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By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent A fter gold-medal performances at the Region 6 Championships, wrestlers from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) earned a trip to this week’s state championships in Atlantic City on a high note.Rumson-Fair Haven’s Marcus Iwama took home gold at 132 pounds, improving to 30-2 on the season. The junior, who was seeded fourth in the regionals after winning a District 22 title, defeated Howell High School sophomore and No. 2-seed Kris Lindemann in the title bout.The win was Iwama’s first Region 6 championship and second medal at the tournament. He posted a third-place finish at 126 pounds a year ago. Iwama also became Rumson-Fair Haven’s first champion since 2003.CBA senior grappler Mike Oxley, the top seed at 195 pounds, got past Jackson Memorial High School’s Ken Bradley to take the top spot on March 1 for his second career Region 6 title. A week before regionals, Oxley earned his second consecutive gold medal in the District 22 tournament.Oxley now has a 36-2 record going into the NJSIAA individual championships, which kick off in Atlantic City on March 7.Raritan High School senior Pat Toal, CBA sophomore Sebastian Rivera and Ocean Township High School senior Max Rallo, all of whom won silver, were among the other Region 6 medal winners from the area. Second- and third-place wrestlers also secure a spot in Atlantic City.Toal, the top-seeded heavyweight, lost to Kyle Cocozzo of Howell in the finals. In a battle of underclassmen, Rivera was defeated by Brick Memorial High School freshman Gianni Ghione at 106 pounds. Rallo, a 120-pound senior, couldn’t get by Jackson Liberty High School’s Mike Russo, who won his second Region 6 title.Also finishing second in their weight classes were St. John Vianney High School senior Terrence Davis and Middletown High School North’s Chad Freshnock, a third-seed sophomore at 182 pounds who was defeated by No. 1-seed Nick Costa of Brick Memorial.Davis lost to Nick Racanelli, a Southern Regional High School senior, at 152. Southern Regional had a tremendous showing at regionals, with three champions for 2014. The school has now accomplished that feat three times since 2007. Brick Memorial also saw three of its wrestlers win titles.Raritan senior Kyle Lynch lost his first match of the year in the Region 6 semifinals, but he bounced back to close out a third-place finish for a trip to Atlantic City. At 182 pounds, he beat Jackson Memorial’s Connor Bohringer for the title. Lynch, who won gold in districts, was seeded second in the Region 6 tournament.In the third-place bout at 195 pounds, Keansburg High School junior Tyree Sutton beat Tyler Romanelli of Wall High School. Red Bank Catholic High School’s Shawn McCord followed up his District 22 win with bronze at 220 pounds, improving to 30-2 on the season. He beat Toms River High School North junior Mike Siwiec.CBA senior Erik Beshada, the No. 2 seed at 138 pounds, came away without a medal. Matawan Regional High School’s Khalil Haskins just missed a spot in Atlantic City as well, losing to the top seed at 132 pounds, Southern Regional’s Bryan Brown.The NJSIAA state wrestling championships will take place all weekend at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, with title bouts set for March 9.
Manchester United secured the point they needed to finish second in the Premier League with a dull 0-0 draw at West Ham United on Thursday night.There were few chances in a tepid first half, though Alexis Sanchez forced a good save from West Ham keeper Adrian and Marko Arnautovic looked the most likely West Ham player to make a breakthrough.Paul Pogba curled a couple of shots narrowly wide for the Red Devils, and the France midfielder was booked in the dying stages for kicking out at West Ham’s Mark Noble, who was also shown a yellow card as tempers frayed.Manchester United, 19 points behind champions Manchester City, moved four points clear of third-placed Tottenham Hotspur with one league game left, and will play Chelsea in the FA Cup final on May 19. West Ham are 15th in the table.Manager Jose Mourinho was pleased to secure second place.“We are the second best team in the Premier League, a fantastic competition with lots of good teams with six teams trying to finish first,” he told the BBC.“We came second, I am not totally happy that is not my nature. But since the moment we felt it was impossible to finish first we had the target to finish second and it is done today.“I am not critical of the performance at all. In the 80th minute we know that a point was enough so we start thinking about that and we let the game go.”West Ham manager David Moyes was happy to draw with his former club.“A good point for us,” he said. “Our boys showed a great attitude after getting safe at the weekend.“We have conceded a lot of goals this season so a clean sheet is great. We have done the job we came to do – we are not relegated.”
Altior was made to battle in the Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase but eventually prevailed in the day two showpiece at the Cheltenham Festival to extended his unbeaten record over obstacles to 18.In doing so he moved level with the great staying hurdler Big Buck’s – but the result looked far from certain for much of the home straight.Nico de Boinville was content to follow Saint Calvados in the early throes, but the 4-11 favourite left his hind legs in the water jump and for the next few fences he jumped a bit too big.Left in front at the third-last, De Boinville still looked confident, although the challengers were mounting up behind him, with Ruby Walsh angling second-favourite Min for a run.However, it was Sceau Royal who nipped up his inside and hit the front approaching the last, as Min dropped away tamely.On jumping the final fence Altior began to stay on, only for Politologue to appear on his outside to challenge, but Nicky Henderson’s stable star, as is his wont, pulled a length and three-quarters clear.It was a fourth Festival success for Altior after wins in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle, Arkle and this race last year.De Boinville said: “What an absolute monster and aren’t we lucky to be in an age where he’s here. We should just celebrate him. He’s a phenomenal athlete – he doesn’t know how to lose.”
READ: Rajko Toroman helps Philippine five rise to 45th in worldThe Serbian tactician was in attendance in 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIndonesian websites reported Toroman’s appointment over the weekend and the 64-year-old head coach will try to lead the team to a better finish after its silver medal haul in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.READ: Former Gilas coach Toroman still sees PH among Asia’s elite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN It is likely that the Philippines and Indonesia will face off at a crucial juncture in the tournament that will be held in the Philippines from November 30 to December 11.Toroman is also part of the coaching staff of Mighty Sports in the 2019 William Jones Cup in Taiwan from July 12 to 21. MOST READ Rockets ‘respectfully disagrees’ with NBA MVP outcome MANILA, Philippines—Former Gilas Pilipinas coach Rajko Toroman is going to handle another national team in Southeast Asia.Toroman, the first coach of the Gilas program that featured collegiate stars playing full time for the country, has been named the head mentor of the Indonesian national team for the Southeast Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View comments
A Bahamian government board’s decision to ban the movie “Brokeback Mountain” has prompted charges of discrimination and censorship in the island chain. Gay-rights groups and others have called on the Plays and Films Control Board to reverse its decision prohibiting theaters from showing the award-winning movie about a troubled love affair between two cowboys. “You have a group of people who are telling grown men and women what they can and cannot watch,” said Philip Burrows, a theater director in the island chain. Theaters in Nassau, the capital, had already begun to advertise the movie Friday when the board announced its ban at the request of the Bahamas Christian Council. “The board chose to ban it because it shows extreme homosexuality, nudity and profanity, and we feel that it has no value for the Bahamian public,” Chavasse Turnquest-Liriano, liaison officer for the control board, said Wednesday. The Rainbow Alliance, a gay-rights group, called the ban a “farce,” and said most Bahamians reject the idea that a “small group of appointed individuals … can provide the moral compass for the entire country.” “Brokeback Mountain,” which won three Oscars, has also been banned in mainland China. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Mackay has been appointed as Performance Director of the SFA Malky Mackay claimed he had a deep knowledge of equality issues as he asked to be judged on future actions following his appointment as Scottish Football Association performance director.Mackay has landed his first job since the end of a Football Association investigation into a series of text messages exchanged between himself and his head of recruitment, Iain Moody, while he was Cardiff manager.The FA took no action, citing Mackay’s expectation of privacy and his voluntary undertaking of programmes to educate himself on equality issues, but that decision was condemned by anti-racism, Jewish and gender equality groups.However, Mackay insists he has bettered himself significantly and the SFA even claimed his recent experiences could help their equality and diversity programmes.The former Scotland international, who was hired and fired by Wigan during the course of the 11-month FA probe, told a Hampden media conference: “Three years ago I apologised publicly and in front of cameras. I apologised privately for the three texts to the two gentlemen that I spoke about.“And for the last three years I have been involved in diversity and equality meetings and basically been on an education to the point where I probably know more about it than anybody in this room in terms of then actually going on to talk to young players and coaches concerning it.“I suppose in any part of what you do it’s about educating yourself generally. In the last couple of years I have been seeking out best practice all over the world in football and other sports. You are educating yourself and I think that can make you better in any field you are involved in.”Mackay, who replaces Brian McClair as the man responsible for producing Scottish footballers of the future, did not directly answer when twice asked whether he accepted what he wrote had been racist.“What I said at the time I deeply regret,” he said. “But it’s about learning from that and going on from there, and making sure that my understanding of what happened there, I can pass on to others.”The 44-year-old stated he had an open-door policy to any coach, journalist, young player or stakeholder. “Come in and talk to me and I’ve got to prove by my actions, but then you can judge by yourself,” he said. “People that know me know exactly what I am and who I am, but if you don’t know me, judge me by what you see going forward.”Mackay has already convinced the SFA decision-makers, to the extent that chief executive Stewart Regan feels his recent history can be a positive.Regan said: “We accept Malky has made mistakes: he said things that were regrettable. But he has shown genuine remorse and we were impressed and encouraged by the actions he has taken since coming out and apologising for what he said.“We actually believe that Malky will be a force for good for Scottish football. He will be part of our equality and diversity strategy and be a real advocate for the role.“We believe he should be given the chance to put his football skills and expertise into practice and he can talk to young players and coaches, and actually we use that positively as part of our strategy.”Regan confirmed the SFA had prior knowledge of legal action from Cardiff against Mackay and other individuals, pursuing damages relating to transfer deals, and insisted their due diligence had been thorough.The potential High Court case emerged in newspaper reports hours before Mackay’s appointment was confirmed. Reports of the text message dossier broke just before Crystal Palace shelved plans to appoint him as their manager in 2014.Mackay, who was sacked by Cardiff in December 2013 after his relationship with owner Vincent Tan broke down, said: “I was waiting on it. It was something I had spoken to Stewart about and something my legal advisers had advised the SFA about on an early basis.“I categorically deny that I have done anything wrong there and there is no shred of evidence against me, but I do respect the legal process.”Before dismissing concerns that the appointment would divide the game, Regan described Mackay as the “stand-out” candidate and praised his leadership skills and strategic thinking.Mackay added that his work with the pioneering Watford academy, his understanding of managers’ difficulties in playing young players, and his experience of implementing strategies at Cardiff would serve him well.“Judge me by my actions over the next period of time,” he said. “I believe that my skill set and the clubs I have been involved in – I have been involved in boardrooms in terms of strategy and planning – give me an understanding of that part of this job.“In terms of coaching, how to talk to players, how to talk to coaches, how to go in and talk to managers, the access I have got to managers in Scotland, allows me the chance to follow on from my two predecessors because there was good work done by Mark Wotte and Brian McClair.”
1 Mauricio Pochettino’s side remain on course to make the last 16 Harry Kane was the headline act but Hugo Lloris stole the show as the Frenchman’s stunning save helped earn Tottenham a 1-1 draw with Real Madrid.Spurs took a surprise lead at the Santiago Bernabeu through Raphael Varane’s own goal, only for Cristiano Ronaldo to level from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier had fouled Toni Kroos.From there, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s men had Lloris to thank as the goalkeeper denied Karim Benzema from four yards with his legs, when the striker looked certain to score.Kane could have even have won it for Tottenham late on when his finish was pushed wide by Keylor Navas but the visitors will be delighted with what could prove an invaluable point in Champions League Group H.This fixture was billed the battle of Kane against Cristiano Ronaldo and Madrid’s main man might claim to have made the more telling contribution but, in truth, neither were at their thrilling best.Instead it was Lloris, and the misfiring Benzema, that combined to strengthen Spurs’ position in the group. Borussia Dortmund’s draw away to Apoel Nicosia puts both of these sides six points clear at the halfway stage.Fernando Llorente was the surprise name in Pochettino’s starting line-up, even more so because it was only his second start for the club.Madrid had Navas back in goal while Isco came into the starting line-up and Luka Modric lined up against his former club. Gareth Bale was unavailable with a calf injury.Not even five minutes had passed and Ronaldo had hit the post. Jan Vertonghen thought he was letting the cross run out of play but Isco was waiting to pull back to the Portuguese, whose header came back off the woodwork.With Lloris committed, Benzema should have slotted home the rebound but, much to Ronaldo’s disgust, the Frenchman side-footed wide.Tottenham were only just about surviving as another Ronaldo effort whistled past the far post, the result of a free-flowing Madrid move that began with a cute Benzema dummy.Kane had his first sight at goal when he headed Christian Eriksen’s corner straight at Navas while Llorente had a strong claim for a penalty when he nicked the ball off the Madrid keeper, only to be clattered by Casemiro.Spurs had seen they could get at Madrid and in the 28th minute they took the lead. Aurier whipped a cross into the front post, where Kane attempted to flick the ball behind his legs towards goal. The striker failed to connect but marking tightly was Varane and he was unable to prevent it deflecting off his leg and into the net.Madrid, however, hit back, with Isco drawing a smart save from Lloris and Marcelo driving into the side-netting from the angle.It looked like Tottenham might make it to half-time but, two minutes short, they caved. Aurier gave away possession trying to overplay on the right, and then brought down Kroos in the area with a diving tackle. Ronaldo made no mistake.Madrid were bouncing again and could have scored twice early in the second period were it not for the brilliance of Lloris.First, Casemiro dug out a cross from the right and Benzema, four yards out with the goal at his mercy, somehow headed against his diving compatriot’s leg.Then soon after Harry Winks over-ran the ball in midfield, Casemiro fed Ronaldo and, as the forward unleashed a stinging shot, Lloris instinctively jumped to push it over the bar.The game was still in the balance with 20 minutes left, and Kane had a big chance to tip it in Tottenham’s favour. Llorente slid him in one-on-one but Kane’s attempt to guide the ball inside the far post was denied by the fingertips of Navas.Eriksen forced another save from the Costa Rican and Danny Rose came on for Llorente in the last 10 minutes – his first appearance since January 31.Madrid pushed for the winner but there was to be no late drama. It was the away fans cheering at the final whistle.
Pop singer Johnny Mathis, who is celebrating 50 years in show business, will receive the 15th annual Ella Award from the nonprofit Society of Singers Wednesday in Beverly Hills. Named after its first recipient, Ella Fitzgerald, the Ella Award honors entertainers for their singing success and their dedication to charitable and humanitarian causes. “The Ella Award was created to honor great singers and great humanitarians, and Johnny Mathis clearly qualifies on both counts,” said Jerry F. Sharell, president and chief executive officer of the Society of Singers, said in naming Mathis as the recipient. “Johnny sings from the heart, with one of the most identifiable voices and individual vocal styles of our time,” Sharell said. “He was also one of the first singers to join SOS – and while he doesn’t seek publicity for doing it, Johnny has been hosting and performing at charity events for decades.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible Mathis, who received a Grammy nomination for his 2005 album “Isn’t It Romantic: The Standards Album,” will receive the Ella Award at the Beverly Hilton. Among his hits are “Chances Are,” “The Twelfth of Never” and “Wonderful! Wonderful!” Expected to perform during the ceremony are Burt Bacharach, Patti Austin, Dionne Warwick, Frank Sinatra Jr., Dave Koz, Take 6 and the Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band. Previous award recipients include Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Dame Julie Andrews, Placido Domingo, Barry Manilow and Celine Dion. The Society of Singers offers a variety of services to meet the emergency financial needs of professional singers around the world. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
gameday cracker huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Spurs go into the final having already lost twice, both home and away, against Liverpool in the Premier League this season.But Pochettino insists his team are confident they can see off the league runners-up and lift the European Cup for the first time in the north London club’s history.“It’s a final, so it’s going to be a completely different game to the games in the Premier League,” added the Argentine.“By the way, in the last game we played at Anfield we deserved much more, and that gives us the belief we can beat them. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has hinted Harry Kane could be fit enough to start on the bench for their Champions League final against Liverpool.And he has tipped the England captain to play a ‘decisive’ role in their all-English clash in Madrid, even if he does not make his starting XI. getty 3 Kane is facing a race to be fit for the May 1 showdown in Spain after suffering an ankle injury six weeks ago, missing nine games in all competitions.Fans were encouraged to see the striker running again as he joined in the celebrations after watching his team-mates’ stunning semi-final comeback against Ajax.But the striker has only just returned to first-team training and, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, Pochettino remained coy on whether Kane would be involved or not.However, the Argentine did hint that he could be Spurs’ secret weapon off the bench against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds. REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City REPLY “We believe we can beat them. We are going there thinking we can win.“We will not go there to just compete or to enjoy. Our mentality is to go there and win the final.“Liverpool are a very good team but our belief is there and will fight to win.”THE FULL INTERVIEW: Laura Woods meets Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Asked if Kane will play, he told talkSPORT’s Laura Woods: “We don’t know.“His evolution is very good, this week he is so close to start working with the group again, but still we cannot say anything about if he’s going to be available or not.“We are happy in the way he is recovering and we hope he will be available as soon as possible.Listen to the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool LIVE on talkSPORT on May 1“It’s so important to have Harry Kane fit, to have more possibility [to score].“But you can start the game and not be important, and you can come from the bench and still be the important player, the decisive player. The game can be 90 minutes or 120 minutes with penalties.” LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Pochettino is hopeful Kane will play some part against Liverpool on June 1 Getty shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card 3 Getty Harry Kane missed both legs of Tottenham semi-final against Ajax and will not want to miss out on the final 3 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Both Spurs and Liverpool staged stunning comebacks to seal their place in the Champions League final