SJV baseball players get their first taste of fall ball

first_img BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer The St. John Vianney High School entry in the Shore Babe Ruth Fall Baseball League is giving several Lancers players the opportunity to gain valuable game experience against other area high school players. This marks the first time SJV has fielded an entry in the fall league, and it comes on the heels of the team’s entry in the Monmouth County American Legion League, where the Lancers fielded both senior and junior squads. The fall contingent, under the guidance of coach Jeff Georgiana, is off to a 3-0 start and includes many of the players who will comprise the SJV varsity roster this spring. “We have a veteran team and they’re working hard,” said Georgiana. “They’re a bunch of good kids and all I’m doing is giving them a chance to play.” Georgiana’s crew includes three top pitchers in seniors Chris Arrecchi, Jesse Bartley and Mark Vincie, and several others can take to the hill. They include senior Matt Scarnatti, juniors Dave Rada and Bryan Ronayne, and sophomores Sean Cusick and Ryan Doty. Senior Mark Stevens is the first baseman, Guy Palumbo, a senior, and Anthony Pavia, a junior, handle second base; sophomore Nick Nittoli and Ronayne are the shortstops, and Arrecchi plays third when not pitching. Senior Bryan Georgiana is behind the plate. The outfield includes Doty in center, and seniors Bryan Ball and Steve Trapaso in right and left fields, respectively. Cusick, senior Mike Belleran and soph Mike Urcicuoli also see time in the outfield. Ronayne leads the team in hitting with a .555 mark, while the younger Georgiana is at an even .500. “Actually, everyone has been hitting,” coach Georgiana said. “As a team, we’ve been crushing the ball; they all have at least three hits.” Thus far, the SJV entry, which plays at the high school field, has downed teams representing Wall, Shore Regional and Colts Neck. The team plays an 11-game schedule, and each contest runs nine innings instead of the usual seven frames used in high school play. The league also includes teams from Matawan, Manasquan and St. Rose. SJV’s next game is Sunday at home against St. Rose. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer last_img read more

De Jesus admits 2nd loss to Ateneo a blow to team’s confidence

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Bolts fend off Aces’ late comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next La Salle coach Ramil de Jesus. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus said his Lady Spikers’ second straight loss to archrival Ateneo is a huge blow their confidence coming into the Final Four.“I think it really hit our confidence, that’s where we’ve been hit the hardest,” said De Jesus after the 12-25, 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 loss at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos READ: Ateneo shocks La Salle to finish first round at no. 1 Still, De Jesus said the “real fight” starts in the semifinals.“The important games are in the semifinals, that’s where the real fight starts, not in the eliminations,” said De Jesus. “Today’s game was just to determine the seeding of the teams.”“Come Final Four, that’s where the fun starts.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ READ: Ateneo claims top spot, repeats over La SalleLa Salle was also subject to an Ateneo shocker early in the season when the Lady Eagles swooped on them in four sets, 26-24, 26-24, 21-25, 25-17.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 returnDe Jesus added they still have to fix their tendency to let their guard down after winning the first set.“That’s one thing we have to learn as a team. Yes, we know that we took one set but it’s not as if the opponent will just submit,” said De Jesus, whose team finished the eliminations with an 11-3 card behind the top seeded Lady Eagles who has a 12-2 record. MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test 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 View commentslast_img read more

Cape Verde, Zambia out after dour draw

first_img0Shares0000EBIBIYIN, Equatorial Guinea, January 26 – Cape Verde and Zambia were eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea on Monday after a dour 0-0 draw in a match hit by a tropical storm. Tunisia won Group B and the Democratic Republic of Congo finished second after they drew 1-1 in port city Bata at the same time.Cape Verde finished level on points and goal difference with DR Congo, but lost out because they scored only one goal in three matches while the Congolese managed two.Torrential rain, thunder, lightning and a swirling wind made good football impossible and when Zambia got a stoppage-time chance to snatch victory and a last-eight place, Mukuka Mulenga shot wide.A scrappy first half ended goalless with neither team creating a clear-cut scoring chance at Estadio de Ebebiyin in the north-east corner of Equatorial Guinea.Zambia had an opportunity to trouble Cape Verde just past the half hour after Carlitos was yellow-carded for fouling Evans Kangwa just outside the penalty area.But in keeping with the generally uninspiring standard of football, Lubambo Musonda struck the free-kick straight at the defensive wall.Rodrigues, getting his first start of the tournament for Cape Verde, was involved in two close shaves for Zambia just before half-time.His free-kick found Toni, who should have done better than heading over from point-blank range on 44 minutes.And in the second minute of stoppage time, a Rodrigues free-kick flew low across the goalmouth and just wide of the far post.Conditions deteriorated considerably during the break and the second half began with puddles dotting a pitch created only this month with grass imported from Spain.Fortunately, by the time the game reached the hour mark, the rain eased, but the match had become a lottery with water spraying each time there was a tussle for possession.Cape Verde substitute Djaniny got a sight of goal just inside the box midway through the half, but slipped on the treacherous surface and the ball was cleared.Zambia had a good chance to end the stalemate 12 minutes from time only for substitute Patrick Ngoma and Kangwa to miss a low Chisamba Lungu cross.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man United mystery man: ‘He could be a rock star… have you seen his hair?!’

first_img ‘Marouane Fellaini could be a rock star… have you seen his hair?!’ 1 Each week a leading band or musician takes our Starting XI Q&A. And in the hot-seat this week, Squeeze legend Glenn Tilbrook…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Wayne Rooney because he’s a great player and everyone has seen him on karaoke.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?“And when they were up, they were up. And when they were down, they were down. And when they were only halfway up, they were neither up nor down”  (The Grand Old Duke of York)Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Barcelona’s Camp Nou. I was lucky enough to see them play there twice earlier this year and the atmosphere was immense!Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Marouane Fellaini… have you seen his hair?Brit award or Premier League trophy?Haha. Brit Award.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?The Beatles, David Bowie, Marmalade and The Tremeloes. I didn’t get football until I started taking my kids to see Charlton…then the penny dropped.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Lionel Messi.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Anything by Max Miller or Chas ‘n’ Dave. Everyone must sing along to Chas ‘n’ Dave.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?It was a shame when Scott Parker left Charlton (that’s my team). And when Ronaldo left the Premier League. I’m excited by young Martin Odegaard, who has just been signed by Real Madrid. He could be a great player.Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Diego Costa.What’s the best/worst football song ever recorded?World in Motion is great, Barnesy’s rap! And obviously Three Lions is brilliant. Down in the Valley by Squeeze has a brilliant intro, then when the song proper starts it all goes wrong. Oh well. I’ve got a soft spot for the old school tub thumper ‘Back Home’.last_img read more

U.S. cold warrior Weinberger, 88

first_imgWASHINGTON – Caspar W. Weinberger, who oversaw the Pentagon’s biggest peacetime spending increase as President Reagan’s defense secretary and later faced criminal charges for his role in the Iran-Contra affair, died Tuesday. He was 88. Weinberger had been hospitalized in Bangor, Maine, with a high fever and pneumonia brought on by his age, according to his son, Caspar Weinberger Jr. “My father was just a world diplomat, a No. 1 great American patriot. He always stayed the course. He always had beliefs; he held to those beliefs,” the son said. Weinberger served as President Nixon’s budget director and was nicknamed “Cap the Knife” for his efforts to slash government spending. Yet the classic cold warrior’s best-known role may have been as Reagan’s defense secretary, presiding over a cumulative $2 trillion in military spending. “He left the U.S. armed forces stronger, our country safer and the world more free,” said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Determined to ensure U.S. strategic strength to counter the Soviet Union, Weinberger pushed Congress to fund such programs as the Strategic Defense Initiative, Midgetman and MX missiles, B-1B bombers and stealth aircraft. But during this time reports surfaced of excesses at the Pentagon – from $600 toilet seats to $400 hammers. Cartoonists had a field day portraying Weinberger with toilet seats around his neck. In a Feb. 10, 1986, interview with The Washington Post, Reagan defended his defense secretary. “That’s the same price that TWA and Delta and United pay. It is a molded cover for the entire toilet system. And, yes, it does cost about that much.” Supporters contended the defense buildup helped cause the collapse of the Soviet Union. “His legacy is a strong and free America, and for this and for a lifetime of selfless service, a grateful nation thanks him,” former first lady Nancy Reagan said Tuesday. Weinberger’s early interest in politics and government – sparked by his father, a lawyer – led him to the Pentagon and White House. But his work also led to trouble – federal felony charges stemming from his alleged role in the sale of weapons to Iran to finance secret, illegal aid to the Nicaraguan Contras. The “arms-for-hostages” affair poisoned the closing years of Reagan’s administration and permanently stained the reputations of the insiders involved. In one of President George H. W. Bush’s final official acts after his 1992 loss to Bill Clinton, he granted Christmas Eve pardons to Weinberger and five others accused in the affair. Bush was Reagan’s vice president. Weinberger, 75 at the time, had been scheduled to stand trial in less than two weeks on charges that he concealed thousands of pages of his handwritten notes from congressional investigators and prosecutors. He’d earlier rejected independent counsel Lawrence Walsh’s plea-bargain offer to testify against his longtime friends and colleagues, including Reagan, and plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Weinberger had said he was innocent of all the charges and considered the indictment a political attack. After the pardon was announced, Walsh alleged that “the Iran-Contra cover-up, which has continued for more than six years, has now been completed.” In 1989, Weinberger, a self-described “frustrated newspaperman” – he was president of the Harvard Crimson – joined Forbes to become the magazine’s fourth publisher. In 1993 he was named chairman of Forbes Inc. Besides his son, Weinberger is survived by a daughter, Arlin Weinberger, and his wife of 63 years, Jane. All three were at his bedside when he died. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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

Stunning law change! FIFA to introduce Subbuteo style ‘offside areas’

first_imgFIFA are ready to push ahead with radical plans to change the offside law – and make football more like Subbuteo!*Earlier this year, the technical director of the game’s governing body, Marco van Basten, proposed scrapping offside altogether, saying: “Football now is already looking a lot like handball with nine or ten defenders in front of the goal. It’s difficult for the opposition to score a goal as it’s very difficult to create something in the small pieces of space they give you. If you play without offside you get more possibilities to score a goal.”FIFA now accept the Dutchman’s proposal was a step too far, but they are determined to make changes to ensure attacking play is rewarded by rewriting the offside rule and introducing a new ‘Offside Zone’.An attacking player would be penalised only if they go offside in the final third, and the new pitch layout would resemble a Subbuteo pitch, with an extra offside line added between the halfway line and the penalty area.The Tweede Divisie in Holland – the Netherland’s semi-professional league – will trial the new rule in August and, if successful, FIFA will aim to implement the new law at the 2018 World Cup.Holland’s FIFA executive member, Floos Dyalla, told talkSPORT: “We are delighted to be chosen to trial the new laws. Marco van Basten is one of football’s great visionaries and we believe the new ‘Offside Zone’ will improve the game for both players and fans.”FIFA are also in talks with technology companies about developing lighting options that would superimpose the offside line on the pitch rather than paint them.Former England striker Dean Ashton told talkSPORT “We want to see more goals, we want to see more penalty area action and if that means dropping defences back a little bit, I think that can only help”.* This was of course an April Fool… although we wouldn’t put it past FIFA! It’s going to be a whole new ball game! 1last_img read more

IBM, Lenovo battery recall

first_imgThe batteries believed to be at risk were sold between February 2005 and this month, separately or along with ThinkPad computers. About 168,500 of the 526,000 batteries were sold in the U.S. Previously, Lenovo had received two reports of a battery overheating in Japan and the Netherlands, said Ray Gorman, a spokesman for the Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based company. The commission said the overheating problem did not appear to be linked to the defects cited in the Apple and Dell cases. In the previous cases, Sony said the batteries could catch fire in rare cases when microscopic metal particles came into contact with other parts of the battery cell, leading to a short circuit. Typically a battery pack will power off when there is a short circuit; but on occasion the battery would catch fire instead. Consumers are advised to stop using the batteries immediately and contact Lenovo to receive a free replacement battery. For more information they can contact Lenovo at 1-(800) 426-7378 or log on to THE RECALL The computers: T Series (T43, T43p, T60); R Series (R51e, R52, R60, R60e); and X Series (X60, X60s). The batteries: ASM P/N 92P1072, 92P1088, 92P1142 or 92P1170; or FRU P/N 92P1073, 92P1089, 92P1141, 92P1169 or 93P5028. Look there: Part or model numbers on battery label.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Consumers are being asked to return 526,000 laptop batteries made by Sony Corp. because they could catch fire, the latest in a record-setting recall involving nearly 7 million computers. IBM Corp. and Lenovo Group, the world’s third largest computer maker, were seeking the recall of rechargeable, lithium-ion batteries purchased with ThinkPad computers. A laptop caught fire at Los Angeles International Airport this month. It is the fourth recall in recent weeks involving Sony laptop batteries. In August, Dell asked customers to return 4.1 million batteries and Apple recalled 1.8 million batteries worldwide, warning they could catch fire. Last week, Toshiba said it was recalling 340,000 laptop batteries due to a problem that caused the laptops to run out of power. In all, it is largest electronic-related recall involving the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The agency said there have been only 47 reports of batteries catching fire. “While the risk may be real, it is very small,” said Julie Vallese, a commission spokeswoman. Sony said it was working with the agency on a worldwide recall program for certain battery models and may involve additional recalls. “We believe that this program is in the best interest of both our customers and all consumers,” Sony said in a statement. In the latest recall, Lenovo cited a potential risk after a report of a smoking laptop at the Los Angeles airport. The computer emitted sparks and had to be put out with a fire extinguisher. IBM and Lenovo, a Chinese computer maker which bought IBM’s personal computer division in 2005, chose to pursue a broader recall, the commission said. last_img read more

Small in stature, big on plays

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’He’s thrown for 1,372 yards and 11 touchdowns and is also the team’s leading rusher, averaging 85.3 yards per game. Perez has led an offense that’s catapulted Vasquez into playoff contention. After a 1-2 start, the Mustangs have won four straight, averaging 40.5 points over that stretch. The run includes a 43-36 upset of previously unbeaten Boron. West Ranch, although a seniorless team, had won three consecutive games, outscoring its opponents 119-20 over that stretch. “He’s fun to watch,” Vasquez coach Tim Jorgensen said. “He’s very quick and he covers a lot of ground. He’s also very perceptive.” Jorgensen said Perez’s leadership has been just as valuable to the team as his skills. He said Perez helps run practices, and is involved in developing plays with the coaching staff. “He comes into practices prepared to lead,” Jorgensen said. “He run receivers through drills while we’re working with the line. “He’s like having a player coach on the field.” Perez is the basketball team’s point guard and plays middle infield on the baseball team. Perez’s best chance of playing collegiate-level sports is in baseball, but Jorgensen said he’s gotten some looks from several Div. II colleges and has been contacted by Fresno State. “If he was 6-1, he’d be a (Div. I) prospect, no question about it,” Jorgensen said. Offensive showcase: Palmdale’s 35-21 Golden League victory over Highland on Friday turned into an offensive showcase in the second half, with each team scoring on the first five possessions of the half. Palmdale opened up a 35-21 lead with just more than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter when quarterback David Coleman’s scoring run from the 4 capped a 74-yard, 13-play drive that consumed more than seven minutes. Palmdale running back Ronald Scott had 10 carries for 62 yards on the drive. He finished the game with 187 rushing yards. Highland scored on its first two possessions on runs by quarterback Kevin Bevans from the 8 and the 1. “We came out a little flat defensively in the second half but fortunately for us our offense kept scoring and that took a lot of pressure off us,” Palmdale coach Jeff Williams said. SHOWDOWN: Palmdale (7-1, 4-0) can clinch at least a share of its fifth consecutive league title Friday when it plays at Lancaster (5-3, 4-1). The two teams will square off for a league title for a fourth consecutive season. Lancaster is seeking its first league title. (661) 267-7802 LOCAL SCOREBOARD: Palmdale 35, Highland 21 Lancaster 61, Antelope Valley 20 Quartz Hill 36, Littlerock 12 Frazier Mountain 31, Rosamond 22 Vasquez 48, West Ranch 39 Boron 41, Mammoth 0 Desert 29, Kern Valley 14 Bishop 14, Mojave 0 Desert Christian 26, Silver Valley 18 EIGHT-MAN Hesperia Christian 54, Antelope Valley Christian 6 Bethel Christian 46, Excelsior Education Center 19160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Vasquez quarterback Joe Perez is an undersized overachiever. Perez, a 5-foot-8, 167-pound senior three-sport standout, is putting up exceptional numbers for the football team. Perez, who also excels in baseball and basketball, has the freelance Mustangs (5-2) on course to make the playoffs for a third consecutive year. In Friday’s 48-39 victory over West Ranch of Stevenson Ranch, Perez was 22-for-32 passing for 262 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed for 55 yards on 11 carries. last_img read more

Jurgen Klopp explains why you won’t see him in a suit on the touchline again

first_img 2 The days of Jurgen Klopp wearing a suit on the touchline are long gone – according to the man himself 2 Jurgen Klopp’s jovial and charismatic nature has made him one of the most popular figures in the Premier League.While many bosses in England’s top flight sport a suit on the touchline during games, Klopp prefers to wear a tracksuit instead. The Liverpool boss explained the thinking behind his casual matchday attire in an exclusive interview with Reshmin Chowdhury prior to his side’s win over Newcastle on Saturday.“I have a suit for weddings, funerals and if somebody tells me I have to wear a suit. For me it’s not ideal,” he said. Klopp always wears a tracksuit on the touchline, even during his side’s triumphant Champions League final win over Tottenham last season center_img getty Getty “I have no reason to wear one. I don’t feel comfortable in it and I cannot breathe properly.“I don’t want to have to think about my outfit before a game, so I’m really happy that the kitman can give me something that I can jump into.” “I have a suit for weddings, funerals & if someone tells me I must wear it.” 😂“When I started in the CL I did it as someone said it’s a duty!”“I don’t want to look good, my team should look good.” Jurgen Klopp explains why you won’t see him in a #LFC suit! 👔— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 13, 2019Klopp did wear a suit on occasions during his stint at Borussia Dortmund, as well as in the Europa League during his first season at Liverpool – 2015/16 – but maintains there will not be a repeat of that in the future.“When I first started in the Champions League I wore them because I was told by somebody it was a duty,” he added.“But from the first time I saw another manager next to me not wearing a suit, I was done.“I’m not interested in small talk. I don’t want to look good on the sideline, my team should look good. That’s my main target.”last_img read more