Colts look to make Keane’s final season memorable

first_imgBy WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) soccer team continued its pursuit of another glorious season — and the final one under coach Dan Keane, who is retiring at the end of his 40th season — when it played new nemesis Manalapan High School in the Shore Conference Tournament quarterfinals Oct. 27.Manalapan beat CBA twice by 1-0 scores in Shore Conference A North Division matches, but Manalapan suffered a few losses late in the season, and the Colts won the division for the 21st time under Keane by a point over Freehold Township High School.The Colts also begin pursuit of the NJSIAA Non-Public A title in the South bracket as the expected No. 1 seed, based on power points, at home Nov. 6.Although he is stepping down with all but the first two seasons spent coaching at CBA, Keane said he doesn’t get a sense of urgency from his players on that subject.“Not all the time,” said Keane, who comes into this week with a 539-157-43 record. “When I talked to them in the preseason, they understood why [I’m retiring]. They did say, ‘If we can get to the Shore Conference Tournament final and the state section final, that would be good for the coach.’ One player said the other day, ‘Well, we got the A North title for the coach.’ ”His teams have won five state titles — the last one in 2011 — 14 South Jersey section titles and now are focused on winning a ninth Shore Conference Tournament title.Ironically, this team could be tooled for an even stronger run next year with only three seniors and a bunch of juniors starting. But that hasn’t changed Keane’s mind to coach one more season.“They should be good and able to make a run for the Shore Conference and state titles next year, but I’ll be watching those from the sidelines,” Keane said. At this juncture, Keane was looking to figure a way for his team to score against a Manalapan team that handed the Colts two of their three shutouts. “We had opportunities in both matches,” Keane said of the Manalapan losses. “Defensively we’re fine but offensively, once we got a shot, we didn’t finish it. We had shots hit the post. We have to finish.” Keane said the offense has slumbered the last two weeks. “Hopefully, we’ll get it going,” he said. It won’t depend on one player, although Patrick Kollman scored three of his 10 goals Oct. 24 against Toms River High School North — a 5-0 victory in the second round of the Shore Conference Tournament. Aedan Boriotti, a junior goalkeeper, secured his 12th shutout with strong support defensively from inside fullbacks Tom Loszowski (senior) and Scott Misson (junior), as well as outside fullbacks Tim Mikulski (senior) and Colin Lankau (junior). Matt Thorsheim, a junior who is one of the three interior midfielders in the 4-5-1 configuration, and junior outside midfielder Tom Judge each have seven goals, while junior Aaron Robertson, who alternates with Kollman at striker, has six. Juniors Ryan Nigro and Matt Mawson also play on the inside midfield spots, and Nick Meyer, the other senior in the starting lineup, is the other outside midfielder. Seniors Joe Paolillo and John Fryzc are backup midfielders.“We’re good, but it’s the talent of the junior class,” Keane said of the ingredient to success this season. “They like each other.”As the time-honored sports cliché goes, you’re remembered most by what you do last, and this team is looking to send Keane off with a lasting memory of this season.last_img read more

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FKF promote Posta, Homeboyz to KPL

first_imgThat would have set the stage for another bruising battle with KPL who insist on a 16-team Premier League.However, in a letter to KPL CEO, Jack Oguda, federation Secretary General, Michael Esakwa affirmed a Joint Executive Committee of both bodies will further decide on the final composition of the top-flight league for the 2016 season as provided by the MOU.“This is to notify you that Posta Rangers and Kakamega Homeboyz have been promoted to the Kenyan Premier League after emerging the top two for the 2015 FKF-PL season.“Please be advised that other decisions regarding the composition of the league will be duly decided by the FKF/KPL Joint Executive Committee as provided by our MOU,” part of the letter to Oguda and copied to the two clubs stated.Reaching Oguda for comments, the KPL boss told Capital Sport they have no issue with the two teams forwarded to them since it will complete their 16 team format for next season after KCB and Nakuru All Stars were relegated.“I have received the letter and we have no problem with that. We work with the teams they give us so long as it’s two. The letter that I posses doesn’t state that we will discuss the composition of teams for the 2016 season. We will ratify the teams in the Joint Executive Committee of FKF and KPL,” Oguda declared.The squabble over composition of teams for this season led to parallel leagues in March with KPL reinstating Nairobi City Stars and All Stars who were relegated before FIFA intervened in March to end the stalemate that saw the FKF-PL downgraded to the second tier.Rangers who were one of the casualties last season finished top on 71 points, four ahead of Homeboyz who finished second just a point ahead of third placed Zoo Kericho who were favourites to earn the promotion.The two former KPL sides benefited from the boycott by a section of FKF-PL clubs who declined to honour their remaining three fixtures after the federation awarded Kakamega Homeboyz and Shabana points.“The National Executive Committee of FKF will give the final verdict on the fate of Zoo, Ligi Ndogo, Nairobi Stima and others that boycotted the league,” FKF declared in a statement.Rangers will make a return to the KPL for the first time in three years and club chairman John Tonui assured their competitors stiff challenge.“We are very delighted to return to the top flight league after struggling in the last three years to seek promotion. We are not going to be passengers but give our competitors a run for their money.“We will strengthen the squad but not with many players since we have a quality team,” Tonui told Capital Sport.The chairman said he will retain Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno as their head coach since joining the team from Sony Sugar.Homeboyz who were axed in 2013 on their maiden appearance are looking forward to give a good fight next season with their boss, Cleophas Shimanyula saying they have released 10 players to bring in experience.“We are happy finally hard work has paid and its good we are back in KPL since there is no team representing Western province after Western Stima relocated to Kisumu. The FKF-PL has been very competitive and any team from position one to six had chances of earning promotion.“I disagree with those who say the boycott of other teams benefited us. We simply followed the rules since the federation runs the league. We decided to play and not be involved in politics and see here we are,” Shimanyula underlined.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kakamega Homeboyz players in their past FKF-PL match in Bukhungu Stadium. PHOTO/FILENAIROBI, November 9- Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has promoted Posta Rangers and Kakamega Homeboyz pending the joint agreement with the Kenyan Premier League on the composition of next season’s top flight.The announcement comes as a sigh of relief to Kenyan football after FKF went against the Memorandum of Understanding and declared four teams will be relegated and six promoted a fortnight ago.last_img read more

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Taliban gives South Korea ultimatum on hostages

first_imgSouth Korea has about 200 troops serving with an 8,000-strong U.S.-led force, which is separate from the 40,000-member NATO-led force. “The government is in preparations to implement its plan” to pull its troops out of Afghanistan by the end of this year as previously planned,” Song said. South Korea’s government has not received any official demand from the militants, he added. South Korea plans to send officials to Afghanistan later Saturday for consultations with their Afghan counterparts to try to secure the release of the South Koreans. Afghanistan has also set up a special task force and pledged that it will do everything to win the South Koreans’ freedom, Song said of his telephone conversation with his Afghan counterpart. It was unclear what the kidnapped Koreans were doing in Afghanistan. KABUL, Afghanistan – Taliban militants threatened Friday to kill a group of abducted South Korean Christians, including 15 women, within 24 hours unless the Asian nation withdraws its 200 troops from Afghanistan. South Korea said today it plans to withdraw its forces by the end of this year as scheduled. Foreign Minister Song Min-soon told reporters in Seoul that 23 South Koreans were kidnapped and indicated they are safe. A purported Taliban spokesman said Friday that the group was holding 18 Koreans. In the largest abduction of foreigners since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, several dozen fighters kidnapped the South Koreans at gunpoint from a bus in Ghazni province on Thursday, said Ali Shah Ahmadzai, the provincial police chief. “They have got until tomorrow (Saturday) at noon to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan, or otherwise we will kill the 18 Koreans,” Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, told The Associated Press on a satellite telephone from an undisclosed location. “Right now, they are safe and sound.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Rescue crews drill toward miners

first_imgNothing has been heard from the men since the cave-in, not even the hammering on the ceiling that miners are trained to do in an emergency. Only one miner has been identified. The men range from one miner with three weeks on the job to others with 10 years’ experience, mine safety manager Bodee Allred said. “With a little help from God and a little luck, they’ll get out,” he said. Murray donned miner’s gear, a hardhat with headlamp and rubber boots and entered the mine Wednesday, accompanied by the son and brother of two of the trapped men. His visit down below renewed his optimism that the miners could have enough oxygen to survive. “There was a tremendously strong … amount of air where we were,” Murray said at an evening news conference, coal still smudging his cheeks. “I believe that is probably sweeping back in to where the miners are also.” The parallel effort to clear a path inside the blocked mine suffered a major setback Tuesday when seismic shocks wiped out all progress in removing rubble. But the underground work resumed Wednesday to remove the fallen debris blocking a 2,000-foot passageway leading to the men. Machines were shuttling coal and rock out of the mine and then blocks of timber and steel props back in to help shore up the structure. The task illustrated the specific dangers associated with the type of deep mining practiced in the West, where the terrain is rougher than in Appalachia and the coal mines are dug far, far deeper into the earth. Over the past few days, the rescuers had to bulldoze 8,000 feet of road across the wilderness and use a helicopter to bring in heavy equipment. They had to balance their drilling rig on a 23-degree mountainside. Then they had to begin boring 1,500 feet straight down.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Obviously we’re dealing with the unknown,” Moore said. Equipment “has the potential of breaking down. We’re dealing with Mother Nature, but we have the expertise to make sure that the effort goes through until we reach the cavity.” The rate of progress is “very, very good news,” Murray said earlier. But it could take at least seven days to actually reach the men and bring them out, Murray said. The drilling of the relief holes involved boring an extraordinary 1,500 feet straight down, or 150 stories into the earth, through hard sandstone – a task that required precise alignment of the drill and posed the constant risk of a broken bit. The smaller hole could be used to ferry a communications line into the shaft. The larger hole, being drilled with more accurate technology, could be used to move provisions to the workers. But two holes have to be drilled in case one is unsuccessful, Murray said. “It’s very possible that when we drill down there and find the coal seam, we may have drilled into a solid block of coal rather than a cavity where the miners are,” he said. HUNTINGTON, Utah – Rescue crews clinging to a mountainside struggled Wednesday to drill two narrow holes – one just 2 inches across, the other less than 9 inches – in a painfully slow effort to get air and food to six miners trapped in a cave-in. Officials held out hope that the men survived Monday’s thunderous collapse and that the emergency supplies would help keep them alive while other rescuers tried to punch their way through the rubble in the mine shaft and bring them out. The smaller hole was 875 feet down Wednesday evening, more than halfway to its target, said Bob Murray, chairman of mine co-owner Murray Energy Corp. The larger drill was just 20 feet down Wednesday evening but was progressing faster and was expected to catch up, said Rob Moore, Murray Energy vice president. Crews could break through in 48 hours or less, the company said. last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card California Institute of Technology will hold a lecture on revolutionary medicine, 8 p.m., Beckman Auditorium, 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena. Free. Call (888) 2CALTECH, (888) 222-5382 or (626) 395-4652. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEDNESDAY: Martin Luther King Day remembrance, 10 a.m.-noon, Sunland Park Senior Citizen Center, 8640 Fenwick St., Sunland. (818) 353-9571. The San Fernando Library will feature a program for young sleuths, including games and more, 5 p.m., 217 N. Maclay Ave., San Fernando. Free. Call (818) 365-6928. See a different kind of Hollywood night life with a night hike, 6:45, Griffith Park. Meet at the merry-go-round, just off Crystal Springs Drive. Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association will meet to discuss the future of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, 7:30 p.m., Sunkist Building, 14130 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will speak. Call (818) 377-4590. last_img read more

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Former Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew on Norwich’s radar after Alex Neil sacked

first_imgAlan Pardew is in the frame to become Norwich’s new manager.The former Crystal Palace boss could replace Alex Neil at Carrow Road after the Scot was sacked on Friday.Pardew is available after he was dismissed by Palace in December with the Eagles 17th in the Premier League.They won six of their 36 games under Pardew in 2016 but the former West Ham chief has promotion pedigree in the Championship having guided the Hammers to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2005.Former Birmingham manager Gary Rowett is also interested in the job having failed to land the Rangers role with Al-Gharafa boss Pedro Caixinha expected to move to Ibrox.Neil was axed following five games without a win but the Canaries had already slipped off the promotion pace in the Championship after a disastrous pre-Christmas run, losing seven games in nine matches.Relegated from the Premier League last season, they were one of the favourites to go up but are nine points outside the play-off spots in eighth.Neil leaves Norwich, who have put Alan Irvine in temporary charge ahead of Saturday’s visit of Blackburn, after just over two years at the club having taken them to promotion in 2015.The Canaries are also without a chief executive after Jez Moxey resigned in February less than seven months after joining. Alan Pardew 1last_img read more

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The international superstars your club’s scouts are likely to be watching

first_img Kevin Strootman (Netherlands) – After a torrid time with injuries, the central midfielder is really starting to hit form with Roma. He’s almost back at his best for the Serie A side and his nation will hope he can bring this to the international stage. Manchester United have long admired the player, and could reignite their interest in the summer. Rick Karsdorp (Netherlands) – Manchester United and Arsenal are both eyeing up the 22-year-old Dutchman, currently starring for Feyenoord. He could feature against Bulgaria and Italy in the coming week. 20 Kylian Mbappe (France) – We’re pretty sure you know all about the Monaco wonderkid by now. He could make his senior bow this week as France play Luxembourg and Spain. Every elite club in Europe has their eyes on the player and are likely to be monitoring him on international duty. Joshua Kimmich (Germany) – Versatile young Bayern Munich star Kimmich has, reportedly, been identified as Pep Guardiola’s no.1 transfer target this summer. The Spaniard clearly likes his former charge, who he nurtured at the Allianz Arena, but it will take a hefty sum to sign him. He could take to the field against England and Azerbaijan. 20 Victor Lindelof (Sweden) – He nearly joined Manchester United in January but the Red Devils put off a possible transfer. As Jose Mourinho continues his overhaul at Old Trafford, though, he could now join the club in the summer, although sides like AC Milan are also interested in his services. Benfica will want around £50m for the player, if reports are to be believed. 20 Kalidou Koulibaly (Senegal) – Napoli’s ball-playing centre-back has consistently been a top performer in Serie A. Chelsea were interested last summer, and are still likely to be, while Manchester United and Everton are also suitors. He could play as the Lions of Teranga take on Nigeria and Ivory Coast. It might be the international break but Premier League clubs will still be very active over the next week.With the summer transfer window approaching quicker than you realise, scouts, analysts, and managers will be given the chance to run the rule over possible new signings.But who should you be looking out for when you’re busy watching some of the top nations in action as they attempt to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?Click the right arrow above to see 20 top transfer targets to keep an eye on… Benjamin Mendy (France) – Mendy has received his first international call up during this break and it’s no surprise given he has emerged as one of Europe’s best attacking left-backs. Chelsea are among his suitors, as they look to add depth to their defence. 20 20 20 20 20 Kasper Dolberg (Denmark) – The 19-year-old Dane has burst onto the scene this season and, in his first full senior campaign with Ajax, Dolberg has been a huge hit. He’s scored 13 goals in 25 Eredivisie appearances, while also making five assists. Jurgen Klopp has praised the player and may well be scouting him as Denmark take on Romania. 20 20 20 20 20 Youri Tielemans (Belgium) – Just when you thought it was all quiet on the Belgian front, Tielemans has made huge strides in his development this season. Anderlecht are already preparing for the 19-year-old’s exit, which would see them get a huge fee for his talent. According to reports, Bayern Munich, Roma, Chelsea, Tottenham, Man United, Arsenal, and Liverpool have got their beady eyes on him. We might get to see what the fuss is about as Belgium take on Greece and Russia. Kieran Tierney (Scotland) – Impressing at left-back for Celtic, the 19-year-old is now attracting admirers south of the border. Arsenal are keen, it would appear, and they may well have scouts in attendance as Scotland take on Canada and Slovenia. Dries Mertens (Belgium) – Flourishing in a central striking role with Napoli, Mertens has 20 goals and four assists in Serie A, while also impressing in the Champions League. Manchester United are interested in the player, while Inter could also move for him in the summer. Tiemoue Bakayoko (France) – The Monaco midfielder has been called up to replace Paul Pogba for Les Bleus and could be his team-mate in club football soon enough. For most of the season, Manchester United have been linked with a move for the player, while Arsenal, and Chelsea are keeping tabs too. 20 Antonio Rudiger (Germany) – The Roma defender has been part of a miserly defence this season, which has conceded just 26 Serie A goals. Manchester City are interested in his services as Pep Guardiola looks to overhaul his defence, and a £30m bid has been rumoured. He could be in action against England, as well as Azerbaijan. Predrag Rajkovic (Serbia) – With David Ospina likely to leave in the summer, and Petr Cech not getting any younger, the Gunners are thinking about long-term options. As such, they reportedly sent scouts to watch young Maccabi Tel Aviv shot-stopper Rajkovic in February. He could get game time against Georgia. 20 Andrea Belotti (Italy) – The Rooster has been crowing in Serie A this season. One of Europe’s most in-form strikers has hit 22 goals in the league and is now, rightly, in the international reckoning. Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool are among the Premier League clubs eyeing him up and he could feature heavily for the Azzurri against Albania and Netherlands. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) – On his day, the diminutive left-winger is mesmerising with the ball at his feet, while also able to cut inside and larrup the ball home. The player is frustrated with stalled contract talks at Napoli and Arsenal and may push through a move if his demands aren’t met. 20 20 20 Nelson Semedo (Portugal) – Many media outlets reported Manchester United won the race of the talented Benfica right-back in February. It’s not a done deal, though, and now it’s believed AC Milan and Juventus have entered the battle for his signature. 20 20 Andre Silva (Portugal) – The Porto starlet has hit four goals in five games for Portugal, although they were a single strike against Romania and a hat-trick against Faroe Islands. Either way, he’s still a top young talent and Arsenal are one of a number of teams tracking him. Mateo Kovacic (Croatia) – The Real Madrid midfielder has found playing time hard to come by this season – who wouldn’t? And Tottenham are reportedly monitoring the situation in the knowledge they could snap the player up on the cheap with his release clause at £21.8m. He could star alongside Luka Modric on the international stage against Ukraine and Estonia. Naby Keita (Guinea) – Starring in his first season for RB Leipzig, the all-action midfielder has Arsenal and Liverpool contemplating transfer bids this summer. His box-to-box style, paired with his attacking capabilities mean he cost upwards of £26m. He could be in action against Gabon and Cameroon over the international period. last_img read more

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‘Not worth it, but fantastic for Southampton’ – Pundits on £75m Van Dijk deal

first_img 5 5 Dwight Yorke – Yorke, the ex-Manchester United striker, says Van Dijk will have to deal with expectations to be a success. “Nothing is guaranteed, he’s still got to go and prove himself,” he told beIN SPORTS. “He’s going to a big football club, there’s the expectation of carrying that big price tag. Can he go into such a big football club and produce the goods? There’s still a test there but he’s a good quality player and I think he’s a player Liverpool could do with for sure.” Alan Shearer – The former England captain believes Southampton have got a terrific deal and thinks Liverpool are ‘desperate’ to pay £75million for Van Dijk. “Southampton have got one hell of a deal,” he said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “Van Dijk is a good player, yes, but for £75m? No, he’s not worth it at all. Southampton could have named any price they wanted. They knew Liverpool were absolutely desperate for a centre-half. Everyone is aware they are desperate – we have seen them come up short several times this season. We’ve been saying it for a number of years now – that transfer fees have gone through the roof – and this one has taken it to another level.” 5 5 Liverpool splashing out £75m to take Virgil van Dijk from Southampton has certainly divided opinion.Some have called the fee – a world record for a defender – a complete waste of money, while others have insisted it is a good move for a Liverpool team in desperate need of defensive steel.Football’s leading pundits have had their say about the huge deal, including Alan Shearer and Gary Neville. Find out what they think about it by clicking through the gallery above.And let us know below whether you think Liverpool have got themselves a good or bad deal…Revealed: Crystal Palace rejected chance to sign world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk for £6million Harry Redknapp – The veteran manager is amazed by the size of the fee, telling Radio 5 Live. “It’s crazy money for a central defender. When he was at Celtic, a lot didn’t think he was good enough for a top-six club at that time. Southampton took a chance and suddenly his fee has gone through the roof. It’s a crazy fee. Southampton have been good at finding replacements, but whether they can do that again is now the question.” Gary Neville – Sky Sports’ main man and Manchester United legend Neville was stunned by the amount but claims people will soon forget about the huge fee if Liverpool stop leaking goals. He said: “It’s a lot of money. When I first heard it I thought ‘wow, £75m’. I’m not surprised by the actual transfer but that is an incredible amount of money. Liverpool need defenders and have to pay to get him. That’s the way the market is and it isn’t going to change. It sounds like a fantastic deal for Southampton. But if Liverpool can stop their creaking in big matches when put under pressure then it will be a good deal for Liverpool as well because people will forget about the money that has been spent in a year or two if they can win trophies and get the defence right.” 5 Jamie Carragher – The Sky Sports pundit and Liverpool icon believes it could prove a good deal for the Reds eventually: “I think there is a dearth of top-class centre-backs throughout world football hence why so many clubs wanted him and the transfer fee is so high. People will look at the transfer that normally strikers go for but as with any transfer fee if he performs well and does his job it will be worth it. The one centre-back when the transfer fee felt so huge at the time was 15 years ago when Rio Ferdinand went to Manchester United. But he repaid that. He was Manchester United’s top centre-back, won trophies and was there for 10 years.”last_img read more

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Coaches opted for safety

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’ “We (coaches) had no problems with the California players,” Mahlstede said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 1:00 p.m. There was a reason the players did not shake hands after California’s 21-20 overtime victory over Santa Fe Friday night, and it had very little – if anything – to do with the varsity game that had just been played. Santa Fe coach Jack Mahlstede said Monday morning the decision was made by the Chiefs’ coaches after incidents occurred in both the freshman and junior varsity games on Thursday. “There were problems in both the JV and freshman games,” Mahlstede said. :We were concerned about the safety of the kids.” The Santa Fe coaches shook hands with the California players, but Cal High’s coaches did not shake hands with the Chiefs’s players.last_img read more

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