VERONICA YANKOWSKI St. John Vianney’s Jason Fischer tries to elude the grasps of Edison’s Bobby Wolf during the Jersey Shore Duals in Matawan on July 2. The Middletown High School North American Legion baseball team entered the summer campaign hoping to develop a few pitchers, and thanks to a large number of rainouts, several players will get a chance on the hill during the next two weeks. Middletown North has played just six of its 18 games and is 3-3, having defeated Middletown South, Marlboro and Freehold. Coach Bill Hemberger’s team has five games scheduled for each of the next two weeks. “That’s going to play havoc with our pitching, but it will also give players an opportunity to see what they can do on the mound,” he said. “One of our goals is to find a couple of pitchers who can help out the varsity next spring.” North does have two proven pitchers, hard-throwing lefty Bill Hemberger and right-hander Anthony Degennaro, both of whom are entering their senior year. The younger Hemberger was 2-3 for the North varsity this spring and is 2-0 for the Legion entry. VERONICA YANKOWSKI CBA’s David Chirichello (top) works on Bound Brook’s Reggie Perry during a 130-pound bout at the Jersey Shore Duals. Sophomore lefty Matt Marx and junior Ryan Daly are among the likely starters for this week’s games. “After that, we’ll see who wants to pitch and take it from there,” the coach said. Other members of the team include juniors Matt Fix, Steve Lopez and Dan Trezza; and sophomores Mark Baker, Kyle Folks, Denny Freshnock, Artie Kaylor, Garrett Maron, Lou Obregon, Matt Pignatello and Chris Susi. North is playing without junior third baseman Dan Walling, who is out with a wrist injury.
Twenty-year-old Ronaldo Mohamed is a Guyanese cricketer, who was born to Vanessa and Ali Mohamed and is the eldest of two boys. He grew up in William Street, Kitty, and attended the FE Pollard Primary School after which he joined the Academy of Precious Ones, where he completed his secondary education.Growing up was quite interesting for the talented young man, who aims to be on the Guyana national team and the West Indies senior team.He recalled tagging along with his uncle to watch him play cricket at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) Ground. After gaining some interest in the game, he started to run around the yard with a bat and ball asking everyone to “bowl him”.His uncle thought that he showed some potential to become a good cricketer and without hesitation, he got him enrolled at the GCC at the age of six. After years of practice and training, he played his first game representing GCC at the Under-15 level.Mohamed was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the U-15 Tournament, since he had taken the most wickets with deadly bowling.When asked about challenges he encountered while playing the sport he loves, he noted that the most difficult thing thus far was playing against Demerara Cricket Club (DCC).Although he has also encountered a few personal challenges, he said he “stick to what I normally do and overcome it”. With success on the field, he continues to elevate himself in the cricketing arena.He continues to play for the GCC and hopes one day to make it in the international scene bowling for the West Indies.His role model is Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, as well as Keemo Paul, but he gets his inspiration from Guyana cricketers Leon Johnson and Christopher Barnwell. The young Mohamed encouraged youths to stay in school and develop themselves academically before choosing the path of a career in the cricketing world.“Do the right thing and you will be successful,” he added. On a lighter note, Mohamed is a lover of roti and bora curry while his favourite colours are black and white. He also loves the movie “Black Lightning”.
In commemoration of Guyana’s 50th Independence anniversary as a nation, the Academic Working Group (AWG) of the National Commemoration Commission (NCC) on Wednesday launched the literary festival activities, which includes a national symposium series and a digital tent.Director of Culture and chairperson of the AWG, Dr James Rose explained that the digital tent, which will take the form of a website, would be capturing Guyana’s history and culture over the past half century.Dr James noted that several activities would be held in keeping with the festival, including 50 days and 50 night of literature.“There will be 50 sessions of interfacing with 50 communities, we have completed 23 sessions thus far and have 27 more by this end of the month,” Dr Rose explained, adding that, “a series of playwright workshop will be held in Essequibo, Berbice and Demerara in line of the literary festival”.Dr Vibert Cambridge, Professor Emeritius, of Media Arts & Studies Scripps College of Communication, spoke of the significant amount of work that was put into the website by way of cooperation between the students of the University of Guyana and their counterparts from the Ohio University.Archivist Nadia Carter expressed excitement over the website which she said would allow Guyanese and others at home and abroad to access information on Guyana’s history.Carter noted the website was still in its demo format as additions are being made, but would soon be available.The website is said to have a similar format of ancestry.com and will be rich in Guyanese history and music.Interviews with various public figures over the past five decades are also expected to be uploaded.
Stabroek Market vendors along with the Guyana Vendors Market Union staged a protest in front of City HallProtestors assembled outside City Hall on Fridayon Friday, calling for the removal of the Mayor, Town Clerk and Chief Constable.Scores of vendors picketed City Hall, calling for the removal of Town Clerk, Royston King, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Chief Constable Andrew Foo from their posts.They expressed frustration at the recent decision to have them removed from the Stabroek Market Canopy area, claiming that they were not consulted – a frequent habit.One vendor vented her frustration to Guyana Times, stating that they need urgent discussions with King: “We want talks with City Council, with Royston King because they are hiding and they are denying the union; we need to have talks, they need to have on the table discussions with the vendors.”President of the Guyana Vendors Market Union, Eon Andrews, told this publication that the protest was prompted due to the many empty promises made by the Mayor and Town Clerk.He further questioned the authenticity of the promises to build a more modernised market to facilitate vending: “There was a structure that was presented to this council and to the city to be built behind of Stabroek where that wharf is deteriorated and now we are not hearing anything about it, so I think that it is a lot of talks. Unless the leaders at City Hall aren’t removed, then there will be nothing that will change because they have no vision,” he said.President of the Guyana Trades Union Congress, Russell Gonsalves also joined the protest in support of the vendors and questioned the Town Clerk’s refusal to engage in discussions with the Market Union. Gonsalves declared: “My question is why is it that the town clerk don’t want to meet with the head of the union for discussions as it relates to going forward; because you can’t just move people out of the roadway where they are accustomed to plying their trade.”Other vendors told this publication that they feel victimised by the Chief Constable, Andrew Foo, especially after a rifle was found under the Stabroek Market Canopy some days ago.
Argentina’s Jaguares moved four points clear of the Bulls in the South African conference by beating the Waratahs 23-15, dealing a big hit to the Sydney-based team’s hopes of making the playoffs.With two matches remaining, the Crusaders’ 19-11 victory opened up a 13-point lead at the top of the New Zealand table from the Wellington Hurricanes, who have three games left.The Crusaders, who have been under the microscope following allegations of offensive behaviour on their recent South African tour, looked comfortable at 16-6 before a late Rieko Ioane try gave the visitors the chance of an upset.However, a Richie Mo’unga penalty with four minutes remaining sealed the outcome for the defending champions in a match played with a heavy dew which restricted try-scoring opportunities.“It wasn’t pretty at times,” Crusaders skipper Sam Whitelock said.“We had a few challenges coming home from South Africa, a short turnaround, a few of the boys had a lack of sleep this week.”But two All Blacks identified in the off-field accusations levelled at the Crusaders, Mo’unga and George Bridge, appeared unaffected by the attention and played starring roles.After David Havili waltzed through an ineffectual Blues defence to have the Crusaders on attack from the kick-off, the visitors held off repeated raids and it was left to Mo’unga to get the Crusaders on the board with two penalties.The fly-half also featured in the only try of the first half with a well-weighted chip which Ryan Crotty gathered to send Bryn Hall away.The Blues, who prop up the New Zealand conference, responded with a penalty to Harry Plummer for the Crusaders to make the turn with a 13-3 lead.Plummer and Mo’unga then exchanged penalties before Ioane’s try and Mo’unga’s fourth penalty.– Physical game –In Sydney, the well-drilled Jaguares, packed with Test players, came into the game on a run of five wins from six and were simply too good for Michael Hooper’s Waratahs.“It was a physical game. We managed to defend and keep possession and that was where we won the game,” said the Jaguares’ Pablo Matera.“It’s been a great few weeks. We have the Reds to go (on their overseas tour). It’s a really important game.”An intense period of pressure paid off for them in the 25th minute with winger Ramiro Moyano collecting a Jeronimo de la Fuente grubber kick to dot down for a converted try.Bernard Foley pulled three points back but Domingo Miotti cancelled it out with a Jaguares penalty as the visitors took a 10-3 half-time lead.Moyano bagged his second by finishing a counter-attack to put them 17-3 ahead before the Tahs were awarded a penalty try and roared back when Curtis Rona crossed in the corner.But Foley missed the conversion and two late penalties from Joaquin Diaz Bonilla sealed the win.Earlier, Marika Koroibete and Jack Maddocks grabbed two tries apiece in Tokyo for the Rebels, who recorded their highest score in Super Rugby.The bonus-point victory — their seventh of the season — saw them improve to 33 points, one behind the Brumbies, with three regular-season fixtures left.However, after a promising start to the season, they face a difficult run-in, including games against the Crusaders and Chiefs.The Rebels, who dominated the lineout and scrum, went into the break leading 19-0 before running riot in the second half.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Melbourne Rebels’ Will Genia was knocked out during the Super Rugby match against Japan’s Sunwolves in Tokyo © AFP/File / CHARLY TRIBALLEAUCHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand, May 25 – The table-topping Canterbury Crusaders put a torrid week behind them to hold off the Auckland Blues on Saturday while the red-hot Jaguares shored up their Super Rugby finals hopes with a gritty win over the NSW Waratahs.On a triple header day, the Melbourne Rebels pulverised Japan’s Sunwolves 52-7 to stay one point behind the ACT Brumbies in the Australian pool, although the runaway win came at a price with star scrum-half Will Genia knocked out.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY – A motorcycle crashed into a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicle today, authorities said, leaving the biker dead and the road shut down for hours. Around 2 p.m., a sheriff’s department mountain rescue truck was driving the winding, secluded road near the 45 mile marker, when it encountered a solo motorcyclist. “They were just driving along, failed to negotiate the turn and crashed head-on into our vehicle,” said Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Cahhal. The Los Angeles County Fire Department sent a crew to administer CPR, but the unidentifed man behind the handlebars died at the scene. The sheriff’s deputy was unhurt. The California Highway Patrol shut down the highway, a popular and dangerous destination for bikers, to investigate the crash. For more law enforcement news in the San Fernando Valley, please visit our blogIt’s A Crime.
Hull have appealed against midfielder Tom Huddlestone’s dismissal in Saturday’s Premier League defeat at Everton.Huddlestone was shown a straight red card by referee Paul Tierney following his challenge on Idrissa Gueye midway through the second half.“The Tigers have appealed against Tom Huddlestone’s red card in Saturday’s match against Everton,” the club confirmed on their official website.“If the appeal is unsuccessful, Huddlestone will miss the Tigers’ forthcoming Premier League fixtures against West Ham United, Middlesbrough and Manchester City.“The club will hear the outcome by the end of the week.”Hull were trailing 1-0 when Huddlestone was given his marching orders and went on to lose 4-0.The Tigers are currently third from bottom, three points from safety, having won only one league game on the road this season. 1 Tom Huddlestone is shown a red card during Hull City’s defeat to Everton
10 10 10. Calum Chambers, 22, has made 82 appearances in the Premier League – Click the arrow above, right, to see the players, aged 23 and under, who have made the most appearances in England’s top flight 10 10 10 5. John Stones, 23, has made 110 appearances in the Premier League 10 9. Luke Shaw, 22, has made 92 appearances in the Premier League 7 = Hector Bellerin, 22, has made 94 appearances in the Premier League 3. James Ward-Prowse, 22, has made 143 appearances in the Premier League 10 7 = Emre Can, 23, has made 94 appearances in the Premier League Gareth Barry set an astonishing Premier League record on Monday, one that’s difficult to see another player breaking.The West Bromwich Albion midfielder broke Ryan Giggs’ appearance tally with his 633rd game in the top flight to move top of the all-time list.The closest current player to him is Michael Carrick, on 479 appearances, so that record isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.Realistically, it’s the Premier League’s young stars who will one day threaten to take his place, so talkSPORT.com has taken a look at the likely contenders.Scroll through the gallery above to see the players aged 23 and under who have made the most appearances in the Premier League. 2. Ross Barkley, 23, has made 150 appearances in the Premier League 10 4. Nathan Redmond, 23, has made 112 appearances in the Premier League 10 1. Raheem Sterling, 22, has made 164 appearances in the Premier League 10 6. Eric Dier, 23, has made 107 appearances in the Premier League
PALMDALE – The city plans to turn again to Fiesta Floats and Raul Rodriguez for the design and construction of its second entry in the Tournament of Roses parade. The City Council is expected Wednesday to approve a $150,000 contract with Fiesta Floats. A city committee has already begun discussions with float designer Rodriguez on a design for its 2007 float, which is expected to be unveiled in mid-September. The floats help the city by generating a positive buzz in the media as well as building community pride. The floats also can help dispel false perceptions about the city, officials said. “This is our chance to bring some reality to the discussion,” Mayor Jim Ledford said. “We are a desirable place to live. We have a high degree of pride. A float helps us reinforce that.” In addition to generating some pride for Palmdale residents, officials said the float generated a great deal of publicity for the city. Media coverage included more than 20 newspaper articles about the float prior to the parade, television coverage from seven Los Angeles-based news stations, and coverage from two cable channels. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The theme of the 2007 parade is “Our Good Nature,” which can be taken to mean Mother Nature or people’s good-hearted nature or a combination of both. The float will be the same size as this year’s float – 35 feet long and 21 feet high, said City Administrator Laura Biery, who is overseeing the project. The city will be looking to increase the private donations for the project, Biery said. Last year, donors provided about $80,000 in cash and in-kind services. The city is aiming to increase that amount to $90,000. The donations were used to support the volunteers, who numbered well over 600. That support included underwriting much of the cost for busing them to the float construction site in Duarte, providing T-shirts, meals and prizes, Biery said. City officials envision the parade as a yearly tradition for Palmdale with future floats being entirely underwritten by donations. The city’s 2006 entry, “A Magical Place to Call Home,” won the Princess Trophy, which goes to the most beautiful float 35 feet in length or less.
2 “N’Golo Kante is not playing in the position where he is the absolutely stand-out player.“He’s won back-to-back Premier League titles, got a World Cup medal and about 100 man-of-the-match awards [playing in that role].“He’s a fantastic athlete. Is he technically a magician on the ball? Of course he’s not.“He’s in the team to do the job, to win the ball and be a spoiler and he does that brilliantly.”Listen back to Tony Cascarino on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Tony Cascarino has said it is ‘stupid’ for Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri to keep playing N’Golo Kante out of his best position.The World Cup winner has been shifted out from his favoured holding role to a more advanced role on the left side of midfield this season by the new Blues boss.And it’s had a dramatic impact on his performances and influence on the Chelsea team.Sarri has practically built his team around £57million summer signing Jorginho playing in the holding role. The manager has said he wants a more technically gifted player in that position, but the absence of Kante’s physical presence in the middle of the pitch has been obvious and Chelsea’s defensive stability has suffered as a result. Jorginho has taken Kante’s place as Chelsea’s midfield lynchpin, but he has been criticised for his performances 2 Maurizio Sarri has been criticised for his team selection The Frenchman has been widely hailed as the best holding midfield player in the world, and Sarri’s decision not to play him there has baffled supporters and pundits alike – Cascarino included.“The Kante one is stupid, I can’t describe it any other way,” the talkSPORT pundit and former Blues striker told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Playing the best holding midfielder on the left… it’s like playing Alan Shearer as a winger!“Whether Sarri is being stubborn or not… none of us can get it, and I think we’ve been proven right.