BY DOUG McKENZIE Correspondent This is the time of year when the very best high school soccer teams in the state begin to distinguish themselves. For a select handful of local teams that qualified for the NJSIAA state tournaments, last week’s play represented a start to what they hoped would be the road to a championship. For some, the state tournament came at the perfect time, as they entered the postseason playing some of their best soccer. For others, it was a chance to start anew. The Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer team entered the Non-Public South A tournament as the sixth seed. But as a team that is a perennial contender for the sectional crown, the Colts were hoping to take some teams by surprise en route to winning a title. They opened play with a game on Nov. 6 against a third-seeded Notre Dame team, which had championship aspirations of its own. Fortunately for CBA, the Colts offense was in high gear, as they scored two goals in the first half and three more in the second to upend Notre Dame, 5-3, and advance to Monday’s semifinal round. Scott Thomsen, Pat Rafferty and Jim Delnero each scored in a 13-minute span of the second half as CBA took a 5-2 advantage. Mark Pratico also had a goal and an assist while Tim Brennan notched two other goals for the Colts. CBA was clearly the better team in this one, outshooting Notre Dame, 16-8. CBA goalie Chris Vullo made five saves to preserve the win, as the Colts improved to 10-7- 1 on the year. CBA was hoping to have similar success on Monday when they took on St. Joseph of Metuchen in the semifinals. CBA entered this game with heavy hearts, as they sported black armbands to honor the memory of Brother Andrew O’Gara, president of CBA since 1991 and principal from 1979 to 1991, who passed away at age 80 on Saturday. However, the Colts persevered and scored a 2-1 overtime win, leaving them just two wins away from claiming their first Non-Public A. On Thursday, the Colts will play topseeded St. Augustine for the sectional title at Holmdel High School. The Raritan Rockets were the only other local boys team in action last week, as the Rockets took on Delaware Valley in the CJ Group II tournament. The top-seeded Rockets got a Pat Langan goal in the 53rd minute after Jim Armenti was taken down in the box. Once in front, the Raritan defense took it from there, preserving a 1-0 win over the eighth-seeded Terriers. With the win, Raritan advanced to Monday’s second round, where they took on Delran. Unfortunately, the Rockets’ dream of a sectional title ended there, when Vinnie Carollo broke a scoreless tie with a goal in the 64th minute and the No. 4 Bears knocked off the top-seeded Rockets. The St. John Vianney girls soccer team got the fourth seed in the Non-Public South A tournament, and made that seeding stand up with a 2-0 win over fifth-seeded Bishop Ahr on Nov. 7. Jen Mulvey scored two goals (her team leading 15th and 16th tallies of the year) as St. John Vianney dominated every aspect of the game to defeat the Trojans. After SJV failed to score in the first half, Mulvey finally put her team ahead 1:47 into the second half. Her second goal came in the 79th minute when she was open in the 18 and one-timed a shot from Fare to the lower left. Meanwhile, the Lancer defense, led by defenders Kirsten Danna and Freeman, held the Trojans without a shot on goal by winning nearly every 50-50 ball. With the win, SJV advanced to Tuesday’s second round, where they were to face eighth-seeded Pope Paul VI. With a win on Tuesday, the Lancers would have earned a spot in the sectional final, set for tonight at Holmdel H.S. The Holmdel High School girls also advanced out of the first round of the CJ Group III tournament with a 2-1 win over Ocean Township on Nov. 4. The 10th-seeded Hornets got the go-ahead goal from freshman Lauren Reidy at the 58:23 mark to break a 1- 1 tie. Reidy also had her hand in the Hornets’ first goal, setting up Angela Pento. With the win, Holmdel earned a shot at second-seeded Wall Township on Nov.7, where they saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 defeat. Holmdel finished the year at 10-10. The Raritan girls earned their spot in the CJ Group II tournament, but lost their opener 1-0 to No. 7 Delran, despite a strong game from keeper Samantha Lindo (10 saves).
Johanna Konta ground down Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai 6-4 6-1 at the Australian Open on Wednesday to become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of a grand slam in over 30 years.The 47th-ranked Konta battled nerves and a wayward serve at times but overpowered the 133rd-ranked Zhang from the baseline to wrap up the match in one hour and 23 minutes on a warm, sunny afternoon at Rod Laver Arena.After trading service breaks at the start of the second set, Konta roared to a 5-1 lead before sealing the win on the third match point with a lucky net cord that gave Zhang no chance.The last British woman to reach the semis of a grand slam was Jo Durie at the 1983 U.S. Open. Konta will seek to continue her fairytale run when she takes on German seventh seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the final.
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A series of triple-digit losses over the past couple of weeks has gnawed a 6 percent dent in the Dow since it closed at a record 14,000.41 on July 19. The index, despite Friday’s robust gains, finished down than 1 percent for the week; the result of the heavy selling that preceded the Fed’s move. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 34.67, or 2.46 percent, to 1,445.94, and the Nasdaq composite index rose 53.96, or 2.20 percent, to 2,505.03. Bonds slipped as stocks rose, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rising to 4.68 percent from 4.66 percent late Thursday. Traders who bet on how the Fed might alter rates expect the central bank will lower the benchmark fed funds rate at its next meeting on Sept. 18. Some investors are hoping for a cut in that benchmark rate even sooner. “If the cut in the discount rate succeeds in restoring confidence, then perhaps there is no need for the Fed to cut rates at the Sept. 18 meeting,” said John Lonski, chief economist of Moody’s Investor Service. He added, though, that the key line in the Fed’s statement Friday was its willingness to take more steps to prevent market volatility from harming the economy. “That means the Fed is prepared to make a rate cut if stability doesn’t come,” Lonski said. Gains were seen in all sectors of the stock market, but financial stocks, which have been battered by the growing problems in mortgage lending, saw particularly heavy buying. Dow component JPMorgan Chase & Co. rose 3.4 percent, while Merrill Lynch and Lehman Brothers rose more than 6 percent. The pummeled stocks of mortgage lenders also saw significant increases. The most actively traded stock on the New York Stock Exchange, and one of its biggest percentage gainers, was Countrywide Financial Corp. The home mortgage lender rose $2.48, or 13.1 percent, to $21.43. Energy and industrial companies also strengthened notably. The biggest gainers among the 30 Dow companies were aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. and oil company Exxon Mobil Corp., which both jumped more than 4 percent. Major European indexes recovered substantially after the Fed’s announcement from steep declines in earlier trading. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 3.50 percent, Germany’s DAX index rose 1.49 percent, and France’s CAC-40 rose 1.86 percent. In Asian trading, which closed before the Fed lowered the discount rate, Japan’s Nikkei stock average had plunged 5.42 percent as the yen continued its climb against the dollar. The dollar briefly dipped below 112 yen for the first time in over a year, suggesting that some investors were taking their Japanese currency out of higher-yielding dollar assets. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies. Gold prices jumped. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by about 7 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange. Consolidated volume came to 5.01 billion shares, down from a record 6.13 billion Thursday. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies added 17.20, or 2.24 percent, to 786.03. Crude oil futures rose 98 cents to $71.98 a barrel. Traders have been tracking the path of Hurricane Dean, which is threatening to head west into the Gulf of Mexico, where many oil installations are located.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Stocks barreled higher Friday after the Federal Reserve did what Wall Street was clamoring for and cut its key discount rate a half percentage point. The move quelled investors’ credit worries, at least for the time being, and sent the Dow Jones industrials up about 230 points. The Fed – which had resisted lowering rates despite weeks of market volatility, and instead added nearly $120 billion in liquidity into the banking system – cut its discount rate to 5.75 percent from 6.25 percent. The central bank acknowledged that the stock market turbulence that has pulled the Dow down by hundreds of points a day was posing a risk to economic growth. “People were kind of baiting the Fed into doing something, and finally they did,” said Philip Dow, managing director of equity trading at RBC Dain Rauscher. “The playground monitor finally showed up, and it showed someone cares and someone is bringing rationality into the market.” But the central bank made no mention of lowering its target for the federal funds rate, which has stood at 5.25 percent for more than a year. The fed funds rate determines the rates that banks charge each other, while the discount rate only covers loans the Fed makes to banks. Many strategists believe the market won’t settle down until the Fed lowers the fed funds rate target, considered a more significant benchmark. If the market doesn’t get that rate cut, Friday’s gains may not stick, especially since it’s likely there will be plenty more news in the coming days and weeks of further troubles in the lending industry. Any mention of problems at subprime lenders or funds that invested in mortgages has sent stocks skidding over the past few weeks, and so have worries that tighter credit will stanch the flood of takeovers, which sent Wall Street to new highs earlier this year. “Today’s move, while helpful psychologically, didn’t really alter the stresses on the system,” said Hugh Whelan, managing director at Hartford Investment Management Co. “If you’re a leveraged financial institution, a leveraged individual, a leveraged hedge fund, on Monday when you walk in, you’re still facing the same stresses you faced today and yesterday.” Still, the Fed made it clear this wasn’t the only step it would take if the volatility continued. In its statement, the Fed said it “is prepared to act as needed.” The Dow surged 233.30, or 1.82 percent, to 13,079.08. The blue chip index stayed in positive territory the whole day, though trading was still volatile. The Dow rose more than 320 points in early trading, gave up more than half those gains, and then gained steam once more.
John Hill joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks ahead to Tuesday night’s Champions League clash between Manchester City and Barcelona at the Etihad Stadium.He also looks ahead to the action in the Championship, and assesses England’s chances of securing a third successive Six Nations victory against Ireland this weekend.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
Jose Mourinho has hit back at Rafael Benitez’s wife Montse, claiming she should ‘take care of her hubsand’s diet’ after she accused the Portuguese of leaving clubs in a ‘mess’.“We tidy up his messes,” said Mrs Benitez, of her husband’s habit of managing clubs after Mourinho has left them.“The lady is a bit confused,” Mourinho replied, after Chelsea’s International Champions Cup win over Barcelona.“Her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti.“The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time.“If she takes care of her husband’s diet, she will not have any time to talk about me.”So, who do you back in this war of words? Vote now! Jose Mourinho 1
LOS ANGELES – State corrections officials shopped around a new recividism-reduction concept to officials from Pasadena and around the county Friday – the creation of small, local detention facilities that could prepare inmates for life on the outside. These secure rehabilitation centers, which could be made possible through the recent passage of AB 900, a prison reform bill signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger in May, would house convicts serving the last six to 12 months of their prison sentences. The centers would target inmates considered by officials to have a high risk of committing another offense after release. Those inmates would receive special services such as substance-abuse treatment, vocational training, anger-management classes and housing and job placement, officials said. The centers could be built in counties and cities where inmates would be sent upon release, said correction officials, who presented the concept to various city, county and law-enforcement representatives at a downtown Los Angeles workshop, hoping for buy-in on the concept. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“There are opportunities for us if we acknowledge that these aren’t convicts, these aren’t parolees – these are citizens coming back into our communities,” said James Tilton, state secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, who presented the workshop. He and other correctional officials called the workshop as a way to inform interested parties from the Los Angeles area about how the facilities might work in their communities. Corrections officials cited statistics showing that California prison inmates have a 70 percent likelihood of ending up back in prison after release. The creation of these “re-entry facilities” could be one way to decrease those numbers, officials said. “The system isn’t working,” Whittier Police Chief David Singer said, addressing workshop participants. “We need to do something to fix it.” Los Angeles County Assistant Sheriff Marvin Cavanaugh said he believes the time has come to look at giving pre-release inmates tools to survive in the real world. “We are now at the brink where re-entry programs … are exactly the right thing to do,” he said. If the facilities are implemented, city and county officials would need to work closely with local law-enforcement officials to make them effective, Singer said. Tilton said the practice of setting parolees loose in communities with no resources, training or job prospects makes investing in rehab programs the better alternative. “You should want one of these (facilities) in your backyard,” he said. “These are your citizens and your community, and if we don’t invest and give them some tools to come out and be successful, then you’re going to have people come back to a community who are going to commit more crimes.” While Tilton did not specify where any such rehab centers are in the works, he did say he has been working with officials from Los Angeles County cities, including Pasadena and those in the San Gabriel Valley, as well as throughout the state. Some officials have embraced the idea, others needed more information, hence the need for workshops such as Friday’s to spread the word, he said. email@example.com (626) 579-6300, Ext. 4586 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Alan Pardew has targeted an end to Crystal Palace’s poor run in the Premier League after watching his team progress to the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley with a 2-0 win at Championship Reading.Their fourth FA Cup win from four has punctuated a worrying period in the league in which they last won at Stoke on December 19 and which has left them at risk of joining the battle against relegation.Pardew’s team were convincing winners at the Madejski Stadium, however, through Yohan Cabaye’s 86th-minute penalty and Frazier Campbell’s close-range strike in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time, and in the belief his team now have some momentum, the manager said: “There’s different pressure on us in the league, but maybe Leicester (on March 19) is a good game for us. No one expects us to beat them.“I’m pleased for our fans who have suffered in our home games of late. It’s great to see that end happily with a semi-final to come. Great forward play from (Wilfried) Zaha and (Yannick) Bolasie and (Emmanuel) Adebayor, which was quite exciting at every level, so we have to take that into the next game.“We were good and I was pleased for the players. It took a penalty to break them down in the end. I thought it was going to go to a replay, if I’m honest.“We’ve won, but we’ve got to win in the league.“A semi-final in the Cup brings an excitement to you, and we hope that rubs off on our league form.“We’ve had to win at Southampton and Tottenham, Stoke at home and now at Reading, and yet we can’t get a win in the league.“We’ve been pressure conscious of late, but that wasn’t there in the Cup. We have 10 games left now and we’re looking forward to them.”
Leipzig’s players clearly didn’t realise the pain coach Ralf Rangnick was in amid all the promotion celebrations, so they soaked him with beer.The booze was out after the 2-0 win against Karlsruhe sealed a place in next season’s Bundesliga and when Rangnick realised what was about to happen he tried to sprint away.He didn’t get very far though…
The co-owners of a Burbank recording studio destroyed by an explosion and fire in October 2004 were ordered Friday to stand trial on arson and insurance fraud charges. William Schlegel and Daniel Medina, co-owners of the International Recording Corp. of Burbank, are blamed for the explosion and fire that destroyed the studio at 75 E. Santa Anita Ave., on Oct. 10, 2004. The blast scattered debris over a three-block area and destroyed the recording facility where the Academy Award-winning “Dances with Wolves” was mixed. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell scheduled arraignment for Sept. 22. Both men are free on $75,000 bail. Schlegel, of Thousand Oaks, and Medina, of Los Angeles, are also charged with filing a $2.5 million false insurance claim for the studio. If convicted of all counts, they could face more than 20 years in prison. The two were arrested in May, after a lengthy investigation by the Burbank Fire Department, which determined that a liquid accelerant was used to spread flames throughout the building. Prosecutors also said a surveillance camera captured a man resembling Schlegel near the studio on the day of the explosion. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 546-3304 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!