Sports Shorts The Central Jersey Devils fifth-grade boys basketball team will hold tryouts Jan. 10 and 17 from 5-7 p.m. at the Indian Hill School, Holmdel. The age requirements are fifth grade (no age limit), or any grade if born on or after Sept. 1, 1992. Please bring a birth certificate to the tryout. The team is looking for 11 dedicated players to represent the Central Jersey Devils. The goal is to become a competitive team immediately, and compete in the National Championship Tournament in Cocoa Beach, Fla., from July 18-25. This is a travel program. The team will enter tournaments whenever available. Some will be local, others will be regional. The team will be coached by Rich Bohny and Joe Russo. The team will also be assisted by Ben Candelino, a former high school basketball coach who has coached players who have since gone to the NBA. Please e-mail any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The St. Benedict’s Knights of Columbus Council No. 11349, Holmdel, will sponsor a basketball free throw and three-point competition for all boys ages 10-14 on Jan. 17 from 9-11 a.m. at the St. Benedict’s School gym on Bethany Road, Holmdel. No pre-registration is required. Winners advance in each age group to district level. For more information, contact John at (732) 290-3261.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer With a state-record 16 NJSIAA Meet of Champions titles, Tom Heath’s Christian Brothers Academy cross country team has done everything there is to do in the sport in New Jersey.Since the advent of national cross country championships, the Colts have broadened their horizon and proven what everyone in the state has known for years: they are among the best teams in the country.This fall has the potential to be the best ever for CBA’s harriers, and that is indeed saying a lot, especially coming off a 2010 season in which the Colts won their 16th MOC title, set the team average course record at Holmdel Park (16:05.23), won the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Qualifier, and finished fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals held in Portland, Ore.Despite the loss of perhaps the school’s finest cross country runner, Mike Mazzaccaro and dependable Dan Mykityshyn, CBA starts the season ranked No. 1 in the country by dyestat.com ESPNHS and Marc Bloom’s Super 25.Heath and the Colts welcome the lofty ranking and all that goes with it.“There’s nothing like being No. 1,” Heath said.There’s a good reason CBA is ranked No. 1. They return five of their top seven from that 2010 team that was so special. “They really thought they had a chance to win [the nationals last year],” said Heath. “In hindsight, we just didn’t run well enough.”The cross country season can be long, and last year’s sophomores are now juniors and better able to handle a season that the Colts plan to extend into December.George Kelly, who ran a 4:14 1,600 on the track this spring, is one of the four seniors leading the way for the 2011 Colts. Tom Gorman, Conrad Lippert and Scott Zapcic complete the senior class. They are all veterans of big races and form the nucleus of this team.Juniors Jack Boyle, William Bragg and Aaron Liberatore have all competed in the championship races for the Colts as well, and they know all about competing and performing under pressure.Joining this seasoned lineup is sophomore Mike McClemens, who has the potential to become one of CBA’s best before his career is over.In the team’s annual preseason time trials, the Colts’ potential was on full display. In the TT at Holmdel Park, they were half a second per runner behind last year’s courserecord setting team. But on their home course, they tore it up, beating the previous TT school record by 15 seconds a runner. “This is a different team,” said Heath. “It is significantly faster in 800-meter speed.” Heath said that 800-meter lead will translate into helping the Colts, who are always known for their closing speed, to run the first half of races quicker.In CBA’s first dual meet of the season, Sept. 13, they shut out a Freehold Township team ranked fifth in the state and eighth in the Northeast, placing their first six runners ahead of the Patriots’ first.The Colts will get their first big test of the season on Saturday, Sept. 24, when they return to Wappingers Falls, N.Y., for the Bowdoin Park Classic. Bowdoin Park will host the Nike Northeast Regional on Nov. 26. Heath wants his runners to get another preview of the course prior to the regional championship.Their next test is the Oct. 1 Shore Coaches Invitational, which traditionally begins the championship phase of the season with teams from all over the state descending upon Holmdel Park for the first time.This year’s Manhattan Invitational on Oct. 9 at famed Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, N.Y., could be very special because in addition to the Colts (who won last year), national No. 3 Shaker from Latham, N.Y., and No. 5 Palo Verdes from California are coming there to challenge the Colts. The top ranking will likely be on the line.The NJSIAA Group Championships are Nov. 12, and the MOC is Nov. 19 at Holmdel Park. Then it’s on to the Northeast Qualifier and, hopefully, to the Nike Cross Nationals on Dec. 3 in Portland for the Colts.
The draw for the English FA Cup quarter-finals was made on Monday and is as follows (Premier League unless stated).Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers (II)Bradford City (III) v Reading (II)Manchester United v ArsenalAston Villa v West Bromwich AlbionTies to be played over the weekend of March 7/8
Results from the French Open Men’s Singles Round 1 matches on Monday:yle Edmund (Britain) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 7-6(4) 6-7(7) 7-5 6-1Bjorn Fratangelo (U.S.) beat Sam Querrey (U.S.) 6-3 6-1 6-7(3) 6-3Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) 6-3 4-6 7-5 6-0Andrej Martin (Slovakia) beat Daniel Munoz (Spain) 6-2 6-3 4-6 6-4Mathias Bourgue (France) beat Jordi Samper (Spain) 7-5 7-6(5) 7-6(6)Marco Trungelliti (Argentina) beat 10-Marin Cilic (Croatia) 7-6(4) 3-6 6-4 6-2Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 6-4 5-7 7-5 2-6 6-316-Gilles Simon (France) beat Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) 7-6(5) 6-4 6-2Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat 33-Steve Johnson (U.S.) 7-5 6-4 7-5Guido Pella (Argentina) beat Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 6-2 3-6 6-2 6-3Jordan Thompson (Australia) beat Laslo Djere (Serbia) 6-3 6-4 7-55-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 6-1 7-5 6-322-Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 2-6 6-3 5-7 7-5 6-327-Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) beat Albert Montanes (Spain) 6-2 7-6(7) 7-6(5)Taro Daniel (Japan) beat Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 3-6 4-6 7-5 6-4 3-0 (Klizan retired)Adam Pavlasek (Czech Republic) beat Roberto Carballes (Spain) 6-2 4-6 6-3 1-6 6-13-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 4-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 6-423-Jack Sock (U.S.) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-3 7-5 3-6 6-7(3) 6-2Dustin Brown (Germany) beat Dudi Sela (Israel) 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5) 4-6 6-430-Jeremy Chardy (France) beat Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-2Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 6-4 2-6 6-2 6-48-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 6-3 6-2 7-6(5)Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) beat Denis Kudla (U.S.) 6-4 6-3 6-3 Results from the French Open Women’s’s Singles Round 1 matches on Monday:25-Irina Begu (Romania) beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands (U.S.) 5-7 6-1 6-3CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) beat Naomi Broady (Britain) 6-4 3-6 6-3Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) beat Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 2-6 6-4 6-2Johanna Larsson (Sweden) beat Magda Linette (Poland) 6-3 4-6 7-5Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) beat 7-Roberta Vinci (Italy) 6-1 6-32-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Bojana Jovanovski (Serbia) 6-0 6-2Caroline Garcia (France) beat Lesia Tsurenko (Ukraine) 6-3 7-5Annika Beck (Germany) beat Maryna Zanevska (Ukraine) 6-1 6-2Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Madison Brengle (U.S.) 6-2 6-3Shelby Rogers (U.S.) beat 17-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 3-6 6-4 6-3Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat 16-Sara Errani (Italy) 6-3 6-2Heather Watson (Britain) beat Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) 5-7 6-2 6-2Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) beat Alexandra Dulgheru (Romania) 6-1 6-36-Simona Halep (Romania) beat Nao Hibino (Japan) 6-2 6-013-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) beat Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) 4-6 6-1 6-4Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) beat Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 6-1 6-2Cagla Buyukakcay (Turkey) beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 5-7 7-6(2) 6-24-Garbine Muguruza Blanco (Spain) beat Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 3-6 6-3 6-3Myrtille Georges (France) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 6-7(7) 6-0 6-3Polona Hercog (Slovenia) beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino (Spain) 6-4 7-6(4)Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat 32-Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) 6-4 7-530-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) beat Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 6-4 7-519-Sloane Stephens (U.S.) beat Margarita Gasparyan (Russia) 6-4 6-3Veronica Cepede Royg (Paraguay) beat Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-2 6-2
Cristiano Ronaldo said Real Madrid’s late escape act against Sporting Lisbon should serve as a warning after the European champions staged a remarkable four-minute turnaround to open their Champions League defence with a 2-1 win on Wednesday.Ronaldo denied his boyhood club a famous win by cancelling out Bruno Cesar’s opener with a free-kick in the 89th minute, before substitute Alvaro Morata continued Real’s proud tradition of great European comebacks by grabbing a 93rd minute winner.Despite a euphoric atmosphere at the Bernabeu Stadium at full time, Ronaldo issued a warning to his team mates.“This is what Real Madrid is all about and comebacks like these form part of the mystique of this stadium — but this needs to be a warning for the future,” Ronaldo told reporters.“We can’t be as soft as we were because teams will walk all over us. For me, Sporting’s performance was not a surprise.”Ronaldo’s rifled free-kick took his record tally of goals in the Champions League to 95, nine ahead of nearest challenger Lionel Messi, who hit a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 7-0 drubbing of Celtic on Tuesday.The Portugal captain, however, chose not to celebrate the goal, which was his third against his former club, adding to two he scored with Manchester United in two Champions League games in 2007.“I couldn’t celebrate it. This is the team that made me who I am and I have too much respect for them. They’ll always be in my heart,” he added.Real coach Zinedine Zidane saluted the team’s fighting spirit after they had looked on course to become the first defending European champions to lose their opening game of the following campaign since AC Milan in 1994.“We’re delighted because we believed we could turn it around right until the end and we didn’t give up,” Zidane said.“Sometimes you meet opponents who play very well but our players were tremendous, they made an enormous effort and they got their reward.”
Borussia Dortmund reached the German Cup final for a record fourth successive season after staging a thrilling five-minute, two-goal comeback to stun holders and hosts Bayern Munich 3-2 on Wednesday.Teenager Ousmane Dembele scored one goal and set up another in a five minute spell in the second half to help Dortmund come back from 2-1 down after having taken a 19th-minute lead through Marco Reus.“We started well but it is brutally difficult to play attacking football and defend well against Bayern,” said scorer Reus. “We had to believe in us, we talked about it at halftime and we did that. Bayern had the far bigger chances, that’s clear, but they did not score and we did.”The game lived up to its billing with both teams playing an attacking game and Dortmund avenging last year’s Cup final defeat to Bayern.The Bavarians have now failed to win any of their last five matches in all competitions and following last week’s Champions League exit to Real Madrid, have only the league title to aim for.“This is extremely bitter and I am very disappointed,” said Bayern captain Philipp Lahm, who is retiring at the end of the season. “We wanted a lot more out of it but we did not kill the game off when we could have.”“Now we must digest this and move on.”Three-times winners Dortmund face Eintracht Frankfurt, who edged past Borussia Moenchengladbach on penalties on Tuesday, in the final in Berlin next month.The visitors looked sharper at the start and pounced on a defensive mistake by defender Javi Martinez in the 19th minute, with Raphael Guerreiro’s shot bouncing off the post and Reus sweeping in to score.The hosts roared back and Martinez made amends for his mistake in the 29th, heading in the equaliser with Bayern playing deep crosses from the wings to stretch the Dortmund defence.Xabi Alonso delivered a perfect ball for Franck Ribery on the left in the 41st and the Frenchman found Mats Hummels whose low drive put them ahead against his former club.Bayern hit the woodwork in the second half through Arjen Robben and should have added at least one more goal after missing several more chances with the Dortmund defence completely overrun.But the visitors carved out an unlikely equaliser when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, lurking at the far post, nodded in a perfect Dembele cross in the 69th.The 19-year-old France international scored the winner five minutes later, curling a superb shot past keeper Sven Ulreich to complete a quick break after Lahm had lost possession.
PNG for the first time found themselves behind 2-0 in the opening minutes of game and then trailing 4-3 at the break.PNG’s Harry Kea levelled the scores after the break to make it 4-4. Samoa’s Peter Hazelman dived in to give Samoa the lead again.It needed something special to put PNG back in the game and an intercept touch down from Ronald Bibiken did this.This brought on another try within a minute for PNG when Ellison Waluka scored a touchdown to put PNG in front for the first time, 6-5.Samoa scored twice to change the lead once again and get the game back in their favour.PNG looked to captain Eugene Eka who attacked the line and flicked a quick pass on to Kora David who scored a touchdown.And in the dying minutes, Uari Sarufa raced over to score the winning touchdown to break the hearts of the Samoans who had looked certain to cause an upset.In the bronze medal play off, the Cook Islands beat the Solomon Islands 14-8.
Pini has so far won five gold including his latest in the mixed 50m freestyle relay.He also won gold in his favourite events the 50m and 100m butterfly.Pini will be competing in the 50m freestyle and 100m backstroke finals this evening after clocking the fastest in 50m freestyle breaking another record with 23.21 sec.“My 100m backstroke should be very good but it’s anyone’s race in the 50m freestyle, I just have to get out there and give it my all,” he said.Pini told PNG Loop he is confident to take on the young and fast swimmers in the likes of Stephens Jagger of Guam.Jagger finished either second or third in most of Pini’s gold medal events.“It’s been tough competing out of retirement and it’s been very difficult to try and keep up with these many races and the young athletes.”“I’ve been able to hold them off to keep winning gold and I’m very proud of that and working hard to try and recover and get ready for every competition.”Pini thanked the crowd for the support.He said it is unbelievable and something he’ll never forget as this will be his last Pacific Games.
The code is being played at the BSP Stadium outer field.Beach volleyball does not have a huge following in the country, but it certainly has spectators hooked up to watch.From our estimate the seating capacity is less than 100.
Through the work of staff of BSP over 6 months, the courts were firstly cleaned then fitted with new benches, fences and new boards and hoops.The courts were then painted. Flood lights have also been installed which will allow night games to be played.Speaking at the opening of the courts yesterday, PNG Basketball Federation president Nick Daroa thanked the bank, saying this was the start of something new for the code of basketball.“Thank you very much BSP for the refurbishment of the Hohola Basketball Courts. The new back boards, rings and the new seating are much appreciated.“For many years the court has been sitting idle and on behalf of the basketball community in Port Moresby, we thank BSP,” said Daroa.BSP group corporate general manager Peter Beswick said that BSP was pleased to be part of the community and give back.“These courts will serve as a stepping stone for future players as it has been in the past for many PNG basketball greats. I urge players and fans to use the facility well,” said Beswick.