Lady Lancers set to defend their titles on the diamond

first_img Last season’s 28-3 campaign a tough act to follow By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer The St. John Vianney High School softball team has picked right up where it left off last season when it won the NJSIAA state Parochial A championship. The Lancers also won the Shore Conference Class B North crown as well as the overall conference title, the Monmouth County tourney and the Parochial A South championship while compiling a 28-3 record. SJV opened last week against Middletown South, another B North power. The two teams battled for 11 innings before the Lancers prevailed, 2-1. Center fielder Kacie Galbraith, after hitting into a force play, stole second and then third, and scored the winning run as the throw went into the outfield. Sophomore pitcher Tricia Riengle went the distance, striking out 27 Middletown South hitters along the way. Riengle, who was 5-0 last year, is now 2-0 after tossing a one-hit shutout, with seven K’s, against Holmdel on Saturday. That’s not good news for the Lancers’ opponents. SJV lost ace pitcher Jackie Adelfio (23-3, 0.33 ERA), last year’s state Player of the Year, to graduation, but the emergence of Riengle has quickly plugged that hole. In addition, the Lancers lost only one other starter, shortstop Suzanne Gorczynski (.363, 19 RBIs), so the bulk of coach Aado Kommendant’s lineup is intact. Lauren Incorvai, a sophomore who batted .325 with 20 RBIs, splits the catching and DH duties with Tina Philburn, a .280 hitter who drove home 10 runs a year ago. Candice Ruffler (.267) is back at first base, and fellow senior Jennifer Trace (.274) has moved to shortstop from second base. Sophomore Jaime Tupino is the new second baseman, and freshmen Lauren Galladay earned the starting nod at third, where Riengle played last season. Senior Lauren Taub (.320) is the left fielder and Jessica Vreeland (.294 with a team leading 22 runs) is the right fielder. The fleet Galbraith, who patrols center field, batted .316 last spring. In reserve are sophomore Amanda D’Alessio, who had a hit and drew three walks against Holmdel, and freshmen Danielle Adelfio and Amanda Rooney, who delivered a pair of hits in the Holmdel win. “While we do have some young players, this is an experienced team that has been tested in just about every way last year,” Kommendant said. “They know what it takes to win, they can come back when they’re behind, and they thrive on pressure.” However, the early dominance of Riengle has caused an unexpected slip in the usually excellent Lancer defense, the coach said. “We’ve been caught flat-footed quite a bit, and that has to stop,” the coach said. “They can’t just expect Tricia [Riengle] to strike everyone out.” St. John’s defense should be tested this weekend when Kommendant’s team hosts the “Lancer Joust,” a tournament that also includes top-flight teams like Mount St. Dominic, Hillsborough and Whippany. The action begins on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. The Lancers were scheduled to meet Raritan yesterday and will host Monmouth Regional tomorrow afternoon. Last season By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer last_img read more

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UEFA finally agrees to accept goal-line technology

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodUEFA has finally overcame its reluctance to adopt goal-line technology, approving its use at this year’s European Championship and next season’s Champions League.The use of the technology, which helps match officials determine whether the ball has entered the goal in cases where it cannot easily be seen by the naked eye, was approved at an executive committee meeting.UEFA said it would continue to employ additional assistant referees, one on each goal-line, to monitor all activity in and around the penalty area, a system pioneered by European football’s governing body.Goal-line technology would be used in the Champions League from the final qualifying round but not in the first three preliminary rounds. It could also be introduced in the Europa League from 2017-18.The sport’s rule-makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), first approved the use of goal-line technology in 2012.It was introduced in the English Premier League in the 2013-14 season and was used at the World Cup for the first time in 2014. It has also been adopted by the Bundesliga in Germany and Serie A in Italy.UEFA president Michel Platini, a former France captain who describes himself as an old romantic, had opposed the use of goal-line technology, saying it would strip the sport of its human element and open a “Pandora’s box” of other technology.However, Platini was banned for eight years by FIFA’s ethics committee in December over a two million Swiss francs payment he received from FIFA in 2011.“This will dispel any doubts about whether a goal has been scored,” UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino told reporters. “We looked at it seriously and finally we decided to start with the Euro and then move on to the Champions League.”There have been a growing number of calls from players and managers to use video technology in other aspects of the game.Earlier this month the IFAB decided to recommend trialling video replays next season to help referees with questionable goals, penalties, red cards and cases of mistaken identity.The IFAB will recommend to its AGM in March that trials get underway with a view to the system becoming law in two to three years.last_img read more

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United given boost at the back before Celta semi

first_imgManchester United were given a much-needed boost in defence ahead of their Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo as coach Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly had all been passed fit. Centre-backs Smalling and Jones have not played for six weeks since getting injured on England duty while Bailly has recovered after being forced off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Swansea.Bailly’s injury temporarily left United with no natural centre backs following Marcos Rojo’s serious knee injury.While Mourinho has previously criticised Jones and Smalling for being too “cautious” with their injuries, he praised the Ivory Coast international Bailly for returning so quickly.“Bailly is ready to play, he is this kind of personality that fights against every problem unless it is impossible,” Mourinho told a news conference ahead of Thursday’s game (10.05pm).Mourinho also said world-record signing Paul Pogba is ready to return against Celta – who are in their first European semi-final and have never won a major trophy – after missing the last two games with muscle fatigue.Juan Mata, who has been absent for the last six weeks with a groin problem, is also fit although Mourinho said the Spaniard was not ready to play 90 minutes.The UEFA Cup, the Europa League’s predecessor, was the first European trophy Mourinho lifted, with his Porto side beating Celtic in the 2003 final.The Portuguese has belittled the competition in the past but reiterated on Wednesday that winning it with United was his priority and his side’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League after an inconsistent domestic campaign.The record 20-time English champions are fifth in the Premier League with four games remaining.Although they are one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, Mourinho said he was willing to rest players for Sunday’s Premier League game at Arsenal in preparation for next Thursday’s second leg against Celta.“It is the only competition Manchester United has never won and it would be good to close the cycle and say we have won every competition as a club. It would be important for us as a team and allows us to play Champions League next season,” he said.“The Europa League becomes now more important for us. It depends on the result tomorrow but if we have to rest players next weekend we are going to do that.“The Europa League is a long competition, to be in the final the team has to play in a group stage, three knockout phases, you have to travel a lot. So when you arrive in the semi-final you want to be in the final. Celta wants it and we want it.” Celta meanwhile are confident they have the mental strength to upset United, according to the Spanish side’s striker John Guidetti.“I think with the mentality we’ve built here, nothing is impossible,” Swede Guidetti, a former Manchester City player, told UEFA.“We may be a small club and a team that others don’t take much notice of, but we also know how good we are.“That’s why we’ve beaten Barcelona two years in a row. We knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa (King’s Cup), we’ve beaten Atletico Madrid. We’ve shown that we are a good team.”last_img read more

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PNG pummel American Samoa 17-0 in softball

first_imgPNG took an early lead in the first inning through a young Florence Daple who stole to second and on to third to eventually sneak home.In the following innings, PNG’s sluggers in  Lisa Polum and Nadia Bais who brought more runners home through safe hits.The top of the fifth inning is where PNG let loose scoring 11 runs to cause further embarrassment  for their opponents.PNG’S pitcher Juliet Seri was in good form restricting the American Samoan girls through her combination with catcher Judy Nauvana.The game was called off at the bottom of the fifth inning after the mercy rule was applied.PNG will play American Samoa tomorrow morning at 10am.last_img read more

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Mavs make Neal signing

first_imgThe Mavericks are building their squad ahead of the new Vitality Netball Superleague season and announced their first four players, with Neal joining the returning Lindsay Keable, Sophie Hankin and Summer Artman.The experienced Neal previously played for Storm and Australia-based sides West Coast Fever and Demons, before linking up with last season’s Superleague semi-finalists.  “I’m really excited and looking forward to my 2017 season with Mavs,” said Neal.”It will be another challenging chapter and I can’t wait to learn from another great coach. I’m eager to arrive, meet the team and get things moving with the rest of the team.”Artman earned a full-time place in the England programme and is glad to be heading back to Hertfordshire for a second campaign.She said: “I’m very excited to re sign with Mavericks for the upcoming season. There’s a lot of changes in the league this year, but I’m really looking forward to working with our new coaches. It’s going to be a great season!”last_img read more

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Seeto brothers claim a piece of PNG sports history

first_imgHome Province: Rabaul, East New Britain ProvinceTogether with his older brother Jackson, David Seeto laid the foundation for the sport of weightlifting in Papua New Guinea.It was David who was the first of the two brothers to represent the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea when he travelled with the first ever team to an international multi-sport event as a member of the team to the 1962 British Empire Games in Perth, Australia.David finished in 8th position in the 56kg category with a combined total of 219.99 kg.With weightlifting not on the inaugural South Pacific Games programme of 1963, David’s next representative honours came at the 1966 South Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia when weightlifting was added to the sports programme.David went up against his brother Jackson in the Featherweight Division, winning a silver medal behind his brother with a total weight of 247.5kg, part of a historic sibling gold and silver medal finish.After that result, the brothers decided they would compete in different divisions at future Games.At the 1969 Port Moresby South Pacific Games, competing in front of his home crowd, David competed in the Featherweight division where he won the gold medal with a total of 262.2kg. Two years later, in the 1971 Tahiti South Pacific Games, David won the gold again in the Featherweight Division with a total lift of 260 kg.David together with his brother competed in his last South Pacific Games at the 1975 Guam Games and like his brother he finished a respectful fourth in his division.last_img read more

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Football’s most prestigious prize in PNG

first_imgThe gold symbol, known as football’s most coveted prize, arrived in the official Coca-Cola Global aircraft at the Jackson’s International Airport.A very proud Coca-Cola PNG general manager, Joyonto Chaudhury, spoke with excitement before welcoming PNG football officials and the media onto the aircraft to see the FIFA trophy.The small but significant world football symbol is what world nations will be vying for at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour is passing through Port Moresby as PNG is the 8th nation as a FIFA member.PNG Football Association General Secretary, Dimirit Mileng, said: “We didn’t ask for the trophy to come here but FIFA and Coca-Cola chose PNG and for that, we are grateful.”last_img read more

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11 released from Hunters squad

first_imgThe players are:1. Muka Peter Kalu – Medical/Fitness2. William Aquila – Personal3. Kennedy Ben – Medical / Fitness4. Edwin Ipape – Personal5. Weser Tenza – Injuries6. Joejoe Walamus – Injuries7. Dickson Pipi – Medical/Fitness8. Baddy Jack – Medical/Fitness9. Thompson Gallen – Medical/Fitness10. Livai Andrew – Injuries11. Chris Gor – Medical/FitnessCoach Michael Marum has added Jack Oii from Magani club in the POMRFL competition to the squad.Fifty players remain from the original 60 announced last week.The squad is undergoing intensive training sessions in the gym and field at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.The final 30 man squad for the 2019 Intrust Super Cup season will be named on December 23, 2018.(Jack Oii is the latest addition)last_img read more

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Manchester United top world football money list

first_imgManchester United have retained their position as the highest revenue-generating football club in the world, edging out Spain’s Real Madrid by the narrowest margin ever between the top two.The Premier League club topped the Deloitte Football Money League for the 10th time by posting a revenue for the 2016-17 season of 676.3 million euros, 1.7 million euros more than the reigning European champions.Barcelona were third on 648.3 million euros.The combined revenue for the top 20 highest-earning clubs rose by six per cent to a record 7.9 billion euros.The top 20 was made up of 10 English clubs, who were boosted by the fact that 2016-17 was the first season of the current Premier League broadcast rights deal.The remaining 10 clubs comprised of three each from Spain, Germany and Italy and one from France. Seven-time European champions AC Milan dropped out of the top 20 for the first time.The 44.5 million euros United received from UEFA for their victory over Ajax Amsterdam in the 2017 Europa League final was crucial to retaining their number one status, although broadcast revenue is now the largest individual revenue stream for the top 20, accounting for 45 per cent.Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, said: “United’s ability to retain first position is all the more impressive against the backdrop of the weakened pound against the euro, and with both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona forecasting further revenue growth in 2017-18, the battle at the top will likely come down to on-pitch performance again next year.“With all three clubs through to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, it may be as simple as the club that goes furthest in the competition will have the best chance of topping the Money League next year.”Big movers include former Premier League champions Leicester City, who climbed from 20th last year to 14th, and Southampton, who enter the top 20 for the first time in 18th position. Both were boosted by playing in European competitions last season.Elsewhere, Inter Milan climbed four places to 15th thanks largely to commercial growth following their takeover by Chinese company Suning Holdings Group.last_img read more

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Ricciardo takes Monaco pole with track record lap

first_imgAustralian Daniel Ricciardo dominated every stage of qualifying to put Red Bull on pole position for Formula One’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix in track record time on Saturday.Ricciardo, in blistering form since Thursday practice around the streets of the tiny Mediterranean principality, made sure of the top slot for his team’s 250th race start with a quickest lap of one minute 10.810 seconds.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, last year’s race winner in a Ferrari one-two, joined his former Red Bull team-mate on the front row with world championship leader Lewis Hamilton third for Mercedes.Neither man could match the Australian’s pace on the hypersoft tyres, with Vettel 0.229 seconds slower.“We sent a statement on Thursday and have been quickest every session. Just the race tomorrow and then we will celebrate. I have done everything I can so let’s finish the job tomorrow,” said Ricciardo.Red Bull’s hopes of locking out the front row of the starting grid disappeared before qualifying had even started after the gearbox on Max Verstappen’s car was changed following a crash in final practice.That incurred a five place grid drop, which became academic when the 20-year-old Dutch driver failed to emerge for even one timed lap.Hamilton leads Vettel by 17 points after five rounds of the 21-race championship, and the Briton will have been boosted by his car’s performance after a disappointing showing in Monaco last year.Ricciardo’s pole was his second in three years in the principality, and second of his career, with the Australian fastest in 2016 qualifying but losing out in the race to Hamilton.“I gave it everything I could. I was up a little bit on the last lap but wasn’t able to hold onto it,” said Hamilton, chasing a hat-trick of wins on Sunday after Azerbaijan and Spain.“It’s still a long race ahead of us tomorrow. I don’t think Red Bull have tried the other tyres yet so it will be interesting to see how we all go.”last_img read more

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