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first_imgTOTTENHAM will look to keep pressure on the Premier League top two when they host Bournemouth at Wembley.Spurs’ hammering at Everton closed the gap to Manchester City to four points – but face a Cherries side who have been one of the surprise performers this season.last_img

first_img Mater Dei’s Non-Public B boys cross-country state championship was a year in the making. Head coach Mike Tursi said his harriers began thinking about the state title last November after the Seraphs finished third at the State Group meet. A strong finish at the Meet of Champions the next week convinced them that it was within their reach. “We knew we were capable of winning it,” said Tursi. The Seraphs made it look easy on Nov. 16 when they beat runner-up Moorestown Friends, by 34 points, 36-70, to win their sixth State Group title (first since 1999) But it wasn’t that easy. Tursi could recall some anxious times back in August. “I remember thinking we could do what we wanted,” he said. The Seraphs top runner Curtis Jensen had suffered a stress fracture at the end of the outdoor track season, and that slowed his summer training. Tom Daley suffered the same injury and was also undertrained. The injury bug didn’t stop there; Jonathan Urena had back problems and No. 2 runner Patrick O’Boyle missed a week with a concussion from a skateboard accident. No wonder Tursi had questions about his team’s ability to achieve its potential. But, August turned into September and things began to turn around. First, the Seraphs picked up their first invitational title in 10 years winning their Division at the Stewart Memorial in Elizabeth convincingly. They would win their Shore Conference Division (B Central) crown for a third year in a row. Outstanding finishes at Monmouth County (fifth) and the Shore Conference (seventh) boosted the Seraphs confidence even more. Jensen and O’Boyle, in the meantime, were establishing themselves as the conference’s best one-two. They finished onetwo at the Stewart Memorial. At the SC, O’Boyle set a Holmdel Park school record (16:15) and Jensen was close by running (16:18) for the third fastest in school history. Together they were third and fifth. The Seraphs had never had more than three runners under 18:00 at Holmdel Park in one race before and here, they had five and a school record team average of 17:16.20. The stage was now set for a big Seraph Day at the NJSIAA Group Championships and Mater Die was ready. Jensen (16:46) ran second to Gill St. Bernard’s Doug Smith (15:44), the MOC favorite. O’Boyle gutted it out through a cramp to finish third (16:53) giving the team what it wanted up front, two-three, although maybe not the way they expected with O’Boyle needing a late spring to take third at the line. Ryan Lundy (17:47) and Mike Woyak (17:47) both came up with Holmdel Park personal bests in 10th and 11th place. Fifth scorer Urena was near his personal best at 18:02. He finished 13th overall. Sixth and seventh runners, Daly and Mike Amato, were 29th and 37th overall. Mater Dei’s team average was 17:27. “They worked hard; they are a great bunch of kids,” said Tursi, who won his third state title as the Seraphs head coach. During the season, the Seraph harriers got to break in the school’s new allweather track. The old cider track has been retired. With the depth the team has shown in winning this state title, Tursi is looking forward to putting together 4×800 and Distance Medley Relay teams that can post qualifying times for the Penn Relays next spring. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte gave short shrift to media reports linking him with a move away from the English Premier League leaders and said he was eager to build “something important” at Stamford Bridge.The former Juventus boss, who admitted last month he has struggled adjust to life in England without his family, has been linked with a return to Italy with Inter Milan.Speculation went into overdrive, however, after Italian agent Federico Pastorello said Conte might find offers from “historical clubs” difficult to resist.“I don’t like it when others speak for me. Pastorello is a friend, I know him well, but I don’t like when others speak for me,” Conte told British media.“If someone wants to know something about me, then they must ask me. We’re fighting for the title and we want to achieve this goal, then we’ll try to build something important together.”When asked whether that meant he will be at Chelsea next season, Conte added: “Yes, for the next season.”Winger Eden Hazard is another Chelsea employee who has been linked with a move away from the club with British media reporting strong interest from Real Madrid.Chelsea’s Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, however, felt his compatriot would not become distracted by such talk over the last few weeks of the season.“Eden is not affected by the speculation. He is just calm,” said Courtois, who has also been linked with a move to the Spanish giants.“He knows that he is important to Chelsea, like I do. We are both very happy to be here. The game against City was my 100th for Chelsea, and I hope to have many more.”Chelsea, who have a seven-point cushion over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with eight games remaining, visit 13th-placed Bournemouth on Saturday.last_img read more

first_imgPNG champion, Marcus Ng, beat Arana Taviri, current BSP PNG Minor Title holder, Marcus Rahman defeated Willie Vaieke and PNG women champion, Geua John, beat Vani Toka while Charlie Tom lost to Nathan Fong to take DKS to a 3 one lead after the four singles.Topshooters needed to win the two doubles to take the finals to a decider and Nathan Fong and Arana Taviri gave the shooters hope when they defeated Ng and Earls.On the next table, Vaieke had the chance to take the game to a decider when up by one point, missed an easy pink set up by John.Rahman capitalised and secured the win when he potted the pink and the black to win the Premier Grade PMMI Port Moresby Corporate snooker premiership.Rapid Response Dragons completed the rare double in A Grade when the minor premiers edged out Phoenix Kasens 4 -3 to take out the major title.The B Grade premiership went to minor premiers PMMI Turas after beating PMMI Car Club 4-2 while in C Grade, PMMI Leftover, led by Stanis Sion, took out their first title with a 4-1 victory over Bank PNG Cannons.The Best and Fairest award in each division saw Roger Ng take out the award in Premier Grade, Kasens teammates Gamu Miria and Miria David shared the A Grade honours, Toka Owen won the B Grade award while David Rea and Stanis Sion jointly won the C Grade best and fairest award.The high breaks saw Marcus Ng (DKS) and Nathan Fong (PMMI Topshooters)  score 44 and 40 respectively in the Premier Grade, Miria David (Kasens) made a high break 34 in A Grade, B Grade saw no players make a high break of 24 plus while in C Grade Sam Rabura (PMMI Left Overs) scored an 18 high break.last_img read more

first_imgLong time Manchester United target Arturo Vidal is showing the world that he has still got it, the Chilean international who has been pursued by the Red Devils for a while saw his dream move end due to a persistent knee problem has let his feet do the talking during Juventus’ 3-1 win over Cagliari on Thursday.But this strike against Cagliari for the Italian giant’s has sent a timely reminder to Louis Van Gaal ahead of the January transfer window.The experienced midfielder collected a loose ball and smashed a curling effort into the bottom corner from 20-yards out to double Juve’s lead.Check out his cheeky sidefooter above – Would he be a good signing for United?last_img read more

first_imgAfter 9-11, my husband started each morning reaching for the remote and saying, “Let’s see if they caught Osama.” This greeting began as an expectation, evolved into a lingering hope and finally deteriorated into irony. Six years later, our ritual preceded an early morning appearance by the newly trimmed and black-bearded terrorist. Thus fear descends into farce. It was no accident that bin Laden timed his videos for Sept. 11. But then again, how fitting it was that the hearings on the Iraq war coincided with the anniversary of his attack. The testimony was dotted with overt and subtle messages about Iraq as the center of the war on terrorism without acknowledging how it became the center. In opening statements, Ambassador Ryan Crocker used “al-Qaida” nine times and Gen. David Petraeus used it 17 times without mentioning that there was no al-Qaida in Iraq before we were in Iraq. There was nothing new in this false connection. For that matter, there was no news at all from the hearings, if by “news” we mean something unexpected: “General Bites Commander in Chief.” Was there any doubt that Petraeus wanted to keep the surge troops as long as possible? Was there any doubt that Bush would claim to follow the advice of the man he commands and announce plans to withdraw those 30,000 troops by next summer? Nevertheless, to my surprise, these hearings did mark a turning point. In place of swagger, we saw sobriety. There was no presidential voice in these rooms telling the senators and representatives, as he told the Aussies, “we’re kicking ass.” The cockeyed optimism of “Mission Accomplished” was replaced by the controlled pessimism in Crocker’s voice as he claimed, simply, that “success is attainable.” One word leaked out of both men repeatedly: “frustration.” It’s a word that every American shares. The general who came bearing medals as well as a Ph.D., admitted, “I’m as frustrated with the situation as anybody else.” But if you need more proof of sobriety, there was the moment of the hearings when Petraeus was asked whether Americans were safer now. After a pregnant pause, he answered: “Sir, I don’t know, actually.” This was supposed to be the week of Osama’s makeover or Bush’s do-over. It was the week when the public conversation may have shifted permanently. We have entered the debate over the lesser of two catastrophes. Americans gave up the belief in Iraqi WMDs long ago. Gradually, most of us have given up the idea that we can create democracy in Iraq. Now we have also lost confidence that the surge can create the “breathing space” in which the Iraqis will achieve reconciliation in their disintegrated society. Mission creep has become “mission shrink.” The real role of American troops in Iraq now is to try and keep a lid on the terrible violence unleashed by our own invasion. Our job in Iraq, as Crocker put it, is preventing a “big, nasty street fight.” So we get down to the tale of two catastrophes. On the one hand the war’s supporters claim only that things will get horrifically worse if we leave. “Make no mistake,” said John McCain, “the consequences of American defeat in Iraq will be terrible and long-lasting.” On the other hand, the war’s opponents insist that staying the course will only stay the disaster. All we get from prolonging the war are more casualties of the war. “Buy time?” asked Chuck Hagel, the Nebraska Republican retiring from the Senate. “For what?” These clashing catastrophes will be the central theme of the next presidential election. The choices facing voters will be these: Chaos in Iraq, or casualties in America. The forces of terrorism let loose in the world, or the real war against terrorism distracted by the war in Iraq. One side will ask how we can justify the massacres and mayhem that may well follow our departure. The other side will ask how we can justify asking one more, or 1,000, or 5,000 Americans to die – for what? A mistake. Between these two unbearable options, I choose leaving. But any choice comes with a bitter recognition of the financial, moral and political fallout from this president’s decision and deception. In Robert Draper’s aptly named book on the Bush presidency, Dead Certain, the president muses on his retirement. “I’ll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol’ coffers,” he says. “We’ll have a nice place in Dallas,” he adds, where he will run “a fantastic Freedom Institute. I can just envision getting in the car, getting bored, going down to the ranch.” Just think. Osama is on the loose with his hair stylist. Iraq is coming apart at the seams. How swell that one American has an exit strategy. Ellen Goodman’s e-mail address is 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgWHITTIER – A fingerprint lifted from a pack of T-shirts has helped investigators identify a suspect in a slaying and robbery spree in Uptown Whittier last year. This week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed 17 felony counts, including murder and robberies, against Orlando Ochoa, 20, of Ontario. Ochoa is charged in the stabbing death of Jonathan Arreola, 18, of Pico Rivera. Arreola was attacked while he was tagging a wall in the Uptown area on June 13, 2005, said Whittier police Detective Jay Tatman. Officials allege that after the slaying the suspect went on a months-long robbery spree targeting businesses in Uptown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2At least eight businesses were robbed, most of them while a lone female clerk was on duty, said Detective Jim Uhl. It ended in October 2005, when a clerk struggled with the robber, causing him to drop a plastic-wrapped package of T-shirts, Uhl said. Specialists were able to lift a fingerprint from the package, matching it to Ochoa, he said. Larry Trujillo, manager of the Uptown Business Association, said the robberies put local merchants on high alert last fall. “We had not experienced anything like that,” Trujillo added. “Usually, we have shoplifting rather than robbery. This guy was actually threatening people with weapons.” Uhl said the robber usually targeted mom-and-pop stores. Posing as a customer, he would select an item and walk up to the cash register. When the clerk got behind the register, the man would pull a gun or knife and demand money. “He was very professional, very smooth,” said Uhl. “At least two of the places he robbed twice.” About $3,000 was taken in the robberies, he said. “The robberies seemed to get a little more violent each time. It seemed like the robber scoped out the area in advance,” Trujillo said. Investigators had identified Ochoa as “a person of interest” within days of Arreola’s slaying, based on witnesses’ statements, Tatman said. But the big break came after police matched the fingerprint. The detective said Arreola and a friend were spray-painting walls near Uptown Whittier when they were confronted by two men, he said. During the fight, Arreola was stabbed several times. He died later at the hospital. Prosecutors filed one count of murder, eight counts of robbery, four counts of witness intimidation, three counts of false imprisonment and one count of assault with a deadly weapon against Ochoa. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Whittier Court on August 3. “It was a lot of work for the team in getting the investigation ready,” said Tatman. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Police Chief William Bratton expects the schedule – said to be popular among the ranks – to remain as is. Crime has decreased during the four years it has been in effect, he said. “There’s an old adage: `If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,”‘ the chief said. “The current schedule is working for us, and I don’t anticipate any changes.” However, after the schedule began, there were 22 percent fewer officers on the streets and 36 percent fewer cruisers responding to calls, according to a study by City Administrative Officer Bill Fujioka. In response to the report, Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the San Fernando Valley’s top cop, said compressed workweeks are only one of the contributors to the study’s findings and are not the sole influence. He added that the department of 9,000 officers is understaffed, which is why Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he wants to add 1,000 more cops in the next five years. “It’s difficult, if not impossible, to assess blame or credit to the work schedule for these matters,” Moore said. As the Los Angeles Police Department tries to beef up its ranks with 1,000 more officers, critics say the problem isn’t just a lack of officers but a three-day workweek that leaves patrols thin. About 70 percent of LAPD officers work a 12-hour shift, but the department could put more squad cars on the streets if it switched to a traditional five-day schedule, contends City Councilman Bernard Parks, former police chief and a longtime foe of the compressed workweek. The department is constantly “moving people around chasing the most recent firestorm,” Parks said. “The number of officers in place to provide day-to-day service has dissipated, and that’s because of the three-day workweek.” The condensed schedule began in 1997 as a pilot program. It was adopted after former Mayor James Hahn’s 2001 election to boost police morale, help with recruitment and reduce the rate of officers defecting to other departments that offer flexible work schedules. Depending on their assignments, LAPD officers can also work four-day, 10-hour shifts. A City Council committee is expected to hold a hearing on the report and could ultimately make changes. Fujioka said no hearing date has been scheduled. The city report also recommends talking to residents and cops to get their feedback on the schedule. The department wants that research to measure whether the compressed workweeks are truly creating incentives for officers, Moore said. The surveys could also provide an outlet to unhappy officers who don’t want to speak up about their schedules, Parks said. He said some don’t want to break ranks and gripe about it because they fear being ostracized by the police union and others on the force. Married officers with grueling commutes say they rarely get to see their families in between working the long hours on the three-day shifts, and those with child-care needs find it tough to get coverage for their 15-hour days. And other officers say the schedules don’t allow them to build relationships with the public, Parks said. “It’s rare that I go to a meeting and do not find officers who say, `This is killing us,’ but they don’t have the ability to say anything,” he said. Similar schedules have been used by other L.A.-area police departments, some with more success than others. Before shifting to its three-day workweek in 1994, the Burbank Police Department measured overtime, sick days and field activity – response times, number of tickets issued and other police work – for up to 18 months, Sgt. Kevin Grandalski said. Those results set the bar for officer expectations on their compressed schedules. Since then, the three-day workweek – which began as part of contract negotiations – has been expanded to include the traffic bureau and jailers. Grandalski said he hasn’t heard any officer complaints. “As a family person, you have more family time because you are gone for three days, and after that, I believe you end up with more time,” he said. Fatigue and schedule management led the Los Angeles County sheriff’s station in West Hollywood to drop the three-day workweek in March after using it for 12 years, Capt. Buddy Goldman said. With many deputies living in more affordable areas at least an hour away from the expensive Westside city, Goldman said many deputies only had time for work and sleep during their three workdays. The fatigue factor mounted when they had more responsibilities, such as court appearances that offer no flexibility. “Those are things you don’t think about until you are in the middle of it,” Goldman said. Today, West Hollywood deputies work four-day, 10-hour shifts. “It’s the same amount of officers,” he said. “But you’re plugging them into the city more often.” (818) 713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img moving on LATEST Arsenal are reportedly interested in Gelson Martins REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer IN DEMAND The Gunners are understood to have made an offer to sign Martins on loan but Monaco could hijack the deal.The Portuguese winger only joined Atletico in the summer after joining from Sporting Lisbon. 2 RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Arsenal are reportedly in a battle with club legend Thierry Henry to sign Atletico Madrid winger Gelson Martins.Henry is manager of relegation threatened Ligue 1 side Monaco and wants to sign the 23-year-old. In Portugal he reportedly requested his contract be terminated at the club following an incident where supporters invaded their training facility and assaulted several players and members of staff.Martins then signed a five-year contract with the La Liga club but has only made eight league appearances all season. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Latest Transfer News 2 Gelson Martins has also attracted the interest of Monaco Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Portuguese publication O Jogo claims Arsenal have submitted a bid to sign him on loan while they also report Henry’s Monaco have made a similar approach.The Ligue 1 club have already brought in four players this month, including Cesc Fabregas from Chelsea.Arsenal have been linked with several players during the January transfer window but can only make loan signings.last_img read more