Sports Shorts A cheerleading clinic, sponsored by Hazlet Recreation and run by Christine Bolsch, will be held on Aug. 9, 10 and 11 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at Raritan High School The cost is $70 per child (boys and girls welcome). The clinic is for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. For more information, call Hazlet Recreation at (732) 739-0653. The Hazlet United Soccer boys U12 team is looking for players for the 2004-05 season. Players must have been born between Aug. 1, 1992, and July 31, 1993. There are no residency restrictions. Call Steve Harnett at (732) 739-1821 for additional information. A competitive Hazlet-based U11 (born after Aug. 1, 1993) girls travel soccer team with professional training is looking to add players. There are no residency requirements. Contact Ken at (732) 275-0557 for more information.
Nick Kyrgios’s lewd taunt to double grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka was part of a “journey” and a “learning curve” for a young tennis player who needs support more than punishment, Australia’s Davis Cup captain Wally Masur said on Friday.Kyrgios was fined $10,000 and sparked a global uproar after telling Wawrinka during a match in Montreal this week that Australian tour rival Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with Donna Vekic.Wawrinka has been romantically linked with the 19-year-old Croatian, who played mixed doubles with Kokkinakis at the Australian Open last year.A furious Wawrinka demanded the ATP take action against Kyrgios, who later issued a public apology but faces the threat of suspension from the tour.Pundits and top players, including world number one Novak Djokovic, have queued up to criticise Kyrgios but the response from Australia’s tennis establishment has been far more sanguine.Tennis Australia issued a statement saying that Kyrgios and his team needed “support”, while Masur played down the sledge as “not confrontational” and said he was still in Australia’s Davis Cup plans for their semi-final against Britain next month.“How punitive can you be? At what point do you start to move forward?” Masur told local broadcaster Fox Sports.“Nick is paying a very heavy price financially. Obviously the consequences will go beyond this week, for example amongst his peers on the tour, the ATP player council, they’ll have their say.”However former Australian great Judy Dalton says the player should be banned from Davis Cup and the upcoming US Open over his “disgraceful” comments.“He’s a professional tennis player and you just don’t behave like that,” she said on Channel Nine’s TODAY show. “It’s no use fining him — he just says, ‘well I can afford to pay the fine, why should I worry about it?’“For the women, it’s just so disgraceful. To Donna, it is so demeaning for her, and I think that it doesn’t encourage women to come into the sport, certainly not the junior girls if they’re going to put up with that.”Kyrgios, who has made over $700,000 in prize money alone this year, was also fined $2,500 by the ATP for a comment made to a ball-kid during his match against Wawrinka and has alienated fans previously with his behaviour, not least at Wimbledon this year when he appeared to “tank” a game by not trying following a disputed call.The $12,500 total for the fines is a fraction of the $44,600 he earned from reaching the tournament’s third round.“We’re looking at a young kid, he’s got enormous potential, he’s a good kid at heart,” Masur added. “We’re trying to put things in place behind the scenes that can make a difference and help Nick achieve that potential.“Nick polarises opinion but there have been a lot of young prodigies come onto tour that have been exactly the same.“Look at John McEnroe, he was the superbrat who ended up becoming one of the most loved players in the game. Nick is on a journey… this is all part of a learning curve.”Kyrgios, who later apologised on his Facebook page saying his comments had been “unacceptable on many levels”, was jeered onto the court and during his third-round loss to American John Isner by spectators at the Montreal tournament on Thursday.His brother Christos was on Friday kicked off a Sydney radio station for comments he made while defending Kyrgios.
FIFA said yesterday that it has suspended the Sudan Football Association because of government interference, leading to three of the country’s clubs being thrown out of African competitions. Two of the clubs were disqualified from the African Champions League hours before they were due to play last night. The third was scheduled to play this weekend, and had already sealed a place in the quarterfinals of the CAF Confederation Cup. Sudan will remain suspended until a decision by the Ministry of Justice to remove the SFA president and the rest of the association’s board of directors is rescinded, FIFA said. FIFA does not allow government bodies to interfere in the running of football federations. Following FIFA’s decision, which world soccer’s governing body made on June 27 and announced on Friday, the Confederation of African Football disqualified Al Hilal Omdurman and Al Merreikh from the African Champions League. Al Hilal Obeid was thrown out of the CAF Confederation Cup. Al Hilal Obeid had qualified for the Confederation Cup quarterfinals and was due to play Zesco of Zambia tomorrow in its last group game. CAF didn’t immediately say how it would restructure the competitions. A FIFA suspension means Sudan’s national team and its clubs are not allowed to play in international competitions, and the country’s federation cannot receive any funding from FIFA or CAF until it is reinstated. Sudan has already been eliminated in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, but is involved in qualifying for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Its next African Cup qualifier is in March next year but won’t be able to play in that game if it is still suspended by FIFA.
Abraham Jarque, 36, who lives in the Zinnah Hill Community, where he ekes a living from rock-crushing, has appealed to government to create job opportunities for many other young people by introducing mechanized rock-crushing.Mr. Jarque has been in the rock crushing business for the past 10 years. He told the Daily Observer yesterday at his rock-crushing site on the GSA Road that if government should bring in rock-crushing machines, many of the youth, who he said are loitering for no reason, would at least gain employment. According to him, crushing rocks is a difficult work, which he thinks should be done by rock-crushing machines instead of doing so with human hands.With that belief, Mr. Jarque has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to encourage investors who would venture into rock-crushing through which many hard-working Liberians will find work. Mr. Jarque added that crushing rocks was not part of his plans while growing up as a youth, “but since I now find myself doing the trade, all I ask is for the government to introduce mechanized rock-crushing to attract other lazy and unwilling youth to work the trade.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
However, Sneijder levelled with a thumping volley from the edge of the area two minutes from time before Huntelaar converted from the spot in stoppage time after Rafael Marquez had upended Arjen Robben.Louis van Gaal’s men will now face Costa Rica or Greece in the last eight in Salvador on Saturday.The Netherlands had been disrupted by an early injury to Nigel de Jong as he hobbled off to be replaced by Bruno Martins Indi.Mexico’s Hector Herrera then had the clearest opening of the first 45 minutes as he collected Oribe Peralta’s pass on the edge of the area and cut inside before dragging a right-foot shot inches wide.Dutch keeper Jasper Cillessen was then forced into his first save of the afternoon by a long-range effort from Carlos Salcido.The Netherlands didn’t register an effort on target until the 26th minute when Robin van Persie skewed wide form a narrow angle after collecting Stefan de Vrij’s pass inside the area.Both sides were then handed the chance to cool off for three minutes at the half-hour mark for the first time at a World Cup due to the searing temperatures.Cillessen then made a fine stop to prevent dos Santos opening the scoring with a low effort.However, the Netherlands were left aggrieved just a minute before the break when Robben appeared to have been clipped by Hector Moreno inside the area.Mexico got off to a flying start in the second-half as Dos Santos held off a challenge from Daley Blind to thump home his first international goal in a competitive match for two years from 25 yards.Oribe Peralta nearly made it 2-0 eight minutes later with a curling effort that Cillessen did well to claim at the first attempt.Moments later it was Guillermo Ochoa who made an incredible stop to prevent Stefan de Vrij levelling as he turned the defender’s volley onto the post from point-blank range.Sneijder then saw a deflected effort fly inches past as the Netherlands went in search of an equaliser.Ochoa had to come to his side’s rescue again 17 minutes from time when Robben escaped the clutches of Marquez but saw his low effort turned behind by the Mexican stopper.Dutch boss Louis van Gaal then surprisingly replaced captain Van Persie with Klaas Jan Huntelaar.However, his decision was to prove inspired as firstly Huntelaar turned Robben’s corner in the direction of the lurking Sneijder to power home from the edge of the box on.And after Robben was adjudged by Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca to have been clipped by Marquez in the fourth minute of stoppage time, the Schalke striker coolly stroked home the resulting penalty to eliminate Mexico at the last 16 stage for a sixth consecutive World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FORTALEZA, June 29- The Netherlands scored twice in the dying minutes through Wesley Sneijder and a Klaas Jan Huntelaar penalty to move into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a 2-1 win over Mexico on Sunday.In a match conditioned by the baking heat and humidity in Fortaleza, Giovani dos Santos looked to have Mexico on the way to their first quarter-final appearance on foreign soil when he opened the scoring three minutes into the second-half.
It is Chelsea’s second title win in three seasons, their sixth in total, and comes at the end of former Juventus and Italy coach Conte’s first season as manager.Conte, who claimed three Serie A titles as Juventus coach, has restored the club to the winners’ circle by rebuilding from the chaotic end of Jose Mourinho’s second reign.Two years after Mourinho led Chelsea to the title, Conte has stitched the London club back together after dressing-room unity unravelled under Mourinho during a horrendous title defence last season.The Italian’s side finally broke through West Brom’s stubborn resistance with eight minutes remaining and will now chase the double when they face Arsenal in the FA Cup final on May 27.Chelsea were almost stunned inside 30 seconds as West Brom created the game’s first chance.Darren Fletcher’s lofted pass found Salomon Rondon and his flicked header drew a smart save from Thibaut Courtois.Chelsea’s John Terry (top) and teammates celebrate victory after their English Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion on May 12, 2017 © AFP / Anthony DevlinChelsea quickly began applying pressure, but West Brom had a huge chance on the counter-attack when James McClean seized on a loose pass and raced 50 yards into Chelsea territory.But his attempted pass to Rondon was poor and the Venezuelan was crowded out by Chelsea defenders.Chelsea were becoming frustrated in their efforts to breach the Baggies’ defence, but Cesc Fabregas nearly broke through with a snap-shot that flashed half a yard wide of the far post.Chelsea might have broken the deadlock just two minutes into the second half when a powerful cross-shot from Victor Moses was turned around the post superbly by West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster.Yet there was almost a shock for Chelsea when Rondon escaped a challenge from David Luiz and raced clear, only for Cesar Azpilicueta to make a vital, saving challenge.Rondon then teed up substitute Nacer Chadli, who fired a shot narrowly wide for West Brom.But with eight minutes remaining, Chelsea finally struck as Azpilicueta broke into the West Brom box and crossed for Batshuayi to force home from close range.Conte charged onto the field in celebration, while West Brom stewards were forced to eject three pitch invaders before the game could be completed and Chelsea could celebrate the title.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi (R) scores the opening goal during their English Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns stadium in West Bromwich, west Midlands on May 12, 2017 © AFP / Anthony DevlinWEST BROMWICH, United Kingdom, May 12 – Chelsea secured the Premier League title on Friday after substitute Michy Batshuayi’s 82nd-minute goal earned Antonio Conte’s side a hard-earned 1-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion.The Belgian striker’s late goal at The Hawthorns took Chelsea 10 points clear of second-place Tottenham Hotspur, who have only nine points left to play for.
Slaven Bilic insists he is very happy at West Ham West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has laughed off reports that he is being lined up by Fenerbahce.The 47-year-old has been an instant hit during his first season in the Premier League with his Hammers side still in the hunt for a top-four finish.But it has been suggested that Fenerbahce want Bilic to become their new manager in the summer and will approach the east London club once the season ends.The Croatian arrived at Upton Park from Besiktas in June and he says his love for his old side would rule out any move to their Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce.He said: “Who me? No no no.“I have many friends in Turkey but I am very happy.“And anyway, when it comes to Turkey – OK Fenerbahce is a massive club – but in Turkey there is only one club for me and that’s Besiktas.” 1
LAKE ELIZABETH — The body of a 75-year-old Marina del Rey man was found early Thursday morning in a rural Lake Elizabeth neighborhood. Coroner’s investigators identified the man as Gorden Donald Adlen. He apparently died as a result of hypothermia. A sheriff’s deputy said the man was found at 6 a.m. near Goodie Hill Road and Lake Elizabeth Road. Search-and-rescue teams, along with Los Angeles County firefighters, had searched the remote area overnight after Adlen’s son reported his father was lost and had become disoriented. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham ‘need to be ready’ for a top-four battle after admitting a Premier League title win is now ‘impossible’ after back-to-back defeats to Burnley and Chelsea.Spurs’ distant title hopes are surely now over after following up Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat to Burnley with a dreadful performance against Chelsea on Wednesday night. 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT tense Latest Premier League news Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Pochettinho was ‘so disappointed’ by Tottenham’s performance against Chelsea Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card gameday cracker REVEALED deals no dice shining REVEALED Kieran Trippier scored an unfortunate own-goal against Chelsea “After Burnley I said it was difficult, and tonight makes it impossible to fight Man City and Liverpool.“Only they can win the league – we must fight to win games and to be fair.”There will be a very real sense of déjà vu for fans, who have seen their side challenge in recent seasons but fall away at crucial moments and in vital games.Tottenham next face north London derby rivals Arsenal on Saturday, in another must-win game for their top-four hopes.The Gunners now trail Spurs by just four points in fourth place, following their 5-1 thumping of Bournemouth, while fifth-placed Manchester United are just a point further back after their 3-1 win at Crystal Palace. Ahead of the match, Pochettino had said that it could take ten years of his leadership to turn Tottenham into a title-winning side, saying his players’ attitude is unacceptable in certain games.And the boss said he was ‘so frustrated’ after watching his side fail to register a shot on target as they lost 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, a result which leaves them nine points behind leaders Liverpool with ten games remaining.And he admits it’s now only a two-horse race for the Premier League crown.“We didn’t shoot and I think we were not consistent enough,” said Pochettino.“The competition will put us in our place. It’s a 10-month competition, not just three or four months. We are disappointed now. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow 2 Asked if he was concerned about Tottenham’s top-four place, Pochettino said: “It’s not a drama.“We need to be ready to compete and give our best. If we win, I’ll be happy. If we don’t win, I’ll be as unhappy as I am now.“It’s about being calm. It won’t change my assessment of the players.“We need to support them, lift them and help them to compete on Saturday.”
gameday cracker I’ll say it again. Ramsey leaving on a free is criminal— tamer. (@whytzuh) April 11, 2019 REVEALED Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ramsey leaving for free. pic.twitter.com/dtgCzbVPzz— Kelzil (@BriitBoy97) April 11, 2019 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? ramsey leaving on a free transfer… pic.twitter.com/adhWDRaaws— 🌍 (@vuyomcetywa) April 11, 2019 ADVICE Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars I won’t keep quite about Ramsey. It is annoying and heartbreaking he is leaving.— The Stig (@NigerianStig) April 11, 2019 Ramsey is leaving in the summer! pic.twitter.com/m07fnmTeBh— Emmanuel Michira (@Anuelmich) April 11, 2019 It is still mind-boggling that Aaron Ramsey has been allowed to leave Arsenal for free in the summer.The Welshman has once again proved how crucial he is for the Gunners after opening the scoring for Unai Emery’s men against Napoli in the quarter-final Europa League tie. Ramsey scored a delightful opener for the Gunners against Napoli Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REPLY every day we get closer to ramsey leaving arsenal pic.twitter.com/0CF6rFLREh— 🐐 (@johnstons08) April 11, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card tense Ramsey agreed a contract with Serie A side Juventus in February after the Gunners withdrew an offer to extend his stay in north London, meaning his 11 year spell at the Emirates is set to come to an end.And following his sublime finish, Gunners fans have once again taken to social media to express their discontent at this peculiar piece of business.Have a look at some of their hilarious tweets below… Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Ramsey is making it harder and harder each week to digest the fact that he’s leaving us at the end of this season.— Anirudh (@ArsAnirudh) April 11, 2019 BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow no dice every time I remember ramsey is leaving arsenal. for free. pic.twitter.com/SIZ78ur3nn— sarah (@HeySar4h) April 11, 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS When Ramsey scores then ya realise he’s leaving on a free 😪 pic.twitter.com/oJf6kjolsz— Danny Quinn (@Quinner90) April 11, 2019 And Ramsey is leaving for free. #ARSNAP pic.twitter.com/Hu6rFoQaCH— Sam O’Neill (@SamONeill04) April 11, 2019 When you remember Ozil still has issues with his contract & Ramsey will actually be leaving for free #ARSNAP pic.twitter.com/bXD40pLi5l— Joshua M. kaka ✝️ (@IamTHEkakizo) April 11, 2019 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 1 REVEALED shining