Sheehan Classic returns to Red Bank on Saturday

first_imgBy Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer Defending champion Simon Wangui of Kenya will head up a field of about 3,000 runners in the five-mile George Sheehan Classic on Aug. 9 in Red Bank. The annual event, which traditionally kicks off to the sounds of strains of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run,” takes participants through downtown Red Bank and through the neighboring towns of Little Silver and Fair Haven. Race Director Phil Hinck stopped short of promising good weather, though he did note that the race weekend should provide plenty of fun for entrants and their families. The Sheehan Classic is the second largest race in New Jersey, second only to the Spring Lake 5, also helmed by Hinck, a fixture on the Shore running scene. Besides Wangui, other top runners include Nephat Kinyanjui, a member of the Kenyan Junior National Team; Moses Mwangi; and Catherine N’Dereba, a two-time Boston Marathon champion. In addition to the main event, another 500-600 people will participate in a variety of other events that begin on Friday evening with the Kids Classic, a variety of short races for children ages 4-13, said Race Director Bob Rosa. In addition to the five-miler, the weekend includes a wheelchair race and a two-mile health and fitness walk. The course for the five-miler remains the same for the seventh straight year. It will start and end on Broad Street after twisting through Fair Haven and Little Silver. It also includes an out-and-back aspect along Harding Road. Just past the four-mile mark, runners face the challenge of Tower Hill, after which it’s downhill and relatively flat to the finish. Runners will again be timed by computer chip, Hinck noted. All runners will be issued a chip that they must wear on their ankle. This will enable each runner to get an accurate time based on the time they actually cross the start and finish lines. Runners must pick up their chips at the race registration tent in Marine Park beginning on Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. or on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. Chips will be collected at the finish line. Race organizers will again host a Friday night pasta dinner, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in Marine Park. Tickets are $8 for adults, and children participating in the Kids Classic are admitted free of charge. The Kids Classic will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday. A five-mile wheelchair race will get under way at 8:25 a.m. on Saturday, and the five-mile Classic will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a Health and Fitness Walk following at 8:40 a.m. Other activities include a Runner’s Expo in Marine Park from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. A panel of area athletes will speak and answer questions beginning Friday night at 7:15 p.m. Participants include New York Power soccer player Christie Pearce of Point Pleasant; Harry Nolan, a nationally ranked masters runner from Middletown; and Amanda and Katy Trotter, who both starred at Red Bank Regional High School in soccer, cross country and track. Entries for the five-miler are $25 ($23 before July 31); race day entries are $30. The entry fees include a T-shirt, and all finishers will receive medals. Entries for the fitness walk and Kids Classic are $16. Proceeds from the race will be used to support the Parker Family Health Clinic, which provides walk-in health care coverage for area residents who do not have health insurance. For more information, call (732) 988-7725 or register online at Race results will be posted on the site after 6 p.m. on Saturday. The site also includes a schedule and description of the events, race information, detailed course maps, and hotel information and directions. Registrations are also being accepted at The Running Store in Shrewsbury and Miles Ahead Sports in Manasquan through Aug. 7.last_img read more

Oceania tennis lament relegation

first_imgThe regional team failed to win a match in their first appearance in 18 years after being swept 3-0 by China, Indonesia and South Korea to finish bottom of Pool B, consigning them to automatic relegation back to Group Two in 2020.Team Captain Gilles De Gouy said the players failed to take their chances against more experienced opposition.”In Group One you play against better players than you – you have just a few opportunities – I should say four or five – during a match and you have two or three strikes in the first two games – so when you have these break points is where you have to take at least one or two, 50 percent of these opportunities,” he said.De Gouy says all four players need to make improvements if they want to be a part of the Pacific Oceania squad in future.Papua New Guinea’s Abigal Tere-Apisah and Samoa’s Steffi Carruthers took their doubles match against China to a deciding third set, while Tere-Apisah also went the distance in her singles rubbers against Indonesia and South Korea.De Gouy said Carruthers was affected by knee problems which restricted her to only playing doubles, while Tere-Apisah did not arrive in Kazakhstan in peak condition following visa issues.”She had to stay two months in PNG so there was no official matches for her – her last official matches was at the end of November, which is way too far…she felt finally well on court regarding the score in an official match on the final day, which is way too far and way too late, so she has definitely to organise herself so she could play more official matches the same month as the Fed Cup,” he said.Papua New Guinea’s Violet Apisah struggled on her Fed Cup debut, losing both singles rubbers in straight sets before twisting her ankle.De Gouy said the teenager, who was replaced by Carol Lee for the final pool match, needs to lift her professionalism if she wants to improve.”It’s quite surprising because she’s played a few times on the Grand Slam Junior (circuit) – she played US Open, Australian Open in the last few years and so different the Fed Cup is. I think she still has to learn a lot about professionalism and taking responsibility and so I think it’s a big learning curve for her in this event because it’s fully different from her previous experience as a player.”Thailand were also relegated and will join Pacific Oceania in Asia/Oceania Group Two next year.Photo: Facebook Caption: Pacific Oceania tennis players Violet Apisah, Abigail Tere-Apisah, Carol Lee, Steffi Carruthers.last_img read more

Moyes resigns as Sunderland manager after relegation

first_imgSunderland manager David Moyes has resigned following their relegation from the Premier League this season, the north-east club said in a statement on Monday.Moyes, who joined Sunderland at the start of the campaign, said earlier this month he would stay in charge next term but the Scot decided to leave after a meeting with the board in London on Monday.“I would like to thank (chairman) Ellis Short and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage Sunderland and the fans for always being so passionately supportive of their club,” Moyes, 54, said in a statement.“I wish the players and my successor well in their efforts towards promotion back to the Premier League”.Short added: “I pursued the services of David Moyes for a considerable period prior to his appointment last summer, which makes the announcement of his departure difficult for everyone concerned.“Having worked tirelessly throughout the campaign to avoid relegation from the Premier League, David has chosen to leave the club without compensation, which is testament to his character.”Sunderland appointed Moyes on a four-year contract in July to replace Sam Allardyce who left to become England manager.However, the former Everton and Manchester United boss, who had been released by Real Sociedad, struggled at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland finished bottom of the table with 24 points after only six victories in 38 games, scoring 29 goals.The Scot, who was sacked by Real Sociedad after just a year in charge, had last managed in England during an ill-fated spell at United in 2013-14, following Alex Ferguson’s retirement.Moyes had started his managerial career at Preston North End, winning the third-tier crown, before leaving to take over at Everton where he spent more than 11 years.He was Sunderland’s fourth full-time managerial appointment since Italian Paolo Di Canio was sacked in September 2013.The club had flirted with relegation in each of the previous four seasons before finally going down this term.Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips is the bookmakers’ favourite to take over with former Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka and Leeds United boss Garry Monk also backed.Chairman Short added: “In the days ahead we will take some time for reflection, and then focus on recruitment and pre-season as we prepare for our Championship campaign.”last_img read more

No Barcelona comeback as Juventus reaches CL semis

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dortmund: police held team bus for 20 minutes before game Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado, 2nd right, attempts a shot at goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Barcelona and Juventus at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. APBARCELONA, Spain — Juventus put on a masterclass of defensive football to reach the Champions League semifinals on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time), frustrating Lionel Messi and earning a 0-0 draw against a Barcelona side hoping for another miraculous comeback.The second-leg stalemate sealed a 3-0 win on aggregate and came six weeks after Barcelona’s historic 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain, when the home side became the first team to ever overturn a 4-0 loss in the competition.ADVERTISEMENT The only miracle seen in Barcelona this time was Juventus not getting a late goal, with the Spanish side barely having the legs to recover when defending.Barcelona forward Neymar was consoled by former teammate Dani Alves, now playing for Juventus, after the final whistle while Barcelona’s fans cheered their team despite the elimination.“Juventus is a great team and they were better than us,” Barcelona defender Gerard Pique said. “It was a difficult result to turn around, although we tried until the end. They are an Italian club and defend very well. I wish them the best and I think they can win the title.”Juventus joins Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Monaco in the semifinal draw on Friday.Monaco advanced after beating Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in its quarterfinal, second leg on Wednesday for a 6-3 aggregate win. Teenager Kylian Mbappe and forward Radamel Falcao struck early to put Monaco on its way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Juventus will be without midfielder Sami Khedira for the first leg of the semifinals after he earned a yellow for fouling Suarez.The two-time European champions are set to complete an excellent campaign. Having now avenged their 2015 Champions League final loss to Barcelona, Juventus also leads the Italian league and has lined up an Italian Cup final against Lazio.The result ended Barcelona’s run of 15 wins in as many home European matches since the arrival of Luis Enrique, who will leave the club this summer.Barcelona must now rest and regroup for Sunday’s trip to play Real Madrid in a “clasico” match that will go a long way to deciding the Spanish league title. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Italians visitors made sure there would be no more miracles at Camp Nou by displaying all the poise and experience that PSG had sorely lacked in the previous round.“We knew Barcelona were ready to risk everything tonight, but we closed down all the spaces,” Juventus centerback Leonardo Bonucci said. “Scoring three in the first leg and not conceding at the Camp Nou is the evidence that we are a great team. I think every team would like to avoid us now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTrue to the Italian tradition of defending an advantage, goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon had little work to do until late in the game, as Massimiliano Allegri’s side expertly absorbed Barcelona’s passing attack that ultimately produced few good scoring opportunities.And when Messi did get free inside the area, Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer squandered both his chances to spark a fightback. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dani Alves committed the only slip in Juventus’ discipline when he was caught off the pitch at kickoff saying ‘hello’ to his former teammates in Barcelona’s dugout. Fortunately for the Brazil right back, the opening move planned by Barcelona to send a long ball into his defensive zone flopped.Otherwise, the same Juventus starting 11 from the first leg had control of the match, bending but never breaking under the assault of a Barcelona in full-attack mode.“On a psychological level, my team never dropped its guard. The force of the team is not getting too worked up, or shaken,” Allegri said. “My players were extraordinary tonight. They kept their cool.”Messi could have boosted Barcelona’s hopes in the 19th minute when a long buildup ended with Luis Suarez setting him up near the penalty spot, only for Messi to fire wide.Neymar volleyed Jordi Alba’s pass wide before Messi drew the first save from Buffon just past the half-hour mark.Juventus, however, tightened its defense, anchored by Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, and the hosts’ opportunities dried up.Messi’s first half had a painful ending when he was caught by Miralem Pjanic while jumping for a ball. Messi tumbled face first into the turf, and showed a small scratch that bled on his cheek once he got back on his feet. Neymar was then booked for an apparent retaliatory charge into Pjanic, earning him a one-game suspension for accumulation of yellow cards.Messi wasted another opportunity in the 67th when Suarez found him in the box after Buffon left his line and failed to clear the ball.Andres Iniesta finally gave Buffon a real challenge with 10 minutes remaining, when his glancing effort off a cross made the veteran goalkeeper get down low to save.“Juve is a great team that knows how to defend perfectly. Even so, a goal would have changed the game,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “We created enough chances to score, but it wasn’t to be.” More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

World observes Nelson Mandela International Day

first_imgJuly 18 marks the birthday of the first black elected South African President, Nelson Mandela who relentlessly fought for the freedom of South Africa’s black population.Late South African leader and icon Nelson MandelaGuyana has joined the world to celebrate the life and legacy of the late South African leader in observance of Nelson Mandela International Day.The United Nations recognised Mandela’s dedication to the service of humanity and democracy and awarded him this day which took effect in 2010 after being declared in November, 2009.According to the UN: “Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.”Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, prisoner of conscience, and an international peacemaker.According to the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the celebration of Mandela Day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to “recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better.”“By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good…take action, inspire change, make every day a Mandela Day,” the Foundation further noted.Born in 1918, Mandela spent 27 years (1962 to 1990) in prison for his involvement in attempting to overthrow the then apartheid minority government of South Africa. The BBC noted that he worked to “achieve human rights and a better future for everyone in South Africa”.Mandela led the African National Congress to power and severed as President from 1994 to 1999, before voluntarily stepping down.He died in 2013 from lung illness.last_img read more

Exclusive – No way Gerrard will copy Lampard and join a rival, claims former team-mate

first_imgNeil Mellor claims there’s no way Steven Gerrard will follow Chelsea legend Frank Lampard’s lead and join a rival Premier League side.The Blues stalwart moved to MLS side New York City FC last summer, but then agreed a loan switch to sister side Manchester City for this campaign.Lampard has already come back to haunt Jose Mourinho’s side, by scoring in the fixture between the two sides at the Etihad, and helped his new employers to secure victory against Sunderland on Thursday.Some Chelsea fans are unhappy by the 36-year-old’s actions but Mellor claims the Anfield faithful won’t have to face the same problem when Gerrard, who has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season, moves on.“There’s no chance Steven Gerrard will return to the Premier League with another club [like Frank Lampard],” he told Bingham and Quinny.“He’s proved over the years what a loyal player he is. He’s stuck by Liverpool when he had opportunities to leave.“He may go to America but there’s no way Gerrard will play in the Premier League for anyone else other than Liverpool.”last_img read more

Kick Off: England Euro 2016 Special – Tuesday, June 28

first_imgMark Saggers is joined by a number of guests to look back over England’s disastrous Euro 2016 campaign, and the departure of Roy Hodgson.The likes of Jim Proudfoot, Nigel Adderley and John Cross share their views on the recent upheaval, while former Three Lions striker Dean Ashton names who he would like to see as the next manager.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes, along with previous versions.last_img

These are the three games Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss for Man United

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match ban after admitting a Football Association charge for violent conduct.The striker clashed with Tyrone Mings in the 1-1 draw with Bournemouth on 4 March and the suspension is effective immediately.Here are the games he will miss:Chelsea (a) in the FA Cup on 13 MarchMiddlesbrough (a) in the Premier League on 19 MarchWest Brom (h) in the Premier League on 1 April“He is due to return in the home game with Everton on 4 April but remains eligible for the Reds’ Europa League clashes with FC Rostov,” a statement on the club website reads.Ibrahimovic, 35, has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season following his summer arrival. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will serve a three-match ban 2center_img 2last_img read more

District wants to name field after educator

first_imgLANCASTER – Antelope Valley Union High School District officials propose naming Knight High School’s athletic field after a longtime school administrator who died of a heart attack in 2002. Ray Monti was deputy superintendent for educational services and had been principal at Quartz Hill, Antelope Valley and Desert Winds high schools in the 1980s and 1990s. “It was a great loss for us. He was a great institution to the district,” board member Al Beattie said. “Time has lapsed but that doesn’t mean this contribution should not be recognized.” The board discussed the idea at a meeting Tuesday and will probably take action at the next board meeting. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The idea was proposed by the district’s administrative staff. A staff report said it has been customary for athletic fields to be named in honor of people who have made contributions to education or the district. Knight High School recently had the grand opening of its new stadium. Monti’s wife, Gail, and his daughter, a teacher in the district, were at the board meeting. Gail Monti told trustees that her husband would have demurred at the honor, saying he wouldn’t want to be recognized. “She said she and the family appreciated it and it would be a great tribute to her husband,” board President Donita Winn said. “All of us who got to know him thought it was good idea.” Monti died at home of a heart attack at age 58. A 1961 graduate of Palmdale High School, Monti went to work for the high school district as a teacher at his alma mater in 1973. He was Desert Winds principal in 1980 and then became principal at Antelope Valley High in 1986 and at Quartz Hill in 1989. In 1989, he was named assistant superintendent of education services, then in 1995 was promoted to deputy superintendent. Monti also was active in the parish of Father Serra Catholic Church in Quartz Hill. (661) 267-5744160Want 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