Sports Shorts The Deal Golf & Country Club, Deal, will be the setting for the United Way of Monmouth County’s Eighth Annual Spring Tee-Off, planned for May 3. The outing offers golfers a choice of morning or afternoon shotgun starts. The event features an array of prizes and awards in both male and female categories, including, low Calloway, low gross, longest drive, nearest to the pin, and of course Hole-in-One. A super 50/50 raffle will be held in conjunction with the event. The raffle is open to the public; tickets are $10 apiece and only 1,500 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available at the United Way office at (732) 938-5988. Golfers will enjoy a challenging round of golf, lunch on the first tee, cocktail hour, buffet dinner in the main dinning room with a live auction, and awards program. The rain date for the event is May 6. All proceeds will benefit the programs supported by United Way of Monmouth County, a nonprofit organization that primarily raises funds through payroll deduction for 501 C-3 health and human service agencies. This year, the United Way hopes to distribute approximately $1 million to agencies within the county. April 16 is the deadline for registration for the Spring Tee-Off. To register or for more information, call the United Way of Monmouth County Marketing Department at (732) 938-5988. The Bayshore Women’s Softball League is accepting players, 19 years of age or older. Call (732) 787-4840 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. The Hazlet Wrecking Crew soccer team beat the Peninsula Eagles, 3-0. Dan Della Pietro had the hat trick, scoring the Crew’s three goals, all in the second half. Sean Wentz controlled the midfield play and assisted on a couple of the goals. Kyle Sullivan came up big at sweeper, leading fullbacks Brian and Kevin Hedges and stopper Gregg Fosket. Goalie Dave Gonzalez stopped everything kicked his way as the Crew posted its fourth shutout in a row. Contributing to the effort were halfbacks Tyler Prata, Dan Fortier, Steve Grobelny and Willie Wallbank, and forwards Alex Stratis, Tom Mauch, Kurt Granai and Cliff Gabriel. The Crew is coached by Bill Wentz, Bill Hedges and Rich Prata. The Wrecking Crew next topped the Marlboro Blue Devils, 3-0, and the Alliane Hornets, 3-2. With the wins they improved to 4-0 and stayed in first place in their division. Against Marlboro, Gonzalez recorded his third straight shutout, while Prata, Wentz and Mauch scored Hazlet’s goals. In the win over the Hornets, Wentz Granai and Della Pietro scored Hazlet’s three goals, with Fortier notching multiple assists. The Husky Soccer Association is conducting sign-ups for the fourth annual season to be held in Aberdeen. The league is open to players from K-adult. Games are played on Sundays during the months of April, May and June. For more information, call (732) 566-0154 or e-mail [email protected] The 15th annual Jersey Shore Summer Duals, a team and individual competition, will be held from June 28 to July 1 at the Lloyd School from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. This tournament does not include 2004 graduates. The top two teams will advance to the Super Summer Duals competition at Toms River South High School, date to be announced, at no additional cost. USA Wrestling Card not necessary. Thursday will be the individual competition, which is a double-elimination tournament. Awards will be given for first through fifth places. For more information, call Art Perri at (732) 566-0154 or e-mail [email protected] Chris Keller of Matawan placed fifth in shot put at the 2004 Scholastic Nationals at the New York Armory on March 13. Keller was subsequently named a member of the National Scholastic HS Indoor All-American Team. He threw for a new personal best of 55’ 7.5″, and all his throws exceeded 54’8″. Chris lost fourth place due to a do-over throw by the fifth place competitor, because all five officials actually forgot to measure that throw, which was a lesser throw.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer With four straight 400 titles BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer GENE BOYARS/COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS Columbia University’s Erison Hurtault has emerged as one of the nation’s top 400-meter runners after enjoying a stellar scholastic career at Matawan Regional High School. Erison Hurtault has managed to stay one step ahead of the competition throughout his sprinting career at Columbia University. The former Matawan High School star recently made Ivy League history when he became the first man to win an indoor league championship four consecutive years on Feb. 25. He collected his record fourth title at the New York Armory at the 60th Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in style setting, school, meet and Ivy League records with his 46.34. He did it in what has been his accustomed style indoors – from the front. “I ran a good race,” he pointed out. “I got to the cut (where runners change lanes) first. It’s the best strategy for indoors.” Throughout his dominance of the event, it hasn’t been the fast starts that have kept Hurtault ahead of the competition, but the finish. “My greatest strength is that I usually have a bit more left in the last 200,” he pointed out. Hurtault is well aware of how difficult it was to win four straight. After all, he can remember when he was a freshman intruding upon the more experienced upper classmen. It’s never easy staying on top. “To hold off the other guys, and there are a lot of good runners in the Ivy League, is special. It’s something to be proud of,” he said. Hurtault has left his imprint all over the Ivy League while setting his record. He won his championships at four different sites. He captured his first Hep title at Cornell. His sophomore year the meet was at Harvard and Hurtault broke the meet record there. Last year, Dartmouth was the venue and he turned in the eighth fasted time in the country. This year it was the Armory, not far from Columbia, and a place he has used for practice, and it produced another set of records for the Lion senior. It was the first time since 1952 that New York City hosted the Heps. Last weekend, the third time proved to be the charm for the ex-Husky as he won All-American honors for the first time in his collegiate career by finishing sixth at the NCAA Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. (top eight finishers earned All-America). The NCAA’s owed Hurtault. Last year he went to the meet with the eighth fastest time in the country and in solid position to make the All-American team. But he came down with an illness and was unable to compete. Hurtault went to Fayetteville with a goal of getting to the final, which would assure of making All-America. He did that by winning his heat in 46.54 and then, running faster in Sunday’s final to achieve his goal. Having lowered his indoor personal best (pb) during the winter, Hurtault looks forward to the outdoor season where he has a pb of 46.11 and has the chance to make history all over again at the Heps. No one has ever won four straight outdoor Hep titles and, guess who has won three straight 400 crowns? Hurtault. He’ll be looking to go a perfect eight-for-eight at the Ivy League championships in Princeton in May. With a pb of 48 seconds in high school, Hurtault has seen his time steadily lowered during his four years in Morningside Heights, N.Y. He credits it to a far more narrower focus. He ran cross country in high school as well as the 100-200-400 for the Huskies. At Columbia, he noted the focus is totally on the 400 with everything designed to make him better. As any 400 runner knows, it’s as grueling a test as any in track and field with sprinters flirting with the red zone the entire way. “You can’t be afraid,” said Hurtault. “You can’t let it (pain) control you.” Don’t expect the outdoor season (which for Columbia begins March 24 in West Point, N.Y. with the Dick Shea Invitational) to be the end of the road for Hurtault. The economics major isn’t looking to hang his track spikes up any time soon. “I want to keep it going a little big longer,” he said. The Olympics are in 2008 and Hurtault’s goal is to make the US Olympic Trials. By winning All-American honors last weekend, he certainly has established himself as one of the country’s up-and-coming 400 sprinters.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Two soccer teams that are looking to go places in 2009 are on the campus of Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Left: Brookdale Community College’s Megan Lepkoski (13) saves a ball from going out of bounds during a home game against Bergen College on Sept. 10. Above: Alyssa Fiorilla (6) sends a pass upfield. Mike Costa’s men’s team is coming off the finest season in school history (17-1-3). It was a season in which the Jersey Blues marched through the Garden State Athletic Conference undefeated for the first time and registered the program’s first unbeaten regular season. The Jersey Blues were ranked No. 1 in the country during a three-week stretch of the 2008 campaign. “We have the mark on our back,” said Costa. “We are everyone’s biggest game.” The Jersey Blues were ranked No. 6 in the country in the most recent National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III coaches poll. At the same time, Frank Lawrence’s women’s team has consistently been a nationally ranked squad and is coming off 14-3-1 campaign in 2008. The Brookdale men began the 2009 season playing scholarship programs and went 1-0-2. It was an encouraging sign for a team that was hit hard by graduation. “We lost a lot of impact players,” said Costa, who added that the team did find “formidable players” to replace the departed starters. First Team All-American Joe Parella (Howell High School) is a great starting point for the Jersey Blues. He scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Burlington County College. Costa said the challenge is to get Parella some help at the striker position to prevent opponents from ganging up on him defensively. Parella scored 22 goals and assisted on eight goals in 2008. Other starters from last year’s GSAC championship team are Augusto Dragonetti (Wall Township), Eric Frye (Matawan), Christhian Gonzales (Bogota, Colombia) and Robert Dailey (Matawan). Transfers Ryan Spill (Colts Neck), Andrew Donoghue (Old Bridge), Taylor Weiss (Manasquan), Brennan Slawson (St. John Vianney) Zach Groezinger and Moises Iniquez (Manasquan) are among the formidable additions to the club. Also returning from 2008 are Nicholas Anderson (Middletown South), Sebastian Carbanell (Old Bridge), Wilson Sousa (Long Branch) and Diego Huerta (Ocean Township), who played for the Blues in 2007. Brett Barilari (St. Mary’s, Rutherford), Frank Clemente (Marlboro), Joe Bauer (Colts Neck) and Jorge Rivera (Brick Township) are freshmen who are expected to make an impact. Dailey will start in goal, with Weiss as the backup. In front of them they have a strong defense led by Frye, Barilari and Donoghue, who are joined there by Spill, Baur and Roberto Ferrantelli (Jackson Memorial). “We’re deep there,” Costa said of his defense. The Jersey Blues are looking to midfielders like Andrew Anzivino (Red Bank Catholic), Clemente, Dragonetti and Huerta to create scoring chances for the forwards. Rivera and Kevin Gardner (Kingston, Jamaica) will provide the support for Parella up front. With many new faces at midfield and in the back line, the key for the Jersey Blues, according to Costa, is getting them to play together. Brookdale will host Middlesex County College on Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m. in Lincroft and Prince George’s Community College of Maryland on Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. With a 36-5 record over the last two years, Costa knows the bar has been raised. “We’ve set a lofty standard,” he said. “Everyone is looking to knock us off.” Brookdale’s women will be looking to do the knocking off this fall as both Ocean County College and Camden County College begin the season nationally ranked. Lawrence, whose team has four starters back from a 14-3-1 squad, is happy that his team is unranked. “It’s [top 10] a goal to shoot for,” he said. The Jersey Blues have a lot of holes to fill, Lawrence noted, and although he has players to fill them, the 2009 team will need some time. “This is a team that is going to take time to build,” said Lawrence. “It’s going to take a little while to find its rhythm.” In returning starters Nilufer Onder (Howell), Lauren Starek (Raritan), Megan Lepkoski (Middletown South) and Paula Keegan (Long Branch), the Jersey Blues have what Lawrence calls “a nice nucleus.” Onder, a midfielder, is the team’s playmaker. When she moved to center midfield last year, the team’s offense took off. “She knows and understands the game well,” said Lawrence. “She sees the field well and is creative with her passes.” Starek is the team’s best shutdown oneon one defender. Teaming with Onder at midfield are Jacque Rucci (Howell), Lepkoski and transfer Leigha Czerwinski (Neptune). Up front, the Jersey Blues are looking to freshmen Alyssa Fiorillo (Howell) and Christine Wilhelm (Raritan) for scoring. Lawrence said they form a nice combination with Fiorillo providing speed and explosiveness, and Wilhelm, who is technically sound and creative. Jess Bogert (Wall) and Ally Frick (Freehold) are both solid defenders and will be working with Starek in the back line. Right now, Lawrence is looking at a two-goalie situation with Nadine Busner (Matawan) and Casey MacLean (Colts Neck) sharing the duties. This team may lack the All-American power that other Brookdale squads have had, but that may not be such a bad thing. “It’s a team that needs to play together well,” said Lawrence. “Everyone recognizes their role and knows where they fit. They have to learn to play together. We have the chance to do pretty well.” Brookdale will play No. 2-ranked Ocean in Toms River on Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m., and will host No. 8 Camden on Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m.
Steve McClaren was sacked as Newcastle United manager on Friday with the club facing relegation from the Premier League 10 matches from the end of the season.McClaren’s position has been under threat for weeks and speculation intensified after fans turned on him during the 3-1 home defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday.“After the defeat to Bournemouth the Club has spent some time considering its position and today concluded that Steve McClaren’s employment with the Club will end with immediate effect,” Newcastle said in a statement.McClaren, 54, a former England manager, signed a three-year deal to become Newcastle boss in June and was also appointed to the club’s board of directors.But Newcastle have never recovered from a poor start to the season in which they failed to win any of their opening eight league matches.They are 19th in the 20-team standings and facing a return to the second tier for the first time since 2010.“We acknowledge that reaching this decision has taken a number of days and that this has caused uncertainty for everyone involved, in particular for Steve and the players, for which we apologise,” Newcastle said.“However, we felt that this time was necessary to ensure the right decisions were reached with the best interests of the Club at heart.”Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley thanked McClaren for his contribution.“He is a man of integrity and class and he has conducted himself with great dignity during this difficult time,” he said.“Steve worked tirelessly to try and bring success to Newcastle United. He has the utmost respect of all the players, staff and management and he leaves with our very best wishes and sincere thanks.“We feel that a change is now needed in order to give the Club the best possible chance of securing its Premier League future.”Former Real Madrid and Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been lined up as McClaren’s replacement in time for Monday’s match against league leaders Leicester City, British and Spanish media reported.
A Chinese magnate has agreed to buy historic English football club Aston Villa, the latest in a series of investments from China into football worldwide as President Xi Jinping looks to make the country a global powerhouse in the sport.The deal, reportedly worth 60 million pounds, will see the chairman of little-known Recon Group, Xia Jiantong, become the first mainland Chinese to fully own an English team.Under the leadership of Xi, an avid fan, China has made it a goal to one day win the World Cup, and has ploughed huge amounts of investment into grassroots academies, television rights, transfer deals for overseas players and investment in clubs abroad.More broadly, Beijing is aiming to grow the domestic sports market to 5 trillion yuan ($782 billion) by 2025, about five times its current scale.China’s biggest overseas investment in football so far occurred in December last year, when a consortium led by state-backed China Media Capital took a $400 million stake in the owner of Villa’s far larger and wealthier rival, Manchester City.The Villa deal, however, with 100 per cent ownership, is not just an investment.“The Chinese ownership now get to decide how to run the club,” said Mark Dreyer, Beijing-based founder of sports information website China Sports Insider.Crosstown arch-rivals Birmingham City are also run from Asia, following the 2009 takeover by Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung.Villa’s American owner Randy Lerner, who put the club on the market in 2014, struck the deal after former English champions Villa suffered a miserable season that left them relegated from the country’s top football league.Recon Group, Xia’s privately owned holding company, owns a controlling interest in five publicly listed companies on the Hong Kong and Chinese stock exchanges.The deal with American-educated Xia, 39, ends an unhappy tenure for Lerner, who bought the midlands club for 62.2 million pounds in 2006. Fans have openly demonstrated against his continued involvement with Villa, who were European champions in 1982 and have won the English top-flight title seven times.The club ended the recent season bottom of the English Premier League table, with only half the number of points of the next worst team.“Aston Villa’s relegation really played in their favour,” said Fredrik van Huynh, Shanghai-based director of HHC Sports Group. “It will have pushed down the price quite significantly.”Xia, who studied at Harvard University and has a doctorate, took to his official microblog late on Wednesday to wish the club’s fans “health and happiness”.Earlier this month he posted: “Go, Villa, Go! We will be back.”The club said Xia’s immediate objective was “to return Aston Villa to the Premier League and then to have the club finish in the top six, bringing European football back to Villa Park”.It added the deal would also help make Villa the most famous football club in China.Dreyer at China Sports Insider dismissed that as “simply ludicrous”, given the appeal of much bigger rivals such as Spain’s Barcelona and England’s Manchester United and Arsenal.“I think fans of the club will remain sceptical until it becomes clear what his true motivations are,” he added.
Order of play on show courts on the 12th day of the French Open on Thursday (play starts at 1100 GMT)Court Philippe Chatrier1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) v 7-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)1-Serena Williams (US) v Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)Court Suzanne Lenglen13-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v 12-David Goffin (Belgium)Kiki Bertens (Netherlands) v 8-Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland)
The Qualifier will be held in Apia, Samoa from July 15 – 22.The team that qualifies will earn a spot to compete in the ICC Women’s World Cup that will be held in England next year.The squad will be announced tomorrow at the Waigani Central Car park at 12:25pm by National Selection chairman of Cricket PNG, Daniel Faunt.
Davis Love III announced three of his four Ryder Cup picks on Monday, as Rickie Fowler, Kuchar and J.B. Holmes heard their names called during the news conference.But one spot remains up for grabs and Kuchar thinks he has the answer.Speaking in an interview on Golf Channel, Kuchar said he has “heard” Woods may receive the final captain’s pick despite his status as a vice-captain.”I heard even possibly, this is hearsay, but heard maybe even Tiger Woods could potentially be a pick,” he said following the news conference.”And that would be legen … dary. Legendary. That’s just hearsay, it could strictly be rumour.”But I know he’s playing Safeway. Imagine Tiger Woods being a playing [assistant] captain. Absolutely incredible.”Many wondered why Love was leaving one pick so late — it will be revealed after the Tour Championship, which is five days before the tournament starts — but it would make sense if he was waiting to confirm whether or not Woods was healthy enough to compete.Woods has not played a competitive round since finishing in the top 10 at last season’s Wyndham Championship, but he announced last week that he will compete in the Safeway Open on October 13-16.
Men’s Singles Round 2 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Taro Daniel (Japan) 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-231-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-111-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Dustin Brown (Germany) 6-1 6-3 7-6(3)30-Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Bjorn Fratangelo (U.S.) 6-3 6-7(4) 6-1 6-2Andrey Rublev (Russia) beat 7-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 7-5 7-6(3) 6-324-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) beat Adrian Menendez (Spain) 6-2 6-3 7-6(3)Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Germany) 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1John Millman (Australia) beat Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) 6-1 7-6(1) 6-1Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat 15-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 3-6 6-1 7-6(5) 6-2Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Stefano Travaglia (Italy) 7-6(6) 7-5 6-0Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) beat Yuichi Sugita (Japan) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3 6-49-David Goffin (Belgium) beat Guido Pella (Argentina) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 7-6(4) 6-318-Gael Monfils (France) beat Donald Young (U.S.) 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4 2-6 7-533-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 6-2 6-1 3-0 (Giraldo retired)6-Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Taylor Fritz (U.S.) 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-53-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 6-1 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 6-2Women’s Singles Round 220-CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) beat Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) 7-6(6) 6-227-Zhang Shuai (China) beat Risa Ozaki (Japan) 6-0 6-3Shelby Rogers (U.S.) beat 25-Daria Gavrilova (Australia) 7-6(6) 4-6 7-6(5)Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat Ana Bogdan (Romania) 6-2 3-6 6-31-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) 2-6 6-3 6-4Daria Kasatkina (Russia) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 7-5 6-3Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic) 6-3 4-6 7-54-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) 6-4 6-412-Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 6-4 6-4Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) 6-4 6-2Jennifer Brady (U.S.) beat 23-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-1 6-1Kurumi Nara (Japan) beat 8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 6-3 3-6 6-3Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) beat Nao Hibino (Japan) 6-1 3-6 6-217-Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-4 6-415-Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Tatjana Maria (Germany) 6-3 6-410-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 7-5 6-2
Sergio Aguero marked his 300th appearance for Manchester City with a familiar landmark goal to set the resurgent Premier League champions on their way to a magnificent 5-0 win at Cardiff City on Saturday.Aguero helped City rebound in emphatic fashion after their worst performance of the season in the home Champions League defeat by Lyon as a typical sharp, close-range finish from Bernardo Silva’s pass saw him notch his 205th goal for the club.Aguero’s close-range strike just after the half-hour opened the floodgates with Silva heading home three minutes later and Ilkay Gundogan firing home a glorious third before the break to guarantee Cardiff’s winless league start continued.City, then able to stroll as they extended their unbeaten league run to 12 matches, celebrated further when record signing Riyad Mahrez joined the party with two superb second-half goals, his first for the club.