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BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer They were the fastest all year and they were the swiftest at Saturday’s NJSIAA Indoor Track and Field Meet of Champions. Long Branch High School’s Miles Shuler- Foster and Red Bank Catholic High School’s Kevin Byrne were the runners everyone was chasing in their respective races at the MOC, and just as they’ve been all year, they were uncatchable. Shuler-Foster had won every championship en route to the MOC, and the Green Wave speedster did not waver in the race— the 55-meter dash — that is a test of nerves as well as speed. His 6.40 was clear of the field as his Shore Conference rival Jihaad Howard from Brick Memorial High School took second (6.51). Shuler-Foster has the fastest time in the state this year at 6.35. Byrne came into the 800-meter final with the best time in the state as well as the fastest 1,000 run in the county this winter. His coach, Rob DeFilippis, pointed out that Byrne could run well from the front or from off the pace, making the task of this year’s challengers all the more difficult. They had no answers for Byrne’s all-around talent in the event as he lowered his state-leading best time to 1:55.10 (No. 12 in the country in 2010). This was the first MOC crown for both runners, who are juniors. RBC’s Molly McNamara was quite impressive herself in finishing second in the girls 800. The Casey junior ran the fastest time of her life, 2:11.82, behind the 2:11.53 of WashingtonTownship’sMeganTiernan. Their times are third and fourth fastest run in the country this year. Tiernan won the Group IV state title while McNamara was the Non-Public A state winner. Monmouth Regional’s Stephanie Skove medaled in the girls pole vault. She cleared 11- 6 to take sixth. Next up for some of the area track and field champions are the two indoor national meets. In New York City there are the National Scholastic Indoor Championship (NSIC) at the New Balance Track and Field Center and the Nike Indoor Nationals at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Both championships run March 12-14. Before running in the MOC, RBC’s runners and Shuler-Foster did some noteworthy things at the Eastern States Championship. The meet was held Feb. 23 at the New Balance Track and Field Center. Shuler-Foster cranked out his fastest 55 dash of the season, 6.35, in winning the championship. McNamara anchored the girls to a strong second place in the distance medley relay (12:01.28). This turned out to be the race of the year thus far in the country. Champion Lenape High School (11:58.92) and runner-up RBC turned in the two fastest times of the year. Liana Marzano, Sophia Fil-Saime and Lindsey Bellaran ran the first three legs of the relay for the Caseys. Byrne ran the anchor 1,600 for the Casey boys, who were sixth in the DMR (10:23.60)). Rob Napolitano started it all off for RBC, followed by Rob Devine and Kyle Clonan.
Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 to stay level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Wednesday after the Catalans crushed Osasuna 7-1, condemning the minnows to relegation.Lionel Messi, Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer scored twice each and Javier Mascherano netted his first goal for the club from the penalty spot as Barcelona built on Sunday’s Clasico victory.Real, though, showed they would not be easily toppled.Zinedine Zidane made nine changes for the trip to the Riazor but Madrid’s reserves still made light work of Depor, with Isco running the show and finding the net along with James Rodriguez, who hit a brace, Alvaro Morata, Lucas Vazquez and substitute Casemiro.Madrid have 78 points from 33 games, while Barcelona have the same tally from one game more.Osasuna, rooted in 20th place, were relegated after 17th-placed Leganes beat Las Palmas 3-0 to move 12 points clear of the bottom club, an insurmountable total with four games to go because of their inferior head-to-head record.“We had to win. We have suffered a lot since January. We’ve lacked both points and luck, and when that’s the case it’s hard to turn things around,” said Osasuna coach Petar Vasiljevic.Messi opened the scoring with a mazy dribble capped with a neat chip over goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu before Gomes volleyed home Ivan Rakitic’s cross to double the lead.Roberto Torres whipped in a free kick just after halftime to drag his team back into the match before Barcelona ran riot with a flurry of goals.“I think it was a complete performance,” said Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. “When they got back to 2-1, which was the worst moment because they’re back in the game and you never know, we were able to put our foot on the accelerator and close the game out.“The way we played, we deserved to win by a large margin.”Madrid deserved much the same against Depor after dominating from the start.It took Alvaro Morata just 52 seconds to find the net after being played in by Isco with James Rodriguez slamming home the second from a Lucas Vazquez cross.Florin Andone scored from close range, stabbing home Gael Kakuta’s cross-shot in the 35th minute, to give his side a glimmer of hope but nine minutes later Vazquez scored Madrid’s third.Rodriguez and Isco struck before Joselu’s header gave Depor fans some late cheer but Casemiro had the last word and restored Madrid’s four-goal lead in the 87th minute.“Isco was phenomenal,” said Zidane. “He does things on the pitch that not everybody can. The fans congratulated him, I am happy for him, for the work he does. When he has to play he always does his job.”
By Rik SharmaNeymar was sent off as Barcelona suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at Malaga on Saturday that scuppered their hopes of going top of La Liga and handed control of the title race to leaders to Real Madrid.Zinedine Zidane’s Real were held to a 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid in the capital derby earlier in the day, giving Barcelona the chance to go top on goal difference, but Luis Enrique’s side squandered the opportunity and now sit three points behind Los Blancos, who have played a game less.Former Barcelona striker Sandro Ramirez opened the scoring for Malaga with a breakaway goal in the 32nd minute before Jony added a 90th-minute second for the hosts.Neymar was shown his second yellow card and dismissed midway through the second half.Luis Enrique was angry with several of referee Gil Manzano’s decisions, including the award of a free kick rather than a penalty after Charles fouled Sergi Roberto in the box.“It’s curious that a team like us that doesn’t usually kick people gets so many yellow cards in such an incomprehensible manner,” he said.“There was some very ugly tackles from behind from their team which didn’t see them get booked and others committed by us which were given yellows.“The rules are there to be interpreted, but equally for everyone. I don’t understand how the foul on Sergi Roberto was given outside the area, but we are used to it.”After the Madrid derby ended in a draw a victory at La Rosaleda would have sent Barcelona level with Madrid on 72 points.Barcelona started well but Juankar’s long ball caught the visitors off guard and Sandro beat Jeremy Mathieu for pace before finishing past Marc-Andre ter Stegen with aplomb.Neymar was booked in the first half for tying his laces in front of a Malaga player trying to take a free kick and received his marching orders for a late tackle on Diego Llorente in the 65th minute.Adalberto Penaranda put the ball in the net for Malaga but his effort was incorrectly ruled out for offside.Malaga grabbed a second at the death, however, with the excellent Pablo Fornals unselfishly teeing up Jony.Earlier on Saturday, Madrid handed their arch-rivals the chance to depose them at the top of the table, as Antoine Griezmann grabbed an 85th-minute equaliser for Atletico.Pepe opened the scoring for Real with a looping header in the 52nd minute and it looked like the hosts would earn victory, until the Frenchman intervened late on, reaching Angel Correa’s through ball and slotting home.Madrid coach Zidane put the dropped points down to a lapse in concentration.“It was a great performance (from Real), but we just lost concentration for five minutes,” he said.“I can’t say that Atletico played well. We didn’t get the second goal and we suffered.” Summaries from the La Liga matchesSunday, April 9Celta Vigo 0Eibar 2 Kike Garcia 13, Pedro Leon 51Halftime: 0-1;Attendance: 15,741– – –Granada CF 1 Ezequiel Ponce 65Valencia 3 Simone Zaza 19,21, Santi Mina 55Halftime: 0-2;Attendance: 15,087– – –Saturday, April 8Malaga 2 Sandro Ramirez 32, Jony 90Barcelona 0Red Card: Neymar 65Halftime: 1-0;Attendance: 28,314– – –Sevilla 4 Stevan Jovetic 1, Pablo Sarabia 9, Joaquin Correa 32, Wissam Ben Yedder 88Deportivo Coruna 2 Gael Kakuta 4,25Halftime: 3-2;Attendance: 33,022– – –Real Madrid 1 Pepe 52Atletico Madrid 1 Antoine Griezmann 85Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 80,000– – –Espanyol 1 Pablo Piatti 56Alaves 0Halftime: 0-0;Attendance: 17,521– – –Friday, April 7Villarreal 3 Victor Ruiz 17, Cedric Bakambu 47, Adrian Lopez 58Red Card: Victor Ruiz 74Athletic Club 1 Aymer Laporte 20Halftime: 1-1;Attendance: 18,403
Manchester United’s struggles continued as they survived a scare at home to Rochdale, scraping past the League Two side in a penalty shoot-out to progress to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.Ole Gunnar Solksjaer named Paul Pogba in the starting line-up for the first time in four matches – although youngster Axel Tuanzebe was named captain on only his seventh start – but the France international could not prevent his side being held to a 1-1 draw in normal time.League One’s 17th-placed side kept their illustrious hosts at bay for 68 minutes until Mason Greenwood broke the deadlock but the lead lasted only eight minutes until Luke Matheson equalised.Juan Mata, Andreas Perreira, Fred, Greenwood and Daniel James all scored from the spot as United prevailed 5-3.The League One teams who did pull off shocks were Oxford, Burton and Sunderland, who all knocked out Premier League teams.Oxford accounted for West Ham, who made made nine changes and paid for it it as they were embarrassed 4-0, with goals from Elliott Moore. Matty Taylor, Tarique Fosu-Henry and Shandon Baptiste in the second half.Max Power’s ninth-minute long-range strike gave Sunderland a 1-0 victory over top-flight opponents Sheffield United, who made 10 changes.Last season’s beaten semi-finalists Burton continued their love affair with the competition by winning 2-0 at home to the Premier League’s fifth-placed team Bournemouth, who also made 10 changes.Oliver Sarkic put them ahead in the 14th-minute and Nathan Broadhead’s late goal secured victory over a team 52 places above them in a match affected by power failures which caused a 28-minute delay.Liverpool, who fielded a completely different XI – including debuts to Harvey Elliott, goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and Rhian Brewster – were 2-0 winners at League One MK Dons.Elliott, at 16 years and 174 days old the youngest player to start a competitive match for the club, hit the crossbar in both halves but it was the experienced James Milner was was the key man.In the first half goalkeeper Stuart Moore spilled his driven shot and could only palm the ball into the net at the second attempt and after the break he provided the assist for defender Ki-Jana Hoever to score his first for the club in only his second appearance.Chelsea secured their first home win under Frank Lampard with a 7-1 victory against League Two Grimsby.Goals in the first seven minutes from Ross Barkley and Michy Batshuayi but a wonder strike from Matt Green ensured it was not plain sailing until Pedro, from the penalty spot just before the break.Batshuayi, Kurt Zouma, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi all scored in the second half.Aston Villa won the all-Premier League tie at Brighton, who gave debuts to seven academy players, as they won 3-1 thanks to goals from Jota, Conor Hourihane and Jack Grealish, with Hayden Roberts briefly making it 2-1 just past the hour.Reading’s Lucas Boye scored an equaliser in the ninth minute of added time to cancel out Cavaco Jordao’s opener but missed a penalty in the shoot-out as Wolves prevailed 4-2 on spot-kicks.
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This year, Guyana celebrated its 52nd Independence Anniversary with a number of events being held to mark the auspicious occasion, ranging from the Government’s staging of a concert and cultural extravaganza which saw over 2,000 youths in attendance, to the staging of a ‘Guyana Carnival’ event by a private group, which featured a parade and a “Stink n Dutty” party among other things.As expected, the country’s national flag, The Golden Arrow Head, was hoisted in the presence of those at the multi-billion-dollar D’Urban Park, Georgetown, and thousands around the world who joined in via various live television and social media feeds.But as the flag was being hoisted, something seemed amiss, as it appeared to have not the regular five, but six colours. This led to many Guyanese mounting their own investigations and sharing their findings on social media. It wasn’t long before the matter drew the attention of the politicians, and then rightly so, the media.The opposition Peoples Progressive Party charged on Tuesday that there was a “despicable and unconstitutional alteration of Guyana’s national flag” as it called for answers and lambasted the Government. Among other things, the PPP argued that there were examples in the past where national symbols were being treated as the property of the APNU/AFC Administration, before pointing out that the Constitution clearly describes the colours and its shades that constitute the national flag.The opposition also charged that the alleged altercation “connects one of Guyana’s most significant national symbols to the People’s National Congress Reform” via the inclusion of that party colour along the end of the flag, and it was reminiscent of “the repressive regime of the PNC pre-1992.”The Guyana Defence Force, upon the inquiry of the media, and not independently from the outset, was forced to admit that the flag was indeed altered and repaired at the ends since it was badly damaged and shredded. The GDF’s argument is that it did not want to hoist a damaged flag, hence it repainted the ends in green even though it resulted in a darker shade.Also, the Government seemed not to be aware that the flag had had an alteration, since the Social Cohesion Minister admitted that he only learnt of the ensuing controversy via the media. The minister conceded that a damaged flag should not have been hoisted, while his more senior colleague, the State Minister, is reported as distancing the governing coalition from the issue, but not before calling the opposition “foolish” to suggest the APNU/AFC’s deliberate involvement and desire to change the flag’s colours.It cannot be credibly asserted that the PPP’s response was over the top, given Guyana’s political history, wherein the PNC’s flag was once flown over the Appellate Court, and the current political culture that obtains. Also, the GDF, as the guardian of Guyana’s sovereignty, cannot be so cavalier with our flag, which represents that sovereignty.And the Ministers’ response to the PPP’s concerns, which were shared by Guyanese at home and abroad, in the absence of any official statement from the GDF or Government before or immediately after the hoisting of the flag, confirms the notion that Guyanese are still suspicious of the Coalition’s political ambition, because its main actor is still the PNC which is associated with some serious transgressions against the State during its tenure.In the end, there are still serious questions to be answered about the saga. Why was it not recognised at rehearsals, or prior to the staging of the mega event, that the flag was in a state of deterioration? Why wasn’t a newer flag borrowed or sourced? Is it that the GDF or Govt felt that no flag raising event would have been held? Who made the decision to alter the flag and hoist what still was a damaged flag? Why wasn’t the Government informed immediately? Why wasn’t an apology issued soon after? The truth is, the country’s National symbols and Flag cannot be treated in an ‘anyhow’ manner. They must be properly maintained, stored, and displayed with the honour benefiting of national symbols. They must not be displayed when damaged, or even when poor remedial work is done, as was allegedly the case with the flag at Durban Park when the country was turning 52.The Government ought to address the issue more seriously, and must ensure that at least ten flags of varying or same size are kept at Durban Park and other important mega-Parks/Centers whenever they need to be hoisted or displayed.To dismiss the PPP’s concerns and those of Guyanese as a trivial matter is not the right approach to good governance. Like all Guyanese, the Government has a responsibility to ensure that it pays keen attention to not just the use and treatment of stamps, but all symbols and monuments associated with nationhood.
Late last year the Georgetown Mayor and City Council displaced the East Bank of Demerara minibus and car park in preparation for the relocation of vendors who are to be removed from the Stabroek market wharf to facilitate much needed repairs there. The park is now in an area just South of where it originally was.The first challenge is the obvious smaller area which cannot accommodate the volume of vehicles. The unavoidable searching and jostling for parking spots create congestion leading to traffic buildups in an already overly congested area. In addition, the area is poorly lit at night and with the menace of ever-present rampant gangs, many commuters have been robbed.This seeming norm in criminal activities in that environ creates high risks for all who depend on public transportation, especially women, with reports of some being groped. Children are also exposed to these dangers. With no alternative, commuters have to take those risks every day with fear lingering in their minds at a place that is literally a stone’s throw away from the country’s Parliament Building.Many questions abound. Despite national cognizance of the space constraint in the city, more specifically that area, the question of why would the Council remove that main public transportation park to accommodate vendors is still unavoidable. This does not take away from the fact that the vendors needed to be relocated.The Council in its defence would cite lack of space. While that’s a good argument, probingly, it must be asked if the related deliberations were thorough and inclusive of all Councillors. On the surface, it appears that safety and other concerns of commuters were and probably are still not given the necessary consideration as thousands are being affected every day.The Council cannot be oblivious of the security concerns at all transportation parks within the city for incidents of robberies continue to be highlighted in the media. It did make effort towards some lighting and, with the Guyana Police Force, to have some level of security presence. However, it is not adequate and from reports, the security presence is not sustained especially in the evenings and late into the nights.Even if the necessary security measures are implemented at the parks, it is not a guarantee that crime will disappear. However, it will offer a much needed and effective deterrent allowing for almost immediate response and very importantly, comfort the troubling mindsets.Adequate and necessary security measures, including effective lighting, should have been in place immediately upon the relocation of the park. It therefore becomes mindboggling as why such necessary things were not implemented and sustained even months after. All of the bus and car parks within the city are security risks and all are poorly lit, including some main roads that lead to them.That, and the criminal activities it encourages, continue to compromise that aspect of public safety. This is a continuous cycle and with every passing day, frustration and fear among commuters increase. One can argue that if the City Council is really concerned about commuters’ safety, it would be making more noise, increased Police presence, even if it’s just to appease.The knowledge and presence of security measures have positive psychological effects. Its absence, or being grossly inadequate, causes one to wonder if the leadership and the rest of Council really understand the magnitude of what transpires at those parks especially in the evenings and nights and particularly at the East Bank park.There is great difficulty in accepting the Council being unaware which brings to the fore the frightening scenario of the current inadequacies probably being accepted as adequate with believably scant regard for commuters’ safety.It must be noted that for every sitting of Parliament, traffic within the immediate area is restricted. This further compounds the congestion at the East Bank park and further increases the risks for criminal activities. Importantly, Police ranks are deployed to enforce the traffic restrictions for the duration of a parliamentary sitting which sometimes go beyond midnight.While that is deemed necessary to ensure the safety and easy access for parliamentarians, it demonstrates that ranks could be made available to be stationed at the parks during the entirety of what is considered as the high-risk hours. This is what City Hall should be advocating for given that its own resources may be limited.The Police implements generally effective and pleasing security mechanisms for the Christmas period with temporary outposts at various points. The positive effect of that is known. The obvious question is why it cannot be sustained to some extent with emphasis on the parks throughout the year.While the force has its own constraints over resources, collaboration with the Council and strategic planning can result in an acceptable and adequate mechanism that could mitigate the current situation. From the Council’s standpoint, even if it is not responsible for the security at the parks, it can demonstrate its genuine concern for commuters’ safety by being proactive. All it takes is will.
Another night, another set of heroes for the Harvard-Westlake of Studio City girls’ soccer team. Facing only their second deficit in Mission League play, the Wolverines responded with a convincing second-half performance to move a step closer to their sixth consecutive title. Donilyn Hunter-Sallustio and Jenna Marine scored goals seven minutes apart to lead Harvard-Westlake to a 2-1 victory Wednesday at Chaminade of West Hills, extending the Wolverines’ league unbeaten streak to 17 in a row. “We talked about making the first 10 minutes (of the second half) count because we didn’t want to be in a desperate situation,” said Harvard-Westlake coach Richard Simms, whose decision to move Mary Amato into the central midfield in the second half paid dividends. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “These kids continue to rise to the occasion. You put a challenge in front of them and they’re going to meet it.” After misfiring on a few scoring opportunities in the first half, Marine converted for the Wolverines (13-7-4, 6-0-2) when it mattered most, completing a passing sequence that included Lizzy Danhakl and Coco Weaver by burying a 30-yard shot in the upper-right corner in the 52nd minute for the deciding goal. “Lizzy and Shannon (Hart) kept giving me perfect balls the whole game, so I was definitely hoping it was the one,” Marine said. “It was frustrating in the first half because I had so many shooting opportunities, so I’m glad I got one in.” Chaminade (7-9-2, 5-4) struck in the fifth minute when Alyssa Engstrom scored off Jordan Schoonover’s free kick. Hunter-Sallustio tied the score in the 45th minute, tapping in a loose ball after Amato’s high-arcing shot was dropped by goalkeeper Alex Bershon. “When you’re undefeated in a tough league, you find ways to win,” Chaminade coach Tracy Powell said. “Against Harvard-Westlake, you can’t afford to hold back with a 1-0 lead.”
1 The midfielder has hit 16 goals in his first 50 Premier League games Mauricio Pochettino has backed Dele Alli to rule European football for the next decade – and do it all at Tottenham.Pochettino believes Alli could already command a £50million transfer fee, but insists the England midfielder is desperate for silverware with Spurs.Alli has hit 16 goals in his first 50 Premier League games – more than twice the combined tally that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard mustered in the same time frame.Pochettino believes 20-year-old Alli’s burgeoning career bears favourable comparison with England’s finest, and tipped the 15-cap playmaker to keep accelerating his already-rapid development.“There’s no doubt he is and will be one of the best players in England in the next 10, 12 years,” said Pochettino.“And England represents Europe, and maybe the world too.“The Premier League is the toughest and the best competition in the world.“And if you are one of the best in England you are one of the best in Europe.“In one year and a half we’ve talked a lot, and we can see how he is, as a person, and that’s important, and how he’s growing up, not only in football.“For different reasons that crossed different problems, he’s improved a lot in his behaviour, in his game, in football.“Now it’s a big challenge for all the opponents to stop Dele Alli.“He’s said he wants success here, he’s very happy here, and there’s no doubt that he wants to win titles here.“I am very honest in that situation, sometimes he will joke in the dressing room or on the pitch, but he’s very serious.“Always I hear him say many times ‘I want to succeed here, I want to win trophies here’.”Alli has matched Paul Scholes’ 16 goals in his first 50 Premier League games, while Gerrard hit two and Lampard five in the respective openings of their careers.The former MK Dons midfielder has fast become one of Spurs’ – and England’s – top stars, with Pochettino accepting Jamie Redknapp’s recent £50m valuation.“I think he is in a very good way, at a very good level, if you compare with this type of player, they were great, fantastic players,” said Pochettino of Alli’s goal return in comparison to Scholes, Gerrard and Lampard.“He needs to keep going that way, because he’s showing now he can be one of the best players in England.“The moment was right when we signed him, and it was a very important deal for Tottenham.“I don’t know if the best bargain was Gareth Bale or Modric or Alli, but it’s true it was a very good deal for us when we signed him.”Asked if Alli is a £50million player, Pochettino continued: “Yes, why not.“Today Dele Alli is showing a quality, a talent that it’s difficult to find in Europe at 20 years old.”Tottenham will take on Watford at Vicarage Road on New Year’s Day, desperate for their fourth-straight Premier League victory.Pochettino joked that Watford mascot Harry the Hornet would not have the guts to try the diving joke that backfired on Wilfried Zaha on Spurs’ fiery midfield star Alli.Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce branded the Watford mascot’s light-hearted dive in front of Zaha following last weekend’s 1-1 draw as “out of order”.“I think the mascot would be scared to do it in front of Alli,” joked Pochettino.“If I put myself in Palace’s shoes I can understand why they were upset.“It was funny for the Watford supporters, but it was a stupid action, a stupid thing.“We need to be careful with that, because in that situation you can upset people for a stupid thing.“But, OK, it was the mascot trying to be funny but he doesn’t realise it could be a big problem.“You need to laugh, no? Because the mascot is being funny with people and trying to encourage the crowd.“Maybe he’ll learn from that situation – or maybe they’ll change the mascot!”