JEFF GRANIT staff Christian Brothers Academy’s Timothy Brennan (12) gains control of the ball from St. Augustine’s Ryan McFadden in the NJSIAA Non-Public South A final at Holmdel High School on Nov. 13. CBA was defeated by a score of 1-0.
The first match officially kicked off at 4pm between Sweden and Korea DPR in front of thousands of soccer fans at the Sir John Guise Stadium.Sweden, in yellow and blue, is led by Captain Anna Oskarsson.Korea DPR, in red jerseys, is led by Captain Sol Gyong Choe.Both captains did the handshake for peace before the match kicked off.This is a campaign initiated by FIFA and the Nobel Peace Center.Supporters from both countries are out in numbers wearing their country colours and carrying their flags to cheer their teams on.Home team PNG will take on Brazil at 7pm.At Bava Park, the match between Canada and Spain is now underway while Japan will play Nigeria at 7pm.
SPOTTY PLAY PITTSBURGH (AP): Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes, Le’Veon Bell ran for 87 yards, and the Pittsburgh Steelers kept the Minnesota Vikings in check during a 26-9 victory yesterday. Roethlisberger hit Martavis Bryant for a 27-yard score in the first quarter and flipped a shovel pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster that the rookie turned into a 4-yard score. Roethlisberger finished 23 of 35 for 243 yards and the two scores as the Steelers (2-0) improved to 10-1 in home openers under Mike Tomlin. Minnesota (1-1) played without quarterback Sam Bradford, who sat out with a left-knee injury. Case Keenum struggled to get anything going in Bradford’s absence, throwing for just 167 yards on 20 of 35 passing. Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook ran for 64 yards, but Minnesota failed to generate any real momentum against Pittsburgh’s rejuvenated defence. Pittsburgh’s ‘Killer B’ offence didn’t exactly light it up in Cleveland in a methodical Week 1 victory. Head coach Mike Tomlin pointed to marked improvement in Week 2, and while the fireworks most expected did not materialise, Bryant and Bell both took significant steps forward. Bryant caught three passes for 90 yards, including his first touchdown in 20 months and also drew a pass interference penalty that set up Smith-Schuster’s score. Both Steeler wide receivers took advantage of the NFL’s relaxed celebration rules, imitating rolling dice while being surrounded by teammates. Bell was limited to just 13 touches against the Browns, something Tomlin attributed more to spotty play around Bell rather than his extended sabbatical following an offseason contract impasse. The workload was significantly heavier in Bell’s second week back. He ran the ball 27 times and added three receptions for two yards. While his longest play was only an 11-yard run, he helped the Steelers run the clock in the second half to protect their sizeable lead. Last week, Minnesota’s offence looked efficient with Bradford running things in an easy opening victory over New Orleans. Bradford tweaked his left knee during the game. Enter Keenum, who went 9-15 as a starter with Houston and the Rams before signing on with Minnesota. The Vikings offensive line had trouble giving Keenum time in the pocket, and the results were often checkdowns that went nowhere. Minnesota’s only touchdown came on a 1-yard plunge by fullback CJ Ham that drew the Vikings within 17-9 early in the third quarter. Kai Forbath missed the extra point and Pittsburgh responded with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that ended with the second of Chris Boswell’s four field goals with 4:59 left in the third. The Vikings never threatened again.
Dear Editor,Freddie Kissoon dishes out almost daily slander against people he does not like. He targets former PPP Government and, specifically, several of its officials accusing them of corruption and authoritarianism and other abuses. But Freddie is a hypocrite when it comes to corruption and fraud as well as being a bully and authoritarian figure.The evidence would reveal Freddie is guilty of the very same allegations he levelled against others. He pilloried those in positions as behaving like dictators. But when he became “ruler” (chief), he behaves no differently from them.In fact, he behaves worse. As a columnist, Freddie has had a history of confrontations or run-ins with many individuals derogating and calling them all kinds of insulting names. He uses the media to personally attack people with whom he has had disagreements – a serious violation of media norms.In addition, he has been very controversial making claims that turned out to be incorrect or that were outright lies and falsehoods. His scholarship in his writings has been very poor and could not be supported with evidence.Freddie also attacked Chronicle editors for not carrying his responses when PPP controlled the Government. Today, under his coalition Government, Chronicle does not carry views of critics and dissidents – Freddie is silent. Freddie wrote that he was offered a job by David Hinds to be a columnist for Chronicle.We did not know Hinds is a manager of Chronicle because Hinds himself complains about being censored at Chronicle. Freddie says he cannot write for Chronicle because his views are not consonant with Chronicle’s on the role of a free media. Really! So why censor others now that he is letters editor? On corruption, Freddie ceaselessly slammed PPP figures as corrupt.He mentioned the name of Nirmal Rekha ad nauseam regarding the vehicle duty-free controversy up till today when the incident occurred a decade ago; notice Freddie does not write about corruption under the coalition APNU/AFC.Freddie complained that his duty-free car was not approved. Rekha did not authorise a duty-free car for Freddie. So Freddie would not forget or forgive the man. But Freddie was not qualified for duty free – he wanted the man to break the law for him.If Freddie had gotten his duty-free vehicle, all would have been well with regard to Rekha and the PPP. Freddie needs to address the charges made against him by GHK Lall and Maxwell regarding corruption. Freddie is accused of blackmailing businessmen for money not to write against them.So when it comes to corruption and authoritarianism, and on professional conduct, Freddie is worse than those he attacked.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
Terry, wearing a white shirt with a grey suit and tie, left court without speaking to media or supporters waiting outside.He was accused of branding Queens Park Rangers player Anton Ferdinand a “fucking black cunt” during a match between Chelsea and QPR on October 23 last year.Terry denied committing a racially aggravated public order offence. He told the court that he was sarcastically repeating words he thought Ferdinand had said to him.The charge was brought by the Crown Prosecution Service, the state prosecutors in England and Wales.Alison Saunders, the chief crown prosecutor for London, said in a statement: “The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse.“It was our view that this was not ‘banter’ on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court.“The chief magistrate agreed that Mr Terry had a case to answer, but having heard all of the evidence he acquitted Mr Terry of a racially aggravated offence.“That is justice being done and we respect the chief magistrate’s decision.”Had Terry been found guilty, he could have been fined up to £2,500 ($3,850, 3,150 euros).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, England, June 13 – Former England captain John Terry was found not guilty Friday of racially abusing rival footballer Anton Ferdinand.Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle cleared the 31-year-old Chelsea skipper at the end of a five-day trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.
Roy Hodgson insists he can’t afford to give his players two days off every time they get together – otherwise England will never train at all.The Three Lions’ training regime has come under scrutiny after Daniel Sturridge was injured while on international duty last month, a situation Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists could have been avoided had the striker’s recovery from a session been managed by his country in the same way it is by his club.But Hodgson, while stressing there is no problem between him and the Anfield boss, says England have to continue doing things their way.He said: “If I’m going to be put under pressure in future to give every player two days off every time we play, then we won’t train at all quite frankly, because we don’t have enough time pre-match and post-match.“We’re very disappointed about it [Sturridge’s injury], and it’s obviously something we will consider going forward.“But the other thing people do need to consider is we have such a shortage of time and on this particular occasion we had two days to try and hone a very different way of playing.” 1 Daniel Sturridge and Roy Hodgson
Leighton Baines in action for Everton 1 Everton full-back Leighton Baines is still struggling with ankle problems and is set to see a specialist, Roberto Martinez has revealed.The England international has undergone two operations over the past year and has made just 12 appearances this season.He has been on the bench in recent weeks, with his last appearances coming as a late substitute against Aston Villa on Tuesday night.Martinez expects the 31-year-old to be available for Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Ham at Goodison Park, but admits he is still not 100 per cent.“With Leighton, we have a little bit of a worry – he has been carrying a little bit of a niggle in his ankle and we have to make sure that gets right,” said Martinez.“Since the surgery, it has been giving him a little bit of soreness and managing that pain at times has been a little bit difficult.“When he came on against Aston Villa (on Tuesday) he felt at times he had to play through the pain, and we have to make sure we solve that, because it is very unfair on Leighton.“We will see a specialist, but it shouldn’t stop him from training.”John Stones has also been out of the Everton side in recent weeks.He has returned to fitness after a hamstring issue but has been left on the bench for the past two games.Martinez, however, insists the 21-year-old still has a huge role to play for the Toffees between now and the end of the season.“John is still a very young man who has already played the biggest amount of minutes he ever has in his professional career,” he said.“So it’s important he is fully refreshed and ready for the final push in the campaign.“He is a very important footballer for us.”
23 20= Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) – 47 fouls conceded 7. Etienne Capoue (Watford) – 53 fouls conceded 23 23 20= Manchester United’s Chris Smalling conceded 47 fouls in the 2015/16 Premier League season – Click the right arrow above to see who the dirtiest player of the campaign was… 15= Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) – 49 fouls conceded 23 20= Odion Ighalo (Watford) – 47 fouls conceded 10= Dele Alli (Tottenham) – 50 fouls conceded 15= Jack Colback (Newcastle) – 49 fouls conceded 23 23 23 8= Morgan Schneiderlin (Manchester United) – 52 fouls conceded 6. Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) – 54 fouls conceded 10= Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) – 50 fouls conceded 5. Fernandinho (Manchester City) – 55 fouls conceded Another incredible Premier League season is over and it’s time for reflection.For all the on-pitch brilliance we get to see each week from international stars, there can be an ugly side to the game.At times we’ve seen destruction can be beautiful, with Leicester City’s N’Golo Kante nipping at heels and intercepting passes before launching devastating attacks.Others are less subtle though, often mistiming their tackles, resulting in fouls and sometimes cautions – but who are the worst culprits?Click the right arrow above to find out which Premier League players have conceded the most fouls… 20= James Milner (Liverpool) – 47 fouls conceded 10= Victor Wanyama (Southampton) – 50 fouls conceded 23 23 23 10= Troy Deeney (Watford) – 50 fouls conceded 23 23 4. Erik Pieters (Stoke City) – 58 fouls conceded 23 23 18= Mousa Dembele (Tottenham) – 48 fouls conceded 23 23 2. Erik Lamela (Tottenham) – 66 fouls conceded 23 23 18= Jordan Ayew (Aston Villa) – 48 fouls conceded 23 8= Eric Dier (Tottenham) – 52 fouls conceded 23 23 10= Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) – 50 fouls conceded 23 15= Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) – 49 fouls conceded 3. Claudio Yacob (West Brom) – 62 fouls conceded 23 1. Idrissa Gueye (Aston Villa) – 68 fouls conceded
Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Alexis Sanchez scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for Arsenal. He has just 5 in 37 for Man United Sanchez has endured a tough 12 months at Old Trafford Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City shining 2 no dice Alexis Sanchez looks fit, sharp, is still one of the Premier League’s most gifted players and WILL deliver for Manchester United if given the chance.That’s according to Danny Murphy, who has urged caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to boost the Chilean’s confidence by giving him more game time.Sanchez has been a big disappointment at Old Trafford since his arrival from Arsenal – he has scored just five goals in a little over a year at the club. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow He has been limited to a bit part-role at United in recent months, although he did suffer a six-week layoff, but that may be about to change after injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard gave Sanchez a route back into the side.United take on Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday night – with live commentary on talkSPORT – and Sanchez is expected to make just his fourth start since Solskjaer took over.Chelsea vs Man United in the FA Cup fifth round is LIVE on talkSPORT! Click here to tune in to our full commentarySolskjaer recently put his support behind the forward, saying a single goal may be enough for Sanchez to breathe new life into his underwhelming Manchester United career.And former Liverpool and Tottenham midfielder Murphy told talkSPORT: “We’re talking about one of the most gifted players in the Premier League.“First and foremost, he’s obviously not hit the heights that he did at Arsenal, we know that and we can’t argue that. “But post-Mourinho, since Solskjaer has come in and brought back the free-flowing, express yourself, old school Man United football, he’s only started three games.“Now there are a couple of injuries, if you give him six to ten games, put your arm around him and let him go, you could have one hell of a player from now until the end of the season.“In four years at Arsenal, his goal record was one-in-two. He was the only wide player in the Premier League with that goal record, miles ahead of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, even Eden Hazard over his four years.“He’s fourth in terms of total goals and assists [from current players] in the Premier League. He’s played 148 games and his goal involvement is 94, only behind Harry Kane, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku.“You don’t lose that ability. You don’t lose that skill, that creativity. REVEALED deals Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 2 “He looks fit enough, he looks sharp enough, I think it’s a confidence thing. He admitted he lost a bit of confidence under Mourinho.“Any player I’ve ever played with, even the best, if the manager believes in you and you play a run of games you build your confidence.“I think the couple of injuries could be a blessing for Man United. You’re not bringing in young lads, you’re bringing in Lukaku and Sanchez!“Sanchez could be the match winner tonight and I hope he is, because I think he’s a wonderful player.”
Badgers’ Nigel Hayes named Preseason Player of the YearWisconsin’s Nigel Hayes has been chosen as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year heading into the 2016-17 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also selected a 10-member preseason All-Big Ten team, with seven conference squads represented. Hayes was also a unanimous selection to the preseason All-Big Ten team. Illinois’ Malcolm Hill, Indiana’s James Blackmon Jr., and Thomas Bryant, Iowa’s Peter Jok, Maryland’s Melo Trimble, Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr., Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan and the Badgers’ Ethan Happ and Bronson Koenig also earned preseason All-Big Ten plaudits.Hayes was named a first-team All-Big Ten honoree by both the coaches and media last season. Hill, Jok and Trimble were named second-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media contingent, Bryant, Koenig and Walton Jr., earned third-team All-Big Ten plaudits by the coaches, while Happ was a third-team honoree in the media ballot and claimed honorable mention plaudits in the coaches’ poll. Happ was also named to the All-Defensive Team and was a member of the All-Freshman Team along with Swanigan.The complete 2016-17 preseason All-Big Ten team can be found below.2016-17 PRESEASON BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEARNigel Hayes, Wisconsin2016-17 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAMMalcolm Hill, G, IllinoisJames Blackmon Jr., G, IndianaThomas Bryant, C, IndianaPeter Jok, G, IowaMelo Trimble, G, MarylandDerrick Walton Jr., G, MichiganCaleb Swanigan, F, PurdueEthan Happ, F, WisconsinNIGEL HAYES, F, WisconsinBronson Koenig, F, Wisconsin