Freehold Area Running Club to host USATF World Cup Race Walk Trials

first_imgThe Freehold Area Running Club will be hosting the 2014 USA National Race Walk World Cup Trials on March 30 at 8:30 a.m.The club was selected by USA Track and Field (USATF) to conduct the trials, which will determine the American World Cup race walking team that will compete at this year’s IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China, in May.The competition will be held at the club’s new race walk venue at Harry Wright Lake in the Whiting section of Manchester Township. There will be a 20K race for Senior Men and Women, and a 10K race for Junior Men and Women (19 and under).To be eligible for the World Cup team, a walker must not only place at the March 30 championships, but he or she must meet the minimum time standard established by the IAAF over the previous year.The races will also serve as the USAFTNJ Association’s Men’s and Women’s 20K Championships (all divisions).Ron Salvio is the race director. For more information, he can be reached at or 609-758-5454.last_img read more

Villa beat Liverpool’s kids to reach League Cup semis

first_imgAston Villa beat Liverpool’s youngest-ever side 5-0 with a double by Jonathan Kodjia helping them into the League Cup semi-finals on a strange night at Villa Park on Tuesday.With Premier League leaders Liverpool playing in FIFA’s Club World Cup 24 hours later in Doha, they fielded a starting lineup consisting mainly of reserves and youth team players with an average age of 19.4, a club record.Despite their inexperience Liverpool’s youngsters acquitted themselves well and matched a Villa side, showing 10 changes from their weekend Premier League defeat by Sheffield United, for much of a game that did not reflect well on the League Cup.Liverpool’s senior players and manager Juergen Klopp, watching on TV in Qatar, would have been impressed with the way they started with 16-year-old Harvey Elliott catching the eye.But Villa went ahead in the 14th minute through Conor Hourihane’s free kick, with Kodjia just failing to get a touch.Morgan Boyes, one of five Liverpool debutants, deflected Ahmed Elmohamady’s free kick up and over his own keeper Caoimhin Kelleher three minutes later before 30-year-old Kodjia ran through to slot home his side’s third goal in the 37th.Kodjia made it 4-0 just before halftime to end the match as a contest, although Liverpool carved out several good chances after the break. Villa added a fifth goal in stoppage time with record signing Wesley steering home after coming off the bench.last_img read more

‘Money’ on his mind as Pacquiao faces ex-teacher Horn

first_imgMOST READ LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs “Even though Pacquiao is the smaller man he’s the biggest mountain I’ve had to climb,” Horn said.Pacquiao hasn’t scored a knockout in eight years and Horn says he suspects Pacquiao fights more cautiously since his knockout against Juan Manuel Marquez in 2012.“Ever since that knockout loss against Juan Manuel Marquez, Manny doesn’t pull the trigger like he used to when he was on his big run of wins,” Horn said.“He’s looked good in his last two fights but he hasn’t been able to win inside the distance for a long time and I think that’s because of the KO loss he suffered against Marquez in 2012.“I don’t know if he has lost his knockout punch and I hope I don’t find out on Sunday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “If Manny puts his mind to it he destroys anybody in the world. He’s busted up some of the greats. Jeff Horn is the guy to knock out and we’re in the hurt business.”Knockout drought Pacquiao has beaten some of the best — Oscar de la Hoya, Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton, Jesse Vargas — while 29-year-old Horn is stepping up in class substantially in the World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight.“This guy (Horn) has nowhere near the experience at all. He hasn’t walked out in front of 50,000 people, ever,” Fortune said.“Nerves take a lot out of you when you fight. Manny’s done it, he’s used to it, it’s no big deal. Jeff’s not. I don’t think they’ve realised that.”Pacquiao, who is also a senator in the Philippines, regained the welterweight world title belt he lost to Mayweather when he knocked Vargas down in the second round and cruised to a unanimous decision in November.He will be making his first defense against Horn after a big-money fight with British boxer Amir Khan in the United Arab Emirates fell through earlier this year.“In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight,” Pacquiao said.“My team is very happy with my preparation. I am looking forward to this and I will be going home as world champion.”Horn stands to make huge money — reported at seven figures — if he can defy the odds and inflict only Pacquiao’s seventh defeat inside the ring. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Fresh Federer ready for Wimbledon history bid 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 READ: Pacquiao team says Horn fight will be ‘short and sweet’The eight-weight world champion, 38, one of the greatest fighters of his generation, is an overwhelming favorite to improve on his fabulous career record of 59 wins, six losses and two draws at the expense of Horn (16-0-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’It is revealing that the Pacquiao camp has already spoken of setting up another showdown with the unbeaten ‘Money’ Mayweather, who outpointed ‘Pac-Man’ in the “Fight of the Century” two years ago.“We’re chasing a rematch with Floyd Mayweather and we know he has to score a spectacular knockout win over Jeff Horn if that’s going to happen,” Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said. READ: Pacquiao eyeing Mayweather rematch, says Roach“I’m looking for a big win in Brisbane so we can go on to bigger and better things.“I’ve been looking for a big knockout from him for a long time now and I think you’re going to see it in this fight.”While Pacquiao has been respectful towards his relatively novice Aussie opponent, members of his entourage have talked dismissively of Horn’s chances of causing one of boxing’s greatest upsets.“Manny is one of the greats and Jeff Horn is in a different league,” Pacquiao’s Australian strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune told reporters.ADVERTISEMENT LSU title parade draws massive crowds LATEST STORIEScenter_img Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Manny Pacquiao. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia—Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao faces unheralded Australian challenger Jeff Horn in Sunday’s world welterweight title fight in Brisbane in pursuit of a dream rematch with Floyd Mayweather.The Pacquiao camp says it is anticipating a “short and sweet” win over the unbeaten Horn, a former school teacher and 2012 Australian Olympian, before an expected 50,000 crowd at Suncorp Stadium.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

CRICKET – THIRD TEST: England beat West Indies by 232 runs

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – England defeated West Indies by 232 runs on the penultimate day of the third and final Test at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium here Tuesday. Scores: ENGLAND 277 all out (Ben Stokes 79, Jos Buttler 67, Rory Burns 29; Kemar Roach 4-48, Shannon Gabriel 2-49, Keemo Paul 2-58, Alzarri Joseph 2-61) and 361 for five decl. (Joe Root 122, Jose Denly 69, Jos Butter 56, Ben Stokes 48 not out; Shannon Gabriel 2-95) WEST INDIES 154 all out (John Campbell 41, Shane Dowrich 38; Mark Wood 5-41, Moeen Ali 4-36) and 252 (Roston Chase 102 not out; Alzarri Joseph 34, Kemar Roach 29; Jimmy Anderson 3-27, Moeen Ali 3-99, Ben Stokes 2-30)last_img

Thompson wins 60m thriller

first_imgAfter she opened her 2019 season at the Queens/Grace Jackson track meet last month, Olympic 100 and 200 metres champion, Elaine Thompson,  vowed that she will learn how to compete with an Achilles tendon injury that has become an albatross on her illustrious career. And on Saturday she took the first step in surmounting the challenge by winning a thrilling women’s 60m final at the Muller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham, England. Thompson stopped the clock at 7.13 seconds, her fastest time over the distance since 2017. In a three-way photo-finish, British sprinter and former World Youth 100m champion, Asha Phillips, was just behind in 7.14 while Marie-Josee Ta Lou of  Cote de’Ivoire took third in 7.15. Three Jamaicans ran in the final. Ramona Burchell, who made the final  in the event at the World Indoor Championships last year was fifth in 7.21 and Gayon Evans, the Commonwealth Games 100m bronze medallist, was in 7.28. Stephenie Ann McPherson was also a winner on the day as she captured the women’s 400m in 52. 24 seconds. Britain’s Eilidh Doyle was second in 52.43 while Lisanne De Witte of the Netherlands rounded out the field with 52.61. Tajay Gayle picked up where he left off last season as he leaped to a personal best in the men’s long jump with 8.10 metres. His effort was only bettered by Cuban star jumper, Juan Miguel Echevarria, who produced 8.21m on his final attempt to grab the first position.  The performance of the meet went to Ethiopia’s 19-year-old Samuel Tefera who ran a world record in the men’s 1500m. He stopped the clock at 3:31.04 to erase Moroccan Hicham  El Guerrouj’s 22-year-old mark of 3:31.18.last_img read more

Noise nuisance

first_imgGovernments come and go but the scourge of noise nuisance continues unabated, even though the adverse health effects of noise are trumpeted at various forums and complaints by those affected are plentiful. There are so many people who seem to be oblivious to the injurious effects to general health and wellbeing of victims when perpetrators uncaringly engage in activities which create noise nuisance. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), noise causes a wide range of health effects, including: sleep disturbance; cardiovascular effects; damage to work and school performance; hearing impairment including tinnitus.The WHO also avers that noise has negative impacts on cognitive performance. For recall and reading, a reduction of the day and night noise level by 5 dB(A) within the range of 65–80 dB(A) was shown to improve performance by almost 10 per cent. For attention and memory, a 5 dB(A) reduction in average noise level results in approximately two to three per cent improvement of performance. The Organisation surmises that adverse impacts of noise on cognitive performance can lead to a reduction in the productivity at work and the learning performance at school.The lack of a sustained campaign against noise nuisance has created a dynamic where the noise emanating from various sources has grown to unbearable proportions countrywide.It would appear that playing music loudly has become part of our national culture. The situation has become worse because of advances in electronic technology which has helped musical sets to become much more powerful than what they were a couple of decades ago.Announcements by several Home Affairs Ministers over the years, that the Guyana Police Force (GPF) will adopt a ‘no nonsense’ approach and the full force of the law will deal with offenders, have all come to naught.Although the Ministry has over the years admitted that it continues to receive numerous complaints from senior citizens, the sick, working parents, students and several other law abiding people, to the effect that they are being affected by loud, repetitive and continuous noise emanating from a range of places in the different Police divisions, there is no evidence pointing to any long-term relief for victims.Reports verify that checks made at the locations complained about, on specified days and times, have re-enforced the validity and justification of the complaints, yet little or no relief is provided by law enforcement agencies, even though, sporadically, relevant Divisional Commanders of the GPF have been provided with the details pertaining to the complaints and directed to take appropriate action to ensure that Subsection (1) of Section 174 A of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, as amended by Act No. 1 of 1989, is not breached.The law states: “No person shall, in any road, street, public place or land or in building or premises, by operating or causing or suffering to be operated any stereo set, juke box, radio, wireless loudspeaker, gramophone, amplifier, automatic piano or similar instrument of music, or by any other means whatsoever, make or cause or suffer to be made any noise which shall be so loud and so continuous or repetitive as to cause a nuisance to occupants of any premises in the neighbourhood.”Another aspect of the noise nuisance the Ministry should look at is loud music emanating from privately owned vehicles.Somehow or the other it would appear that the operators believe they have the right to play music as loudly as they feel.The campaign against noise nuisance must be relentless and sustained or else this scourge will not be stopped because it seems that some people get a sense of pleasure when they play loud music and disturb others.last_img read more

Project set to beautify

first_imgThe parkway is named in honor of Robert St. Clair, a former mayor and a leader of the city’s incorporation effort. The honor was in recognition of more than 40 years of civic service, including his work in the incorporation effort, two stints as the city’s mayor and 16 years on the Palmdale school board. (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The site once housed a gas station that went out of business in the late 1990s. The city acquired the property about six years ago. The parkway, billed as “The Gateway to Downtown Palmdale,” is intended to give Sierra Highway a softer look in the area immediately north and south of Palmdale Boulevard. The first phase of the parkway, which opened in June 1998, replaced a strip of 45-year-old buildings that had included two bars, a military surplus store, a pawn shop and an adult gift store. That phase runs from Avenues Q to Q-7. Since then, another section, running 1,600 feet south of Palmdale Boulevard, was added. The parkway has a meandering 12-foot-wide path for pedestrians and bike riders, benches and landscaping. PALMDALE – A busy corner that once housed a gas station is being transformed into a new section of the Robert St. Clair Parkway. The city is spending about $185,000 to plant grass and about 40 trees on a half-acre on the northwest corner of Palmdale Boulevard and Sierra Highway. Work is expected to be completed in mid- or late July. City officials had been considering a clock tower as part of the project, but have since dropped that idea. “Since we did the clock tower at the transportation center, we thought it might be overkill to put another one that close,” said Leon Swain, the city’s director of public works. “Plus, we didn’t have the funding.” last_img read more

Spector jury will only consider murder charge

first_img“I would never allow that,” said Fidler, who added, “The only verdict form they will get is second-degree murder.” Given the limited issue, the judge said, “The instructions won’t take very long to read.” Attorneys are set to present closing arguments Sept. 5-6 and the case is to be submitted to jurors for deliberations on Sept. 7. Defense attorney Dennis Riordan, who argued the law on jury instructions, told the judge: “I’m sure we can all agree this is a case about who fired the gun.” Spector, 67, is charged with murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his Alhambra mansion on Feb. 3, 2003, a few hours after she met the record producer at her job as a nightclub hostess and went home with him. The defense maintains Clarkson, 40, was depressed and shot herself in the mouth. At the start of Wednesday’s session, the judge clarified the new role of Riordan, a San Francisco attorney, who came in to handle jury instruction arguments. Spector’s wife, Rachelle, had issued a press release Tuesday night saying that Riordan was hired as “chief counsel” to replace Bruce Cutler, who bowed out at Spector’s request. “I think that was a little bit of hyperbole,” Fidler said when asked by the prosecution if there was a new chief defense counsel. Fidler said the chief counsel was Roger Rosen, who effectively became leader of the defense while Cutler was often absent for several weeks at a time to tape a TV judge show. Riordan also said he was not chief counsel. The judge delayed a final ruling on how he will tell jurors that the defense withheld a possible piece of evidence found by renowned forensics expert Henry Lee at the scene – something Lee said he never found – and that the defense was late in telling prosecutors about a new theory propounded by forensic expert Dr. Michael Baden. The defense argued against any instruction, suggesting it would prejudice jurors against the defense and strengthen the prosecution case. Prosecutor Jackson insisted an instruction was required. “There are prices to pay. There are consequences for conduct,” said Jackson. “What we’re talking about are intentional acts by the defense to undermine the prosecution and the court process and the rules by which we play. We have to live in a world of rules.” The judge said he would make his final instruction decisions next Wednesday before final arguments. One issue left in abeyance is whether Jackson may use video clips from the televised trial in his final argument. He said the clips would be of five witnesses – presumably the five women who testified that Spector threatened them with guns in the past. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Jurors in Phil Spector’s murder trial will have only one question to decide in their deliberations: Is he guilty or innocent of second-degree murder? Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler told attorneys Wednesday he pondered whether there could be “lesser included offenses,” which might allow the jury to consider voluntary or involuntary manslaughter rather than murder. “I don’t see it,” he concluded. Both the prosecution and defense agreed that the legal definitions of lesser crimes do not fit this case. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said he wanted to be assured that he would not be “sandbagged” by any defense attorney telling jurors in final arguments that there might be a lesser crime involved. last_img read more

Gary Cahill signs new FOUR-YEAR Chelsea contract

first_img1 Chelsea defender Gary Cahill Gary Cahill has signed a new four-year contract at Chelsea, the Premier League club have announced.Just weeks before his 30th birthday, the England international has penned a new deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2019.The centre-back has won every major club honour since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January 2012 in what now looks like a bargain £7million deal.Fresh from committing his future with the club, Cahill said: “I’m really pleased to commit my future to Chelsea and it’s great the club has put their faith in me.“I have achieved a lot here and I hope I can keep on learning, helping the team and lifting trophies over the next four years.”Cahill was named in the PFA’s Premier League team of the year for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 seasons, having won the league title and Capital One Cup in the latter campaign.The Dronfield-born defender has also claimed winners medals in the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup, racking up 177 Chelsea appearances in the process.Cahill has won 40 international caps and is England vice-captain, leading the side out for the first time in October’s Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Estonia.last_img read more

Tottenham BLOW! Erik Lamela may not play again this season, suggests Pochettino

first_img Tottenham star Erik Lamela 1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has suggested Erik Lamela may not play again this season.Lamela has not featured for Spurs since October 25 as first a hip problem and then a family accident involving his brother kept him on the sidelines.The winger even returned to his former club Roma in January for treatment on his injury but, despite being back for more than a month, a return to action is still not seemingly close.Pochettino said on Friday that Lamela is now “100 per cent” recovering in London and his problem is purely a physical one, rather than anything personal.But the Argentinian was less clear on when Lamela could next play for Tottenham.“I don’t want to lie to you and give some information that after you use, and you are right to use, but I can’t say one, two weeks, three weeks, one month or maybe next season, I don’t know,” Pochettino said.“It’s too difficult my position because we are assessing him every day, how he is in the morning, we prepare a plan, sometimes he is involved from the beginning in the warm-up with the team, sometimes he feels pain, we change the plan.“Now it is day by day and we see. We hope he can be available again as soon as possible as that is our idea but we can’t give any more information.”Lamela is one of two absentees for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Millwall, with Danny Rose still nursing a knee injury. Tottenham have said they expect the defender back in April.Millwall will offer a stern test at White Hart Lane as they look to extend a remarkable run that has already included three Premier League scalps in Bournemouth, Watford and Leicester.The League One promotion hopefuls are unbeaten in 17 games and have conceded just one goal in ten.“We are very focused because the game will be very tough,” Pochettino said.“It is another London derby and we were watching all the games and they fully deserve to be in the quarter-finals.“They were better than the Premier League teams. We are aware about that situation. We respect them. It is clear how they play, very compact, clear in their idea how they manage the game.”Police are on a high alert for the fixture, particularly after Millwall fans caused a stir by taunting Leicester’s supporters following their victory in the previous round.There is also a history of animosity between the two London clubs, after violence erupted around a pre-season friendly in 2001. Pochettino has called for calm.“For me it is the first time I face Millwall, I hear a lot of things but I hope and wait until all happens in a really good way,” Pochettino said.“I hope nothing happens. I trust that our fans and their fans they behave well, that is my wish because it is football.“Football is to try to enjoy and for happiness and there is no sense to fight for anything but in my head it is about being calm and enjoying football. That is my wish.”last_img read more