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first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer BELMAR – Winning seems to follow Tim Begley. Thursday night, the former University of Pennsylvania and Christian Brothers Academy star who hails from Freehold Township helped lead USA Financial to the Jersey Shore Basketball League Championship at St. Rose in Belmar. With Begley, USA Financial topped defending champion Sterns Trailer, 103-101. “The ride home will be a lot nicer,” said Begley, referring to USA’s loss to Sterns Trailer in last year’s final. “We have a good group of guys. We have a lot of Penn guys and players like Mike DeCorso who play like us.” Begley was the Ivy League MVP at Penn, leading the Quakers to multiple Ivy League titles and three NCAA tournament appearances. That came on the heels of his very successful high school career at CBA. The JSBL for Begley is a way to hook up with old friends and college teammates, and most important, to keep playing basketball. Begley recently re-signed with Bamberg (located in south central Germany in Bavaria) to play in German Bundesliga again this year. He leaves for camp at the end of the month (the Bundesliga season will keep Begley overseas for nine months). “It’s such a high level of play; they’re all top teams,” he said. “I felt I knew the game real well, but I’ve learned so much about guard play from these guys. “I feel so fortunate to do what I’m doing,” he added. “I’m a grown man getting paid to play a kid’s game. There are so many people who will never have the opportunity to do what I’m doing. I’m so lucky.” Begley’s Bamberg team finished second in the Bundesliga and reached the semifinals of the European Cup League, losing to eventual champion CSKA Moscow, which was led by former Duke All-American Trajan Langdan. Begley enjoyed both the basketball and cultural experience of playing overseas. Bamberg, which was built alongside the Regnitz River, is one of Germany’s most historic cities, with much of its old buildings dominating the city. Germany is more open to having Americans on their teams, thus Begley had six teammates from America. “Having seven Americans on the team made the transition easier,” he said. “We’re near a military base where people speak a lot of English. It was a lot of fun.” Begley’s three from the top of the key at the start of the championship game set the tone early. USA Financial was dialing it in from beyond the arc. They would connect on five treys in the first quarter alone, jumping out to a 16-4 lead and extending it to 29-14 after the first 10-minute quarter. USA Financial used the three to get the lead, then went to its bread-and-butter, a pair of UPenn players – 6-10 Adam Chubb and guard David Whitehurst, the former Monmouth Regional star. With the three-pointers having spread Sterns’ defense, it left lanes open for the very quick Whitehurst to take it to the basket. When the team needed two, they went inside to Chubb, who abused the Sterns’ defense all night to the tune of 28 points. Although USA Financial led from start to finish and would build up an 18-point lead in the second quarter, the game still came down to the final possession. “I could have told you it would come down to the end,” said Begley. When Sterns made its first serious run at USA in the third quarter and cut the lead to four, 61-57, Whitehurst and Chubb took over. Seven straight points between them extended the lead back to 13, 70-57. Sterns, though, would not go away and got within two, 91-89, early in the fourth quarter. Whitehurst (20 points) and Begley responded and put the lead back to six at 95-89. But back came defending champion Sterns, which has a Monmouth University connection again behind Marques Alston, the ex-Neptune star now playing for Monmouth, and another ex-Colt, Chris Kenny, and the lead evaporated to just one, 95-94. USA went to Chubb, and he responded with back-to-back baskets to push the lead to 99-94. It was down to 99-97 with 2:17 to play. A free throw by Begley (12 points) and two free throws from Don Moxley pushed the lead to 102-97. Alston and Blake Hamilton answered with four straight points for Sterns, and with under a minute to play, it was 102-101. Offensive rebounds helped USA survive. First, Chubb tied up Alston in a battle for a rebound and won the jump ball with 32.15 seconds left. USA used the 24-second shot clock to the fullest. Whitehurst missed a jumper as the clock was expiring, but Moxley had positioned himself in the paint for the offensive rebound and he was fouled with 7.38 seconds left. He made one of two from the charity stripe for the final two-point margin. Chubb had 28 points and 15 rebounds, and Whitehurst had his 20. Jeff Shiffner had 19 and led the team with four threes. Begley had his dozen, and DeCorso, the former Colts Neck star now playing for New York University, had eight. Alston had 27, and Kenny had 24 points, including six threes, for Sterns. Off the bench, Derrick Washington chipped in with 16. He came up big in the second quarter when Sterns was in need of someone to step up and score. USA Financial finished 13-2 overall for the season, and Sterns, which had a great playoff run, was 6-9. Begley made the All-JSBL Third Team and DeCorso made the Fifth Team. Former CBA, UPenn star helps lead team to summer league title BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

first_imgBy MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent With a decisive victory last week, the Raritan High School football team looks poised to host division rival Matawan Regional High School to open the state playoffs.The Rockets were locked in a scoreless tie with Monmouth Regional High School on Nov. 8 before their offense exploded for 28 unanswered points in the second half. Raritan improved to 4-4 on the season, putting itself in line for a rematch with Matawan in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III quarterfinals.The teams will play on Nov. 14 in Hazlet. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.Matawan defeated Raritan, 26-21, in the second game of the regular season.Derek Ernst, who replaced the injured Rich Salerno as the starting tailback, continued to make big plays for the Rockets. The junior rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns as Raritan turned to its ground game in the final two quarters against Monmouth Regional.Ernst broke the ice when he ran 35 yards to the end zone late in the third quarter. He later scored on runs of 31 and 3 yards.Raritan head coach Anthony Petruzzi said Ernst has played a critical role in the team’s offense after Salerno went down early in the season.“We’ve really been able to count on him,” he said.The Raritan defense also dominated in the second half against Monmouth Regional, holding the Falcons to under 9 yards on the ground. For Raritan’s fourth touchdown, defensive back Vito Aleo intercepted a pass in the final minutes and returned it 43 yards for the score.The 28-0 victory marked Raritan’s first shutout since 2011.Consistency will be the key to playoff success for the Rockets, who have yet to string together back-to-back wins this year. Raritan will get one more chance to win two in a row during the regular season when the team hosts Holmdel High School on Thanksgiving Day.Raritan plays its best football when it runs the ball well and makes plays on special teams, Petruzzi said. The offensive line has been an area of strength for much of the season, too.“When we do those things, we’re winning,” he added. “In games we’re losing, we need more guys making plays.”Petruzzi explained that Raritan can’t rely on the same players each weekend. He noted senior Mike Santillo’s performance last weekend, saying the linebacker stepped up and made a number of important tackles.“We need more surprises like that as we move on,” the head coach said.In preparation for the NJSIAA state tournament, the Rockets are focused on consistency during practice.“We need to put ourselves in tough spots in practice. When we have a great week of practice, we have better results on Friday night,” Petruzzi said.last_img read more

first_imgSeven beautiful and intelligent young ladies will be competing for the title of Miss Emancipation when the Pageant is hosted on Saturday evening at the National Cultural Centre.The theme for the Miss Emancipation Pageant is centred on the International Decade for People of African Descent.The delegates have created spoken word renditions for the introduction segment, based on the United Nations theme for this Decade, “Justice, Recognition and Development”.They are also attending African culture lectures given by Dr Norman Ng-A-Qui of Cuffy 250 Committee and franchise owner Dr Melissa Varswyk.For this year’s project, the delegates will be coding robots to escort them onstage during the project presentation segment.They are being trained by US-based Robotic Engineer Terrence Southern. He is the Global Lead Robotics and Automation Engineer at GE Global Research.As an influencer of innovation and a recognised leader in robotics and artificial intelligence, Southern leads the Robotics & Automation project strategies across the GE business portfolio which include research, system and application development, testing and manufacturing system project management and installation.Tickets for the show on Saturday evening cost $2000 and $1000. Tickets will be available from the National Cultural Centre or the members of the committee comprising Dr Varswyk; Miracle Hilliman (Miss Emancipation 2013); Marva Langevine (Miss Emancipation runner-up 2014); Latisha Chan (Miss Emancipation delegate 2014); Delisha Wright (Miss Emancipation 2016) and Amaniah Cort (Miss Emancipation 2017).last_img read more

first_imgFollowing the destruction of the once iconic World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, a war on Iraq was launched. It was premised primarily on information suggesting that Iraq, at the time led by Saddam Hussein, had possessed weapons of mass destruction. That information was also used to convince the United States Congress, its people and allied nations.In the end, Saddam was toppled and the USA for a brief period took control of the country. What happened afterwards came as a shock to many, if not all, around the globe. It was revealed the Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction as the information was proven to be wrong. That was after all the bombings and lives lost.While there were many theories articulated as to the real reason for that war, as time progressed, it can be construed as fake news used for a particular outcome. This is no way condoning the atrocities Saddam inflicted on his own people over time. From this, one can theorise that some politicians would not hesitate to make certain utterances or take particular action at the expense of others knowing fully that its premise is flawed.During the course of the 2019 Budget Debates in the National Assembly here, a senior Government Minister boldly proclaimed that the previous Government did not conduct any feasibility study for major projects it undertook. His comments was in defence of not just the need for such studies currently, but the high cost and manner in which one in particular was awarded for which the oversight Procurement Commission was asked to investigate.Almost immediately, the Opposition point man on financed and who was accused of not conducting the necessary feasibility studies, declared that a lie is being peddled. He said the studies were done and made reference as where they could be found. Subsequently, it was reported that they were presented to the Minister who allegedly refused to apologise even though the information purportedly debunking his accusation was at hand.What can now be deemed as fake news regarding the pronouncement that the studies were not conducted, was fact checked and proven wrong. That seems to have now simmered into a non-issue. It is therefore believable that had the senior official not been confronted with the relevant information, misinformation would have taken a stranglehold with the possibility of that falsehood morphing into a fact.Similarly, the Prime Minister, during the said debate, noted, as reported by the State’s information agency, that Guyana has never been safer, more secure or stronger than she is today. With regard to criminal activities, some weeks ago, the Police reported increases in crimes; armed robberies, robberies with violence and burglaries. That official announcement does not include the numerous crimes that go unreported daily.In October this year, some sections of the media provided coverage of a report from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) which claimed Guyana’s capacity to investigate and prosecute crime is below average. In addition, every day there are many media reports of heinous crimes, some of which resulted in victims being severely beaten or killed. Many have and continue to suffer at the hands of criminals and their stories are nothing short of being heart-wrenching. Daily this is lamented throughout the country as fear is infused.Given what is known about criminal activities, from both the media reports and victims who do not file a report, the ordinary citizen is convinced that crime has not only increased, but that their security has been severely compromised. In other words, they do not feel safe. It should not be forgotten that the main prison in the City was burnt and the one on the East Coast has experienced a number jailbreaks.With safety is major factor for those who seek a way out to another land, obvious questions one may be tempted to ask are, is the Prime Minister aware of what is happening in the country with regard to crime and whether he is familiar with the reports of the Police. Given his level of seniority in the government one cannot doubt that he is aware. With the benefit of the doubt, it becomes bewildering to understand what could have caused him to boast as he did.Everyone, regardless of political affiliation, wants to live in a safe country where fear of criminals does not bombard their mindsets. They would want to see the Police and the Government of the day succeed in their efforts to combat crime. Very likely the citizenry will not be encouraged when such statements, like the Prime Minister’s in question and which they believe to be untrue, are imposed upon them in an attempt to try and score political points. In their minds, it’s fake news at their expense.One possible explanation is that the results of November 12, 2018 Local Government Elections have caused some to be self-pressured and more vociferous in making statements to bolster relevancy. The elusive good life may present a relevant example.last_img read more

first_imgCONKLIN, A.B. – A worker has been killed in an energy sector accident in northern Alberta.Cenovus Energy Inc., says the accident happened late Tuesday night at its Christina Lake oilsands site, about 350 kilometres northeast of Edmonton. The company says in a release that the death involved a hauling truck and occurred as a drilling rig was being moved.The worker was employed by one of Cenovus’s third-party contracting companies. Officials have not released any other details, including the person’s name.- Advertisement -Brett Harris, a Cenovus spokesman, says the drill rig site has been shut down for an investigation.last_img read more

first_imgThere is no more heartbreaking news story than the discovery of an abandoned newborn baby. In many instances it is the desperate act of a terrified teenager afraid to go to the nearest emergency room, fire or police station. Statistics indicate that 57 children are abandoned every day in this country. Shocked by the human toll, Debbe Magnusen launched a grass-roots crusade in July 1996 from her Costa Mesa home to prevent these tragedies. A third-generation Pasadenan, Magnusen has fostered more than 30 drug-exposed babies while raising her two biological children and five adoptees. She calls the 24-hour toll free crisis hot-line Project Cuddle. Within 12 hours of the initial announcement, she received her first call. “I saw you on TV,” said a frantic expectant mother. “You’d better figure out what to do with this baby or I’m going to put it in the park!” Days later, Magnusen coached the young woman through the birth of a beautiful baby girl, who was delivered into the arms of adoptive parents. As a result of that phone call, two lives were saved, the baby’s as well as the mother’s who could have faced prosecution for abandonment. That is just one of 580 rescues in Magnusen’s archives over the last 11 years. When Project Cuddle was featured on Oprah on May 9, the hot-lines were deluged and there just wasn’t enough manpower to handle them all. Arriving guests were served Schramsberg Blanc de Noir sparkling wine while they bid on 100 silent auction items and bought “Keys for a Cause” for a chance to unlock a display case and choose one of five items donated by Tiffany & Co. of Pasadena. Dinner created by Patina caterers was served on the main lawn, which was transformed into an outdoor ballroom beneath a canopy of twinkling lights. On the tables, draped in gold damask, tall crystal pillars held bouquets of white roses and hydrangeas. Glamorous Ann Martin of the KCBS/KCAL-TV news team admitted she was a little nervous making her debut as an auctioneer at this event. Her colleague Fritz Coleman, who has handled the auction chores in the past, had a conflicting date and asked Ann to appear in his place. “Fritz is a hard act to follow,” said Martin. But she did just fine toting up more than $66,000. Among the items on the block was a Chinese-style dinner party personally prepared by Descanso Executive Director David Brown and his family. Guests also raised their auction paddles to pledge donations to refurbish the Boddy House as a museum and event center. The house, which received the Cinderella treatment this spring as the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, will become the site for new exhibits on the garden and its founder E. Manchester Boddy. His camellia collection begun in the early ’40s is the largest in North America. McNally Sagal and Anne Trujillo chaired the event committee. In the crowd were Hizzoner Bill Bogaard and his wife, Claire; L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and his wife, Barbara; Descanso board chairman Simon Harrison and his wife, Charlotte; Sally and Harlan Bixby; Heather and Paul Haaga; Sharon Thralls and Neil Papiano; Janice and Bill Corey; Karen and Lou Bachand; Tony Coelho; Dawn Frazier; Georgianna and Paul Erskine; Alma and Steve Giovanisci; Amy and David Lamb; Edwina and David Dedlow; Pam and J.C. Massar; Melinda Widuch; Vicki and Gary Olson; Francisca and Nick Neumann; Katie Poole; Hope and Peter Schneider; and Lucia and Ben Logan. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE The opening night response to “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons,” proved that nostalgia is what it used to be. Christopher Kale Jones’ rendition of Valli’s romantic classic “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” drew a show-stopping standing ovation midway through the second act. And if that wasn’t enough d j vu for those of us who rocked and rolled to their songs back in the ’60s, the real-life Seasons – Valli, Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio along with old pals Bob Crewe and Joe Pesci – joined the young cast on the Ahmanson stage for the curtain call. The former blue-collar guys from Newark, all long since-senior citizens, lingered to make the rounds with the show’s writers, Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, director Des McAnuff, and choreographer Sergio Trujillo at the post-performance party on the Plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. There, the Levy Restaurant chefs dispensed mountains of antipasto, Italian deli sandwiches and pizza. And guess who crashed the bash? None other than Cardinal Roger Mahony along with cathedral pastor Msgr. Kevin Kostelnik. I suppose it’s not really crashing when the gig takes place in your digs. You certainly can’t blame His Eminence for wanting to check out the action on his own turf. After all, Mahony grew up in NoHo during the heyday of rock & roll. But the true fan is Kostelnik. The padre was overheard telling Bob Crewe that the first album he bought was by the Four Seasons. Also on the scene were Anne and Kirk Douglas; Jason Alexander; Angela Bassett; Kate Burton; Jason Robert Brown; Debbie Reynolds; David Alan Grier; Frankie Avalon; Melina Kanakaredes; Eddie Murphy; Jim Piddock; Aaron Sorkin and Geena Davis. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! On June 2, Pat and Bill May, a local couple who have been dedicated to the project for several years, sponsored their first benefit at Pasadena’s University Club. Their goal was to help fund personnel for the hot-lines and medical and legal expenses incurred in rescuing and placing a child. Although many services are provided pro bono, it costs $3,000 to $4,000 per child, said May, whose accounting firm in Pasadena serves as the satellite office for Project Cuddle. More than 100 supporters turned out for Flip-Flop Formal, a black-tie & beach sandal affair that featured entertainment by the Surf City band and a silent auction of hand-decorated flip-flops created by students at Edison High School in Huntington Beach. The event raised $12,000. “It’s a start,” said May. “The important thing is that we get the word out to someone who is pregnant and doesn’t know what to do. We are here. All they have to do is call our hot-line.” For more information on Project Cuddle, call (888) 628-3353. CHAMPAGNE AND ROSES More than 400 guests strolled down a red carpet at Descanso Gardens in La Ca ada Flintridge to dine and dance at Champagne & Roses: A Red Carpet Affaire, the seventh annual black-tie benefit sponsored by S.E.E.D.S. (Supporting Education and Excellence at Descanso). Proceeds from the always-lavish evening exceeded $160,000 to help support the 160-acre botanic garden, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. last_img read more

first_imgAlex McLeish joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to look ahead to Tuesday night’s League Cup showdown between near neighbours Aston Villa and Birmingham.Villa have endured a disappointing start to the season, winning just one of their opening six Premier League games, while visitors Birmingham go into the match in good form having lost just once in the Championship this term.McLeish, who has managed both clubs, believes the pressure is all on Tim Sherwood’s side and says he would not be surprised to see the Blues pull off a famous derby victory over their top-flight rivals at Villa Park.The Scot said: “Tim has to get the Aston Villa show back on track. When he came in, he was a breath of fresh air and it is absolutely vital he wins this one tonight.“But Gary Rowett looks relaxed. He has put a bit of pressure on Villa saying they are fourth from bottom in the Premier League. All these little things niggle and get under your skin and I’m sure the Blues will put up a very good fight. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a shock.”last_img read more

first_img1 Charly Musonda Real Betis have asked Chelsea to extend their loan agreement for Belgian youngster Charly Musonda.Musonda, 19, joined the Spanish club on a six-month deal back in January and has made steady progress in La Liga by racking up 13 appearances and scoring one goal.According to Het Laatste Nieuws, Chelsea are also satisfied with Musonda’s development at Betis and are considering loaning him back to them for another season.With incoming manager Antonio Conte unlikely to consider Musonda for a place in Chelsea’s first team next season, both the player and Betis believe it would make sense for him to continue his development in Spain next term.Musonda still has a contract with Chelsea that runs until 2019 and it is now up to Conte to decide whether he wants the attacking midfielder involved with Chelsea’s senior squad when he takes over in July.last_img read more

first_img Mauro Icardi in action for Inter Milan 1 Napoli are hoping to take advantage of the bitter feud between Mauro Icardi and the Inter Milan fans by clinching a cut-price deal for the Arsenal target.Inter fans unfurled a derogatory banner about the captain before Sunday’s home defeat to Cagliari while it was also reported that his car was attacked after the game following comments made about them in his autobiography.It has been widely suggested that the striker will be stripped of the captaincy but some reports in Italy have claimed he will be sold as quickly as possible too.Arsenal have held a long-standing interest in the Argentinean, who has scored six goals in eight Serie A games so far this term.Their interest appeared to coll when he penned a new deal at the San Siro earlier this month which set his release clause at £100m.That particular fee, however, only stands for non-Italian clubs, according to the Corriere dello Sport, with clubs inside Serie A able to sign him for around £50m.Now Napoli, who pursued the 23-year-old during the summer, could be about to launch a fresh bid to sign him in January with his reputation among Inter ‘Ultras’ in tatters.last_img read more

first_img Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 1 Everton have bid £30m for Iwobi Everton have not been timid in the transfer market this summer, having already landed Moise Keen, Andre Gomes, Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Fabian Delph in deals worth around £90m.Meanwhile, Arsenal loan target Philippe Coutinho is keen on remaining at Barcelona to fight for his place in the first-team.On Tuesday, reports suggested the Gunners were close to securing a loan move for the playmaker, with Tottenham, Man United and Liverpool also believed to be interested.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm – delivering award-winning coverage to more GameDay listeners than ever. REVEALED Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY LATEST What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star New job Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Everton have had a £30million bid for Arsenal star Alex Iwobi rejected, talkSPORT understands.The Toffees have been pulling all the stops to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfiried Zaha in recent days, but have so far been unsuccessful in their pursuit of the Ivory Coast international. Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions deals OFF Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January latest BREAKING: Everton make £30million bid to sign attacker Alex Iwobi from Arsenal.– talkSPORT sources understand.Join us now for the transfer latest.📻 Listen → https://t.co/nOCybh8ExD pic.twitter.com/SKMvzqPtWB— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) August 7, 2019Iwobi, who made 35 appearances in the Premier League last season for the Gunners, is facing the difficult task of cementing a spot in Unai Emery’s first-team this season due to the arrivals of Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid and Nicolas Pepe from Lille.And despite having their opening offer rejected, Everton will be comforted by the fact that the 23-year-old may be looking for other opportunities, although they will now have to stump up an improved bid to secure his services. targets Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers FAREWELL The Eagles are determined to keep hold of their most prized asset, with chairman Steve Parish maintaining his stance that the 27-year-old will not be allowed to leave the club this summer.Everton manager Marco Silva is desperate to sign a winger before the transfer window shuts at 5pm on Thursday.Therefore, Goodison Park chiefs have turned their attention to Nigeria international Iwobi, but have had their opening £30m bid for the winger turned down the north London club. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWSlast_img read more