Hornets out to repeat their success on the tennis court

first_img BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Holmdel returns all seven starters from 23-3 team I t is safe to say the Holmdel boys tennis team has emerged as one of the top teams in New Jersey.Last season the Hornets finished with an overall record of 23-3, winning the Monmouth County and Shore Conference tournaments. The team also made it to the Central Jersey Group III final in the NJSIAA state tournament.And this season, Holmdel has all seven starters from last year.“We’re definitely strong,” head coach Chuck Chelednik said. “We have a good and experienced team, and all of the guys improved and learned from last year. Our goals would be to repeat our performance last season.”The Hornets certainly have shown to be capable of replicating their success from last spring, surging to a 10-1 record to start the 2011 season. They are in first place in the Shore Conference A Central Division with a 3-0 mark.Competing in the Bryan Bennett Memorial Tennis Tournament at Delbarton School, Morristown, Holmdel defeated Delbarton for the first time in Chelednik’s 12 years as head coach. The Hornets advanced as far as the semifinals, where they lost to Morris Knolls, 3-2, on April 10.The Hornets also posted impressive victories over Shore Conference powers Christian Brothers Academy and Marlboro, both by identical scores of 5-0 last week. Chelednik noted that Holmdel has been posting wins even when the team’s top player, sophomore Derek Liu, has a record of 5-4 against the high-caliber competition the Hornets have been facing.Holmdel currently is undefeated in doubles matches. Seniors Neeve Nikoo and David Lyu are 10-0 and juniors Ganesh Natarajan and Michael Li are 7-0.“This is definitely one of the best teams I have coached since 2002 when we won the Tournament of Champions,” Chelednik said. “It’s another year with the same guys, with another year of experience. Other teams don’t have the depth and numbers we have, and that separates us from other teams.”Senior Charlie Seifer (8-3) plays second singles for Holmdel, and junior Daway Chou-Ren (6-2) plays third singles. Freshman Sam Joynson (6-0) and senior JacobYang (3-0) have undefeated personal records.On Sunday, the Hornets topped St. Augustine, 4-1, andLenape, 4-1, to advance to the Moorestown Classic championship match, which has yet to be scheduled because Saturday’s matches were rained out.The Hornets, who hosted the first annual Holmdel Tennis Classic on Wednesday, are slated to face Red Bank Regional and Raritan on Thursday.This year’s Shore Conference Tournament begins with first-round action on April 29. The Hornets will no doubt be the top seed.The Monmouth County Flights Tournament will be heldApril 29 through May 1 at Tindall Park in Middletown.last_img read more

Fulham secure return to English Premier League

first_img RICHEST SINGLE GAME LONDON (AP): Fulham secured a return to the Premier League after four years away and a windfall of at least US$210 million by beating Aston Villa 1-0 in the second-tier English playoff final yesterday. Tom Cairney netted probably the most lucrative goal he’ll ever score by calmly sidefooting home a finish in the 23rd minute at Wembley Stadium, ensuring that Fulham joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and Cardiff in getting promoted from the League Championship. Villa, captained by former Chelsea defender John Terry and seeking to get back in the top flight after a two-year absence, dominated the second half and Fulham’s players’ bid to defend their lead was made even harder when defender Denis Odoi was sent off in the 70th minute for a second yellow card. They succeeded and will play in the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2014 ended 13 straight seasons in the world’s wealthiest and most-watched division. By winning the sport’s richest single game, Fulham guaranteed future additional revenue of at least US$210 million from prize money and broadcast deals, according to the sports business group of accountancy firm Deloitte. Fulham finished third in the regular season, making them the highest placed of the four teams that entered the playoffs. Many pundits felt that Slavisa Jokanovic’s side played the best football in the second tier. “After we missed out on promotion, a lot of people wrote us off,” Cairney said. “We got a lot of stick, but football won today. Football won.” Fulham is owned by Shahid Khan, who recently placed an offer to buy Wembley for about 600 million pounds ($840 million). He also owns Jacksonville Jaguars and wants an NFL presence in London.last_img read more

‘Shaw the perfect role model’

first_img In a release, Grange expressed similar views. “Khadija has been a great role model not just on the football field but also with her league team, the Lady Volunteers, and her national team, the Reggae Girlz. She has demonstrated the ability to rise above personal tragedy by keeping her eye on the ball. “It must have been very difficult to have lost four brothers and still find the fortitude to pursue her dreams. It gives me even greater pleasure in congratulating her knowing that she is from Spanish Town. I want young ladies across the country to look at her and the other Reggae Girlz and see what is possible in life,” her statement said. Grange is the member of Parliament for St Catherine Central, which also includes Spanish Town. Grange added that the award was even more significant since Shaw was the first female winner. “The world is taking notice of Jamaica’s women’s football and this is further encouragement to players at all levels that despite their circumstances, with the right attitude, approach, and support, they can make it on the international stage,” Grange said. Menzies also said that Shaw deserved the award. “As was explained in the (Guardian) article, Khadija has been through a lot of adversity, but she has set goals and wants to achieve them … and she is on target.” he said. “It (award) will create a lot of respect for her from her teammates, the media, and people who are just getting to know who she really is,” he added. Similar views National senior women’s coach Hue Menzies and Minister of Sport Olivia Grange have described 21-year-old football star Khadija ‘Bunny’ Shaw as an exceptional role model for the nation’s young females. Both Menzies and Grange said Shaw is a shining example for young ladies faced with adversity after she became the third recipient of the United Kingdom’s The Guardian newspaper’s Footballer of the Year award yesterday. Shaw, Jamaica’s leading player in the historic qualification for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France next year, joins other world superstars such as Italian Fabio Piscane in 2016 and Spain’s and Manchester United’s, Juan Mata in 2017, as winners of the award. The award was conceptualised three years ago and is bestowed on a player who has done something remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others, or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty, and Shaw was the person the Guardian thought best matched these criteria in 2018. “Most young ladies who live in poor communities that are struggling should look up to Khadija,” Menzies told The Gleaner. “She is a perfect role model. She has created history for her country, family, and her community. You can’t have a better person for those young girls to look up to.”last_img read more

SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet

first_imgMOST READ Filipino boxer John Marvin loses in his light heavyweight match in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—John Marvin failed to defend his title after suffering a brutal split decision, 3-2, to Vietnam’s Dinh Hoang Truong in the boxing light heavyweight quarterfinal of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Thursday at PICC Forum.Truong landed a cracking right overhand in the middle of Marvin’s guard, sending the 2017 SEA Games gold medalist to the mat in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT ‘People evacuated on their own’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Marvin is the first Filipino boxer to get eliminated so far in the tournament. SEA Games: Gilas Women overcome Indonesia to jumpstart gold bidcenter_img Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations View comments Marvin tried to fight fire with fire in the second and third rounds to get the judges’ favor but Truong had built enough of a lead to escape with the win and advance to the semifinals.“This is boxing, you win some, you lose some. I’m humble in victory as I’m humble in defeat,” said Marvin who shared an emotional moment with 2017 middleweight gold medalist Eumir Marcial after the bout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Marvin landed his own 1-2 combinations in the third round and even connecting with booming right hook but Truong’s knockdown in the first round was too big of a difference for the Fil-Brit to close out.“He was the better fighter, I didn’t bring it. It’s a shame I didn’t defend my title but there’s always next time. What’s happened is done now he’s taken the victory and good luck to him to the rest of the tournament.”last_img read more

2012 Year in Review – Top stories from October to December

first_img Four temporary foreign workers from Mexico who worked at two Tim Hortons locations in Dawson Creek, B.C., launched a human rights complaint against their boss in early November. They say Tony Van Den Bosch charged them double rent, called them “Mexican idiots”, said he owned their lives and regularly asked for their passports. Tim Hortons has not denied the allegations, but says Van Den Bosch has not been with the chain since July. Budnick sentenced to two more years in jail Over a year after he plead guilty to unlawful confinement, aggravated assault, and uttering threats, Sean Budnick has been sentenced to two more years in jail in November. His sentencing was delayed several times to allow for his continued rehabilitation. Budnick was the subject of a Canada-wide manhunt, after assaulting his girlfriend in February 2011. Fort St. John unofficially breaks snowfall recordAdvertisement Backlash over local wolf hunt contest Despite being in its third year, a local wolf hunt contest received criticism after an article was published about it in the Vancouver Sun in November. Pacific Wild, a conservation group, has hired lawyers to try and prove the contest is illegal, calling it a “lottery scheme”. The Rod and Gun Club maintains that it operates within rules of provincial legislation and regulations for hunting and gaming, and all contestants must have a valid hunting licence. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations, has been quoted as saying it does not break any provincial wildlife regulations, and provincial gaming officials have said it does not need a permit as it is skill-based. Public raises concerns about use of new chemical at Peace Valley OSB- Advertisement – While an announcement that the Peace Valley OSB is applying to the Ministry of Environment to use a new resin called MDI in its production went relatively unnoticed, it took the attention of one of the residents who protested against it ten years ago to bring it to the spotlight. On short notice Sandra Cushway organized a public meeting in December that was rife with concerns from the public about health issues the chemical has been linked to in the past. Mill Manager Ian Coote maintains there is no public safety risk. Louisiana Pacific announced in November is buying out Canfor’s shares in PVOSB for an estimated $75 million. Dawson Creek Tim Hortons workers launch human rights complaintAdvertisement After a relatively mild winter last year, and historically dry summer this year, Fort St. John received over 200 centimetres of snow in the last three months of the year. The Energetic City received a near-record 87 centimetres  of snowfall in October and above average 54.7 centimetres in November. December’s total has yet to be confirmed by Environment Canada.last_img read more

Klopp relaxed about Sterling reunion

first_imgThe England forward’s conduct was criticised by Liverpool greats including Steven Gerrard and Graeme Souness and he can expect a hostile reception from the away fans at the Etihad Stadium, but Klopp said it will be nothing that has not happened inside a football ground before.“That’s football. It’s normal in football that former players play against their old club or whatever,” the German told his pre-game press conference.“It’s absolutely normal and nothing special. I don’t know how many friends Raheem had here or has here.“He played here for a long time, had a good time here. I’ve heard no bad words about him. Good player, good boy, so (let’s be) friendly, shake hands, then it’s football.”Liverpool drew the first three games of Klopp’s reign before reeling off three successive wins, including an impressive 3-1 victory away to defending champions Chelsea on the last day in October.But they lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace in their last league game before the international break and go into the weekend seven points off the Champions League places in 10th place.The consensus over the campaign’s opening weeks was that City were the division’s outstanding team as Manuel Pellegrini’s team won their first five matches without conceding a goal.But their level has dipped since then as injuries have taken a toll and they have won only three of their last seven league matches, culminating in a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa on their last outing.– Aguero hopeful –It has allowed the chasing pack to close in and the concertina effect at the top of the table means that although City enter the weekend as leaders — above Arsenal on goal difference — they could be as low as fourth in the standings by the time the game kicks off.The two-week international break has given Pellegrini time to recover some of his injured players and striker Sergio Aguero has revealed that he hopes to feature on Saturday after seven games out with a hamstring injury.Aguero’s fellow striker Wilfried Bony is a doubt, but playmaker David Silva is also thought to be nearing a return after a seven-match absence with a knee problem.Another player coming up against his former club will be James Milner, who left City for Liverpool during the close season, and Aguero is wary of the impact that the hard-working England midfielder might have.“He’s a great player, though it will be odd to see him wearing another team’s colours,” the Argentine told the City website.“He is a true professional and I’m sure he’s going to come against us with everything he’s got.”While City’s fans will be delighted at the prospect of seeing Aguero back in a sky blue shirt, Liverpool could also welcome back their key striker if Daniel Sturridge can prove his fitness in time.The former City man has not played for Klopp yet after hurting his knee in training, but the German said there was a chance he could feature.Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is nearing a comeback after three months out with a heel problem and a broken foot, but he is not expected to be back in full training until next week.Liverpool have not won at City in six league games — a run stretching back to October 2008 — but prevailed 2-1 when the sides last met at Anfield in March.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (R) scores the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain, 29 August 2015. PHOTO/EFELIVERPOOL, November 20- Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling will be one of several players facing a former club when Liverpool visit on Saturday, but Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has played down the significance of the reunion.Sterling, 20, felt the ire of Liverpool’s supporters after rejecting a contract offer from the club at the end of last season and subsequently joined City in a deal that could be worth up to £49 million ($74.9 million, 69.8 million euros).last_img read more

Mourinho praises Shaw’s attitude

first_imgThe 21-year-old played what Mourinho described as a “safe 45 minutes” in an effort not to rush his return, and drew praise from his new boss.“When I found Luke at the training ground, it was a surprise for me because I thought he couldn’t be ready to train without any type of limitation, but he did fantastic in the summer. He sacrificed his holiday,” Mourinho explained.“He stayed in Manchester and was at the training ground every day, putting himself in condition. Of course, you lose a bit of sharpness of condition and confidence, that is normal, but he is trying hard.”The former Southampton full-back looked in good condition and not short of fitness on his return, a stark contrast from his first pre-season with the club where he was criticised for appearing to be overweight.Speaking prior to the 2-0 win over Wigan, Shaw expressed his delight at being back in training.“It feels really good,” Shaw told the club’s official website. “I don’t know really how to describe it, it was a really tough last eight or nine months until I got out on the training pitch and ever since then I haven’t looked back.“From now on I’m just going to look forward and carry on doing what I did last year from the start.“Everyone helped from the club and from outside the club. My family and friends played a massive part in it.“Obviously I have said it before, but here’s a big ‘thank you’ to the staff here who have looked after me really well and have got me back on the pitch.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000UNITED KINGDOM, July 18 – Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Luke Shaw’s work ethic after the left-back returned to action following 10 months on the sidelines.Shaw turned out in United’s pre-season clash with Wigan on Saturday, his first appearance since suffering a double fracture of his right leg last September against PSV Eindhoven.last_img read more

Public’s help sought in 2 Rosamond shootings

first_imgROSAMOND – Kern County sheriff’s deputies asked Wednesday for public assistance in the investigation of two separate shootings Sunday night in Rosamond. Shots were fired between 9 and 11 from a vehicle into homes about a quarter mile apart, in the 1000 block of Barrington Avenue and the 3700 block of Hatcher Avenue, sheriff’s Sgt. Richard Wood said. No one was injured. It is not clear whether the same shooter was involved in both cases, Wood said, noting that a witness spotted two people in one of the incidents. Wood said the random element was a concern. “It’s unusual in that the victims’ homes have no gang affiliation,” he said. “It could have been anyone.” Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to call the Rosamond sheriff’s substation (661) 256-9700. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

This doctor still makes house calls

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“A lot of clients are elderly people who can’t make it into a vet’s office anymore with their pets, or the pet is too old and frail for them to take in. Other people call because they want their old, sick pet to die peacefully at home where they can be with them,” said Garcia, who received his veterinary degree from the University of Miami six years ago. “There’s also less stress, fear and trauma, which often occurs when animals are removed from familiar surroundings. They respond better treated in their own homes.” The mobile vet van was patterned, in large part, on mobile military medical transports that treat wounded troops in the field. How hot is Garcia’s traveling pet hospital? “I’ve already gotten calls from three producers who want to do a reality TV show on the business,” he said. For more information, call (818) 346-7387 or see www.pawsandclawsmobilevet.com. Last week’s column on the Department of Motor Vehicles’ new program making it easier for people to become organ donors brought an interesting response from David Undis, executive director of LifeSharers, a Nashville, Tenn., nonprofit that registers organ donors. “The California DMV deserves congratulations for making it easier to register as an organ donor, but unfortunately too many people remain unwilling to register,” Undis said. “There is a simple solution – give organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. “It will make the system fairer. About 60 percent of the organs transplanted in the United States go to people who haven’t agreed to donate their own organs when they die. “People who aren’t willing to share the gift of life should go to the back of the waiting list as long as there is a shortage of organs.” So, what do you think? There must be something in the water at Woodland Park West, an independent and assisted retirement living facility in Woodland Hills. Resident Bea Fine turned 100 this week and celebrated the milestone with her girlfriends – Molly Marcus, 105, Dolly Riskin, 102, and Helen Rosen, 101. “Molly still does her own laundry, Dolly plays cards and bingo, and Bea crochets for our charity groups,” said social director Ann Studikoff. And Helen? She’s busy putting the moves on her boss, Ann says, laughing. Happy birthday, girls. Don’t stop. And finally, if you’re out and around the Valley on Saturday, take the kids to show off their pets at the 2006 Pet Fair, hosted by Kiwanis Clubs in the West San Fernando Valley. Proceeds will benefit CATS – Children’s Assault Treatment Services – at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. There will be pet competitions in categories including fastest eater, best costume, mystery mutt and more. There will also be agility demonstrations, feeding and grooming clinics, obedience and veterinarian clinics. The fair will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Disabled American Veterans Hall, 6543 Corbin Ave., Tarzana. To register for competitions or for more information, call (818) 886-9128 or see www.kiwanispetfest.org. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Odds and ends from around the Valley: We mortal humans might be hard-pressed to find a doctor to make a house call when we’re too sick to make it into a medical office, but our dogs and cats? No problem. One of the busiest veterinarians in the Valley these days is Rick Garcia, whose office for the past 10 months has been a full-service medical and surgical hospital on wheels. Paws & Claws Mobile Vet has been booked solid with pet house calls stretching from Granada Hills to Santa Clarita. last_img read more

‘West Ham can’t afford to wait for Joe Hart to find his form’, says Carlton Cole

first_imgCarton Cole says West Ham can’t afford to wait for Joe Hart to rediscover his best form.The England number one is set to be left out of the Hammers’ starting line-up for the visit of Chelsea on Satuday, with boss David Moyes expected to opt for Adrian between the sticks.Hart’s arrival in the summer on a season-long loan from Manchester City was regarded as a major coup by West Ham chiefs.But he has endured an erratic start to his spell at the London Stadium and, while Cole rates Hart as a ‘fantastic goalkeeper’, he understands Moyes’ decision to sideline the 30-year-old.The former Hammers striker said: “He has gone through a bad patch for a little while. He is trying to find his form but can West Ham afford to be waiting around for Joe Hart to show his form?“I don’t know if we can wait for that at the moment.“West Ham fans like people that play with passion and Adrian has showed a lot of that over the years.“He might not be the best goalkeeper in the world but he knows what the club is about and what the club needs.”last_img read more