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first_imgThe Central Jersey Hawks girls U17/U16 team seeks players. This is a highly competitive, high-exposure team. They are seeking new players to add to the current roster for the upcoming AAU season to fill spots due to seniors leaving. They play in many college showcases. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors are encouraged to try out. E-mail edudyelrah@aol.comor or call Jimmy Danella before the tryouts at (732) 577-1972 for more information. This Central Jersey Hawk team has won the New Jersey State Championship five times. Head coach is Tom Moreno. Tryouts are Sept. 9 and 10 at noon at Holmdel High School. Middletown MYAA will be holding tryouts for boys and girls Mid-Monmouth travel teams. All participants must reside in the Middletown North sending district. Girls’ tryouts are Monday and Wednesday (fifth and sixth grade, 6-7:30 p.m.; seventh and eighth grade 7:30-9 p.m.) at Thorne Middle School. Boys’ tryouts are Tuesday and Thursday (fifth and sixth grade, 6-7:30 p.m., seventh and eighth grade 7:30-9 p.m.) at Thorne Middle School. Call (732) 747-2410 or e-mail myaabball@aol.com for more information.last_img read more

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US and Germany fancied at landmark Women’s World Cup

first_imgBy Philip O’ConnorCanada will host the largest Women’s World Cup in history over the next month where the neighbouring United States are hot favourites to snap a 16-year title drought at the showpiece event.With a legal fight over the use of artificial turf now in the rear-view mirror, Canada will kick off the June 6-July 5 tournament against China in the first international competition to be played entirely on plastic pitches.Eighth-ranked Canada qualified as hosts and are hoping the backing of a passionate fan base and the experience of winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics can carry them deep into the tournament.The United States will face stiff European opposition led by continental champions and top-ranked Germany, as well as an Asian challenge spearheaded by holders Japan, who beat the Americans on penalties in the 2011 World Cup final.Taking place for the seventh time, the Women’s World Cup will feature an expanded field of 24 teams, twice as many as when it started back in 1991 and eight more than in the last three tournaments.The 24 nations will be divided into six groups of four, with matches taking place in six cities across Canada.The top two teams in each group will make it through to the last 16, where they will be joined by the four best third-placed teams, and all eyes will be on Canada’s near neighbours, who are hotly-tipped to win a third world title.The Americans will cross the border having won the last two Olympic gold medals, but despite the growing popularity of the sport in the United States, they are without a World Cup win since securing their second title in 1999.The heartbreaking loss on penalties to Japan in 2011 will loom large in the minds of those who took part, but Abby Wambach and Alex Morgan are likely to team up again up front as they look to avenge that loss.Though the Americans are a popular pick to take the trophy, it is European champions Germany who are ranked number one in the world, with the United States just behind them in second.Anchored by Nadine Angerer in goal, the German side is full of pace and power, and with the potent duo of Anja Mittag and Celia Sasic up front, they will be a handful for any side.The Germans are part of a wave of European teams all in with a realistic shot of making the semi-finals.European runners-up Norway will provide a physical test for their opponents, and in teenage striker Ada Hegerbergthey have one of the rising stars of the game.Sweden are well-organised by former US coach Pia Sundhage but will have to be more clinical in front of goal if they are to survive a ‘Group of Death’ featuring the United States, 10th-ranked Australia and African champions Nigeria.Slick, tough and skillful, France will also be aiming to go deep in this tournament, and even if England, Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain lack the depth to go all the way, all are capable of causing an upset in the knockout stages.Asian champions Japan arrive to defend their World Cup crown with a strong squad that may be short on well-known names but is bristling with speed and passing ability.Australia are still smarting from a 1-0 defeat to Japan in the Asian Women’s Cup final a year ago, and the Matildas will be looking for another strong showing in Canada.There are however problems in terms of opening up the tournament to 24 teams. Despite the presence of a skillful Brazil side, the South American contingent is perhaps not as strong as they could be.At 33 in the world, Nigeria are Africa’s top-ranked contender, and there is a risk that smaller nations such as Thailand, Ecuador and Ivory Coast could all be on the end of some hidings in the group stage.Top players criticised the decision to play all games on artificial turf, with many alleging gender discrimination in a lawsuit, since dropped, against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association as every men’s World Cup has been on real grass.For all the controversy over the surface, every one of the 552 players taking part in the biggest women’s football tournament in history will have a level playing field when they arrive in Canada.It will then be up to them to decide who lifts the Women’s World Cup trophy in Vancouver on July 5.last_img read more

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Omonia coach Kaiafas resigns

first_imgOMONIA coach Costas Kaiafas resigned on Monday following a series of poor results that left the Nicosia side ten points off the top of the table in the Cyprus football championship.His resignation, 19 months after taking over the team, followed a 2-1 defeat to AEK in Larnaca on Sunday.Omonia are now trailing league leaders APOEL by 10 points. The two arch-rivals face each other next Monday.Kaiafas, who captained Omonia as a player, conceded that mistakes had been made but no one should discount all the work done during the past 19 months.The 41-year-old said he knew what it meant to support Omonia and he knew how supporters felt when their side lost.“My aim had always been the good of the team,” he said.last_img

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FIFA imposes life bans on two ex-African officials

first_imgThe bans handed down by world football’s governing body relate to a number of international friendly matches played in South Africa in 2010.In addition, Kirsten Nematandani, the former president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), was given a five-year ban.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliA statement on Thursday from the world governing body’s adjudicatory chamber, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, said: “Mr. Nematandani was found guilty of having violated art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty) and art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE) and was sanctioned with a ban from taking part in any football-related activities for five years.“Furthermore, the adjudicatory chamber decided that Mr. Musavengana and Mr. Tchanile had both infringed art. 13 and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FCE and imposed a life ban on the two former officials.” We are young Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH MOST READ Four former SAFA officials were suspended in October 2015 and March 2016 in the same affair.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Big Ben’s journey Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paris, France — Former Zimbabwe Football Association official Jonathan Musavengana and ex-Togo coach Banna Tchanile have been barred from all football-related activity for life by FIFA’s ethics committee on Thursday for corruption.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Senators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND View commentslast_img read more

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Sex crimes among juveniles increasing

first_img“There aren’t more kids, there are more laws,” he said. “We now have fairly draconian laws with very harsh sanctions that apply to juveniles.” The number of children under 18 accused of forcible rape, violent and nonviolent sex offenses rose from 24,100 in 1985 to 33,800 in 2004, the AP’s analysis found. Violent offenses include attempted rape and sexual assault, while nonviolent offenses including fondling, statutory rape and prostitution. By comparison, rape and sexual assaults by adults decreased more than 56 percent from 1993 to 2004. Comparable statistics were unavailable before 1993. The AP analyzed state and federal crime statistics, as well as independent research on juvenile sex offenders. Sources included the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Center for Juvenile Justice, a Pennsylvania-based nonprofit that specializes in statistical and policy research; and The Safer Society Foundation Inc., a Vermont nonprofit that works to prevent sexual abuse. Sharon Araji, an Alaska psychologist who took one of the first broad looks at the problem in her book “Sexually Aggressive Children,” thinks the number of child-on-child sex crimes is actually even higher than the statistics indicate. Only 28 percent of all violent sexual assaults are reported to police, according to a 1999 National Crime Victimization Survey. And cases of incest between siblings are widely thought to be underreported and may drive the numbers even higher, Araji says. “The whole society is not yet up on this problem,” Araji said. “These kids, on the extreme end, if nothing is done to catch them, they’re going to become our adult offenders of tomorrow.” Studies show that one in two sex offenders began their sexually abusive behavior as juveniles. The rise in juvenile sex offenders has spawned hundreds of new treatment facilities for children as young as 5. In 2002, there were 937 programs in the U.S. treating adolescent offenders – generally ages 12 through 17 – up from 346 in 1986. During the same period, the number of programs specifically aimed at children under 12 grew from zero to 410, according to The Safer Society Foundation. However, Franklin Zimring, a juvenile justice expert at the University of California at Berkeley, thinks many children are unnecessarily treated as sex offenders. True pedophiles are extremely rare among young people, he says. “As long as the public temperature is up, you’re going to get more referrals from the courts for treatment,” he said. “If you don’t want to lock a kid up, treatment is a politically safe outcome.” Many experts agree that some amount of sexual exploration by young people is healthy, a line is crossed when force and violence are involved, they say. Recent incidents include the cases of two 13-year-old boys in Omaha, Neb., who were accused in January of videotaping their assault of two 5-year-old girls and a 3-year-old boy, and of an 8-year-old Buffalo, N.Y., boy accused of assaulting a 6-year-old boy after he saw a prison rape scene in an R-rated movie. In Alaska, lawyer Dennis Maloney calls it an epidemic. His state has one of the nation’s highest per-capita rates of youth sex offenders in treatment and one of the highest rates of treatment programs per capita. Others in the top seven are Hawaii, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire and Vermont, according to the Safer Society Foundation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STOCKTON, Calif. – Courts have seen the number of sex offense cases involving juvenile offenders rise dramatically in recent years, an Associated Press review of national statistics found, and treatment professionals say the offenders are getting younger and the crimes more violent. Some psychologists blame the increase in numbers – 40 percent over two decades – on a society saturated with sex and violence and the fact that many of the accused were themselves victims of adult sexual predators. Others say there aren’t more children committing such crimes, simply more awareness, better reporting and a general hysteria about sex offenders. “I don’t think it’s appropriate to suggest we have whole schools full of sexual predators … but we’re seeing more of it and more sexually aggressive acts,” said Scott Poland, past president of the National Association of School Psychologists. “How do these kids even know about this? It’s permeated throughout our society.” Robert Prentky, a psychologist and nationally renowned expert on sex offenders in Bridgewater, Mass., thinks the statistics are misleading. last_img read more

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Liverpool’s exciting DOUBLE striker targets! Which goal scorer will sign for the Reds?

first_img Liverpool transfer targets head-to-head: Carlos Bacca vs Fernando Llorente 1 The impressive strikeforce that fired Liverpool to within a couple of hurdles of a maiden Premier League title a year ago was decimated last season.Luis Suarez signed for Barcelona in the wake of (another) biting scandal and Daniel Sturridge’s fitness failed him time and time again.Brendan Rodgers’ subsequent gamble on Mario Balotelli backfired, while he appeared to lack faith in an ageing Rickie Lambert .Worse still, Fabio Borini was little more than an afterthought as the Merseysiders endured a disappointing campaign and eventually recorded a far from inspiring sixth place finish.New impetus is needed in the Reds’ front line if they are to be regarded as contenders for a Champions League place, or more, but Danny Ings alone cannot see confidence in the Reds’ restored.At least one more name needs to be added to Liverpool’s attack this summer and, as the Christian Benteke trail has gone cold, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Bacca are the latest candidates to be linked with a move to Anfield.But which striker is a better fit for the Premier League outfit? talkSPORT pits the pair head-to-head below…What do they offer?Bacca is the epitome of a man in form. The Colombian found the net on 20 occasions in La Liga last season and, at 28 years of age, is likely to be approaching the peak of his powers.The front man only arrived in European football with Club Brugge three years ago, so his rise to the pinnacle of the game has been rapid. As such, he is hungry for success, and his style of play embodies the desire and never say die attitude of many South American players. The same attitude was rarely seen by some members of Rodgers’ side last season.Meanwhile, Llorente has surpassed his 30th birthday and is vastly experienced. He rose to prominence with Athletic Bilbao, which earned him a move to reigning Serie A champions Juventus in 2013. However, his spell in Italy has not been prolific and he has not received as much game time as he would have liked.The powerful forward poses a real threat in the air and is tailor made to cope with the physicality of the Premier League.How likely is a deal?Liverpool need to do further business this summer, so it almost a certainty that a striker will be signed, given the criticism the side’s attack suffered last season.Usually the prospect of leaving Sevilla for a club of Liverpool’s size would be difficult to turn down for Bacca.However, he is a man in demand following his exploits en route to another Europa League triumph and could receive offers from elsewhere, or decide to stay put given that the Rojiblancos have qualified for next season’s Champions League.Given that he is the main man at his current club a move to a location where he will not be considered first choice will be seen as a risk.Similar shackles will be looked to be cast down by Llorente. Bilbao’s former poster boy has struggled to fit into Massimiliano Allegri’s plans in Turin.The Spaniard slipped down the pecking order due to the imperious form of Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata would relish an opportunity to play regularly or be installed as the Merseysiders’ attacking spearhead.Yet, his Argentina team mate seems to be on the brink of a return to his homeland and Llorente could fancy his chances of proving his worth, despite the arrival of Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid.Video EvidenceCarlos Bacca’s brace in the 2015 Europa League final is proof that the Colombian can perform on the big occasion.Fernando Llorente’s aerial ability is outstanding, but he’s also a composed finisher inside the penalty area with his feet.Who would be the better option?Llorente’s strengths can only be utilised if the side that he features in is set up to provide the service that he craves. Liverpool’s is not.Nor is he firing on all cylinders at present. A bedding in period is one that the Reds cannot afford to afford a new addition, such is the level of frustration that has been levelled at their current players.In short, an instant impact is the order of the day and Bacca is far better placed to provide it. His confidence is high and he could prove to be a superb piece of business at £21.5 million.Liverpool fans, what do you think? Would Carlos Bacca be a worthy addition to your front line? Or is Fernando Llorente a better fit for Brendan Rodgers’ side? Let us know in the comments below…last_img read more

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Lukaku COULD still leave Everton, Real Madrid to move for Chelsea star – GOSSIP

first_imgHere are all the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…As talkSPORT revealed yesterday, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has agreed a new five-year contract, worth a reported £110,000-a-week – FULL STORY HEREHowever, the Belgium international could still leave the club, with his new deal reportedly including a clause which would allow him to join one of Europe’s top clubs. (Daily Mirror)The agent of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has said there is nothing in rumours linking the Polish frontman with a move to Manchester United. (ESPN)Manchester City are showing an interest in Real Madrid playmaker Isco and are plotting a £30million summer bid as they hope to beat Chelsea and Juventus to the Spaniard’s signature. (The Sun)Real will move for Chelsea star Eden Hazard if they sell Isco and Colombia forward James Rodriguez in the summer – FULL STORY HEREMan City boss Pep Guardiola is keen on signing more British talent in the summer, with Tottenham duo Dele Alli and Danny Rose top targets. (Manchester Evening News)Sunderland are also expecting Guardiola to launch a bid to bring 22-year-old goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to the Etihad Stadium. (ESPN)LaLiga giants Barcelona are preparing a £25m deal to sign Southampton right-back Cedric Soares. (The Sun)West Brom are monitoring Bournemouth defender Steve Cook ahead of a £7m summer swoop. (Daily Mail)last_img read more

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Honda holds top spot for value

first_imgDETROIT – Toyota Motor Corp. lost some ground to the competition in an annual vehicle-value survey to be released today. Honda Motor Co. held onto its overall ranking as the best full-line automaker, while General Motors Corp., which won in four segments, was the only domestic automaker with any top-ranked vehicles. Toyota, which had seven segment winners in 2005, took only three categories in this year’s study by Strategic Vision Inc. Meanwhile, Hyundai Motor Co. gained ground, with its Kia Optima taking the top spot for medium car, the Hyundai Azera winning for larger car, and the Kia Sedona ranking as the top minivan. The Hyundai Tucson tied with GM’s Saturn Vue for top-ranked small SUV. San Diego-based Strategic Vision surveyed more than 64,000 people who purchased new vehicles from October 2005 to March 2006. Participants were questioned after 90 days of ownership. Medium multifunction: Mazda6 Wagon Larger car: Hyundai Azera Near luxury car: BMW 3-Series Luxury multifunction: Audi A4/S4 Avant Luxury car (3-way tie): Lexus LS 430, Acura RL, Audi A8 Small specialty less than $25K: Mini Cooper Small specialty more than $25K: Chevrolet Corvette Mid-specialty: Honda Accord Coupe Convertible less than $30K: Mini Cooper Convertible Convertible more than $30K: Chevrolet Corvette Convertible Minivan: Kia Sedona Small SUV (tie): Saturn Vue, Hyundai Tucson Medium crossover SUV: Honda Pilot Medium SUV: Nissan Xterra Large SUV: Nissan Armada Near luxury SUV: Lexus RX 330 Luxury SUV: Mercedes GL-Class Compact pickup: Honda Ridgeline Full-size pickup: Nissan Titan Heavy-duty pickup: Chevrolet Silverado Best model: Mini Cooper Most-improved brand: Honda Best corporation (overall): Honda Motor Co. Source: Strategic Vision Inc.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The study tries to capture whether consumers believe they got their money’s worth and factors in emotional components. Alexander Edwards, president of Strategic Vision’s automotive research group, said Toyota must be careful not to become complacent. Small car: Honda Civic Small multifunction: Scion xB Medium car: Kia Optima last_img read more

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Shoot-out heartache for St Eunan’s in All-Ireland final

first_imgSt Eunan’s College Under-17 suffered an agonising penalty shoot-out defeat in today’s All-Ireland final.St Eunan’s College 0 St Francis, Rochestown 0, St Francis win 4-2 on pensby Connor McGinty With Eunan’s starting the brighter several shots saw the Letterkenny side dominate possession but unable to find the net.Some good link up between Charlie White and Darragh Ellison – who impressively adapted to today’s position change to central midfield due to Michael Gallagher being sidelined – helped the homeside create chances.A poor Dylan O’Brien cross then found it’s way out to the edge of the box where Ellison struck the ball beautifully to hit the post 30 yards out.Despite Eunan’s having a slight advantage Rochestown were never far away. Several free kicks from the Cork side saw Conor Russell head against the crossbar from a wide freekick.Eunan’s had a chance to capitalise with Alan Kelleher spilling the ball only to be saved by one of his defenders.Rochestown then put the ball in the back of the net only for the linesman to have his flag raised to the disappointment of Josh Hanlaon who thought he had his school in the lead in what has been an entertaining first half.Rochestown came out the second half determined to replicate their senior team’s victory to claim the double but their dominance was soon overturned 10 minutes into the second half.Conor O’Donnell had another shot not able to find the target this time either. Eunan’s having woke up had a great effort cleared off the line, Conor O’Donnell linked up with Daragh Ellison to set up Brendan Barr at the far post unlucky not score with a great driven effort.Peter Lee and Paul Browne’s team had the pick of the chances frustrating St.Francis backline but they were unable to secure a crucial goal.Fiercly contested and exactly like the dying minutes against St.Joseph’s in the semi final Eoin O’Boyle was called into action spreading himself exceptionally to deny what would of been a winner for the Leesiders.A dull period of extra time has only had one opportunity at the death with an Ellison cross finding Ryan O’Donnel who’s diving header was just wide sending the game to penalties. The Rochestown goalkeeper stepped up to secure the victory for the cork side on penalties running out 4-2 winners to secure the double for the cork sideShoot-out heartache for St Eunan’s in All-Ireland final was last modified: March 29th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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2010 and the craft of the possible

first_img17 October 2008Spare a thought for the thousands of South Africans – and Africans – who are creating (and stockpiling) World Cup-themed products.Young KwaZulu-Natal artist Sicelo Ziqubu is creating 2010-themed papier-mache decorated thrones which are being snapped up.The Witness: Paper throneTomas Majebe from Cameroon is making a “small fortune” selling his oil-on-canvas 2010 stadium paintings at flea markets. In Garangkuwa, north of Pretoria, Peter Malherbe has spent thousands of hours building model 2010 stadiums out of – wait for it – matchsticks.In Nelspruit, Zimbabwean Wallace Marino uses beads and wire to craft his stadiums. Pretoria jeweller Ceciwe Khonje has launched a range of (Fifa-approved) 2010 white gold cufflinks.A Port Elizabeth-based ostrich hide exporter has sealed a deal with a Mexican to have soccer boots made out of ostrich leather.In Cape Town, Michael Souter heads a team of workers from an informal settlement who make 2010-themed makarabas, the hard hats worn by construction workers and – with colourful variations – South African soccer fans.And let’s not forget the vuvuzelas which have been given the green light by Fifa and will be heard around the world come June 2010.Fifa has repeatedly advised South Africans to “think outside the box” when trying to capitalise on the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.“European and English fans won’t want to buy 2010 memorabilia, they will want to buy something African to remind them of the good time they had here,” says Fifa media officer Delia Fischer. “SA must decide what it wants to show the world.”And 2010 Local Organising Committee CEO Danny Jordaan says the 2010 World Cup must showcase African flair – both on and off the field.Not everyone is going to cash in on this sporting spectacle, but with South Africa’s unofficial unemployment rate hovering at around 30%, the informal sector is likely to play an important role in ensuring that the World Cup will be remembered for years to come.Urquhart is a former Fifa World Cup media officer and the current editor of Project 2010last_img read more

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