Matawan’s Keller signs with Monmouth University

first_imgMatawan’s Keller signs with Monmouth University All it took was a trip to Monmouth University to win Chris Keller over. The Matawan High School track and field star will be heading to the West Long Branch campus in the fall on an athletic scholarship. “I love the campus and I felt comfortable there,” said Keller, who has blossomed into one of the best throwers in the state. “Coach [Joe] Compagni and his coaches are all really good.” Keller, who didn’t even start throwing until his sophomore year, came into his own during the winter. He won the Monmouth County shot put championship and threw a personal best 55-7 1/2 in finishing ninth at the indoor national championships. He started his senior year with a personal best of 43 feet in the shot put. “I had no idea I’d reach that [55-7 1/2],” Keller remarked. Keller credits his tremendous improvement to the fundamentals. “It’s dedication in the weight room and dedication in practice,” he said. “I feel I got quicker instead of stronger working in the weight room. I really worked hard on technique.” Keller is a decathlete of throwers. He competes in the shot put, discus and javelin, and looks forward to college, where his throwing will be extended to include the hammer (outdoors) and weight throw (indoors). The Husky has spent the early part of the spring season hauling in the gold medals at relays this year. He was the one constant as Matawan swept all three events at the Huskie and Holmdel Relays. At his home Huskie Relays, Keller was named the most outstanding field performer. Saturday, at the Shore Conference Championships, he extended his personal best to 56-10 3/4 and added the conference crown to his indoor county championship. Not bad for someone who had to be coaxed into track and field by assistant football coach Sam Turner (who is the Huskies’ outdoor track and field head coach). “Coach Turner recruited me, and told me to go out and throw,” recalled Keller. “I did it and did well.” Keller’s goal this spring is to qualify for the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in the shot put, discus and javelin. Although time constraints at the single-day meet will keep him from throwing all three, he plans on throwing in the two events he thinks are the best. He’ll begin that quest on Friday and Saturday at the Central Jersey Group II Championships at Monmouth Regional. He’ll need to finish in the top six in each event to move on the State Groups the following weekend in Egg Harbor Township. At the end of last year, Keller had personal best of 43 in the shot put, 173 in the javelin and 126 in the discus. His goals for 2004 are 58 in the shot put, 175-180 for the javelin and 160-plus for the discus. — Tim Morrislast_img read more

NCD Governors Cup grand final ready

first_imgThe grand finals for the Cup, Plate and Bowl were scheduled for yesterday (Sunday) but due to a late finish in the preliminary playoff, the finals were moved to today.The Cup grand final will see Freeway Bumpers take on Garden Hills Naqia. The Cup winner will take home K10, 000 and the runner up will get K5, 000.In the Plate final, 2CT Rabbitohs will battle with 5Mile Chiefs. The Plate winner will grab K5, 000 while the runner up gets K3, 500.For the Bowl, Muddy Walkers will take on Harbour City Tornados. The winner walks away with K3, 500 and the runner up will take home K2, 500.last_img

SEA Games: Gilas Women overcome Indonesia to jumpstart gold bid

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘People evacuated on their own’ Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Jack Danielle Animam of the Philippines against Gabriel Sophia of Indonesia at the Mall of Asia Arena for the 30th Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZMANILA, Philippines — Riding high after their gold medal win in 3×3 basketball, Gilas Pilipinas women carved out a 63-56 win over Indonesia in a bruising battle to kick off their gold medal bid in the 30th Southeast Asian Games Thursday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, which is still searching its first ever gold in women’s 5-on-5 basketball, rose from a seven-point deficit in the third quarter behind a collective effort before Kelli Hayes, Jack Animam, and Janine Pontejos buckled down to work in the final frame.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pontejos, the feisty guard, led the Filipinos with 16 points, including four free throws inside the final 40 seconds to clinch the victory over the 2017 bronze medalists.The Fil-American Hayes added 12 points while Animam, who played with a protective mask after coming off an eye injury, had a near double-double with nine points, 12 rebounds and four blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4 MOST READ ‘Bata’ Reyes admits: Magic is gone View commentslast_img read more

Guyana Market Vendors Union may be wasting their time

first_imgDear Editor,The executive of the Guyana Market Vendors Union (GMVU), which was recently launched, is completely wasting its time and energy and that of its wider membership (the vendors) as it seeks to obtain recognition by and to dialogue with the Town Clerk Royston King, who is just too egotistical to give them the light of day.The President of this union (GMVU), Eon Andrews was once a Councillor with the Georgetown Municipality.At a meeting held recently at City Hall, where he met with more than 40 fruit and vegetable vendors from the Bourda Market area, the Town Clerk sent a clear message to the GMVU of his lack of interest in dealing with them by instructing the vendors to form a representative committee which would meet regularly with the City’s administration for bargaining and evaluation. At that meeting he declared that no one, including a union, could force City Hall to permit vending if it does not allow it. In fact he said, “No union can breach Market By-Laws, no union can breach the agreement we have and I want you to understand that.”Before that, Royston King clearly stated that he was only willing to meet with the newly-formed Guyana Market Vendors Union, after it provides necessary documentation to verify its legitimacy. It is unbelievable that King, of all persons, would make such demands for legitimacy when there are so much unlawful activities occurring daily at City Hall. If that union does not become more proactive and militant, King will no doubt continue to brutalise the vendors as he has been doing to the “Parliament View Mall” occupants, the wholesale vendors on the Merriman’s Mall and the hairdressers, cosmetologists, tattoo artists and barbers that he rounded up and also placed on the Mall in most unhygienic conditions. They can’t beg him for a meeting. They have to take the type of action that will force him to recognise them and be inclined to bargain with them.Sincerely,Jermain Johnsonlast_img read more

Benzema double as Madrid thrash Getafe

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid’s forward Gareth Bale celebrates a goal during a Spanish league football match against Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on December 5, 2015. PHOTO/AFPMADRID, December 5- Real Madrid bounced back from their embarrassing elimination from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player in midweek by cruising to a 4-1 victory over Getafe on Saturday.Karim Benzema was restored to the starting line-up and scored his first two goals since being caught up in a blackmail scandal involving French international teammate Mathieu Valbuena inside 16 minutes. Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo then made it 4-0 before half-time before Alexis pulled a goal back for Getafe 21 minutes from time.Victory moves Madrid up to second and cuts the gap on Barcelona at the top of the table to three points.However, Barca can restore their six-point advantage when they travel to Valencia and Atletico Madrid can retake second place with victory at Granada later on Saturday.Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo started a league game together for just the fourth time this season and just as in early season thrashings of Real Betis and Espanyol, their presence restored Madrid’s firepower up front.“To get the three points playing very well in the first half means that these players, who we know are very important, once they get up to speed can cause a lot of damage to any defence,” said Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.“The fact Benzema scored those two goals and contributed so much to the team going forward reinforces even more what I have said before that he is a very important player for us and makes those around him play better.”Any sign of the fans’ frustration at the club’s latest gaffe in being eliminated from the Cup due to an administrative error was eased when Benzema fired home from Pepe’s fine cross after just five minutes.Benzema has rarely featured in the last two months due to an ongoing hamstring injury allied to his off-field problems.However, the Frenchman looked back to his best as he was only denied a second with a bullet header by a brilliant save from Vicente Guaita moments later.Benzema did double Madrid’s advantage on 16 minutes when he slotted into the bottom corner from Bale’s headed cut-back after Ronaldo appeared to have been fouled inside the area.The one-way traffic continued as Bale flashed a shot just wide from 25 yards and then forced Guaita into a more comfortable stop from the edge of the area.However, the Welshman wasn’t to be denied 10 minutes before half-time when he showed great composure to finish from Ronaldo’s knockdown to score for the second consecutive league game for the first time since January.Ronaldo finally got in on the act three minutes later at the end of a devastating counter-attack as he latched onto Toni Kroos’s fine through ball to register his 17th goal of the season.Understandably, Madrid’s intensity dipped after the break, but Benzema did have a chance to seal his first hat-trick in five years when he curled well over from the edge of the area.Instead it was Getafe who rounded off the scoring when Alexis powered home Pedro Leon’s corner to reduce the arrears.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Guardiola not interested in Spurs star Alli

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola is set to end a season without a trophy for the first time as a manager © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 26 – Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola reassured his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday that he is not seeking to lure Dele Alli to the Etihad Stadium.Reports have linked City with a move for 21-year-old Spurs star Alli, who was named England’s Young Player of the Year for the second season running on Sunday. But Guardiola told Sky Sports: “Mauricio Pochettino has to stay calm. Dele Alli will be his player next season. I am pretty sure about that. We don’t want him.“He is a fantastic player — (a) good, new, English footballer. He’s a fighter. He’s good. He’s someone who attacks the box and is one of the most fantastic players I have ever seen in my life.“But Manchester City doesn’t want Dele Alli.”City host derby rivals Manchester United on Thursday hoping to preserve their grip on the fourth and final Champions League qualifying berth.Guardiola says City must improve their home form if they are to salvage something from a season destined to end without a trophy following last Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal.City have dropped 15 points at home this season and with four of their final six matches at home, Guardiola says their form at the Etihad will dictate which European competition they qualify for.“We have six games left, four at the Etihad, so our qualification for the Champions League depends on our games at home,” he told reporters at City’s training centre.“I have been managing for nine years and this is my first year without a trophy.“Sometimes it has to happen and it happens now. If I extend my career a lot in the future, I am sure it will happen again, but there are a lot of big clubs in Europe without a trophy.”City’s FA Cup elimination was a major disappointment for Guardiola and his players, but he is certain that they are mentally strong enough to recover quickly.– Silva doubt –“Today, the mood is better than yesterday and tomorrow it will be better than today,” he said.“It (the Arsenal game) is over, it is past. We play to win. We were better, but we didn’t win. Congratulations Arsenal.”David Silva remains a major doubt for United’s visit due to the knee injury he suffered against Arsenal.Silva was forced off during the first half after finding himself on the wrong end of a fierce challenge by Gabriel that went unpunished by referee Craig Pawson.The Spain international has been able to train this week, but Guardiola is not optimistic about his chances of playing.Manchester City’s midfielder David Silva reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on March 8, 2017 © AFP/File / Paul ELLIS“David Silva is a real, real doubt,” Guardiola said. “I don’t know if he will be ready to play after what happened in the first minutes in the semi-final.”Guardiola, though, is much more hopeful that Sergio Aguero will recover in time to play, while fellow striker Gabriel Jesus could also be involved in the squad.Aguero came off during extra time on Sunday, still suffering the effects of a knee in the back from Laurent Koscielny.Jesus is close to full fitness, having been out of action since breaking a bone in his foot during the 2-0 win at Bournemouth on February 13.Guardiola said: “Gabriel has no pain at all, so is ready, but after nearly three months out his condition is not optimal. Sergio is much better. Today he has been a part of the training session.”The City manager is prepared to play Aguero and Jesus together in the final games of the season, insisting that their combination can work.Before his injury, Jesus was preferred to Aguero in the central attacking role, with the Argentina international left on the bench regularly following the Brazil striker’s January move from Palmeiras.“Yeah, they can play together,” Guardiola said. “You can play two strikers or without wingers. With wingers wide, it is more complicated.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Man facing charges after random assault outside North Peace Leisure Pool

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — One man is facing a number of charges after allegedly attacking a woman outside the North Peace Leisure Pool last weekend.Staff Sergeant Steve Perret with the Fort St. John RCMP said that last Saturday at approximately 9:00 p.m., a woman was waiting in her vehicle for her son outside the pool, when she was accosted by an unknown individual. Perret said that an altercation ensued, and the man assaulted both the mother and child before fleeing the area. Police were able to locate and arrest the man a short time later.32 year-old Eric Montpetit, who is originally from Quesnel but who according to Perret had recently moved to Fort St. John, is facing several charges including assault, uttering threats, mischief, and obstruction. Perret said that at this point, there’s no indication as to why the man approached the woman in her vehicle, or what caused the altercation. He added that the suspect and the victim did not each other, and that police believe the attack to be random. “The fact that both the mother and son were assaulted is certainly out of the ordinary,” said Perret.- Advertisement -Perret added that Montpetit remains in police custody until his next court appearance, and that they do not believe there is a danger to the public.last_img read more

Interest worries rattle market

first_imgNEW YORK – A surge in Treasury yields rattled Wall Street on Wednesday, forcing stocks to give up early gains and drive down the Dow Jones industrial average more than 140 points. The 10-year Treasury note’s yield soared to 5.14 percent late Wednesday from 5.09 percent late Tuesday, reigniting worries among stock investors that high rates could thwart corporate deal-making and further injure the limping housing market. The stock market started reacting violently to Treasury yields two weeks ago when the 10-year yield surged past 5 percent for the first time since last summer. Wall Street had traded more mildly in recent days as yields retreated from last week’s peak of nearly 5.30 percent, but Wednesday’s yield advance stoked fears that they could resume their climb. “People are watching this 10-year, and it looks like it might want to go back to 5.25,” said Todd Leone, managing director of equity trading at Cowen & Co. Until last week, the 10-year Treasury yield had not traded consistently above 5.25 percent since 2002. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Furthermore, Leone said, the private equity deal-making wave, which was a main driver for the market for several weeks, seems to have slowed down a bit compared with last month. “The guys are doing a little more homework, and there aren’t as many companies to grab up.” Home Depot’s $22.5 billion buyback Wednesday initially lent some support to the market, as did stronger-than-expected quarterly earnings from Morgan Stanley and a retreat in oil prices. But the market eventually caved, after investors decided that the positive news wasn’t enough to warrant a return to record territory. The Dow fell 146.00, or 1.07 percent, to 13,489.42, after bobbing in and out of positive and negative territory earlier in the day. Broader stock indicators also tumbled. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index declined 20.86, or 1.36 percent, to 1,512.84, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 26.80, or 1.02 percent, to 2,599.96. Home Depot, one of the 30 Dow components, rose $1.76, or 4.6 percent, to $40.03 after announcing it will buy back more than a quarter of its shares and sell its Home Depot Supply business to a group of private equity firms for $10.3 billion.last_img read more

Torre’s fate still unknown

first_img“Have some patience. Things take time. There will be a process and we’ll work through that, and it will lead us where it leads us,” General Manager Brian Cashman said. “My speculation is I’m not going to have anything to report in the next couple of days.” Few players were at Yankee Stadium, a day after their season-ending 6-4 loss to Cleveland, the third straight year New York was eliminated in the first round. But folks everywhere chimed in and backed Torre, from rival AL managers Terry Francona and Eric Wedge to presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Chien-Ming Wang, Doug Mientkiewicz, Andy Phillips and Jose Molina were among the Yankees who showed up at the ballpark and packed their gear for the long winter. Don Mattingly, mentioned as a possible replacement along with Joe Girardi and Tony La Russa, said succeeding Torre would be difficult, akin to following John Wooden. Steinbrenner said last weekend he didn’t think he’d bring Torre back unless New York rallied to win the first-round series. The 77-year-old owner has not spoken publicly since the Game 4 defeat. From news services The wait is on for Joe Torre and his Yankees players, a fiercely loyal bunch. Nearly everyone in New York wanted to know Tuesday whether owner George Steinbrenner will keep his longtime manager or let him go after 12 straight playoff appearances. No answers yet. His spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, released a statement Tuesday that said Steinbrenner was heading back home to Tampa, Fla., and would have no comment “at this time.” ETC.: Alex Rodriguez is ready to cash in. Again. Agent Scott Boras hinted that A-Rod will opt out of the final three seasons of his contract with the Yankees and seek a new deal in the free-agent market that will lock him up through his pursuit of Barry Bonds’ home-run record. Boras negotiated Rodriguez’s record $252 million, 10-year agreement with the Texas Rangers before the 2001 season, a contract the Yankees took over when they acquired A-Rod before the 2004 season. Around the leagues Diamondbacks: Manager Bob Melvin will stick with the same rotation in the NL Championship Series that he used – or planned to use – in the division series against the Cubs. After ace Brandon Webb goes in Game 1 against Colorado on Thursday night, Arizona will start lefty Doug Davis in Game 2 Friday. Right-hander Livan Hernandez will be the Game 3 starter on Sunday night, followed by rookie right-hander Micah Owings in Game 4 on Monday. … Buying a ticket should be no problem for anyone who wants to attend the first two games of the NLCS. About 8,000 seats remain available for Thursday and Friday, Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said. Red Sox: Two days after helping the Red Sox finish off the Angels in the first round, Curt Schilling was tabbed to start the second game of the best-of-7 series against Cleveland’s Fausto Carmona. Josh Beckett will start the opener on Friday night against C.C. Sabathia. Daisuke Matsuzaka, who pitched the second game in the first round, will start Game 3 against Jake Westbrook. Tigers: The team decided Ivan Rodriguez was worth another $13 million. The Tigers exercised an option on the All-Star catcher’s contract, retaining him for a fifth season at a hefty price. Phillies: Manager Charlie Manuel agreed to a two-year contract with a club option for 2010, keeping around the folksy manager who led the franchise to its first NL East title since 1993. Astros: Longtime radio announcer Milo Hamilton was recovering in a Houston hospital after having a heart attack over the weekend. The 80-year-old Hamilton underwent an angioplasty, had a stent put in and was doing well, the team said.160Want 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

St. Paul scrimmage encouraging

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! St. Paul High school held its annual Blue/White scrimmage Saturday, and the performances displayed give coach Pete Gonzalez reason for optimism. Quarterbacks Adrian Gallegos, a junior, and sophomore Andrew Canales played well, according Gonzalez, and senior running back Nicolas Grigsby sparked the day with an impressive effort. “Both of the quarterbacks had their moments,” Gonzalez said, “and Nick had a few long runs that added some excitement. The running game is coming together, and we’re pretty comfortable with the (offensive) line. The passing game is a work in progress, but it’s coming along.” Other players cited included junior wide receiver Ryan Stigert, senior middle linebackers Mike Peak and Joe Morales and junior defensive end Albert Hernandez. The Swordsmen open the season Friday, Sept. 1, against visiting Bishop Amat. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeleslast_img read more