Holmdel girls expect another solid season

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer The Holmdel High School girls basketball team opened the season with a 46-27 victory over Freehold Township, as it looks to build up last year’s 13-11 record. Although the Hornets are relatively young, the team nevertheless has some solid experience. Seniors Jackie Klatsky and Mary Orsini are entering their fourth season as starters, and juniors Cristina Martorelli and Marissa Porto saw significant minutes a year ago. Klatsky will run the offense from the point. Last season she averaged 9.5 points along with three steals and three assists, and she can also hit from three-point range. Orsini, a center, gives Holmdel a presence under the rim, where she averaged 5.5 rebounds and five points. Martorelli, meanwhile, can be a scoring threat from the outside. She averaged 11 points last winter, and Porto averaged six points. Both players came off the bench, but coach Dawn Karpell increased their playing time as the season progressed. “Experience is our real strength,” the second-year coach said. “And that will be important because how we play defense will be the key to our success. They have the poise and leadership ability to get the job done.” That will be particularly important as the Hornets move from the Shore Conference’s B North division to A Central, which includes teams like St. John Vianney, Red Bank Catholic and Raritan. Holmdel will use a half-court man-to-man defense and, on occasion, a match-up zone. In addition, the team qualified for both the Shore Conference and NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III tourneys, reaching the second round in each. The rest of Karpell’s roster is relatively young, with the exception of senior forward Michelle Casazza, who will provide help in the paint. Sophomore Liz Mayell also provides help up front. Four freshmen provide backcourt depth, including point guard Marybeth Lisberal, Kim Florentino, Dana Graziano and Melissa Tagges. “I think we’re going to surprise some people,” Karpell said. Holmdel, which hosted Rumson-Fair Haven on Tuesday, begins play in the Bayshore Invitational Tournament on Monday. The second-seeded Hornets will square off against Cardinal McCarrick. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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World-record fluke caught in New Jersey waters

first_img The news is out – a potential worldrecord fluke was caught this week in New Jersey. Controversy, congratulations, disbelief or a fluke – the Internet fishing sites are loaded with all kinds of questions and comments. Monica Oswald of Neptune landed a 38-inch, 24.3-pound fluke off Monmouth County in about 55 feet of water this week, according to reports across the Web. Monica is no stranger to fishing. She has a solid track record of trophy fish on her résumé. She frequently enters the Fisherman Dream boat contest every year. The previous record was 22 pounds 7 ounces in New York. It’s now up to the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) to finalize and register this doormat. Pictures of the fish are circulating throughout the Internet. Fluke fishing in New Jersey is taken very seriously and is the No. 1 revenue producer for our local charter boats and fishing tournaments. It’s a halibut. It was caught on a commercial fishing boat in a gill net. It was raised in a bathtub. It was caught on a 60- pound test line. These are some of the comments coming out of the Web sites due to the picture that is circulating. In the picture, the fluke’s gill is torn and looks a little beat up, according to reports. This is just some of the criticism you have to put up with when you become famous. Monica, congratulations, and I’m sure your track record will speak for itself. On the flip side, my friend Joey G. from njsaltwaterfisherman.com headed out with his dad for some fluke and did well outside Sandy Hook. First stop landed a nice 21-inch fluke and a few shorts. Second stop was the rocks, and they worked their way back home with plenty of throwbacks and all the blues you wanted. Joey did tell me that some fishermen were being stopped by conservation officials (CO) at the dock looking for anglers taking home shorts, and yes, seven COs at Atlantic Highlands marina, they did fine a few guys with multiple shorts, one guy with shorts and no registration numbers displayed. According to one CO, 35 boats came in with shorts. Let’s keep it clean; it only hurts us in the end. Capt. Ron aboard the Norma K had plenty of fluke action. Poll winner topped at 9 pounds and plenty of 4- to 6-pounders were caught along with shorts. The Sandy Hook Channel was productive fishing in 35 to 55 feet of water. That area gave up five keeper fluke along with many shorts, a ton of sea robbins and one skate. David Schoeller and his 13-year-old golden retriever, Gretchen, aboard his boat, the Wasp from Brick, trolled the Glory Hole in hopes of some tuna steaks for the grill. On his 30 International with 40-pound test he had a hit that made his pole scream on a 6-inch pink rubber squid. After 20 minutes he realized he was hooked into a wahoo weighing in at 77 pounds. Congratulations, Dave, that’s a beautiful catch. Fishing remains strong aboard Capt. Steve Purul’s Reelfantasea from Barnegat Light. Catches included a trout while grass shrimping with blues, hickory shad, or “Jersey Tarpon,” sand perch, fluke, small sea bass along with assorted other species. Although the bites were constant, the hook-up ratio was a little off earlier in the week. All clients went home with fresh sea trout fillets and did manage some real nice sea trout to 4 pounds. Jeff Pesot was out with daughters Georgia, 7, and Melissa, 13, and these girls were as competitive as boys if not more. They managed a nice mix of sea trout, blues and hickory shad. The Cy Collins party was out to find the sea trout bite a little more challenging. Although the bites were there, the trout were very illusive in their bite, managing just a few sea trout, snappers and hickory shad. Armond Shahenian was out with his sons, Eric, Tom and Jim for a pick of sea trout and hickory shad at first. After getting enough sea trout for their dinner that night, the guys released the rest of the trout and ended the night having a blast clobbering the blues on plastics in the back along the sod banks. They said they had never seen action like that ever. The John Repko party was out for a sea trout slam fest where the guys managed a nice box of trout in just a few hours during their evening trip. The big fish award went to Tony who managed a nice 3.5 pounds, they also had a nice mix of blues, shad and sand perch, saying they never had fishing as good as this. The Brent Burger party was out for slam fest with the sea trout. They also had a nice mix of snapper, shad, perch and small sea bass as well. The trip also had a “Big Mystery Fish” that battled for 50 minutes up and down the inlet. The big fish hit a half of hickory shad and the battle was on. Brent did as good of a job as anybody could do, but the size and power of the fish proved too much for the 8- pound test. They never got a view of the fish so they really don’t know for sure what it was, and that’s what fishing is all about. Thanks everyone for your reports; they keep getting better and more interesting. So many species and so many stories to tell, it can only get better with Canyon reports around the corner. Please keep your reports coming to ron@signbrothers.com. RON NUZZOLO . Fish On last_img read more

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Over 1,500 runners participate in Sheehan Classic

first_imgBY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer For the first time in recent memory, a Kenyan or an Ethiopian runner did not cross the finish line first at the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank. ERIC SUCAR staff Craig Segal, of Holmdel, crosses the finish line in first place at the George Sheehan Classic road race held in Red Bank on June 14. Craig Segal of Long Branch won the men’s race with a time of 25:34, while Noel Brock, an assistant track coach at Toms River North High School, won the women’s race with a time of 27:38, marking her second successive Sheehan triumph. “You never really know who’s going to run until race day,” said race director Phil Hinck. “We do reach out to elite runners, but we look at this as more of a family-oriented event. If the Kenyans come, they come.” The five-miler began at 8:30 a.m. with the temperature at 72 degrees as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” blared over speakers placed at the starting line. The racecourse began on Broad Street and wound its way through the residential sections of neighboring Little Silver and Fair Haven. It included an out-and-back trek along Harding Road that culminates just past the four-mile mark when runners face Tower Hill, afterwhich it’s downhill and then flat to the finish on Broad Street. Segal dueled Whiting’s Tim Mulligan over the first four miles before jumping out ahead as he climbed Tower Hill, the steepest part of the course. Segal went on to win by nine seconds. The women’s race came down to a duel between two runners as well, Brock and Alemtshay Mistanw, of New York City. Mistanw held a slight lead over the first four and a half miles, but Brock made her move on the final straightaway on Broad Street. She passed Mistanw and sprinted to the finish 10 seconds ahead of her competitor. Megan Guiney of Red Bank was the fifth woman to cross the finish line. Both Segal and Brock also won the Spring Lake Five Mile Run on Memorial Day weekend. Coupled with their Sheehan victories, both have won the first two legs of the Jersey Shore Golden Grand Prix. The other two races in the series are the Belmar FiveMile Run, theAsbury Park 5K and the Pier Village 5K. Brock won all four of the races a year ago. This marks the race’s 15th year as the George Sheehan Classic. Previously it was known as the Asbury Park 10K Classic before it moved to Red Bank and became the Sheehan. At one time, the race included many elite runners, but over the years, prize money has been reduced and it’s become more of a community event. “We really wanted to create a family atmosphere, that’s why we have a barbecue and a band afterwards; we also see a lot of parents running with their kids,” Hinck said. “At one time, our sponsors wanted to see more elite runners, but they understand that the local people are the ones they need to reach.” In all, nearly 900 competed in the Sheehan five-miler, and more than 2,000 people participated in the other Sheehan events, including the Kids’ Classic on Friday night, as well as Saturday’s Health and Fitness walk and wheelchair race. While many people came from New York and Pennsylvania, the vast majority were from the Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex county areas, Hinck said. Hinck noted that the event could not be held without cooperation from the communities of Red Bank, Little Silver and Fair Haven. “We prettymuch tie up three towns for a couple of hours, andwe couldn’t do thiswithout their support and the support of the police and publicworks departments,” the race director said. “Plus we had more than 300 volunteers manning the water stops, patrolling the courses and taking care of the start and finish lines.” The last runner crossed the finish at 9:50 a.m. and within five minutes many of the local streets were open again. By 10:25 a.m. all the streets were open, Hinck added.last_img read more

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McGuinness, Eagles ready to fly in A North basketball

first_img Meghan McGuinness has decided on a college basketball career at Niagara University and now is concentrating on leading a Middletown South team spotted with inexperienced players on the roster. The Eagles begin play this week with a 2-1 record. “I think we’ll have a really good team for this year,” said McGuinness. “I think we’ll be a lot faster and we’ll be playing four guards at times.” “We’re getting there, but the learning curve is big. But we’ll be ready to roll once the ball goes up,” said coach Tom Brennan. “There’s not too much offense [schemes]. It’s simple but a read-based offense. The freshmen on the team last year are starting to get the concepts, and this year’s freshmen are struggling. Defensively, we’re always predominantly manto man, but we’ll try to push tempo and get more offense out of our defense. Well press a little more and shorten the rotation so they can get out more often for a little bit.” McGuinness, a 5-10 guard, made her college decision last month after narrowing it down to Niagara and another school in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference — upstate New York neighbor Canisius. She officially visited the two schools that also offered the first scholarship packages. McGuinness averaged 16.6 points, six rebounds and three assists per game on a 19-6 team that lost in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV finals for the second straight year to Neptune and was bounced from the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals by St. John Vianney. “It was a really tough decision, but I bonded with the coaches,” said McGuinness. “Once I saw the campus, it was easier to decide.” “It was her comfort level with the coaching staff,” said Brennan. “It’s not far, but not close. It’s a great school with a strong math program, which is good for her.” Brennan said McGuinness should have a chance to play “right away.” McGuinness took an ambitious approach, unofficially visiting about nine colleges, includingMAAC schools Iona and Loyola, and also Holy Cross, the University of New Hampshire, Brown, University of Pennsylvania and Mount St. Mary’s. For McGuinness, it’s her second trip to Florida this year, having gone there as a member of the Central Jersey Hawks AAU team that won the Classic Tournament championship in Walt Disney World. She hopes to be ready to play this week, as she recovers from an injured ankle, on a team hit with key injuries early. Kerry Kinsella, a 5- 9 senior forward who averaged nine points and six rebounds a game, is out indefinitely. “We look forward to her return soon,” said Brennan. Kelly Scheuer and Kathy Healy graduated from last year’s team, but point guard Kelly Haspel is back for her third season in the lineup. “Kelly has done everything asked of her at an extremely high level,” said Brennan. “She’s a really big part of the team. She worked hard in the offseason and improved,” said McGuinness. McGuinness and Haspel worked with many of the returning players in the off-season in some tournaments, most notably in July at Kutztown University, where they spent four days in the Athletes for Better Education team tournament, winning seven of 10 games in a demanding schedule. McGuinness and her high school teammates also competed well in a final team camp at Red Bank Regional High School in August. McGuinness and Haspel are pivotal to the Eagles’ doing well this season. It lost 13 games the past two years, all to St. John Vianney, Neptune and Colts Neck. The three teams had played in the Tournament of Champions finals the last two years. Colts Neck, a nemesis for the Eagles, has moved out of the Shore ConferenceANorth to B North. What also may help significantly is the return of Megan Gray from an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered at the start of last season, and the continued development of sophomore 5-10 center Jackie Dluhi, who played a lot last year. Gray will be the sixth man. “She has a ton of heart with nuances to her game that are not statable,” Brennan said of Gray. “She’s an integral factor. We’ll be as effective as we can be if she goes past the first defender and gets to the second line and then puts up mid-range shots.” As for Dluhi, she can be the force underneath that can make the Eagles a contender again. “Teams will have to collapse on her, and then if she’s not open, she’ll kick it out to others,” said McGuinness. McGuinness said she has concentrated on shooting off the dribble “a lot in the fall.” “We talked after the season about that,” said Brennan. “And about her using a pump fake and one dribble or two to the basket and getting by the defender. It looks good.” Carissa Gray, a 5-foot-7 guard who is Megan’s sister, has worked her way into the stating lineup. “She will be the key to anything we’re trying to do on defense,” said Brennan. “She and Kiera Grant [a 5-8 sophomore guard] are the one-two punch of what we’re trying to do on defense. They’re long and quick. And Kiera is a slasher going to the basket.” Sophomore Lauren Van Exter also will see significant playing time. The 5-foot-7 guard/forward was the goalkeeper for the school’s girls soccer team that made the state tournament for the first time in recent years. The Eagles lost their first meeting with the Howell Rebels, the team picked with the Eagles to be the teams to beat inANorth this year. Howell won the game, 46-38, on Dec. 20. The next key game is Jan. 10 at home against another leading division contender — Freehold Township, which is off to a 4-0 start. The Eagles’ rematch with Howell is Jan. 18 in Howell. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

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CBA captures two more indoor track championships

first_imgRaritan boys win A Central The Monmouth County Indoor Track and Field Championships were held on Jan. 21 at the Bennett Indoor Complex. Above: A group of runners sprint toward the finish line of the 400-meter dash. Below: Matawan’s Joy Price competed in the high jump. Price finished ninth in her event. PHOTOS BY ERIC SUCAR staff Christian Brothers Academy’s track and field team added two more championships to what has been a very impressive indoor season for the Colts.CBAadded the Monmouth County Shore ConferenceANorth Division crown last weekend to the Monmouth County Relays and Non- Public A State Relays titles the Colts won earlier this month. At the State Relays, the Colts were perfect, winning all nine events.At the county championship held on Jan. 21 at the Bennett Indoor Complex in Toms River, the Colts outscored runner-up Freehold Township, 86-52.Andrew Rohan was the only Colt to win an individual title, capturing the shot put with a toss of 54-10¼. On the track, CBA won the 4×400 (3:3:32.19).What separated the Colts from everyone elsewas their balance. The team scored points in every event but the 55-meter dash.Matawan pole-vaulter Dylan Spadaccini was the only other area athlete to strike gold. He was the only vaulter to clear the winning height of 13-6.As for the area girls, Mater Dei’s Caitlin Gatto won the high jump at 5-2.On Sunday, Jan. 23, the Colts made a mockery of the meet, piling up 158 points, more than double runner-up Freehold Township’s 70, in winning A North.Matt Pozzo won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.75, leading a parade of blue to the finish line. The Colts were second, third, fourth and sixth, scoring 29 points in that one event alone.Pozzo also won the 55-meter dash (6.71).CBAcross country runners took over in the 800 and 1,600 with Conrad Lippert winning the 800 in 1:59.89, just .02 ahead of teammate Tim Gorman (1:59.91). Kelly stepped off a 4:22.02 1,600 meters for the Colts.The Colts won the 4×400 in 3:34.12.Rohanwon the shot put with a 51-7 toss as CBAwon all three field events. Phil Reid was first in the high jump (6-2) and John Engels did 13-0 to win the pole vault.For the local girls, Middletown South’s Cassidy Weimer won the 3,200 (11:56.07) and Nicole Ras took the high jump (5-0). At the B North championships, Matawan swept the shot put competitions. Sharaj Prince was first among the boys at 46-3 while Marissa Grosso won the girls’ title at 33-1.The Huskies’ Dylan Spadaccini won the boys’ pole vault at 12-6. In the A Central Division meet, also held on Sunday, Raritan captured the boys’ title with 74 points.Michael Breen got the Rockets’ championship off to a speedy start by winning the meet’s first event, the 400-meter dash, in 51.84. Robert Fortune won the 55 hurdles (8.28). The Rocket sprinters would claim the 4×400 (3:39.07).Marc Latham won the pole vault (9-6). ShaneMertz completed the individual winners for the Rockets, taking the shot put with a throw of 44-0¼.St. John Vianney’s Ishmael Hyman won theACentral 55-meter dash (6.84).For the girls, Raritan’s Lauren Thomson and Marissa Hornacek went one-two in the high jump, with both clearing 4-8. Thomson took first on fewer misses.The Rockets won the 4×400 (4:27.81).Holmdel’s Katie Little (5:33.6) and Lindsay Conlan (5:39.78) went one-two in the A Central girls 1,600.In C Central, Daniel Polaco of Mater Dei Prepwon the boys’ 3,200 (10:10.79) and teammate Chris Pace took the shot put (45.4).It’s back to the Bennett Complex tomorrow (Jan. 28) for the Shore Conference Championships.last_img read more

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Happy Hamilton a home winner again

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinFormula One world champion Lewis Hamilton soaked up the energy of a roaring home crowd to win the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday and forge 17 points clear of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.Germany’s Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari, behind Rosberg, with Williams driver Felipe Massa bumped off the podium after leading for the first 20 laps following a blistering start.On a tricky afternoon of safety cars, sunshine and showers Hamilton got his choice of tyres exactly right to chalk up his 38th career win and fifth of the season — and get his hands on a ‘proper’ gold trophy.The victory in front of an estimated 140,000 fans made Hamilton only the third Briton, after Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell, to win three times at home.“I really wanted to do it for you guys,” he told the crowd from the podium. “I am so thankful for all the support. I could see all the fans on every lap in the corner of my eye and it spurred me on.“I just didn’t want to drop it for them,” added the Briton, who had made a sluggish start from pole position as Massa roared through from the second row to lead into the first corner.“I am so elated you cannot imagine. I started to tear up on that last lap hoping I could do it for all the guys. Thanks for all the support.”Rosberg, who was fourth at the end of the first lap, said his team mate had made the right call at the right time in pitting for intermediates just as the rain began to come down heavily.Rosberg stayed out for another slippery lap before also pitting.“I was pushing hard to try and catch Lewis under difficult conditions but he made the better call and that is where I lost it. Fair play to him,” said the German.The safety car was deployed for two laps at the end of the first lap after Lotus drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean collided as well as the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.Button retired on the spot but Spaniard Alonso stayed in the race and finished lapped but 10th for his first point of a troubled season.Only 13 cars finished, with Sauber’s Brazilian Felipe Nasr retiring before the start when his car was stuck in sixth gear on the track as he headed for the grid.Williams took fifth place with Valtteri Bottas, who had a thrilling early duel with Massa for the lead, ahead of Red Bull’s Russian Daniil Kvyat.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was eighth and sandwiched between the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in seventh and ninth. Driver and constructor standings after the Formula One British Grand PrixDrivers Points 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1942. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1773. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1354. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 775. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 766. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 747. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 368. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 279. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 2410. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1711. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1612. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1513. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1214. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1015. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 916. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 517. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 418. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 119. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 020. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0Constructors Points 1. Mercedes 3712. Ferrari 2113. Williams-Mercedes 1514. RedBull – Renault 635. Force India – Mercedes 396. Lotus – Mercedes 297. Sauber – Ferrari 218. Toro Rosso – Renault 199. McLaren 510. Marussia – Ferrari 0last_img read more

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Euro 2016 joy for Hungary as they end 30-year wait

first_imgBy Zoltan FazekasHungary’s 30-year wait to play on the major championship stage will end in France next year after their 2-1 victory over Norway ensured that one of football’s most storied nations qualified for the Euro 2016 finals.The triumph, which sealed their 3-1 victory on aggregate in front of an ecstatic crowd in the Groupama Arena, guaranteed Hungary’s first appearance in any championship finals since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.“I have to congratulate my team, the association president Sandor Csanyi, and also Pal Dardai, who I took over from and he left this team for me,” said Hungary’s German coach Bernd Storck who took charge in July.“The players’ approach was fantastic during those two games, they fought well and deserved to qualify to France.”The Hungarians built on their first-leg win in Oslo when Tamas Priskin curled in a delightful 14th-minute opener and Markus Henriksen’s own goal on 83 minutes made the tie safe.Henriksen atoned with a late goal but it was scant consolation for the Norwegians as the home side celebrated qualifying for the European Championship finals for the first time since 1972.The toast of Budapest was Hungary’s 39-year-old Gabor Kiraly, who made a series of superb saves over the two legs.Ferencvaros’s home ground erupted almost like never before when Priskin curled in a fabulous strike from 16 metres after a quick counter-attack to put Hungary ahead.Kiraly had to make a fine save from Haitam Aleesami’s low shot in the 27th minute after a flowing passing move from the visitors and Norway came even closer when Even Hovland’s header from a corner hit the post in the 45th minute.Balazs Dzsudzsak’s deflected shot struck the crossbar in the 58th minute after a rare counter-attack by the hosts, who dropped deeper to defend their overall two-goal advantage.Kiraly made another excellent save in the 76th minute when he parried Marcus Pedersen’s close-range shot before the tie was effectively sealed seven minutes from time as Dzsudzsak’s corner was bundled under pressure into his own net by Henriksen.The AZ Alkmaar man then pulled one back for Norway in the 87th minute but it was too little, too late.“Congratulations to Hungary, they were better than us over the two legs,” said Norway coach Per-Mathias Hogmo.“I am deeply disappointed with our performance, we could not score in Oslo, that was a big setback. All in all, we came up short.”last_img read more

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Wary Mercedes within reach of title triple

first_imgMercedes look all but certain to wrap up their third straight Formula One constructors’ crown in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix but the spectre of a rare defeat in last year’s race still haunts them.The champions have won all but one race this season and arrive at the Sepang circuit 222 points clear of closest challengers Red Bull and 237 ahead of Ferrari.With a maximum of 215 points available from the five races remaining after Sunday, Red Bull and Ferrari can only hope something keeps championship leader Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton off the podium.With the race moving to October from its recent early season March slot, Mercedes could become the first team to clinch the constructors’ crown in Malaysia since Ferrari in 2000.The German team are refusing to tempt fate, however, to the extent that their official race preview did not mention directly the possibility of clinching the title at Sepang.“Like Singapore, this was a race where we under-performed last year, so we will need to push hard to put that right,” said team boss Toto Wolff. “We’re in good shape – but we must remain on our toes to get the ball over the line.”The 5.5-km Sepang circuit always throws up the chance of an upset, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo particularly keen to capitalise after coming agonisingly close to victory in Singapore.The potential for a shake-up could be even greater this year with the circuit resurfaced and the gradient of some corners changed.Mercedes were dealt a shock defeat last season when Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel won, ending the Italian team’s longest victory drought in over two decades.But Rosberg banished memories of a similarly off-colour weekend for Mercedes in Singapore last year with his win around the floodlit streets of the city-state two weeks ago.The German has jumped back into the overall lead, opening up an eight-point advantage over Hamilton, with his third win in a row and eighth of the season.No driver has ever failed to take the title after winning eight or more races in a season and the German is starting to look like he has the measure of Hamilton.“I’ve had a good run lately and I’m enjoying the moment,” said Rosberg. “But as far as the next race goes, or the next one after that and so on… it’s anyone’s game.”Triple champion Hamilton, who turned a 43-point deficit into a 19-point lead with a streak of six wins from seven races heading into the August summer break, will try and hit back with what would be his 50th win.Compatriot Jenson Button, making way for rookie Stoffel Vandoorne at McLaren next season, will also be in the spotlight as he lines up for his 300th start.last_img read more

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Katua and Baru going to Rio

first_imgThe two secured invitations through the International Olympic Committee’s qualification systems.This allows the best athletes in each sport to participate in the Games primarily through the continental qualification of athletes and teams.Katua (60kg) is PNG’s first Commonwealth Youth Games gold medallist and will look to build on his Pacific Games and Commonwealth Youth Games gold medals from 2015.Baru (62kg) on the other hand is currently PNG’s top male lifter and won gold at the recent Oceania Championships. He also won best lifter of the championship title.Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla said both Katua and Baru had been rewarded for their hard work. “Although the duo were not able to qualify through their respective qualification tournaments, their level of performance has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee and their respective International Federations through the awarding of the Tripartite Commission places.“Both Thadius and Morea have had some significant performances at the international level and it is fantastic to see them rewarded with Tripartite Commission Places,” said Auvita Rapilla.Katua and Baru now Ryan Pini (Swimming), Toea Wisil (Athletics), Theo Piniau (Athletics), Samantha Kassman, Maxemillion Kassman (Taekwondo) and Raymond Ovinou (Judo) as Team PNG’s contingent for the Olympics.last_img read more

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K60 million spent to prepare for FIFA U20 games

first_imgThis was revealed by Minister for Sports, APEC and National Events, Justin Tkatchenko, during a media briefing today.Tkatchenko said half of the component came from remaining funds from the XV Pacific Games while the National Government put up the remaining balance. “The savings from the Pacific Games helped fund a lot of the infrastructure development.”He further said “we also had a budget of close to over K30 million so that we get the facilities ready on time.” The funding covered the development of mini stadiums and the Bava sporting precinct which includes rugby union, soccer and touch footy fields, as well as the Sir John Guise Stadium. The mini stadiums have a seating capacity of 5,000 people.Tkatchenko said a further K30 million ($US 10 million) will be funded by FIFA to cover logistical and administrative costs of the tournament.last_img read more

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