BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Although there was little that anyone could do against the Don Bosco cross country team on Nov. 17, Christian Brothers Academy did little to harm its reputation for coming up with its best when it counts the most. ANDREW MILLER staff Runners in the Girls Championship race move as a pack up a hill just past the start at the Meet of Champions cross-country race at Holmdel Park on Nov. 17. Christian Brothers Academy did not add on to its state record NJSIAA Meet of Champions wins (15) at Holmdel Park, but the Colts collectively had their finest race of the year finishing second to powerhouse Don Bosco, 69-150. Their team average 16:50.20 was their best of the year. Tom Heath’s Colts emerged from the pack of contenders behind Don Bosco by getting four of its five runners under 17:00. Vin Ferrer (16:44), Brendon Pierson (16:45), Kyle Havard (16:49) and Ben Horel (16:50) finished 23-25-28-29 in team scoring and fifth runner Rich Grandelli (17:03) was 45th. There are no moral victories when you are the best high school program in the state, but the Colts can be pleased by the way they again rose to the occasion. Don Bosco simply had one of the best days in MOC history. The Ironmen dominated the race as expected with Robert Molke (16:08) and Anthony Belgiovine (16:13) starting the victory parade placing fourth and eighth in the team competition. The Ironmen had a team average of 16:25.80. Mater Dei’s Curtis Jenson had the best finish outside of CBA’s harriers (placing 29th overall (16:33). He stood 17th in the team competition as the Seraphs, the Non-Public B state champions, were 19th (450). Holmdel was 17th (406) led by George Galasso who was 35th overall (16:37). West Windsor-Plainsboro South’s Brian Leung won the individual state title posting a 15:33, which put him fifth on the all-time Holmdel Park performance list. In the girls race, Holmdel was led by freshman Shannon Nelson, 48th overall (19:52) and sophomore Cathay Zhao in 72nd (20:16). The Seraphs were paced by Marie Walsh (19:43) who was first among the area harriers in 38th. Not far back was teammate Liz Shaw in 41st (19:44). Voorhees was even more dominating that Don Bosco in winning the girl’s team championship. The Vikings broke their own Holmdel Park team average record with a remarkable 19:01.00. Their 60- points beat Roxbury (122) by 62 points. They were led by Melanie Thompson, the individual champion who upset pre-race favorite Jillian Smith of Southern Regional, 18:02-18:03.
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By Greg StutchburyWorld number one Serena Williams set up a rematch of last year’s Australian Open final against Maria Sharapova after she comfortably accounted for Russian Margarita Gasparyan 6-2 6-1 in the fourth round on Sunday.The victory for Williams, who is seeking a seventh Australian Open title and 22nd grand slam trophy overall, could not have been in sharper contrast to that of Sharapova, who preceded her onto Rod Laver Arena.Sharapova was made to work hard for her 7-5 7-5 victory over 12th seeded Swiss Belinda Bencic before eventually sealing a place in the eagerly anticipated quarter-final in two hours, five minutes.Williams then swept aside Sharapova’s Russian compatriot in 55 minutes with little fuss.Her only hiccup came in the first game of the match when the 21-year-old raced out to a 0-40 lead and then achieved the second break of the powerful American’s serve this tournament to take a surprising 1-0 lead.Unfortunately for Gasparyan, that was as good as it got against the 34-year-old, who rattled off the next four games on her way to sealing the set in 30 minutes and then breezed through the second in 25 minutes.The victory was the third successive straight forward win for the American, who has not been pushed in Melbourne since her first round clash with Italy’s Camila Giorgi.She has spent a total of just two hours, 39 minutes on court since beating Giorgi and sounded a coded warning to Sharapova ahead of their clash on Tuesday.“I just feel like I’m really confident in my game right now, not against her or against any other opponent,” Williams said. “I feel if I can just continue to play well, then it could be good.”While her progress through the tournament has been relatively comfortable, Williams said she had another massively motivating factor that could help her up her game on Tuesday. Losing.Williams has not lost to Sharapova since 2004, a run of 17 successive victories, and holds an 18-2 career record overall against the five-time grand slam winner.“I think the person who’s winning could definitely feel the pressure because there is a lot of expectations,” Williams added.“The person who is losing (could think) ‘well, I have lost X amount in a row; I don’t have anything to lose’.“But in this situation, I don’t have anything to lose because I’m just here. Every tournament for me is just a bonus at this point in my career.”
Cyprus tennis star Marcos Baghdatis has qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this summer.According to a press release issued by the Cyprus Olympic Committee, Baghdatis, ranked 41 in the world, will compete in Rio during the first week of the Games, between August 6-14, at the Olympic Tennis Centre.The Cyprus Olympic Committee congratulates 31-year-old Baghdatis, his coach Dejan Vojnović and the Cyprus Tennis Federation on this success.The Rio Games will be the third Olympics for Baghdatis, who first participated in Athens in 2004 when he was 19-years-old. In 2008, despite the fact that he had qualified for Beijing, he did not compete due to an injury.In London four years ago, he reached the third round.Baghdatis, who was born in Limassol, was the runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open and a semi-finalist at the 2006 Wimbledon Championships. In August 2006 he reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No.8.Twelve more Cypriot athletes have qualified so far for the Rio Olympics.
In a statement Thursday, police said they arrested 19 people believed to be planning attacks coordinated by two ringleaders currently in Syria “alongside ISIS.”Police said they also seized weapons, explosives and extremist religious materials during various raids.Eighteen of the suspects are Kosovo nationals and one is Macedonian. One suspect was released after 48 hours. The other 18 will be detained for 30 days for interrogation, officials said.
LeBron James used a visit to Washington to express his continued displeasure at Donald Trump, without once mentioning the United States president by name.James took the court wearing one white and one black shoe for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Washington Wizards in an NBA game in the national capital.Both shoes had the word ‘EQUALITY’ stitched in capital letters on the back, and they got the attention he apparently was seeking.“Obviously, we know where we are right now and we know who’s at the helm here,” the four-time NBA most valuable player told reporters after the game, played barely a mile from the White House.“Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, and as women, black or white or Hispanic.”James, a frequent and outspoken critic of Trump, backed losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.He has continued his attacks on Trump in the 13 months since the election, saying that the president does not understand that many children look to their leader for guidance and encouragement.James spoke on Sunday after compiling his third straight triple-double — 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists — as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 106-99.“No matter your race, this is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,” he said.
A decision on an appeal by Russian athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics will be issued on Friday at 1100 local time (0200 GMT), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday.CAS has been handling several appeals from the Russians after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) invited 169 carefully screened Russian athletes to compete as independents in South Korea.Russia was banned from Pyeongchang over the Sochi 2014 doping scandal and the IOC had banned dozens of athletes from the games for life and stripped their Sochi Games medals following several investigations.CAS upheld the appeal of 28 athletes due to insufficient evidence but the IOC still refused to invite them saying the evidence was there.CAS is also handling appeals of Russians, including Olympic champion skater Viktor Ahn, who had not been named in the doping investigations or had any prior doping offences but were still not invited due to doping suspicions by the IOC.The Games run from Feb. 9-25.
Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has dropped his appeal against a 50-day jail sentence for assaulting a taxi driver.The move by the 30-year-old makes the judgement final but his current club, Rosenborg, have pledged to stand by him.Bendtner was found guilty of assaulting a taxi driver in Copenhagen in September. The Denmark international admitted the charge but said he had acted in self-defence.In a statement, his Norwegian club said: “Nicklas has regretted the incident and he is taking his sentence.“If we make mistakes, it is important that we take responsibility for our actions.“Nicklas has his employment relationship with Rosenborg FC and the enforceable verdict from Denmark does not change that.”Bendtner began his career at Arsenal and scored 45 goals in 171 games for the Gunners.He also had spells on loan with Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus before joining Wolfsburg in 2014.Bendtner returned to English football with Nottingham Forest in 2016 but did not see out a full season before moving to Rosenborg.His hopes of making the Denmark squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia were ended due to injury.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side’s 3-2 Nations League win in November.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller and Ajax Amsterdam defender Maximilian Woeber will miss both legs of their teams’ respective Champions League round of 16 ties after being banned for two European games following red cards last month.Mueller will sit out the tie against Liverpool and Woeber misses his side’s clash with Real Madrid.Lovren posted a video on Instagram where he appeared to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15.He also told reporters after the match that Spain were “rude on the pitch” and bad losers.UEFA said that Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary rules which penalises anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rule s of decent conduct.”He was suspended from Croatia’s next UEFA competition match, which is the Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Azerbaijan in March.Despite the win, Croatia finished bottom of Group A4 after losing their final game to England and were relegated to League B of UEFA’s new competition.Muller was given a straight red card for a high kick on Nicolas Tagliafico during Bayern’s 3-3 draw against Ajax and was banned for two European club matches. Woeber was dismissed in a separate incident of the same match.BATE Borisov’s Sihnevich Mikalai and Villarreal’s Costas Jorda Jaume were also banned for two European matches after being sent off in Europa League games last month.Olympiakos were fined 90,000 euros following crowd trouble in their Europa League match against AC Milan.UEFA sanctioned the Greek side over a pitch invasion, the setting-off of fireworks and blocked stairways during their 3-1 win over Milan on Dec. 13 in Athens.Olympiakos must play their next home match behind closed doors although this was deferred for a “probationary period” of two years.Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso suggested that Olympiakos threw extra balls onto the pitch and mentioned a “strange trumpet noise” although he said it was not an excuse for their defeat.Milan were fined 5,000 euros after their fans also set off fireworks.Paris St Germain and Red Star Belgrade were fined 35,000 euros and 25,000 euros respectively for incidents at their Champions League match on Oct. 3 which the Ligue 1 side won 6-1