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Marlboro edges SJV in No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney’s Alison Regler kicks the pass of Marlboro’s Jenna Gatto during Saturday’s game at Roselle Catholic High School. Mustangs hold off fourth-quarter rally in 45-43 win By tim morris FARRAH MAFFAI St. John Vianney guard Shantel Brown tries to drive past Marlboro’s Brina Pollack during Saturday’s game at Roselle Catholic High School. Staff Writer When No. 1 meets No. 2, you expect a clash of wills and a highly competitive, closely fought battle that isn’t decided until the end. Saturday’s Marlboro-St. John Vianney girls’ basketball game before a standing-room-only crowd at Roselle Catholic High School may not have been artistic, but it provided the kind of drama anticipated from a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup. In the end, undefeated and No. 1 Marlboro held off No. 2 St. John Vianney, 45-43, and won, perhaps, the biggest game in school history. Marlboro had been in control of the game throughout, but the gutsy Lancers had found a way to stay close, and with time expiring in regulation, Cheri Wittlieb drove the baseline looking to tie it up for SJV. She ran into the Mustangs Chakhia Cole, who blocked the ball out of bounds off Wittlieb. On the sidelines, both benches waited with baited breath to see if there would be a foul call. The referee pointed to the end line, signaling the ball belonged to Marlboro with one second to go. The game belonged to the Mustangs. “I didn’t think we’d get the call,” said Marlboro coach Craig Uplinger. “When we got the call, it was pure joy.” Although ranked No. 1 in the state and 17th nationally, the Mustangs had looked at themselves as the team with something to prove against St. John Vianney, Holmdel, which has been the standard-bearer for girls’ basketball in the Garden State for more than a decade. “We have so much respect for St. John Vianney,” said the Mustangs’ Jenna Gatto, who gave the Lancers fits with her 10 points and eight rebounds. “You like to play a game like this where both teams leave it all on the court.” That much the two teams did. Following a seesaw first quarter where Marlboro led 12-10 on Sharnee Zoll’s jumper, the Mustangs used a 10-0 early in the second quarter to take charge, 22-12. Brina Pollack scored six straight points during the run, including a three-pointer. Sarah Tanen came up with a big put-back off a Pollack missed free throw that pushed the lead to 20-12, and then the center scored off a feed from Zoll to push the lead to double-digits. Two free throws from Gatto gave Marlboro a 24-16 cushion at the half. St. John Vianney was lucky to still be in the game off 4-24 shooting. Marlboro’s underrated defense (which may not be underrated any longer) had a lot to do with it. SJV can wear defenses down with its patient offense centered around ball movement and screens. It just takes a moment’s loss of concentration by a defender, and a Lancer cutter is heading to the basket for an uncontested layup, or sticking an open jumper. “People look at us and talk about our athleticism and speed, but what you saw tonight was pretty good discipline on defense,” said Uplinger. “The kids play well together; they communicate and rotate. “Tonight we knew we were going up against a very disciplined offense that runs its sets,” he added. At the start of the third quarter, things didn’t get any better for the Lancers. A 6-0 Marlboro run, sparked by four points from Gatto, extended the lead to 12, 30-18. The Mustangs were facing a pretty good defense themselves that put more pressure on the ball than they are used to seeing. “Against their half-court defense we wanted to run the pick-and-roll, look for matchups and open lanes,” said Uplinger Gatto was especially effective finding the open space. Wittlieb and Shannon Coyle would get the Lancers back, igniting a 7-0 run with long-range shots that included a trey from Coyle that cut the lead to five, 30-25. Wittlieb said it was a matter of the Lancers never straying from the game plan. “We knew that the only way to win was if we kept our heads into it even when our shots weren’t falling,” she said. “We were rushing our shots in the first half. In the second we had some girls who stepped it up for us.” Marlboro held a 34-28 lead entering the fourth quarter, and Cole, who had turned an ankle in the second quarter, began to assert herself. A free throw and a layup off a nicely executed pick-and-roll stretched the lead to 37-28. But back came the Lancers with Wittlieb hitting from the outside and Coyle nailing another three-pointer. It was now 37-33 with 5:29 remaining. Gatto put the lead back to six, but the red hot Coyle would connect from beyond the arc one more time, and it was down to a one possession game, 39-36. Cole upped it to 41-36 on a drive to the basket, but it was raining threes on the Lancers’ end of the floor as Lindsay Orosz scored from beyond the arc to make it 41-39 with 3:05 remaining. Sarah Tanen, one of Marlboro’s unsung heroes with her rebounding and physical presence in the paint, scored to make it 44-39 with just over 2:00 remaining. But the Lancers were not through. Orosz and Wittlieb scored to cut it to 44-43 with 1:06 remaining. With 19 seconds left, the Lancers were forced to foul and Pollack went to the line. She made one of two for a 45-43 Marlboro lead. St. John Vianney misfired on its possession, and Cole rebounded and got fouled. She missed the front end of the one-and-one, and SJV had one last chance to tie or win with nine seconds. When Cole blocked Wittlieb’s drive, Marlboro had withstood the Lancers’ big comeback and attained the signature win that gives them legitimacy and solidifies their No. 1 ranking. “We’ve been talking about taking the next step,” said Uplinger. “You can’t ask for more in a game. It went right down to the wire.” Pollack led Marlboro (17-0) with 11 points. Gatto and Cole each netted 10. Leading the Lancers (14-2) was Wittlieb who had a game-high 14. Coyle had nine. As much as Marlboro was looking forward to playing the Lancers and having the chance to get that signature win, SJV was just as excited about playing the Mustangs. “We look forward to challenges like this,” said Wittlieb. “Marlboro is the best team around and it’s good experience for later in the season when we play in the Shore Conference and the states. “This was a loss, but we can take a lot of positives from it,” she added. There was a feeling on the part of both teams that they are going to meet again, probably at the Shore Conference Tournament where they will be the top two seeds. Saturday’s game left room for both teams to think they will be better in the anticipated rematch. For Marlboro, point guard Sharnee Zoll was shackled with foul trouble and played the fourth quarter with four fouls. Tanen was in foul difficulty herself. Then there is Cole, who twisted her ankle early in the second quarter and wasn’t fully mobile in the second half. For SJV, point guard Shantel Brown missed most of the second half with an injury, and even without her, the Lancers were able to mount a comeback. They were effective at making Marlboro play at a slower pace than the Mustangs wanted, and, of course, the Lancers don’t figure to shoot that poorly again.
UEFA is not investigating Manchester City under Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules after the Spanish football league (LFP) called for an inquiry into the English club and backed the decision of European soccer’s governing body to look into Paris St Germain’s spending.The LFP called for UEFA to look into the two clubs’ finances after they each splashed out over 200 million pounds in the last transfer window.“PSG and Man City’s funding by state-aid distorts European competitions and creates an inflationary spiral that is irreparably harming the football industry,” LFP president Javier Tebas said in a statement on Monday.PSG have been owned by the Qatar Sports Investment fund since 2011 and Premier League City were bought by The Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008.La Liga requested that they be investigated in August, saying both clubs have sponsorships which “make no economic sense and lack fair value”.“There is no investigation into Manchester City with regards to FFP regulations. Any reports mentioning such an investigation are unsubstantiated,” UEFA said in a statement.UEFA opened a formal investigation last week into PSG to see if their transfer spending has contravened the break-even rules of FFP.“PSG is a habitual offender and has been violating UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations for years,” Tebas added.“It is important that UEFA doesn’t just look at the most recent player transfers, but at PSG’s history of non-compliance. The transfers are merely the result of years of financial doping at PSG,” he said.The French club signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record fee of 222 million euros.City brought in seven players including Bernardo Silva, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy for a combined 215 million pounds, more than any other club has spent in a single transfer window.Manchester City said they had no comment to make about the situation. PSG were not immediately available to respond.
The first instalment of what Formula One fans hope will be a genuine season-long tussle kicks off on Sunday as four-time champions Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel lock horns at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.This year marks the first that two quadruple champions are competing in the same season and their battle to see who joins Argentine legend Juan Manuel Fangio in second place on the all-time list with five titles promises to light up the series.Michael Schumacher leads the way on seven world titles.Hamilton emerged well on top for Mercedes at the end of 2017 after Ferrari’s Vettel made the early running, but their rivalry added plenty of spice, the pair banging wheels on the track in Azerbaijan and exchanging threats off it.Hopes are high for more tense duelling to spark interest in a championship that has generally proved a procession for the Silver Arrows, who have swept the drivers’ and constructors championships in each of the past four years.Much will depend on whether Ferrari’s SF71H can keep German Vettel within striking distance of Hamilton in his Mercedes W09, which the Briton raved about during pre-season testing.On that score, the jury is out.Lap times at testing can be misleading but there remains a conviction that Mercedes will head into Sunday’s race at Albert Park, as always, the team to beat.“We know that Mercedes is a little bit ahead of everyone and is dominating the sport for the last four years,” McLaren’s twice world champion Fernando Alonso told Reuters on Wednesday.“And they are the big favourites again to start the new season.”PERFECT TARGETMercedes are eager to see what the W09 can do at the lakeside circuit in Melbourne, with technical director James Allison saying it would “blow away” the W08 which garnered 12 race wins in 2017 and a fourth consecutive constructors’ title.Hamilton, however, was guarded about their opening weekend prospects, believing Red Bull could be as much a threat to the Silver Arrows as Ferrari.“I think at this time of the year everyone is trying to hype someone else up and we are the perfect target because we are the world champions,” the Briton said at a Melbourne event with sponsor Petronas on Wednesday.“From what I understand, I think Red Bull and Ferrari are very close. Potentially we are either level, just behind or maybe just ahead of the Red Bulls as far as I’m aware.”Ferrari have kept a low profile in the lead-up to the race but home hope and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo emerged on Wednesday to express hope for a “statement” performance.“Every year, the team works hard to build a fast car but, come testing, we’ve never really had much to show for it,” the Australian told reporters.“This year, we obviously had a bit more so, from a team perspective, we’re feeling much more prepared.”There will be fingers crossed in the McLaren garage as Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne put the new Renault-powered car through its paces, the once formidable outfit having split with Honda after three miserable years.Albert Park will see a number of debuts, with Formula Two’s Monegasque champion Charles Leclerc and Russian Sergey Sirotkin having their first races for Sauber and Williams respectively.The much-maligned halo, a cockpit head protection system, will also make its race debut along with ‘Grid Kids’, aspiring young drivers who have replaced the female models who paraded on track in seasons past.
By Frank PingueNEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic’s U.S. Open title defence came unstuck on Sunday when a nagging shoulder injury forced the world number one to retire from his fourth-round match against Stan Wawrinka, prompting a chorus of boos from the crowd at Flushing Meadows.Wawrinka was leading 6-4 7-5 2-1 when Djokovic decided he could not continue, the pair embracing at the side of the court before the Serb walked off with his head down low but his left thumb stuck high in the air.“The pain was constant for weeks now. Some days higher, some days with less intensity, and obviously taking different stuff to kill the pain instantly,” said Djokovic, who has won the U.S. Open three times.“Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.“You just know when you know, I guess, when you feel like you’re not able to hit the shot anymore.”After dropping the second set, Djokovic immediately called for medical attention and sat courtside without his shirt on while the trainer gave him a massage.He returned to the court but the 16-times Grand Slam winner was still clearly hampered by the issue and after being broken to love following a double fault decided he could not go on.The shoulder injury nearly saw Djokovic retire from his second-round match on Wednesday but the 32-year-old seemed to have recovered by Friday, saying he was almost pain-free after winning in straight sets to reach the last 16.While frustrated in his bid to inch closer to Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20 career Grand Slam titles, Djokovic was confident there would be plenty more chances to add to his collection.“It’s a long road ahead hopefully for me,” he said. “I hope I can play for many more years. I’m planning to. I mean, I don’t see an end behind the corner at all.“Now it’s a matter of keeping my body and mind in shape and trying to still peak at these kind of events that are majors and that are the most significant in our sport.”Djokovic was off the pace in a lacklustre first set against three-times Grand Slam champion Wawrinka but seemed to right the ship in the second when he took a 4-1 lead.But a determined Wawrinka, with his serve clicking, fought his way back and twice held to love en route to taking the set for a 2-0 lead.Wawrinka, who had not faced Djokovic since beating him in the 2016 U.S. Open final, said he could see his opponent was struggling but did his best to focus on his own game.“For sure I could see some little thing that he was in trouble,” said Wawrinka, who will face Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev in the quarter-finals.“But I was most likely, most of the time, focused on myself because I know how well he can fight. I know how well he can come back. Doesn’t matter how he’s feeling on the court, and that’s what I was focusing on.” Results from the Grand Slam, US Open Men’s Singles matches on Sunday .. 3rd Round .. Andrey Rublev (RUS) beat 28-Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 7-6 7-6(5) 6-3 .. 4th Round .. 5-Daniil Medvedev (RUS) beat Dominik Koepfer (GER) 3-6 6-3 6-2 7-6(2) 3-Roger Federer (SUI) beat 15-David Goffin (BEL) 6-2 6-2 6-0 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) beat Alex De Minaur (AUS) 7-5 6-3 6-4 Results from the Grand Slam, US Open Women’s Singles matches on Sunday .. 3rd Round .. 13-Belinda Bencic (SUI) beat 21-Anett Kontaveit (EST) (Walkover) .. 4th Round .. 5-Elina Svitolina (UKR) beat 10-Madison Keys (USA) 7-5 6-4 16-Johanna Konta (GBR) beat 3-Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-7(1) 6-3 7-5 8-Serena Williams (USA) beat 22-Petra Martic (CRO) 6-3 6-4 18-Qiang Wang (CHN) beat 2-Ashleigh Barty (AUS) 6-2 6-4
Promotions in gear Following a drop in the number of entrants for this season Southern Conference Basketball (SBC) Howard McCathy Community Basketball League, SBC president, Calvin Martin, says that his organisation will try a number of promotional activities to revive some former teams and encourage youth participation and development. According to the former Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) interim president, the SBC has mandated that all participating teams should have an under-13 group and will also host a test tournament during the course of the season, which tips off at Pembroke Hall Courts next Saturday at 3:00 p.m. They will host a number of basketball activities in participating communities and the communities of former clubs to help rejuvenate some dormant teams. “We have less teams this year, we only have 20 this year and we had 25 last season. There have been a lot of reasons (for teams dropping out), there’s financial, some teams don’t want to go to certain places, while some teams no longer exist. “So we are seeking to do some promotional things in the communities of teams that don’t exist again and bring back some of the old teams like Rollington Town, Franklyn Town, Seaview, Bull Bay, Olympic Way, and Liguanea Lions. “We are planning to do some work during this league. We will do some 3-on-3 tournaments. We will also start a community under-13, as we are trying to get all the teams to have an under-13 group,” he said. “Most have their under-13 team as they have been mandated to. The only club that may not have an under-13 team is Police. We are looking to have that in tournament format.The tournament will be done in three parts. There will be the preliminaries on the first two days, and on the final day, there will be a playoffs with the top four teams,” he explained. However, he noted that there may be an issue with adequate venues but believes, there are enough playing courts to accommodate the tournament. “We will be using our regular courts. The opening will be at Pembroke Hall, but there will not many games there apart from the opening because Pembroke Hall is not playing. “The others (courts) are Edgewater, Majesty Gardens, Payne Land, Arnett Gardens, and Harbour View. We are hoping Rae Town can host some games and we were thinking of going to Spanish Town, but with the state of emergency, we decided not to go, although (Spanish Town) Spartans has a brand-new court,” he said.
The National Port Authority (NPA), in collaboration with APM Terminals and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) has auctioned abandoned container units through sealed bids. The containers had overstayed within the premises at the Freeport of Monrovia for over three months or more.The auction indicates that several 40 feet and 20 feet containers had stayed for 90 days or above while loose cargoes (pallet drinks and Water) have also stayed for more than 90 days. Included among the auctioned items were several abandoned vehicles.The auction of these items was due to failure on the part of the importers to meet up with their storage payments for these entities.The exercise, which took place on Saturday, May 9, at the head office of the port, brought together 400 hundred business people and individuals who applied for them through sealed bids advertised in the local dailies.Sekou Korleh, Executive Director for Government and International Affairs at the Freeport of Monrovia, told the audience that before they came up with these auctions management of these entities granted importers of the cargoes additional ten working days– February 17-27—to have their cargoes cleared with all pertinent shipping documents presented and storage bills paid.Based on that, he said, nobody turned up to show ownership of them and, as a result, management decided to auction them to the public through sealed bids.“Further delays in clearance will lead to accumulation of customs duties, storage and warehouse rent charges,” said Mr. Korleh. “Prolonged stay may lead to the goods being deemed abandoned to be disposed of through auction to create space for incoming cargo.”He said the entire process was followed in sequence where bidders bought the auction booklet and marked the items they were interested in.Commenting further on the abandoned items at the port, Mr. Korleh added that, “If you went to America and received 20 mattresses in a container free of charge and the port there (in America) asked you to pay US$1,500 for shipment to Liberia, when the goods arrive here (Liberia) then we ask you to pay another US$1,500 and you have not paid for freight, just calculate all the expenses; maybe it would amount to US$5,000 to US$6,000. The owner will definitely abandon them and leave.”For his part, Wounpay Doe, Acting Manager for Trade Facilitation at LRA, said the entity is there to collect the lawful taxes that belong to government.Mr. Doe noted that when it comes to auctions the LRA believes in the laws, because the entity wants to ensure that government receives its lawful revenues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,I thank the Caribbean Voice for highlighting the language of suicide as the global suicide crisis intensifies. Guyana is one of the most affected countries in the world, but this should not misdirect people in regard to the global crisis that exists. Guyana is a part of this global public health crisis.The language of suicide reflects our larger misunderstanding and lack of knowledge surrounding a genuine public health scourge. Even people with good intentions and dedication in the fight against suicide often speak with loose tongue, and even “mis-speak”.I am equally guilty, and I regret that I was not more careful in the past. This is therefore not a criticism of anyone; it is a plea for all of us to do a better job in the fight against suicide. We can start with the language we use.We often — even for those of us who have highlighted this problem — refer to people “committing suicide”. People do not commit suicide, people die from suicide. Think about it. People do not commit diabetes or heart attack or cancer. They die from such conditions. People do not commit AIDS, they die from AIDS.When several persons jumped off the World Trade Center during September 2001 (9/11), what exactly did they commit? They did not commit suicide. They died from jumping to the ground. They did not commit jumping. Like suicide, people made a choice, having been driven by extreme circumstances. They were victims of the special circumstances.When someone dies from suicide, that person has died because circumstances led them to that path. Just like cancer eats away our physical health and eventually leads to death; and just like heart conditions cause a deterioration of the heart, which eventually leads to death, just so do mental conditions lead to the failure of people’s mental capacities, and cause death.In earlier times, we treated suicide as a crime. Guyana and many other countries, and several States in the USA, still have laws in the books that deem suicide a crime, even if these laws are ignored. It is that view of suicide that has led to language such as “committing suicide”. Thankfully, laws are changing, but our language has not changed.The residue of shame associated with a crime remains attached to suicide. Our brothers and sisters; our children; our moms and dads; our relatives and friends, who died because of suicide, did not commit a crime.For those of us who genuinely want to help fight against the suicide scourge, it is alright to feel we can do more to prevent anyone from being a victim of suicide the way someone becomes a victim of diabetes or cancer. But we should never have to feel shame because someone close to us died from suicide. To say that someone “committed” suicide feels offensive to me. It is absolutely inaccurate to say people “commit suicide”.With that said, I understand that many persons who are guilty — and I also have been in the past — of mis-characterizing the problem had never intended to add insult to injury.I decided to make this commentary not because I have a “bone to pick” with anyone; I simply humbly plead that we adopt the more accurate language. Stop saying people “commit suicide”; consider instead the more accurate expression: “dying by suicide”.By adopting more accurate language around suicide, we have the power to reduce some of the massive shame carried by suicide survivors. It is possible. Not so long ago, we faced the same problem with cancer survivors; and, more recently, with HIV survivors. For those of us in the fight against suicide, we must energize the fight by highlighting this problem of inaccurate language about suicide. We must offer a countercultural option, a genuine act of kindness. Although just a small step forward, the interpersonal and political impact is nothing but huge.In ending this note, please pay attention to this from Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls: “It is not seen as insane when a fighter, under an attack that will inevitably lead to his death, chooses to take his own life first. In fact, this act has been encouraged for centuries, and is accepted even now as an honourable reason to do the deed. How is it any different when you are under attack by your own mind?”Respectfully,Dr Leslie Ramsammy
– 1 in custodyTwo teenage sisters of Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) – 18-year-old Nimoutie Hiralall (aka Nikita) and 17-year-old Tresha Hiralall (aka Alia) – who had gone missing from their parents’ home on the night of Wednesday last, have been found.On the night of their disappearance, the girls were reportedly playing dominoes with their brother, Alex Harilall, who was called away to run an errand for their mother. Upon his return, he discovered the teens had disappeared, and duly informed his parents. The parents, Chandanie Hiralall (aka Shanta) and Deoraj Hiralall (aka Sunil), called the homes of neighbours and other relatives, but no one had seen the girls. The teens reportedly have no cellular phones, so their parents had no way to contact them.A report was subsequently made at the Enmore Police Station after the search for the teens had proved futile.Police officers found the girls on Friday last at Annandale, East Coast Demerara (ECD). They were reportedly being detained against their will, and Police have confirmed that a male suspect is in custody.The Guyana Times however understands that the younger teen had previously been found at the home of her alleged boyfriend who resides in Annandale. She had allegedly run away for two days, and it was only after someone had reported seeing her that she was found and returned home.Investigators are said to be questioning the suspect.
Argentina 19-man squadGoalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Sampdoria/ITA) Nahuel Guzman (Tigres UANL)Defenders: Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal/ESP), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City/ENG), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United/ENG), Santiago Vergini (Sunderland/ENG), Federico Fernandez (Swansea/ENG) Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Javier Pastore (PSG/FRA), Roberto Pereyra (Juventus/ITA), Angel Di Maria (Manchester United/ENG), Erik Lamela (Tottenham/ENG), Enzo Perez (Benfica/POR), Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica/POR) Strikers: Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City/ENG), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/ITA).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BUENOS AIRES, September 23- Argentina captain Lionel Messi was called up Monday by new coach Gerardo Martino for friendlies against Brazil and Hong Kong but Juventus striker Carlos Tevez was snubbed again.Messi, 27, returns for the Albiceleste after a groin injury saw him miss out on his former Barcelona coach Martino’s debut in a 4-2 friendly win against world champions Germany. Tevez was absent from the 19-man squad named Monday despite earlier press reports that he was set to return after three years in the international wilderness.The 30-year-old striker was shunned by former coach Alejandro Sabella but his successor was reported to be keen to see the 30-year-old forward return.Tevez scored 13 goals in 64 matches for Argentina between 2004 and 2011 before being frozen out.He won Premier League titles with United in 2008 and 2009 as well as the Champions League in 2008 before adding a third English title with City in 2012. His current club Juventus won the Serie A crown last season while in 2003 he lifted the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors. The Buenos Aires native is also a three-time South American player of the year (2003, 2004, 2005). Martino took over from Sabella who stepped down after leading the two-time global champions to the 2014 World Cup final where they were beaten 1-0 by Germany after extra-time. Argentina play Brazil in Beijing on October 10 and at Hong Kong four days later.