Sports Shorts Middletown Township Men’s Slow Pitch Softball League is currently accepting registration. Teams are selected through draft by captains. There will be eight to 10 teams with games played on Sunday mornings. The league runs from March 28 to July 4. The $80 fee covers insurance, uniforms, umpires and awards. The fee is increased to $90 after March 1. Call Kevin (732) 673-8826 or Rich (732) 615-9233. Deadline for sign-up is March 6. The Jersey Shore Jaguars 11U baseball team will hold tryouts in early March for the spring season. Home field is in Middletown, and games are played in Monmouth/Ocean County. Call (732) 904-2894 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for date and information. Eric Walker, 18, of Matawan, recently competed in the Bank of America Gasparilla Distance 15K Classic In Tampa, Fla. Walker placed 15th overall in a field of 3,839 runners and first in his age group. With a finish time of 51:24 in the 9.3 mile event, this entitles him to a national ranking. The Bank of America Gasparilla Distance Classic attracts world-class runners who compete in the 5K and 15K events. The race is internationally known and recognized as one of the top 25 races in the world, according to race promoters. Walker is currently a freshman attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla., and is a member of the school’s cross country team, which won the 2003 Sunshine State Conference. He was named to the Sunshine State Conference second team He started running cross country at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium beat fellow World Cup qualifiers Costa Rica 4-1 at home in a friendly on Monday while Senegal reportedly beat South Korea 2-0 in a mystery game played at an Austrian third division ground.Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi were also on target for Belgium while Eden Hazard impressed with creativity and speed for the hosts, who start their World Cup campaign on Monday against Panama in Sochi.Costa Rica, who were quarter-finalists four years ago and will play Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland in Group E, went ahead against the run of play with a goal by captain Bryan Ruiz in the 24th minute.Mertens equalised before Lukaku scored either side of halftime and Batshuayi completed an impressive win for Belgium, whose team are hoping they can finally do justice to their golden generation tag in Russia under coach Roberto Martinez.They disappointed in previous outings at major tournaments, losing in the quarter-finals to Argentina at the last World Cup in Brazil and then at the same stage to Wales at Euro 2016, both under Marc Wilmots.There was confusion around Monday’s other friendly, also featuring two Russia-bound sides, which was played behind closed doors at the home of Groedig, a village near Salzburg.Details of the game were not even available on betting websites, which generally carry results from even the most obscure matches, and there was outrage on social media, especially among those who had placed bets on the outcome.The match appeared to kick off half an hour late and some media reports said that Senegal won 2-0 after Kim Young-gwon put through his own net and Moussa Konate scored in the 90th minute.Neither federation, however, had published the result on its website several hours after the end of the match, although the Senegalese website had their team’s starting 11.FIFA could not immediately be reached to comment on whether the game would be considered a full international.The World Cup kicks off on Thursday when hosts Russia play Saudi Arabia.
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… now bedridden, unable to provide for 7 childrenA farmer of Mashabo Village, Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), who was mercilessly beaten by three of his nephews, remains bedridden while the suspects walk scotch free. Forty-four-year-old Ivan Williams suffered a displaced spinal cord, hip and other injuries to his rib cage as a result of the beating he received on February 10.His wife, Beverly Williams, is now frustrated due to the fact that her husband is at home and cannot provide for his seven children.The woman explained that on the day of the incident, she and her husband were heading to another shore to collect cassava bread and as they were passing Williams’ eldest brother’s home, one of the suspects threw a stone in their direction, hitting her husband.An argument ensued and it was at that time, another brother emerged from the yard and started to assault her and her husband.In defending his wife, Williams and one of the men got into a scuffle during which a third brother appeared and started kicking him to his ribs and other parts of his body. The ordeal lasted for about 20 minutes and no one rushed to their rescue. Her brother-in-law, she noted, stood in his house and looked on as his sons beat their uncle mercilessly. He later told her that his wife had locked him in the house.However, the injured Williams was picked up and taken to the Suddie Public Hospital where he was admitted due to the severity of his injuries. A report was made to the Aurora Police Station and Police ranks visited the area to take statements but never returned.The woman noted that the three suspects who were all under the influence of alcohol at the time of the beating did not sleep at home for close to one week following the incident because they were afraid of being locked up by the Police.Now that her husband cannot help himself, she is forced to take care of her children, a task which is extremely hard, since her eldest daughter in now in secondary school and has to travel on a daily basis.The woman further recalled that her husband was supposed to return to the interior on February 11. According to her, he was already packed and ready to go but instead ended up in hospital.The woman is calling on the relevant authorities to intervene in the matter, claiming that her husband could have been a dead man. She explained that the Police ranks took statements and promise to investigate the matter but to date, justice is yet to be served. (Bhisham Mohamed)
Without six key players due to injury and suspension, it was a sign that United’s taxing campaign may finally be catching up with them as they attempt to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.United remain fifth, four points behind fourth placed Manchester City, who face Arsenal on Sunday.United’s first half domination was near total although, for all their possession, the home side failed to force goalkeeper Ben Foster into a noteworthy save.Anthony Martial came closest to a breakthrough, just before the half hour, when he rose powerfully at the far post to meet a Jesse Lingard cross with a strong header that flew over the cross-bar.But, with Albion often packing all 11 players well inside their own half, United lacked the inspiration to break down Tony Pulis’ disciplined side.It might have been a different story had Lingard succeeded with a ninth minute shot that flew over after a committed run by Martial saw the ball deflected to him.And Martial also came close on 19 minutes after Michael Carrick sparked another wave of attacks by squaring to Lingard who moved the ball to his French team mate for a shot which curled just wide.Eric Bailly also almost capitalised after Hal Robson-Kanu stumbled as he attempted to clear a Henrikh Mkhitaryan corner and, as the club’s record goalscorer Wayne Rooney watched from the United bench, Mourinho’s side struggled to break the deadlock.– Frustrations –As the half-time whistle blew, Carrick and Martial protested loudly to referee Mike Dean, the latter pointing to a lump on his face that appeared to be the result of a challenge in the final minute from West Brom’s Craig Dawson.Dean waved the players away and took no action, however, as United supporters echoed their players’ frustrations by booing the referee off the pitch.There was a first moment of genuine concern for United on 51 minutes.Dawson’s run to the right-hand by-line ended with the defender pulling the ball back for former United midfielder Darren Fletcher whose shot was charged down by Bailly.United responded quickly, with Martial setting up Mkhitaryan who was crowded out only for the ball to break kindly to Marouane Fellaini who threaded a shot through a crowded area but wide of the goal.The game was finally opening up and Fellaini’s pass set up Martial for a low 25-yard shot which missed the right-hand post by inches.A rare Albion error, from a misplaced pass from Gareth McAuley, let in Mkhitaryan but his attempt to chip over Foster lacked power and the keeper was able to reach out and save.And Foster was again called into action, this time from a ferocious 25-yard shot from Rashford which forced the Albion number one into an impressive and acrobatic flying save.By now, United supporters had long been calling for the introduction of Rooney and received their wish on 74 minutes when he was brought on to replace Mkhitaryan.But Rooney made little impact as, Rashford, again from long range, sent a low shot just wide and then the youngster forced Foster into a magnificent save from a 25-yard free-kick.In between, there was one more moment of anxiety for United as Fletcher’s long-range shot was fumbled by De Gea who was relieved to see the ball strike the bar and rebound to safety.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by West Brom. PHOTO/Team TalkMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, April – Jose Mourinho’s fears that a gruelling schedule could prove problematic for Manchester United were confirmed in a drab 0-0 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.The first of nine fixtures to come in April ended with United having to settle for a draw at Old Trafford for the eighth time in the Premier League this season.
CAVE-IN: Tunneling is on hold after rescuers die. Way will be sought to reach trapped men. By Michael Rubinkam THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HUNTINGTON, Utah – Sometimes, after all other possibilities are lost, mines become graves. The bodies of 12 miners have been buried in the Knox Mine in Pennsylvania for almost 50 years. Of the 78 killed in a Farmington, W.Va., mine in 1968, 19 remain entombed. After a 1976 accident that killed 26 men, the Scotia Mine in Kentucky was sealed. Could that be the fate of six miners trapped since Aug. 6 in the Crandall Canyon Mine, after three people died Thursday trying to save them? That question was on people’s minds here Friday, but those familiar with mining said that the colleagues of the missing men will do everything in their power to get them out, however long it takes. “It’s a brotherhood. If they were in there, they would want somebody to come back and recover them,” said Bob Ferriter, a former federal Mine Safety and Health Administration engineer who teaches safety at the Colorado School of Mines. Leaving the six men in the coal mine “would be the last option,” he said. Underground rescue efforts were suspended indefinitely after Thursday’s fatal mine collapse, and officials were taking a close look at whether they could resume in a mountain that appears to be slowly crumbling. Crews on Friday were still drilling a fourth hole into the mountain to look for any sign of the missing men. “Is there any possible way we can continue this underground operation and provide safety for the rescue workers? At this point we don’t have an answer,” said Richard Stickler, head of the mine safety agency. Three rescue workers were killed and six injured in the latest collapse. Rescuers working beneath 2,000 feet of sandstone had dug more than 800 feet over 10 days, with about 1,200 feet left to go, when they were hit with the huge blast. Rock flew from the reinforced walls with a force Stickler said could break a 40-ton mining machine in half. The cave-in at 6:39 p.m. was believed to be caused by a “mountain bump,” shifting layers of earth. The force from the bump registered a magnitude 1.6 at the University of Utah seismograph stations in Salt Lake City. “These events seem to be related to ongoing settling of the rock mass following the main event,” university spokesman Lee Siegel said. “I don’t think I’m going too far to say that this mountain is collapsing in slow motion.” Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman ordered flags lowered to half staff. “We went from a tragedy to a catastrophe,” he said. Huntsman continued to call the effort a rescue operation, but he said the digging would not resume until workers’ safety could be guaranteed. “Let us ensure that we have no more injuries. We have suffered enough as a state,” he said. Mark Thompson, 52, a miner for 27 years, said the urge to keep digging will remain strong. “I’m sure there would be a point but who’s going to make that call?” he said of stopping an underground search. “If they need help, they need help. Would you leave one of your co-workers?” Huntington Mayor Hilary Gordon, whose son-in-law is a miner, said she wouldn’t know when to scratch a rescue. “I thank God I don’t have to make that call. As a miner’s wife, I would want to keep going,” she said. “But if I was the wife of a rescue worker, I would say that’s really dangerous.” Two of those killed Thursday were identified as MSHA inspector Gary Jensen, 53, of Redmond, and miner Dale Black, 48, of Huntington. MSHA is summoning experts to the mine to see if they can develop a safer way of tunneling toward the trapped miners, Stickler said. But he said any further rescue efforts would have to involve drilling a bore hole large enough to fit a rescue capsule – which would take more than two weeks, according to Kevin Stricklin, MSHA’s administrator for coal mine safety.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
We are six weeks into the Premier League season, and the table is taking a familiar shape.The two Manchester clubs, City and United, sit level at the top having yet to lose a game, with Chelsea, Spurs and Liverpool rounding out the top five.There are some surprises, with Watford and newly-promoted Huddersfield flying high, and few would have suggested the relegation places would be filled by Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and West Ham.But, is the real table backed up by the stats?Using expected goals – which you can learn about here – you can discover how the table should look, if every team scored and conceded the clearest chances in every game.For example, Palace, who have yet to score this season, have an expected goals total (xG) of 6.92. This means they should have scored around seven goals, and highlights just how bad they have been at finishing chances even though they are creating them.Every match of the season is reviewed to create an xG result for both teams, and a Premier League table is created using the expected points total from every game played so far.So, how should the table look, using expected goals? Click the right arrow, above, to find out… 20 Bournemouth’s position based on expected goals is 20th – click the right arrow to see the rest of the Premier League table based on expected goals – Real points total: 3
Expected goals points total: 3.48 Stoke City’s position based on expected goals is 18th – Real points total: 5
Expected goals points total: 4.66 20 Watford’s position based on expected goals is 12th – Real points total: 11
Expected goals points total: 6.77 Tottenham Hotspur’s position based on expected goals is 3rd – Real points total: 11
Expected goals points total: 12.67 Swansea City’s position based on expected goals is 15th – Real points total: 5
Expected goals points total: 5.95 20 Huddersfield Town’s position based on expected goals is 13th – Real points total: 9
Expected goals points total: 6.66 Newcastle United’s position based on expected goals is 4th – Real points total: 9
Expected goals points total: 10.86 20 Chelsea’s position based on expected goals is 6th – Real points total: 13
Expected goals points total: 9.60 20 Crystal Palace’s position based on expected goals is 14th – Real points total: 0
Expected goals points total: 6.60 20 20 Southampton’s position based on expected goals is 9th – Real points total: 8
Expected goals points total: 7.82 Everton’s position based on expected goals is 11th – Real points total: 7
Expected goals points total: 6.91 20 20 20 Burnley’s position based on expected goals is 17th – Real points total: 9
Expected goals points total: 5.07 20 20 Arsenal’s position based on expected goals is 8th – Real points total: 7
Expected goals points total: 8.76 West Bromwich Albion’s position based on expected goals is 10th – Real points total: 8
Expected goals points total: 7.72 West Ham United’s position based on expected goals is 16th – Real points total: 4
Expected goals points total: 5.37 20 20 20 20 20 Brighton and Hove Albion’s position based on expected goals is 19th – Real points total: 7
Expected goals points total: 4.59 Manchester United’s position based on expected goals is 2nd – Real points total: 16
Expected goals points total: 14.57 20 Manchester City’s position based on expected goals is 1st – Real points total: 16
Expected goals points total: 15.56 Liverpool’s position based on expected goals is 5th – Real points total: 11
Expected goals points total: 10.80 Leicester City’s position based on expected goals is 7th – Real points total: 4
Expected goals points total: 9.35 20 20
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The College of the Canyons football team will have to get over one extraordinary player’s graduation, but it’s the Cougars’ cohesive system that should prove why the college is always in the forefront. Missed will be quarterback Marcel Marquez, a graduate of Notre Dame High School of Sherman Oaks who, in two years, helped the Cougars to a 26-1 record, two Western State Conference Championships and a State Championship in 2004. Former Birmingham of Lake Balboa quarterback Andrew Miramontes has some big shoes to fill – but he did lead his former high school team to a City Section Championship two years ago and shows potential. “Marcel (Marquez) is a different creature,” head coach Chuck Lyon said, “but Andrew is pretty mobile and throws the ball well.” Luckily, for whomever might quarterback the Cougars this season (the quarterback job has not been decided), Marquez didn’t take the offensive line with him or standout wide receiver Terence Scott. Scott, a 6-foot, 180-pound speedster from Central Tennessee, will return after catching 47 passes for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns as a freshman. “He’s just unbelievable,” offensive line coach Garett Tujague said. “He should be our best player,” Lyon said. Tujague can attest to why Scott might be open enough to be College of the Canyons’ best player – especially since he’s returning three top-notch lineman to protect the quarterback. Alex DeKok, an All-State left guard from Saugus and All-Conference selections Fernal Vasquez (Burroughs of Burbank) and Joe Miulli (Valencia) return while freshman Kainoa La Count (Kailua, Hawaii), Shawn Johnson (Thousand Oaks) and Houston Perry compete for the final two spots. DeKok is a two-sport athlete who competed in track and field – but it’s his leadership skills that impress Tujague. “He’s so receptive to coaching and he’s a huge part of our sophomore leadership,” Tujague said. “We’re already better than we were last year at this time, DeKok said of his team’s progress before they face Chaffey at home for the first game on Sept. 2. “Especially with the run game.” The Cougars do return their second leading rusher, Brian Stuard from Birmingham High, who was second on the team behind Marquez with 494 yards with six touchdowns. Marquez had 660 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead College of the Canyons. Defensively, the Cougars lose both starting corners but bring in Darius Clarke, a transfer from Antelope Valley to help fill the void. Two safeties will return – Allen Walker from L.A. Baptist in North Hills and Byron Bullock from Birmingham. Walker was tied for second in defensive tackles last season with 58 and will try to fill in for linebacker Joey LaRoque, who led the team with 103 and now attends Oregon State. email@example.com (818) 713-3607
gameday cracker whoops Alfredo Morelos will feature for Rangers against Celtic this weekend That came after the Killie defender appeared to stand on his heel in the 1-1 draw at Ibrox.Referee Greg Aitken missed the incident, but both players were sweating on the prospect of retrospective action being taken.However, neither Morelos nor Broadfoot will face punishment due to insufficient evidence available to the Scottish Football Association’s compliance officer. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? revealed latest Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REPLY MOST READ IN FOOTBALL huge blow Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update tense Morelos, 22, will be available for the trip to Parkhead on March 31, following the completion of the international break, while Broadfoot is clear to face Hamilton the previous day.The Colombia attacker, who recently put pen-to-paper on a third contract extension at Rangers inside just 12 months, has found the net 29 times in 45 appearances this season. SORRY Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is free to face Celtic after no disciplinary action was sanctioned following his tangle with Kilmarnock defender Kirk Broadfoot at the weekend.The in-form hitman appeared to lift his arms to the former Gers player following the half-time whistle of their Scottish Premiership clash on Saturday. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’
Kilmarnock boss Lee Clark says the club did everything possible to persuade Josh Magennis to stay after the Northern Ireland international signed for Charlton.Killie rejected an offer in the region of £100,000 for the player at the weekend before agreeing to an improved bid from the Addicks.The Scottish Premiership side made attempts to convince Magennis to remain at Rugby Park with talk of an extension to his contract, which expires next summer.However the player went south to sign a two-year deal with the League One outfit. Speaking to the Kilmarnock Standard, Clark said: “The deal has been agreed by the two clubs, that’s where we are at at the moment.“Will it be frustrating to lose Josh? That’s life. We put up a fight, myself and the board, and tried to convince him that his future was here.“But Josh made his feelings clear and he wants to go down to England and test himself.”