money. The meet record is 3:59.5, set by Jim Norris back in 1990. The Coghlan Mile highlights the invitational portion of the meet and will start at 7:45 p.m. The women’s Chrissy D’Allessandro-Shaheen Memorial 1,500-meter run has a marquee runner of its own in Carmen Douma, the Canadian Olympian who made the 1,500 final last year. Douma is also a Villanovan. Paul Klemic, who won both the high jump and long jump events at the New Jersey International last year, is back to defend both titles. Klemic, who will be representing the Shore Athletic Club, won the NCAA Division III long jump title for Richard Stockton College this spring leaping 25-2. Over the years, the New Jersey International has been truly an international event, with athletes from 37 nations and the United States having participated. Olympic or world champions who have competed at the meet including Ireland’s Coghlan and Marcus O’Sullivan, Kenya’s Paul Ereng and U.S. stars Roger Kingdom, Charles Austin, Butch Reynolds, Andrew Valmon and Lamont Smith. Other invitational events, which begin at 5:25, include the Casie Kerr Memorial Girls High School Mile; George Kochman Boys High School Mile; Joetta Clark-Diggs Women’s 800 meters; Rick Kenah Men’s 800 meters; Frank Budd Men’s 100-meter dash; Wilma Rudolph Women’s 100-meter dash; Kevin Young Men’s 400-meter intermediate hurdles, Harrison Dillard Men’s 110-meter hurdles and Dawn Bowles’ Women’s 100 hurdles. In the field, the Bob Roggy Memorial men’s javelin is always a highlight and will start at 6:30 p.m. The Don Bragg Pole Vault for men and women goes off at 2 p.m. Action gets under way Saturday at 1:30 p.m. with Youth (14U) boys and girls 1 mile. Other open events included the Elliott Denman Mile Handicap Racewalk, Harry Nolan Men’s Masters Miler for 40-50-60-70-year-olds, Mary Conry Memorial Women’s Masters Mile; boys and girls high school 400-meter dashes, and Open and Masters 4×400 and 4×800 relays. The open events will run from 1:30-4:50 p.m. followed by the invitational events. For additional information on the international meet, call (732) 222-9080 or visit www.shoreac.org or www.reccentral.net. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
Monmouth University alum and U.S. National Team Captain, Christie Rampone helped anchor a defense that led the United States to consecutive Olympic gold medals, as the U.S. defeated Brazil, in extra time, 1-0, on Thursday. A member of the U.S. National team since 1997, Rampone took the armband this spring and was inducted into the Monmouth University Sports Hall of Fame this past November. Rampone, a two-sport star at Monmouth, is closing in on 200 career caps with the National Team.
By Alexander McCowanWHEN the Cyprus International Rugby Sevens team takes the field today in Lithuania (11.30am) to participate in the European Sevens competition their first opponents will be Israel, the side that was promoted out of European Division 2B where the mighty Moufflons will be playing their rugby next season.The national side is undefeated in five years of competing in Europe and is the current holder of the world record for consecutive international wins – now standing at 23.Sevens, however, is a short, fast and furious form of the 15-a-side game, invented by the Scots, and is played by seven men over a period of seven minutes with a minute break.The players are extremely fit and have to play at least three games in a few hours. The teams compete for a cup and the best losers take part in the Plate competition, which Cyprus has won twice in the last two years, beating Germany on both occasions.The games are held in different European capitals each year – Cyprus hosted the competition seven years ago in Paphos.This year the tournament involves 30 countries and takes place over two days in Greece, Czech Republic, and Lithuania.The teams are divided into three pools each playing the other with the pool winners going on to play the winners of the other sets.Sweden, Monaco and Israel are Cyprus’ opponents in pool A. The other countries in this competition are Moldava, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark and Poland.Andrew Binicos, the team manager and this column’s ‘Man of the Match’ in the Moufflons’ defeat of Hungary last month, said: “This will be a tough competition. There is only one side from a lower division (Monaco) all the others are 2B and above.“We know Lithuania held the world record for consecutive wins before us and they therefore have to be treated with respect.“These Baltic countries have been playing the game for decades. We have assembled a squad containing some very fast legs and some wise heads. It’s a good blend, and I can guarantee we won’t be found wanting.“Ruaridh, our new Scottish coach, has acres of experience and he has prepared a squad in peak condition. Sevens is about fitness and technique and we continue to improve in both areas’.The Cyprus fans will be able to follow the game on Saturday by streaming the following on the internet: http://www.sportotv.lt/rungtynes/2741europos-regbio-7-cempionatas
By Brian HomewoodAstana are on the brink of becoming the first Kazakh team to reach the Champions League proper in this week’s playoff ties which promise to serve up the sort of drama and tension often missing from the group stage.Monaco, quarter-finalists last season, must overturn a two-goal deficit at home to Valencia in arguably the most attractive of the week’s second leg clashes and Lazio defend a one-goal lead at Bayer Leverkusen.With potentially millions of euros at stake, Tuesday and Wednesday’s matches promise unremitting theatre in contrast to the group stage itself which has become little more than a formality for Europe’s biggest clubs.Five teams will be defending a one-goal lead away from home and two more, Valencia and Manchester United, will have a two-goal cushion to defend but with an away goal against them.Only Dinamo Zagreb and Shakhtar Donetsk, who won away in last week’s first legs, appear to be in for a comfortable evening.Astana will travel around 3,500 kilometres, a relatively short trip by their European standards, to defend a 1-0 lead on Wednesday against Cypriot champions APOEL Nicosia, surprise quarter-finalists in 2011/12.“Astana’s victory doesn’t mean they have more of a chance of going through than we do,” said APOEL coach Domingos Paciencia. “We still have the game at home, where we will have our fans and good support.”If Astana qualify, it could create logistical problems for their group stage opponents who would have to fly several thousand kilometres across five or six time zones to Central Asia for a midweek game.Valencia, who have missed out on the group stage for the last two seasons, take a 3-1 lead to Monaco on Tuesday in a match which pits Portuguese coach Nuno Espirito Santo against his compatriot Leonardo Jardim.Manchester United, for whom missing out on the group stage for a second season running would be unthinkable, lead by the same score as they visit Club Brugges on Wednesday.Lazio, who visit Leverkusen and BATE Borisov, who travel to Partizan Belgrade, both have 1-0 leads to defend while Sporting Lisbon take a more vulnerable 2-1 advantage to CSKA Moscow and Celtic a 3-2 lead to Malmo.Malmo are attempting to qualify for the second season running while Celtic want to avoid a repeat of last year’s dramatic playoff defeat by Maribor.Defeat for Lazio, meanwhile, would mean that Serie A has only two group stage representatives for the second season in a row.Dinamo Zagreb, who host Albanian champions Skenderbeu with a 2-1 lead already in the bag, and Shakhtar Donetsk, who won 1-0 away to Rapid Vienna last week, look clear favourites to progress.Maccabi Tel Aviv are well-placed to spring an upset after holding Swiss champions FC Basel 2-2 away in the first leg.Revenge would be sweet for Maccabi, who were knocked out of both the Champions League and later the Europa League by Basel two seasons ago and then saw the Swiss swoop for their coach Paulo Sousa.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, under criminal investigation by Swiss authorities, plans to remain in his job until February and told staff at the world soccer governing body on Monday that he had done nothing illegal or improper, Blatter’s lawyers said.An emailed statement from Blatter’s personal lawyers, Lorenz Erni of Switzerland and Richard Cullen of the United States, also defended payments that Zurich-based FIFA made to Michel Platini, president of the UEFA soccer confederation, as “valid compensation” for Platini’s work as an adviser.Swiss prosecutors said on Friday they had opened a criminal investigation into Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of funds. Authorities interrogated Blatter at FIFA headquarters and seized unspecified data from his office.The prosecutors said Blatter was suspected of a ‘disloyal payment’ of 2 million Swiss francs ($2.05 million) to Platini in 2011 at the expense of FIFA, said to have been for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002.Blatter told Swiss authorities on Friday that Platini “had a valuable employment relationship with FIFA” as an adviser, Blatter’s personal lawyers said.“He explained to the prosecutors that the payments were valid compensation and nothing more and were properly accounted for within FIFA including the withholding of Social Security contributions,” the lawyers said.Platini made his own defense of the payments on Monday. The onetime soccer star for France said in a statement that he had not been accused of wrongdoing and that the money was fully declared to authorities in accordance with Swiss law. Platini offered to help FIFA’s Ethics Committee to resolve any issues over the payment.Blatter has said he plans to resign the presidency after an election in February.He is also being investigated by US prosecutors and the FBI as part of a sweeping probe into allegations of corruption in the world’s most popular sport.
After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, Nine will screen matches four days a week starting in 2018, in a deal worth “up to $925″ million, the NRL said.The NRL said it was the biggest deal in free-to-air TV history.The number of live games on free-to-air TV will increase from the present two to four, with matches to be played during prime time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday at 4pm.NRL chief executive Dave Smith said the deal had secured the long term future of the game.'”There will be more live and free rugby league on television and that is what the fans want,” Smith said in a statement announcing the new deal.”And we still have simulcast rights, pay TV, New Zealand and international television rights to be negotiated.”So the future of the game is in great shape.”Channel Nine boss David Gyngell welcomed the news.”This is a transformational outcome for supporters, rugby league and Nine,”he said.”It will enable views to see the best of the NRL, live and free, four days a week, anywhere and on any device.”Under the new deal the second match in each State of Origin series will be played on a Sunday night as part of a stand alone weekend of representative football which will also feature Pacific Nation Tests.The premiership will be played over 25 rounds, one less than the current model, while international rugby league will be given a new priority and played in a dedicated window after the NRL season.”In other words, we are preserving Origin as a marquee event of the year while minimising disruption to the premiership,” Smith said.”This will not only improve player welfare but it will be fairer for the clubs and fans.”The NRL has also regained control of the premiership schedule from broadcasters.”We will be able to schedule the best games when fans want to see them and ensure all clubs receive the coverage they deserve on free-to-air television,” Smith said.The news will come as a blow to Channel Seven and Channel Ten who had been in the running to secure at least part of the broadcasting rights.
The Team that left today included Judo athlete, Raymond Ovinou and his coach, Richard Glied, Boxer, Thadius Katua and his coach, Joe Aufa, Weightlifting Team Manager, Winis Tua and Team PNG Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernie Amof.Their trip to Rio will take a day before meeting up with the rest of the Team there.The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics will be on August 5th, 2016.