The Raritan High School baseball parents will hold a multi-family garage/bake sale to benefit the Raritan baseball team on Oct. 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Middle Road, Hazlet. For more information, call Karen Arecchi at 888-9261. Stafford Tire/Guaranteed Land-scaping of Middletown concluded the 2000 season by beating the Colony Inn of Union Beach in the finals of the Middletown Men’s Modified Softball League. Since it lost a game earlier in the playoffs, the Stafford team had to defeat Colony twice to earn the championship. Stafford pitcher Al LuCuente outdueled Ron Burns 6-4 in the final game. Stafford shortstop Rob DiLaurenzio blasted a three-run home run in the fifth inning to seal the win. The team also finished fifth in a field of 53 teams from all over the country in the 2000 national tournament held over Labor Day weekend in Fond du Lac, Wisc. Stafford players Dom Buonomo Jr., Brian Hayden and Frank Pinho received All-American team awards. Tiger Schulmann’s Karate has announced plans to kick off its first Child Safety Fair in support of National Child Safety Month. The free public service event is scheduled for Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all 35 Tiger Schulmann’s Karate locations throughout the tristate area. The purpose of the child safety fair is to provide the community with a fun and educational event that helps build safety awareness. Tiger Schulmann’s Karate is hosting these events and has teamed up with the county sheriff’s department, local police and fire departments to perform safety demonstrations. Hands-on child self-defense instruction, fingerprinting for children, live K-9 demonstrations, fatal vision, which allows teen-agers to visually simulate driving under the influence, will also be on hand. The local police and fire academies will conduct a live smoke-filled house demonstration. In addition, safety literature and safety-related items will be distributed. Organizers hope to make the fair an annual event. The Hazlet Wave played Middletown at home this weekend and extended their winning streak to four games. Scott Latham started the scoring on a pass from Sean Lennon in the box for a nice goal. Lennon scored his first goal of the game on a run down the side to put it in the goal. Lennon started off the second half with two goals off deflections from the goalie. Lennon’s fourth goal was off a pass from Tommy Friscia. Matt Richards scored the final goal of the game with a pass from Josh Barbarich. The Wave’s forwards and midfield players Beau Dummer, Greg Godzwon, Tom Grobelny, Brendan Hilliard, Robby Hollywood, Angel Martinez had some opportunities to score but were thwarted by the defense. Great defensive plays by Tommy Devlin and Mike Sullivan kept Middletown away from the goal. The Wave also had great saves from its goalie, Jeff King, to put the match away. Hazlet is coached by Gene Lennon & Randy Richards. The Husky Indoor Soccer League will be holding registration Oct. 21 and 28, and Nov. 4 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Aberdeen municipal building on Church Street. The league is open to anyone from kindergarten through adult. Games are on Sundays during January and February. For more information, call Art Perri as (732) 566-0154 or e-mail him at email@example.com. The Central Jersey Hawks under-10 girls AAU basketball team is looking for two or three experienced players to join the team for the 2000-01 season. Must be born in 1990. Call Tom Moreno at (732) 817-1000 Goodsports USA in Aberdeen will begin new youth instructional roller hockey sessions on Nov. 2, from 5-6 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Men’s roller hockey tournaments will begin on Nov. 12 and Dec. 16. The cost is $330 per team. Youth roller hockey tournaments will be held on Nov. 26 for squirt (12-and-under) and pee-wee (14-and-under), Dec. 9 for atom (8-and-under) and mite (10-and-under), and Dec. 6 for pee-wee. The cost is $300 per team. For more information call (732) 290-0003. The 11th annual Great Race will be held on Oct. 21 at Middletown High School South. The first race, a competitive 5K, will begin at 12:30 p.m. There will also be competitive 2K races for ages 8 to 10, and 11 to 14. A 1K run for children ages 5-7 and a 2K health walk/run for the entire community will end the day. All proceeds from the race go toward the Middletown school district. For more information, call Mary Ellen O’Mealis at (732) 706-0991.
Staff Writer Glackin runs into CBA history with MOC 800 win Eagles’ Pachuta places second in shot put JEFF HUNTLEY CBA’s Devon Barry competes in the hurdles during the State Indoor Track Championships at Princeton on Saturday. Barry finished seventh overall. Nat Glackin was racing against history Sunday, his own and Christian Brothers Academy’s. No Colt had ever won the 800 meters at the Meet of Champions (something he was reminded of all week), and if that wasn’t enough weight on his shoulders, Glackin had the memories of the 2000 MOC 800 where Ridgewood’s Josh Kauke caught him in the final 50 meters to grab the state title. When Glackin toed the line as the fastest qualifier and pre-race favorite, he was bound and determined, pressure or no pressure, to make history for CBA and not repeat it for himself. “Losing last year was definitely a motivating factor for me,” he pointed out. “I didn’t want to let it happen again. JEFF HUNTLEY Holmdel’s Christina Vullo competes in the 3,200-meter event at the State Indoor Track and Field Championships at Princeton University on Saturday. “There was a lot of pressure, but I just tried to think of it as just another race,” he added. But it wasn’t, and he and everyone else in the field knew it wasn’t. Glackin’s determination was evident from the start where in the traffic jam of pushing and shoving that is indoor track, he muscled his way straight to the front. “The plan was to get to the front and set the pace from there,” Glackin explained. “I wanted it in my hands.” Glackin had been working toward this moment since his second place in 2000. “Losing last year showed me my limits,” he pointed out. “I have a lot more speed this year. The day after cross country season I hit the weight room and worked on improving my upper body strength, and it really helped. I’m able to keep my form at the end of the race. “I struggled with my arm carriage late in the race before, but weight workouts have helped me maintain it,” he added. The newly chiseled Glackin and his power was evident throughout the 800 meters. With his arms rhythmically pumping like pistons, Glackin would never relinquish the lead. He took the field through an honest, though not fast first 400 of 59.2 and never tied up. At the finish, he was able to pull away ever so slightly from hard-charging Kenneth Sinkovitz of Bergen Catholic (whom Glackin beat the week before for the Group IV title) and the runner the Colts senior feared the most, James Holden of Bridgeton (the Group II state champion), who had shadowed Glackin for most of the four laps around the Jadwin track. Glackin was concerned about the way Holden can lift at the end of the race, but the early pace took the stretch out of his finishing speed. “That 59.2 was a little too slow, I would have liked to have run a little faster,” Glackin remarked. “I wanted to save as much as I could for the end sprint. In a way, the slower first 400 helped.” It did as Glackin still had enough power and strength and memory from last year to win it from the front. No one was going to catch him from behind this time as he sped home in 1:57.78 to win his first MOC individual title and make school history in the process. Sinkovitz (1:58.34) and Holden (1:59.2) were close behind as a total of four runners dipped under 2:00. Glackin is no stranger to MOC titles as a member of CBA’s cross country team. But this was his first as an individual. The first time that he alone is the state champion. “This is something else, it definitely feels great,” he said. “I don’t think anything can top what we did in cross country in the fall, but this is something else.” While Glackin was the only golden winner at the MOC, several area athletes distinguished themselves. Middletown South’s Katie Pachuta returned to her 40+ ways in the shot put and finished second. The Eagle popped a 40-3 and was topped only by Hightstown’s Jackie Hudgins (44-20 1/2). In the boys’ shot put, CBA’s Sean Duggan earned the sixth-place medal after a 53-8 1/2. He finished just ahead of Middletown North’s Derek Gilson, seventh (53-0), in the battle for the final medal. Bayonne’s Glen DiGiorgio continued his domination of the event with a 61-10 winning throw. On the track, Christina Vullo, making up for her lost cross country season due to injury, finished fifth in the girls’ 3,200. The Holmdel senior ran her best time on the indoor season (11:26.45) in the race in which Haddonfield Memorial’s great Erin Donohue ran a meet record 10:38.9 (topping the 1986 mark of two-time Olympian Anne Letko, then of North Hunterdon, who ran a 10:39.6). Middletown South’s Nicole Lombardy posted a 2:24.05 in the 800 and was 11th (Red Bank Regional’s Katy Trotter was first in 2:17.34). CBA’s Devin Barry qualified for the 55-meter high hurdles and placed seventh in the final (7.95) that was won by Triton Regional’s Anthony Acklin (7.42). In the boys’ high jump, Doug Coppola and Tom Wolf of CBA tied for ninth after clearing the bar at 6-2. Unlike previous years, the MOC did not close the door on the indoor season for the local athletes. On Friday, the Shore Conference Championships will be contested at Red Bank Regional High School (5:30 p.m.). This will be a star-studded meet with Glackin and the Trotters twins Katy and Amanda (1,600) having won MOC titles. Many other medal winners will be at RBR looking to end their season’s on a positive note. By tim morris
After further review Holmdel High School deserves the spotlight of the entire Shore Conference right now. Unfortunately, it’s getting it for the wrong reasons. While the Holmdel girls tennis team is in the midst of a magical run that has already resulted in the Lady Hornets winning just about every championship a high school tennis team can win, it is the school’s 3-4 football team that is getting the front-page coverage right now. And not for its on-the-field prowess. Instead, Holmdel’s football program is the talk of the Shore because the grown-ups in charge of the program can’t get along. Head coach Joe O’Connor and his entire coaching staff resigned last week after school administrators refused to allow the head coach to dismiss a player from his team. The player allegedly confronted O’Connor in a verbal altercation during the Hornets’ Oct. 21 game against Red Bank Catholic. O’Connor says it was the latest in a series of team violations committed by the player. Interim Superintendent of Schools Mark Franceschini argued it was the only documented incident involving the student this year, and thereby is not grounds for dismissal from the team. Instead, he asked O’Connor to suspend the player from one week’s action. O’Connor, in turn, resigned, with his coaching staff in tow a couple of days later. What is left is a football team being coached by the school’s principal, two vice principals and 12 volunteers whose sons play in the program. Heading into Friday night’s game against powerhouse Manasquan, the Hornets were 3-3 and entertaining hopes of qualifying for the state playoffs. Following Friday’s 35-0 loss to Manasquan, the Hornets are 3-4 and wondering who is going to coach their team. In two weeks time, the Holmdel football team saw its promising season buried amid a controversy. Now, there’s hope that the assistant coaches may be back on the field by the end of the week, assuming the Board of Education invites them back, and agrees to launch a thorough investigation into the matter. And that’s exactly what needs to happen here. By resigning, O’Connor and his coaches are standing up for their principles, much like East Brunswick head football coach Marcus Borden was doing when he walked away from his team a few weeks back after being told he could no longer lead his players in prayer prior to its games. Borden walked away from his team of 23 years in defiance of a federal law. O’Connor and his staff are walking away in defiance of a decision from school administrators. Though not quite the same, the actions of the coaches are similar in one regard — in both cases, the decision to resign was an extreme one, and not done in the best interest of the players. The players on the Holmdel High School football team deserve better than this. They deserved to have their talented coaching staff intact as they made a run at the postseason. Sending a team with a makeshift coaching staff out to face a Vic Kubu-led Manasquan squad doesn’t quite make for a fair fight. While the coaches appear to have a viable argument regarding their authority (or lack thereof) over team issues, you can’t help wondering1 what kind of statement they made by walking away from the team. I don’t know if O’Connor and his coaches have a legitimate gripe in this case, because not enough people are talking about the details of the incident. But I do know that not enough people are talking about the Holmdel girls tennis team — winner of the Tournament of Champions, the Shore Conference Tournament, and the Monmouth County Flights Tournament — and Jessica Wu, the NJSIAA singles tournament champion. They’re being robbed of some of their deserved glory, while the community focuses its attention on a situation that threatens to destroy a promising football season. The story of the Holmdel girls tennis team is one of championship triumph. The story of the Holmdel football team is one of off-the-field politics and the consequences of a power struggle. And all of the kids involved in both stories deserve better than what they’re getting. Doug McKenzie
Fish On The fishing is great, even if weather isn’t While anglers around the state anxiously await the return of the warm weather, fishing remains solid for both flounder and striped bass. Word from Raritan Bay is anglers are warming up, playing catch-and-release with as many striped bass you can reel in on the ingoing and outgoing tides. Some reports came in from Crabby’s Bait & Tackle in Keyport, when Chuck Many of Annandale on his Tyman II, along with Dave Donahue and Gary Caputi of Brick, caught and released 147 stripers with four keepers up to 30 inches. All fish were caught on clams in the Raritan Bay. Off the surf or a boat, anglers are starting the season off with plenty of action. Within the next few weeks bigger bass should be moving in, chasing schools of bunker, which have already been spotted in the bay and caught for bait. That means soon the relentless bluefish will not be far behind. Good times are here, so get out there and Fish On. Offshore: Pollack and ling are still producing good numbers, and reports from the Gambler out of Point Pleasant say cod fish are finally moving into the offshore wrecks in decent numbers and size as well. Clean Ocean Action (COA) invites organizations and citizens to participate in the 22nd annual Spring Beach Sweeps on April 28, at sites along the New Jersey coast from Old Bridge to Cape May. The Sweeps begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m., rain or shine. Clean Ocean Actions Beach Sweeps is the largest grassroots environmental event in the state and the longest-running cleanup of its kind in the United States. In 2005, more than 2,700 volunteers picked up nearly 43,400 pounds of debris at 89 locations along the Jersey Shore. The debris that volunteers collect, catalog and tally at the Sweeps provides data that is used to identify pollution problems and aid legislators in enacting laws to protect our marine environment. Volunteers are instructed to bring gloves, dress for the weather, and wear sunscreen and closed, hard-soled shoes. COA welcomes the participation of people of all ages, as well as individuals, families and groups. Groups of 15 or more are requested to preregister by calling (732) 872-0111, or using the online sign-up form on the organization’s Web site. For a list of Sweeps sites, the group sign-up form and other tips, visit www.cleanoceanaction.org and follow the links for Beach Sweeps. Web site of the month: goes to www.NJsaltwaterfisherman.com. In the age of the Internet, you can really take advantage of technology, especially when it comes to fishing. Since fish of all species are always on the move and sensitive to the weather, you can really narrow down your odds for a successful fishing trip. On this Web site you can retrieve data up to the minute from local anglers, charter boats and even research buoys that can provide wave heights and ocean temperatures. At www.NJsaltwaterfisherman.com you can research local species of fish, find out where the best places are to fish and even what baits to use at that time. It has also been designed to help each angler out and share information about rules, regulations, tournaments and much, much more, so if you have the chance to surf the net, stop by and check them out. Even the best of the best can always learn something new. Recipe of the week Every week I ask readers to send in their favorite local recipes to share with the rest of us. At the end of the year, I will post my three favorite recipes. Once we post them, you, the readers, will decide who will become the first annual “Fish On With Ron – Local Seafood Recipe Champ.” Please send your recipe and/or fishing report to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. My next recipe comes from a “Fish On” fan, Helene Callari. Helene sends us a healthful fish recipe, which goes with any of your favorite fillets. This is Helene’s original recipe and she says it will capture and enhance the flavor of the fish. Get the net: 5 out of 5 nets Comment: Heart-healthy, quick Difficulty: Very simple Helene’s Shake and Bake Fillets Take fillets and dip into flour then into egg whites with white wine. Bread fillets with flavored bread crumbs mixed with grated parmesan cheese and a pinch of garlic powder. Place fillets on a cookie sheet sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray. Then spray the top of the fillets as well. Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until fish is flaky and enjoy. Chef: Helene Callari, Staten Island, N.Y.
GUEST COLUMN Iam Thomas Luchento, president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. In that capacity, I represent the thousands of drivers, trainers, breeders and caretakers who, because of their passion and skill, are engaged in the sport of harness racing. I say passion because if you do not love this job, you cannot last very long. These living, breathing animals require our care 24/7. And if you race in New Jersey at the Meadowlands, you have to be the most skilled horsemen in the country. The Meadowlands is the destination for the very best horses and the people who race them. When racing fans and horsemen from around the world visit the Meadowlands for the first time, they are a little bit like a kid walking into Yankee Stadium or Citizens Bank Park. This is the major leagues. Much like those ballparks, those edifices, the game or the races are the show — the end product. Behind the scenes there are all these hardworking people to lend their support to our industry, who have spent years preparing their horses for competition. It literally takes at least three years — from the time the breeders match a stallion and a mare to the time that foal competes for the first time. Not all of these foals will make it to the races; not many will earn enough to cover the cost it took to breed them and prepare them until they were old enough — age 2 — to race. This is a major investment in time, money and hopes. And it is the reason that thousands of acres — more than 174,000 acres — of the Garden State are still green. For those of you who stray off the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway and travel our county highways in central and southern New Jersey, you know and love that sight of mares and the foals grazing in whitefenced pastures. All of this is in jeopardy. The financial engine that makes this possible is racing at the Meadowlands. If the home to harness racing’s most prestigious race, the Hambletonian, is gone, so, too, will the farms. Even now, our breeders are considering offers from developers. Those who entered farmland preservation with the intention of being in agri-business for generations to come are exploring their options to buy back their rights and sell the land for houses, malls and parking lots. Allowing this to happen flies in the face of nearly every indicator of public preference to preserve open space in this state. Consider this when you weigh the future of horse racing in this state. Those few minutes of entertainment and excitement on the track are only a small fraction of what we mean to the state economy. If our industry is diminished or destroyed, all of this will move to the surrounding states, which have the resources to support them. I know some of you think, “Well, here is another industry that wants welfare, that if it cannot sustain itself, it should fade away.” But to apply free-market rhetoric to horse racing is to ignore the fact that we have always been a highly regulated and restricted industry. When we thrived, we were the only legal form of gambling in the state. We had nothing to say about decisions that were made to add lotteries and casinos. Both of those competing forms of gambling were allowed to expand well beyond anyone’s expectations. Even with the decline in revenues, we were still able to thrive and offer the highest purses in our industry. You may ask why that is important. Horsemen are businessmen. They go where the best money is, and the best horses as well as large fields of horses draw the gamblers whose wagering supports the purses as well as the operation of the track. What has inflicted the greatest damage on us in this decade was the arrival of racinos in surrounding states. The presence of slots or video lottery terminals at competing racetracks in our region has fueled a battle for the best horses and all that it means to the quality of the product. Who built these racinos? Well, in some instances, the very same casino companies that protest when we ask for slots at the Meadowlands, which is twice the distance from their holdings in Pennsylvania. We are still waiting for someone to explain to us why slots in the Meadowlands would be more impactful on the Atlantic City casinos than the slots in Chester, Pa. We are thinking of New Jersey’s benefit as well. Why should New Jersey’s leadership let these gambling dollars leave the state? Rutgers University researchers counted license plates at Yonkers Raceway, Harrah’s at Chester, Philadelphia Park and the Sands in Bethlehem. You have seen that report, and you know that these “convenience” gamblers are not going back to Atlantic City when they can travel shorter distances. Let’s bring those bettors back to the Meadowlands, where it will benefit New Jersey. The other day, one of my members asked me, “Why don’t you offer the Atlantic City casinos the right to operate the slots at the Meadowlands? How could that not be a winner for them, a winner for racing, which would get a small share, and a winner for the state’s treasury?” We ask you the same question. We have made that offer over and over again. We see the casinos are struggling and we are offering them a way to “grow” their business. We do not want to see the parties involved draw a line in the sand and make this a battle between southern New Jersey interests and legislators against the rest of the state. That is not necessary or productive. We know that we need to adapt to the changes in the gaming marketplace and the demands of the 21st century. Our product is still quite wonderful, and horse racing fans are still out there. They may not be filling our grandstands as they once did because they are betting by phone or online. And we need to take steps to make our presentation more appealing to the iPad generation. But that takes funding, and we pledge that if we have a reliable source of income, that we will dedicate a significant amount of dollars to technological upgrades as well as advertising and marketing. These have all suffered in recent years. The horsemen of New Jersey were never the decision makers at the racetracks. All we did was work hard, show up and put on the show — the races. Now we are being asked to take on the responsibility of saving our industry. We need time. All we are asking is that officials not act quickly to close the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority. We need time to explore various plans, engage in the due diligence that anyone would do, and come up with a proper business plan. We would very much like to thank state Sens. Stephen Sweeney and Jim Whelan for understanding our situation and coming out in favor of keeping the racetracks open. We look forward to working with all the members of this commission to secure the future of a healthy racing industry. Thomas Luchento is the president of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. THOMAS LUCHENTO
CBA captures team title at county meet BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Christian Brothers Academy’s Zack McDermott won the 55-meter hurdles at the Monmouth County Indoor Track and Field Championships held at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Jan. 18. McDermott’s win was one of several by the Colts, as they handily defended their championship with 149 points. ERIC SUCAR staff Tom O’Neill’s goal during the Jan. 18 Monmouth County Indoor Track and Field Championships at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex was to break the meet record for the 3,200 meters. The Middletown High School North runner got that and much more.Putting on a majestic display of solo running, O’Neill not only broke the meet record — 9:22 by Colts Neck High School’s Kevin O’Dowd — but shattered it, and in the process turned in the fastest 3,200 time in the country this winter, 9:05.50.“He got into a groove,” said Richard Piro, the Lions’ cross-country coach and assistant track coach. “He [was] just moving one 800 after another.”Lapping the field, Piro added, helped O’Neill in what was a solo effort from the start (he was a full straightaway in front after two laps), because it gave him runners to chase after.“When he crossed the line, he had put it all out there,” Piro said. “He told me after the race that he felt great.”Piro said that he thought 9:17 or 9:18 was within O’Neill’s range for the race, but the reigning NJSIAA cross-country Meet of Champions winner had a lot more than that in him. “He’s ahead of where we thought,” said Piro. According to the coach, O’Neill is handling the newfound fame that began with his championship cross-country season and now includes churning out the year’s fastest 3,200 flawlessly.“He’s handled all of this beautifully,” the coach said. “He’s a humble young man.“He has a job to do and he goes out and does it,” he added. “Every race is a different challenge.”It was a huge night for other area athletes as well, as they dominated the meet. Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) ran up big numbers on the track to easily defend their championship with 147 points. Holmdel High School’s girls came up three points short of Freehold Township High School, 45-42.The boys’ 1,600 meters was one of the featured races at the championship, pitting many of the top cross-country runners against each other. CBA’s Jack Boyle ran away with the race in 4:22.42 and was followed by teammate Tom Rooney (4:26.49).This was one of four top-two finishes for the Colts. In the 800, Clark Mangini (1:56.71) and Aaron Liberatore (2:00.27) were first and second. Zack McDermott (50.60) and Mike Pozo (51.97) went one-two in the 400. In the 55 hurdles, McDermott (7.89) and Chris Alexander (7.90) were the top two finishers. And Mike Cresanti-Daknis (12- 6) and Alfred Bradley (12-6) were first and second in the pole vault. CBA also took the 4×400 meter relay in 3:29.04.Matawan Regional High School had a pair of champions. Jacob Lopez won bragging rights as the county’s fastest by winning the 55-meter dash in 6.67 and Justin Love out-jumped everyone to capture the high jump at 6-2.It felt like the cross-country season all over again for the girls, as harrier standouts Tara Connelly of St. John Vianney High School and Holmdel High School’s Marin Warner and Lennon Copper collected wins from 800 to 3,200 meters.Connelly scored a come-from-behind win with a lastlap kick in the 800 (2:18.55). In the 1,600, Warner held off the county cross-country champion Courtney Thompson of St. John Vianney, 5:11.33-5:11.84, for the win, while Cooper took the 3,200 in 11:18.62.The Hornets received a field victory from Katerina Distler in the high jump. She was one of a trio of jumpers to clear 5-0, but she won the championship on fewer misses.Matawan’s Nicole Macco finished first in the pole vault, soaring 10-8.Next up are the Shore Conference Championships back at the Bennett Complex on Jan. 25.On Jan. 26, O’Neill and his Middletown North distance medley relay teammates, Justin Lippert, Shea McDowell and Cris Augusta will be competing at the New Balance Games at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City. They will be in the championship race with teams from CBA and Holmdel.
Coach Laurent Blanc is leaving Paris St Germain after three seasons in charge, clearing the way for former Sevilla coach Unai Emery to join the French champions.French media reported that Blanc had a signed a 22 million euro settlement contract with the club.“Both parties have discussed and signed on June 27 a settlement contract that preserved their interests,” PSG said in a statement on Monday.Blanc’s future at PSG appeared to be in jeopardy this month when club president Nasser al Khelaifi described the 2015-16 season as a failure because of the club’s elimination from the Champions League by Manchester City.PSG achieved their second successive domestic treble by winning Ligue 1, the French Cup and the League Cup, but Champions League progress stagnated as they lost in the quarter-finals for the fourth successive season.Former France defender Blanc, a world champion with Les Bleus in 1998, coached the national team from 2010-12 and took over from Carlo Ancelotti at PSG in 2013.He had signed a two-year contract extension in February.Spanish and French media reported that Blanc would be replaced by Basque coach Emery, who left Primera Liga club Sevilla two weeks ago.
With the Storm playing Cronulla on Sautrday and the winner set to receive the top honour after 26 rounds, Tripp says the league won’t be taken as seriously as the AFL as a consequence of the award.While the AFL doesn’t pay out for the minor premiership, it has a stepped payment system for teams as they are knocked out of the finals, with $71,000 for the first two teams eliminated with the premiers receiving $1.2 million.The NRL grand final winners receive $400,000, meaning if a team does the double it only takes home $500,000.”$100,000 is embarrassing for the amount of work that goes in over the course of a pre-season and a season,” Tripp told Fairfax Media.”The prestige of winning the minor premiership has waned quite considerably and it’s certainly not front of mind for a lot of clubs these days because the incentive isn’t there. If they want to be seen as a peer of, and on equal footing to, the AFL, there are areas (league administrators) that need to improve in order to be taken as seriously as the AFL.”I would dearly love to be able to reward the entire club for the amount of work that goes in over the course of those 26 rounds.”But we have a huge payroll that are not just players, we’ve got an administerial roster, and $100,000 doesn’t go very far.”
The World Boxing Organisation issued the deadline this morning in a notice to Fury ordering him to demonstrate why his title “should not be vacated due to inactivity, breach of contract and performance enhancing drugs and stimulants.”RNZ reports Fury dethroned Wladimir Klitschko as IBF, WBA and WBO world champion by beating the Ukrainian on points last November in Germany, but has since cancelled the rematch twice for medical reasons.Fury also faces a hearing into a charge for an alleged doping violation.He was stripped of the IBF title because he refused to fight against a mandatory challenger, but currently still holds the WBO and the WBA titles.
Coach Cathryn Fitzpatrick congratulated her charges for maintaining discipline on all facet of the game. The former Australian Test Fast Bowler said: “The competition was of a high standard with all teams adapting and improving as the tournament progressed.“Our early loss to Samoa meant that we needed to ensure our net run rate remained as good as or better than theirs, to make sure our only focus leading into the last game was to win and not think about a margin.”She said it was pleasing to see improvements across all three disciplines.“Our bowling group were able to get early break throughs, and our fielding was energetic to help back this up.“Our batting showed more intent and we were able to build partnerships that helped with our run rate, so overall it was great to see we learned from our games in Sri Lanka and we were able to play a more exciting brand of cricket,” Fitzpatrick said.The PNG Women’s national cricket team made up for their game one loss to defeat Samoa in the final round of the ICC Women’s WT20 EAP Qualifier last Thursday by six wickets in hand.(Photo credit: International Cricket Council)