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first_imgThe Husky Indoor Soccer League will offer discounts on its registration fees this winter by providing scholarships based on need, plus free registration to children of active military personnel. For details, call Art Perri at 732-566- 0154. The registration deadline is Dec. 15. The Husky Indoor Soccer League is celebrating its 25th anniversary with registration fees to reflect the present economic situation. Scholarships will be provided base on need, and the children of active military families will receive free registration. For more information, call Art Perri at 732-566-0154, or visit www.leaguelineup.com/huskysport. The Knights, a Middletown-based competitive travel baseball club, is looking for players for winter workouts, spring season and summer tournaments. Divisions are: 15/16-and-under, born after April 30, 1994; 14U, born after April 30, 1995; 13U, born after April 30, 1996; 12U, born after April 30, 1997 — Cooperstown Team; 11U, born after April 30, 1998; 10U, born after April 30, 1999; 9U, born after April 30, 2000; and 8U, born after April 30, 2001. Tryouts will be held in January. For more information, call 732-213-8216, email lincroftknights@ yahoo.com, or go to www.eteamz.com/lincroftknights. The Lady Knights, a competitive travel softball club based in Middletown, is looking for competitive players for winter workouts, spring season and summer tournaments. Divisions are 10-and-under, born after Dec. 31, 1998, and 12U, born after Dec. 31, 1996. Tryouts will be held in January. For more information, call 732-213-8216, email lincroftknights@ yahoo.com, or visit www.eteamz.com/lincroftknights. The Monmouth Women’s Basketball League seeks players for a Sunday night league that will run January through April. Players must be 18 ears old by Jan. 1, 2010. All games will be played at the Salvation Army Community Center gym, Red Bank. Details: 732-213-8216 or email MWSL2002@yahoo.com.last_img read more

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Simone Biles says former USA team doctor abused her, too

first_imgLarry Nassar’s sexual abuse victims will have their day in courtHe worked at Michigan State University from 1997 to 2016 as an associate professor, and he served as the gymnastics and women’s crew team physician. In his plea, Nassar admitted to sexually abusing patients under the guise of providing medically necessary treatment in instances as far back as 1998, some of which involved girls under 13.Several days have been set aside in Nassar’s sentencing for victim impact statements. At least 88 people are expected to speak, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.At his plea hearing, Nassar apologized and compared his crimes to “a match that turned into a forest fire.”Allegations of a culture of complicityBiles’ teammates and others have repeatedly accused USA Gymnastics of complicity in Nassar’s abuse. In 2017, the organization said it would implement 70 policy change recommendationsfrom an independent investigator.In a lawsuit, Maroney said USA Gymnastics paid her to be quiet about the abuse, which she said began when she was 13.University of Oklahoma gymnast Maggie Nichols said she and a coach reported abuse by Nassar to USA Gymnastics in 2015, a few years after Nassar began treating Nichols for a back injury. USA Gymnastics said it hired an independent investigator to look into her allegations.Raisman said she was first treated by Nassar when she was 15. She called for a thorough investigation of a system that she said enabled a “monster” to thrive for decades by silencing victims.On Monday, Raisman praised Biles for coming forward and vowed to stand with her.”I know we will all get through this together,” Raisman said on Twitter.In her statement Monday, Biles said she hoped for the kind of reckoning that would prevent serial predators from striking again.”We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us. We need to make sure something like this never happens again.” “I, too, am one of the many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” she said Monday afternoon in a Twitter post with the hashtag #MeToo.”There are many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now that it is not my fault.”Nassar was the team doctor for USA Gymnastics through four Olympic Games, treating young hopefuls and gold medal winners. The basic facts of his case illustrate the drive of the #MeToo movement to call out serial predatory behavior and the forces that enable it.This experience ‘does not define me’Scores of female athletes said they were abused by the once-respected doctor, then pressured into silence by powerful institutions, including USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body in the United States.More than 140 women and girls have accused Nassar of sexual misconduct, including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney, members of the “Fierce Five” US Olympic gymnastics team that won the gold in 2012. Biles, now 20, joined the US Olympic gymnastics team in 2016, winning the individual all-around.Though her statement did not include specific allegations against Nassar, she described experiencing abuse under the guise of “special treatment,” a recurring claim from Nassar’s victims.”This behavior is completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially coming from someone I was TOLD to trust,” she said Monday.”For far too long I’ve asked myself ‘Was I too naive? Was it my fault?’ I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”After hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors, I know that this horrific experience does not define me.”Dozens of victims expected to speakNassar faces sentencing on Tuesday in Michigan state court after pleading guilty in November to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.last_img read more

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Amazing Cristiano Ronaldo Nike boots to celebrate Ballon d’Or success

first_img 5 CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE SHOTS OF RONALDO’S DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED BOOTS 5 5 Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned world player of the year for the third time on Monday evening, as the Portuguese collected yet another FIFA Ballon d’Or award.The Real Madrid star beat competition from Lionel Messi and Manuel Neuer at the ceremony in Switzerland, capping off a year which saw him scored 57 goals for club and country and collect four trophies with Madrid, including the club’s tenth Champions League title.It truly was an astounding year for Ronaldo and it seems as though the player’s boot manufacturer Nike agree, with the sports giant commemorating his success on and off the pitch with a stunning pair of micro-diamond encrusted boots.The Mercurial CR7 boots will be worn by Ronaldo in his next match – likely to be Thursday’s Copa del Rey second-leg clash against Atletico Madrid.Click the arrow above to see more images of Ronaldo’s unique boots. 5center_img CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE SHOTS OF RONALDO’S DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED BOOTS 5 CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE SHOTS OF RONALDO’S DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED BOOTS CLICK THE ARROW TO SEE MORE SHOTS OF RONALDO’S DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED BOOTS last_img read more

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Liverpool latest: Reds plotting January move for 19-year-old Schalke starlet Leroy Sane

first_img Schalke starlet Leroy Sane Liverpool are after 19-year-old Schalke starlet Leroy Sane, according to reports in Germany.Brendan Rodgers’ side have endured a tough start to the season and the manager is reportedly already looking at January signings to lift their campaign.The Bundesliga club rejected an offer – of around £12m – for the attacking midfielder in the summer but are bracing themselves for a further bid.Sane, who is the son of former Senegal star Souleyman, recently signed a new long term deal, committing himself to Schalke until 2019.That handsome new deal and the fact Sane has scored in each of his last three league games, helping Schalke up to third in the table, means Liverpool will have to dig deep to get their man. 1last_img read more

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Woman truck driver top pro behind wheel

first_img At first, the women said, families on porches gaped at the sight of a woman hauling away recyclables or trash. Now it is uncommon for anyone to show surprise or to look into the cab to see if a man might be operating the levers. Turner says she gets occasional half-joking requests for an autograph, and she is happy to oblige. She also gets the thumbs-up sign from women she passes on her route, and she makes sure to wave to little girls, who giggle in amazement. Some days on the route, Turner thinks of her father, Johnny, who drove big-rigs cross-country. “Like father, like daughter,” she said, smiling.160Want 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Unexpectedly, her father died a month later. Castro is sure he would have been very proud of her for winning the plaque for the driver with less than one year of service who has the highest route productivity. Castro is one of only three women drivers for Waste Management in Antelope Valley. Nationally, federal officials say women held only 5.3 percent of truck-driving jobs in a late-1990s survey. Chermaine Smith, 33, worked 10 years as a UPS driver before giving it up to become a full-time mother and wife. After she found herself a single mom, she went to truck-driving school and earned a Class A commercial licenses. She applied for a job at Waste Management last October and was hired. Lashonda Turner has been friends with Castro for years. The two had met in 2000 when both were being trained as bus drivers at Durham School Services in Palmdale. When Turner heard about Castro’s job at Waste Management, she applied there, too. PALMDALE – Rookie Driver of the Year for Waste Management of Antelope Valley, Janel Castro fell in love with cars and trucks when she saw her first crankshaft at age 7. Castro and her father, James, spent hours together repairing jalopies that others would have discarded. Though blind, her father was skillful at building additions to the house and repairing the family car. “The only thing my dad couldn’t do was drive,” recalled Castro, 33. “So when I got my license, it felt great that I could take him wherever he needed to go.” Castro, a former school bus driver, was thrilled when Waste Management offered her a job this past June. Her father was ecstatic. last_img read more

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LISTEN: Mourinho ‘sad and happy’ Schneiderlin is leaving Man United for Everton

first_imgJose Mourinho has revealed he is both ‘sad and happy’ Morgan Schneiderlin is set to leave Manchester United on a permanent basis.It was announced on Tuesday evening that Everton have agreed a £22 million fee with the Red Devils to sign the French midfielder, and a transfer should be formalised in the coming days with just personal terms to agree.The 27-year-old midfielder has played just three Premier League matches this season, and it has been clear since Mourinho’s arrival over the summer that he would not get a look in.And although their relationship has seemed frosty at the best of times, the Portuguese insists he is sorry to lose Schneiderlin – even though it’s the best thing for the Frenchman’s career.Mourinho said: “I’m sorry to lose him, but I’m happy for him to be happy to play every match, to be important [at Everton].“So, I’m sad and happy at the same time.”Mourinho was speaking in the aftermath of United’s EFL Cup semi-final first leg win over Hull City.Goals from Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini put the Red Devils in total control of the two-legged tie, and the 53-year-old was delighted with the latter’s impact – especially considering the recent negative reception the Belgian has received at Old Trafford.Mourinho added: “We have a very good relationship, and he knows that I consider him a very important player for us.“For him, we can’t forget he was booed here a couple of weeks ago, and to score the second goal and change that empathy with the fans is important for the player.”last_img read more

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Super Computer predicts the Championship 2017/18 final table

first_img 24 24 The new EFL season is about to get under way and you can hear 110 regular season matches on talkSPORT and talkSPORT2.READ MORE: talkSPORT becomes the new home of the English Football LeagueOn Friday night, the Championship will kick off live on talkSPORT as Sunderland host Derby County, while over the opening weekend you can also hear Wolverhampton Wanderers v Middlesbrough AND Aston Villa v Hull City on Saturday, and on Sunday you can listen to Bolton v Leeds.Everyone has their views on who will win the title, promotion to the Premier League, and who will get relegated, but what does talkSPORT’s famous Super Computer make of it?Click the right arrow above to see how we think the Championship 2017/18 table will finish.Of course, no one knows for sure what the final table will look like, but it is fun to speculate.talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have exclusive radio rights to the Sky Bet EFL Championship, League One and League Two for the next three seasons.The talkSPORT network will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals – read more here. 3. Aston Villa (Play-Offs) 24 24 22. Millwall (Relegated) 24 13. Birmingham City 24 24 18. Preston North End 8. Brentford 21. Bolton Wanderers 4. Fulham (Play-Offs) 10. Hull City 24 11. Derby County 24 24 15. Sheffield United 5. Norwich City (Play-Offs) 9. Reading 24 6. Sheffield Wednesday (Play-Offs) 24. Bristol City (Relegated) – click right to see where your club is predicted to finish 16. Queens Park Rangers 24 7. Leeds United 24 14. Cardiff City 12. Nottingham Forest 24 19. Barnsley 24 1. Middlesbrough (Champions) 17. Sunderland 2. Wolverhampton Wanderers (Automatic promotion) 24 20. Ipswich Town 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 23. Burton Albion (Relegated) last_img read more

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Donors provide needed blood

first_img susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – Dozens of donors turned out Thursday at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for a much-needed blood drive that will help supplement local supplies that have dwindled to alarmingly low levels this summer. Before the end of the drive, 42 units of blood had been donated from employees and community members, officials said. “We are pleased to partner with the American Red Cross in our effort to encourage more people to donate blood,” said Susan Pollack, supervisor for the hospital’s blood bank. “The community support like we’ve seen here today helps to maintain an adequate blood supply to continue saving lives.” The Red Cross issued an alert earlier this month, when the number of units for both type O-positive and type O-negative were down to an eight-hour supply. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesIn addition, there were back orders of nearly 1,000 units for those types. The Red Cross supplies 1,500 units of blood a day in four Southern California counties, said Teresa Solorio, spokeswoman for the group’s blood services division for the area. As of Thursday morning, they had a 24-hour supply of O-positive, a 17-hour supply of O-negative and a day for all other types, Solorio said. “Having a full day is wonderful, but unfortunately, that’s still not enough,” she said. “We need a three-to-five-day supply, which is adequate in case anything happened that was traumatic.” Each summer, blood donations dwindle. About 20 percent of annual donors are high school and college students, Solorio said. The Red Cross holds almost 40 blood drives a day in Southern California and is always taking donors. Those who are interested can call 800-GIVE-LIFE or can go to the Web site www.givelife.org. last_img read more

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‘E-factor’ a big part in Lancaster High golf team’s success

first_imgHood said the first step was getting his team to play a full nine holes Monday, instead of just the two or three that they were accustomed to. He said that in addition to honing their skills, the extra work encouraged camaraderie and familiarity with the team’s home course. This week, when Hood canceled practice, one player insisted on getting her clubs out of the team van and heading out to a local golf course. “We’ve established what I call the “E-factor,” said Hood, taking the “E” from the school’s Eagles’ nickname as the basis for his coaching slogan. “We’re encouraging enthusiasm and excellence in everything we do. “The girls have bought into that philosophy and they’ve run with it.” The cohesiveness has translated into success. On Tuesday, Lancaster clinched second place with a 266-284 victory over Highland. The Eagles automatically qualified for the Southern Section team playoffs as a result of the victory. Lancaster will join league champion Quartz Hill at the Oct. 30 team playoffs. Lancaster is led by junior Amber Frauhiger, who’s averaging 47.5 scores. Other top Lancaster golfers include seniors Melissa Higgins and Ellen Harris. Junior Tara Matus, has progressed nicely, shooting a season-best 50 on Tuesday. Mental game: The windy conditions in the Antelope Valley the past few weeks that have contributed to higher scoring totals may benefit local golfers who advance to the team and individual playoffs next month, Quartz Hill coach Stu Manthey said. Although golfers don’t benefit from playing amid adverse conditions from a physical standpoint, they do benefit from learning how to tune out potential distractions. “There’s always going to be distractions in golf whether it be the wind, the rain, or the pressure of a (Southern Section) playoff situation,” Manthey said. “Learning to deal with distractions helps with their mental game.” Playoffs: The league’s two-day individual championship tournament starts Monday at 10 a.m. at Crystalaire Country Club in Llano. Day 2 will be played at Rancho Vista Golf Course. The top 12 golfers based on league scoring averages automatically qualify for the tournament. The top golfers for schools who aren’t represented in that group will also qualify. The top three placers at the individual tournament qualify for the Nov. 5 Southern Section individual championships. gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – At the start of the season, Lancaster High’s first-year girls’ golf coach David Hood sensed that not everyone on his team was especially thrilled about the idea about having late practices on Mondays. These days, he can hardly keep them away from courses. Hood, a former Air Force sergeant who said he’s brought much of his military background into coaching, said he’s tried to change the way his players approach the sport. “I’ve tried to put work ethic first,” Hood said. “Even though golf an individual sport, we’re trying to encourage teamwork.” last_img read more

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Managers jockeying for Celtic job is disrespectful, says Griffiths

first_img“But teams are coming and trying to make it difficult for us and we can’t go out and impress every week. It’s all about getting the three points.”Griffiths also explained just why Deila has the backing of his players as they aim for a league and cup double this year.“He’s calm around the place,” he said. “He doesn’t let things affect him.“He doesn’t shirk from the fact, if we’re not playing well, he sticks to his guns because he knows it will work.“Performances during the season haven’t been great but sometimes that happens and you’ve got to grinds it out. On Saturday we were a lot, lot better. Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come.“Even though we’re not playing as well as we should we’re still picking up three points. At the end of the day that’s the most important thing, not the performances or beating teams 5-0 or 6-0.“If you can grind out 2-1 victories, that’s what champions are made of.” Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has defended Ronny Deila and described out-of-work managers publicly declaring an interest in succeeding him as “disrespectful”.Deila’s future at Celtic has been the subject of speculation for some time and in recent days David Moyes and Malky Mackay have both spoken about their wish to work at the club, while Neil Lennon has been touted as a possible replacement should Deila leave.Griffiths revealed that comments about the next manager annoyed players when the club was still top of the Premiership.“It’s frustrating for the players because it’s disrespectful,” he said. “The gaffer’s got a job here and he’s doing ok. “We’re still sitting top of the league so for other managers to say they’re interested in the job when there’s a guy still in charge, it’s poor from them.“I think the gaffer will just ignore it but as players, it frustrates us.”The striker, who has been in prolific form this season, said that he and his teammates bear the responsibility for disappointing performances, not the man in charge.“It’s the players,” Griffiths added. “We’re the ones who are out there trying to put the ball in the back of the net and trying to entertain the fans.last_img read more

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