Rutgers University’s move into the Big Ten Conference is helping keep area athletes in state.Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Jason Bryan, who captured the NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) state title in the shot put in June, pointed out that Rutgers’ membership in the Big Ten was the reason he chose to be a member of the Scarlet Knights. He wants to compete against the nation’s best, and the Big Ten will give that to him. His high school personal bests were 62-9 in the shot put and 165-8 in the discus. (He finished eighth in the MOC.)Bryan heads an impressive group of area track and field athletes who will be members of Rutgers’ inaugural Big Ten season in cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field.For the women, the class includes Old Bridge High School’s Oksana Sokolova; Middletown High School South’s Brianna Haspel; Middletown High School North’s Alexandra Juzwiak; Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School’s Megan Coakley; and Notre Dame High School’s Sabrina Alexander, who lives in Millstone. For the men, there is South Brunswick High School’s Morgan Murray and Matthew Tamasi; Bishop George Ahr High School’s Trent Brinkofski; and Union Catholic Regional High School’s Jordan Jimerson, who is from Edison.Sokolova is a multi-event performer who was the Group IV state champion in the high jump (5-8). She can compete in the heptathlon/ pentathlon for the Scarlet Knights.Juzwiak was all-state in cross-country last fall, while Haspel was a member of the Middletown South 4×800-meter relay team that won a state title in 2013.Coakley was a key member of RBC’s powerful cross-country teams. She helped the Caseys win the Non-Public A state title last fall. Alexander is a top hurdler. Sprinter Jimerson has great range, ranking in the state everywhere from 55 to 400 meters, His 400 personal best is 47.60. He won group state titles in the 55, 100, 200 and 400. He was a member of Union Catholic’s 4×400 and 4×200 national championship relay teams.Murray brings a personal best of 1:50.62 in the 800. He won the Group IV title at 800.Tamasi and Brinkofski are middle-distance and distance runners, respectively.Murray and Tamasi are among the group of four freshmen on the men’s cross-country team. Sam Habib, a sophomore from Old Bridge, is also on the team.The cross-country season begins on Sept. 6 with the Fordham Fiasco and Follies at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, N.Y. On Sept. 20, the Scarlet Knights will run in the Monmouth Invitational at Holmdel Park.The Big Ten Championships are on Nov. 2 at Iowa City, Iowa.
2015 National Soccer League champions, Lae City Dwellers are making their debut at the OFC.They are in Pool A with Auckland City FC from New Zealand, Amicale FC from Vanuatu, and the yet-to-be-determined Solomon Islands S-League winners.Regulars at the OFC Champions League, Hekari are in Pool B with Team Wellington (New Zealand), Suva FA from Fiji and AS Lossi from New Caledonia.In Pool C is Nadi FC from Fiji, AS Magenta from New Caledonia, AS Tefana from Tahiti and the OFC Champions League Preliminary winner.12 teams will take part in the Champions League that will be held in Auckland and Wellington from the 9th -23rd of April, 2016.
Johnson appeared set to cruise to victory when he stormed into a five-up lead after only eight holes in the final, but Rahm staged a dramatic fightback to take the power-hitting contest to the final hole of a long week at the Austin Country Club.But the world No 1 held his nerve to match Rahm’s par at the last to seal a one-up win and become the first player to win all four current World Golf Championship titles.Johnson will now head to the Masters on the back of three consecutive tournament victories following his recent successes at the Genesis Open and the WGC-Mexico Championship – the first golfer to achieve that on the PGA Tour since Rory McIlroy’s golden run in 2014.After being taken the distance for the first time in the event by Hideto Tanihara in the morning semi-finals, Johnson looked likely to make short work of the final as Rahm’s all-round game deserted him in the early stages.Both parred the first two holes before Rahm carved his drive into thick rough at the third and could not stave off a bogey, and he compounded the error by three-putting the next green.Rahm then lipped out from four feet on the fifth after Johnson had holed from similar range, and the Spaniard failed to match the top seed’s birdie at the long sixth before he stopped the rot with a welcome half in pars at seven.But another bogey followed at the eighth which gifted Johnson his fifth win in six holes, although the American then bunkered his approach to the ninth and could not get up and down to match Rahm’s par-four.Johnson gave another hole away when he three-putted from inside 30 feet at the 10th, but he restored his four-hole lead at the long 12th when Rahm missed another birdie chance from short range.Rahm responded by smashing his drive onto the green at the par-four 13th and two-putting for a winning birdie, and he pulled another hole back at 15 after clipping an 80-yard wedge in close before Johnson’s 10-foot putt for a three slid past the cup.Still needing a big finish to extend the match, Rahm produced the putt of the final at the 16th as he rolled in a birdie chance from 32 feet after pulling his drive into the trees and being unable to go at the green in two, and both players nailed clutch par putts at the penultimate hole.Rahm took the aggressive approach at the 356-yard closing hole and launched his drive over the back of the green, while Johnson split the fairway with a safe iron only to misjudge his second and come up short.But Rahm was distracted by a door slamming in the background as he played his pitch, and his ball stopped rolling agonisingly short of the ridge and left himself a slippery, downhill putt from 30 feet for his third.He hit a good putt, but did not allow quite enough break and Johnson lagged to within three feet from the fringe and calmly holed the winning par putt to secure his place in the WGC history books.Meanwhile, Bill Haas earned third place with a 2&1 win over Tanihara in the consolation match, although it was the Japanese player who provided the big highlight as he made a superb hole-in-one at the seventh with a perfect eight-iron from 201 yards – just the fourth ace ever seen in the event.
The club is franchised by Tusbab Secondary School through its school soccer team, Tusbab Blue Kumuls FC, to support youth football development.After the school team merged with Blue Kumuls in 2010, the club has become a force to be reckoned with.The merger saw Tusbab Blue Kumuls rise from the bottom of the league to one of the most successful clubs in the history of Madang Soccer Association – in most cases having all its division entering the finals.Tusbab Blue Kumul club president Conrad Wadunah said it has always been a dream for young players in the club to play at a higher level.He added that the club would give young players an opportunity to ply their trade at a high level competition such as the National Soccer League.Wadunah said the club may be new but it has some of the best talents around. Former PNG and FC Port Moresby player Max Sengum will lead the team and will add experience to the young footballers from Tusbab campus.The other players are junior representatives – Stahl Gubag who went as far as playing once for senior team, the PNG Kapuls, Freeman Giwi (U17,U20), Graham Berigami (U17,U20), Kimson Kapai (U17,U20), Ricky Wadunah (U17,U20), Buttler Bossi (U17), Morris Devi (U17), Jason Wadunah (U17), Ishmael Yopiyopi (U17) and Jesse Mandari (U17).Most of these players have come out from Madang Centre of Excellence soccer program conducted by Tusbab Blue Kumul.Other players that have gone through the ranks are Nathan Kell, Richie Apisa, Gerard Lashel, Max Sengum, Stahl Gubag, Nigel Malagian, Nolan Samar, Graham Berigami, Ricky Wadunah and Kimson Kapai.With these pools of players and a vast of majority of youth players, the club is developing.Wadunah said the club is looking at taking a bigger challenge to play in the highest competition in the country – the NSL.The new franchise also has a social responsibility by promoting gender equality by appointing PNGFA women’s assistant coach Rachel Wadunah as head coach of the team for the upcoming season.It is also creating awareness on HIV and the promotion of girl and women empowerment.Wadunah said Stallion FC will take one game at a time.She said her boys have been training for the past month preparing for the season.They are waiting for the final call from NSL board to give them the opportunity to take part in the competition.
Chager clocked 2:18.39.3hours to open a 4.58minutes lead over Carl Tundo who was incidentally the winner of the second stage at Dol Dol.Although Chager was beaten by a mere 6 second by “Flash” Tundo in the 54.92 Dol Dol stage, he clung to the lead with a comfortable lead. Porsche’s Alastair Cavenagh is placed third while Geoff Bell of South Africa teaming up with Tim Challen of Kenya in a Datsun 240Z is lying fourth.Chager clocked 1h36m08.8s on the opening Naibor stage where he beat defending Champion Raaji Bharij (Porsche) by a 1.40seconds margin. Tundo could only return fifth in the opening stage at Naibor.But as purists say, it’s still early days and anything unexpected can hardly be ruled out as the star -studded rally wears on.Ian Duncan navigated by Ammar Satch in a Ford Mustang didn’t finish the opening stage at Naibor after running into gremlins.It was a bitter pill for the 1994 WRC Safari Rally winner (Duncan) to swallow just after he had rested his Ford Capri and resorted to his other make of Ford (Mustang) which found the going not as rosy on the opening day.Last year’s winner Bharij started off first on the ramp navigated by Rajey Sehmi in a Porsche 911. Bharij is lying fifth.Bharij, a former Pirrelli star driver, was followed by five-time ARC Safari Rally winner Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo, South African Geoff Bell and the legendary Duncan.Crews will resume the rally today before taking a deserved rest tomorrow. The last two days will see crews tackle some historic stages around Baringo area.The second event ever of this kind will be situated within the Laikipia County on the opening two days and head to Baringo in another two days of hair raising thrills.The Rift Valley 1000 Classic Rally is set to be bigger and better than 2016’s event, with over 1,500kms of competitive track, running over a 5-day period, through uniquely stunning expanses of Northern Kenya.Other drivers taking part in the event include the legendary Jayant Shah who incidentally is a former three time Kenya champion but based in Tanzania.The Top Fry Rally is one of the three events introduced to the 2017 KMSF Motor Spots Calendar with a possibility of running a full championship next year.DAY ONE LEADERBOARDBaldev Chager/Ravi Soni Porsche 911 (KEN) 2:18.39.3hours2..Cal Tundo/Tim Jessop Triumph TR7- (KEN) 0;23.37.33.. Alastair Cavenagh/Gavin Laurence (KEN) 2:26.52.14.. Geoff Bell(RSA) 2:27.17.5Raaji Bharij/Rajay Sehmi Porsche 911 (KEN) 2:28.18.40Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Baldev Chager in an Evolution 10 dahses to the last control in kajiado rtally last FebruaryNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 29 – Baldev Chager navigated by Ravi Soni in a Kabras Porsche 911 is the overnight leader of the 2018 Top Fry Classic Safari Rally which revved-off in Nanyuki on the eve of Good Friday.Chager, a three-time former Kenya champion, took control of Day 1 proceedings after winning the opening long and grueling stage at Naibor which was a great endurance run and a quite scintillating way for the Flying Singh to start his campaign.
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Nat Coombs and Andy Brassell round up the week’s football stories from across Europe and preview the World Cup Play-Offs.Plus there’s a special Retro Classic with Gianfranco Zola talking about winning the 1995 UEFA Cup with Parma.
Spurs have only won one of their last six league games 1 Mauricio Pochettino admits Wembley is playing havoc with Tottenham’s title chances as their opponents are doubly motivated at the national stadium.Spurs face Stoke at their temporary home on Saturday before hosting Brighton next week and they can ill afford to lose further ground in the race for the top four.But Pochettino’s men have proven to be vulnerable at Wembley this season.They have taken only 12 points from a possible 21 there in the Premier League, a record that has included draws with Burnley, Swansea and West Brom.“To play again in your home always is much better than to play how we are playing now,” Pochettino said. “It is so important how the opponent sees Wembley – that it is fantastic to play at Wembley.“It is not to blame Wembley or an excuse.“But when opponents come to Wembley to play it is an historic day. For many clubs it is difficult to play at Wembley but today it is easy because you come in the Premier League.“That is a massive motivation for the opponent. That is an extra charge for us because not only are you competing with the opponent but with their massive motivation too.“The new stadium will help the club a lot. We cannot wait to play there and make it our home and be strong there. What we are working on we are going to capitalise on in the next few years for sure.”Tottenham have managed only one league victory from their last six matches, a slump that has left them 18 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City and four adrift of fourth-placed Liverpool.A 3-0 win over Apoel Nicosia at Wembley in the Champions League on Wednesday, however, could help turn the tide and Pochettino believes all the top teams will endure dips this season.“For us it’s happened now,” Pochettino said. “I hope Apoel has changed the dynamic but for every club you have periods where you struggle.“To keep the same level for 10 months is so difficult for a group of players. We have a strong squad with enough quality. We trust in ourselves. It is possible we have changed the dynamic and I hope after Apoel we can start to win games.”Pochettino was also asked about the possibility of bringing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale back to Spurs in the future.“I saw him in Madrid when we played there,” Pochettino said.“Always he keeps in contact with the people here that he worked with in the past. But then I don’t know because I don’t have a close relationship with him or his people.“Of course he is a fantastic player and you never know in football what can happen.”Defender Davinson Sanchez is suspended for the visit of Stoke following his red card against Watford last weekend.Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama remain out with respective hamstring and knee injuries.
“To come back to win 3-0 at home, it was a great night and a great night for the club.“That was the last time we were in the Champions League so it would be great to make another impact and get into the competition again.Forrest labelled the goal against Shakhtar Karagandy, scored in stoppage-time to secure Celtic’s passage into the group stage, as the most important of his career and wants to experience more of the same.“To score the winner to get into the Champions League, there’s not much better,” he said. James Forrest wants to “rectify” Celtic’s recent Champions League record after putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal at the club.The winger signed a new contract with the Scottish Premiership champions this week bringing speculation regarding his future to a close.Now Forrest is targeting European success having scored the winning goal the last time the Hoops made it through the Champions League play-off round.“It was a great night,” he said, recalling the 3-0 win over Shakhtar Karagandy three years ago. “We’ve not been in the Champions League for the past two years, so now we’ve got two games coming up to rectify that. That’s what everyone here at the club wants.”Forrest insisted that he had never seriously considered leaving Celtic, despite speculation, expressing his delight at signing a new deal.“When you’re contract’s running down there are rumours, but it’s a big club here and I’ve always wanted to stay here,” he said.“I’ve been here since I was nine and I’m delighted to have signed on for another three years.”
14 March 2011First-year professional Tyler Day of the Bonitas Medscheme team captured the biggest victory of his short career when he outsprinted a large bunch to win the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour in Cape Town on Sunday.His teammate and defending champion, Malcolm Lange, finished second in what was the final race of his professional career, while Herman Fouche of DCM rounded out the podium places in third.Twenty-one-year-old Day continued to build his reputation as a fearless fast-finisher when he left his charge for the line until the last 150 metres. He popped out from behind his teammates and powered down the centre of the finishing straight to secure the 109-kilometre race title in two hours, 32 minutes and 10 seconds.Lange, a three-time winner of the race, punched the air with as much emotion as Day did as he crossed the line just centimetres behind his young protege.‘We were patient’“We were patient and waited until near the finish to get our lead-out going,” Day said afterwards. “We were happy to let the other teams lead the pack in the last few kilometres. It’s a long lead-up to the finish and we didn’t want to use our energy until we needed to.“My teammates helped get me near the front in the last kilometre and then I sat in behind them when they formed a lead-out train for me. It really was a perfectly timed race for us. Malcolm [Lange] is just the best teacher, and the team was just amazing.”The victory was the third in successive years for Team Bonitas Medscheme, an exceptional achievement in the modern era, especially considering three different riders have won South Africa’s most popular race in that time: in 2009, Arran Brown; in 2010, Malcolm Lange; in 2011, Tyler Day.Common denominatorThe common denominator in those wins is 37-year-old Lange, who, with 20 years of top flight racing experience, helped engineer the victories in a race that’s normally considered a lottery due to the mild nature of the route and its relatively short distance.“What a perfect way to end my career,” said Lange. “First and second for Team Bonitas Medscheme, but more importantly, the third year in a row we have won this race and a breakthrough win for Tyler, a hugely talented young sprinter that I have been mentoring.“It was an incredible feeling sitting right on his wheel and watching him celebrate his victory. He will win a lot more.‘Our race plan’“We rode through the finish a few times in the dark before the race started, working through our race plan,” Lange said. “We knew that the MTN team would be eager to control the race, so we let them, until it mattered most, in the last few hundred metres.“I’m proud of my team and believe that I can retire confident in their ability to keep winning important races.”World’s biggestMore than 35 000 cyclists enjoyed the sunny, warm conditions in the world’s biggest individually-timed cycle race, which started with the professional men in a large group of 217 riders.Due to the relatively calm conditions, the main pack stayed intact for most of the race. Then at Suikerbossie, a 1.8 kilometre long climb out of Hout Bay, a group of 15 riders broke clear.But with a largely downhill and flat 13 kilometre run in to the finish from there, it was always going to be difficult for the breakaway to stick and the main field caught them at Camps Bay with seven kilometres remaining, setting the finale up for a mass bunch sprint.RESULTSTyler Day – RSA (Bonitas Medscheme) 2hr 32min 10secMalcolm Lange – RSA (Bonitas Medscheme)Herman Fouche – RSA (DCM)Dusty Day – RSA (Matlosana)Arran Brown – RSA (MTN Qhubeka)Abdelbasset Hanouchi – MORJean Spies – RSA (Tasol GT)Johann Rabie – RSA (Bonitas)Jan van Puyvelde – GERArne Hassink – FRA all same timeSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material