BY WAYNE WITKOWSKIStaff Writer Trevor Van Riemsdyk and Dean Malanga don’t have to look far to find any pointers about playing in the USA Hockey’s national championships for the Brick Hockey Club’s Midget Minors 16s AA. The team opens on March 27 against the New England District champion Mid-Fairfield Blues of Connecticut in Fraser, Mich. Their older brothers were on the same age group team two years ago that finished in fifth place in the nationals. The only difference – these guys are defenseman, whereas James Van Riemsdyk and Jerry Malanga were forwards. “That’s funny; I hadn’t realized that,” said Dean, whose brother plays forward for the University of Scranton. “I watched my brother make the [district] championship three years in a row but it took him three years to get there [nationals]. “I call him before every game and he said that if you’re nervous, go out there and play and forget about it. But he said the nationals are an awesome feeling.” Van Riemsdyk also got some pointers. “He [James] talked about it and the main thing he told me is to go out there and have fun,” said Trevor, whose brother is on the national junior select team in Michigan and is heading to the University of New Hampshire on scholarship this fall, depending on the NHL draft, where he is projected as one of the early picks. “He said it’s a faster game and we have to be sure we’re playing in our zone coverages. We have to rush the puck.” Malanga said his coach, George Colwell, said after the first practice for the districts that “it’s the first game on the road to the nationals.” Those words proved prophetic as the team jelled quickly despite the long lag from the end of the regular season, when guys went off to play for their high school varsity teams, to their reuniting for practice for the districts in late February. “It was amazing that we had only two practices and we went on a roll,” said Malanga. “It was ridiculous how we pulled together.” But the team will not practice again until at least Monday, March 19, because many of them still are involved with the state tournament – six of them for Christian Brothers Academy and Kevin Crowe for St. Augustine. Colwell doesn’t mind and said having players on CBA “helps tremendously¿” because they’re in the Gordon Division which is the highest level in the state. They’re confident they won’t miss a beat again when they reunite under Colwell and assistant coach Jack Murphy in a few days. They’re looking to schedule a scrimmage for March 22 or 23 before leaving on March 26. “It was really hectic but it’s under control now,” said Colwell. “I went through this as a parent two years ago when my son [Ryan] was on this team,” said Colwell. “It’s a lot of fun and rewarding to see your son play in that environment.” The biggest adjustment, said Colwell, is the higher level. “The game is faster and the players more skilled,” said Colwell. “You play 20 games during the season but not all of them are that tough. It’s a big step up because you basically have a Tier I and a Tier II. We’re on Tier II but some programs send their Tier I runner-up team. “But we can play at that level,” said Colwell confidently. “The biggest thing is to stay out of the box, defensive zone coverage and moving the puck, although we score a lot of shorthanded goals. This team listens well. They’re very good players and understand how to play the game.” Mark Rivera can score goals in bunches with support from Matt Jensen and Kevin Crowe, while goalies Mark Mulcahy and Nick LoRusso can stop the goals from scoring on the other end. “We’re ready and we’re on a roll,” said Malanga. “We’ve been ready. We just have to go out there and stay focused and have fun.” Colwell is accepting corporate sponsorships and can be contacted at (732) 859-5641. Several CBA players on team heading to national championships BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Staff Writer
Month: May 2020
Ron NuzzoloFish On Fishing remains solid, producing plenty of weakfish in the Raritan Bay. Sandworms and peanut bunker are choice baits. On the Staten Island side, schools of peanut bunker are keeping plenty of small bluefish in the bay – enough to wear you out. On the Jersey side, there’s still good fluke fishing reported from Keansburg to the Sandy Hook Channel. Doormats in the 5- to 10-pound-plus range are still being picked in the deep waters off Ambrose Channel. The bigger the bait, the bigger the fluke. That’s what Capt. Mike Silva of Hoboken tells me. Capt. Mike also caught a 28-inch weakfish on a fluke rig with a live killie. Capt. Bob of Sandy Hook Charters had a three-man Half Day Charter – the Jenkins family of Weehawken. They fished the last of the incoming and first part of the outgoing. The boys limited on fluke to 5 pounds, most in the 2-pound range. They totaled 24 keepers, 38 throwbacks and many sea robbins. The bite continues to be strong in the ocean (32-50 feet of water). Again, gulp swimming minnow/killie combo was deadly. The big fluke was caught on a smelt with a bucktail. Capt. Allen on Reel Class Charters from Point Pleasant had a great day with crew Juicebox Bob, George “Dubya” Push and Bruce Stone aboard for the marathon trip. First spot was slow to start, but they picked a few shorts and one keeper fluke followed by a keeper sea bass. The next spot they lost a bunch of bucktails, but put about 10 nice keepers in the box, as well as a few nice ling and sea bass. Capt. Allen also worked a big wreck just south of where he started, and fished the debris and rubble on the down tide side, and it was on a good steady pick of mostly keeper fluke, along with some real nice sea bass as well. Truly a great day with a great crew. Capt. Allen ended up with 26 fluke in the box and two dozen sea bass, and three nice ling, as well as a few taylor blues. Capt. Allen can be reached for private charters at www.reelclassfishing.com or (201)248-5281. First mate Brett, aboard Captain Dave of Atlantic Highlands, reported a group of longshoremen, headed by Scott Ryan, come once a year to fish on the Capt. Dave, and with fluke fishing on the slow side, they wanted some action. A return to the bluefish area, which was productive a few days before, rewarded these guys with nonstop fishing. Again, there were so many fish that the crew of the Capt. Dave had a hard time keeping up with these anglers. Most blues were in the 10-pound range. They were able to cut the day a bit short and return to the dock early with a great catch filling the coolers. Moving down south a bit, the Shrewsbury rocks are still producing great fishing. Capt. Sea Robin on the Scotty P, along with Wayne Smith of Middletown, tells me that there are large schools of bunker in shore with big blues, and bass feeding steadily on them. Wayne and Capt. Sea Robin did well with three nice keeper bass up to 36 inches and releasing a 4-foot Brown shark, cutting through the pods of bunker along with a few gator blues. My good friend Capt. Ed from NJSaltwaterfisherman.com had some time and covered some serious ground trolling. Bonito are being reported all along the Barnegat Ridge and plenty of trolling boat traffic to go with it. Capt. Ed trolled up some bonito, and also at the Manasquan Ridge he decided to play around near an area of bunker – tons of bluefish that you could even snag with a weighted treble hook. A small Hopkins lure and he had all the cocktail blues you could ever want to catch. From there Capt. Ed decided to go to Oley’s and troll toward the Barnegat Ridge, where he picked up a nice 30-pound football bluefin tuna to end a perfect day on calm waters. Get ready, the bluefin tunas are coming into our area, according to reports out of NJSaltwaterfisherman.com. Ron Nuzzolo Fish On
By Nemanja BjedovCypriot champions APOEL defeated French side Bordeaux 2-1 in the fourth round of Europa’s Group F on Thursday night at Nicosia’s GSP Stadium, with Nektarios Alexandrou scoring after only 13 minutes to open the proceedings.Alexandrou connected with Mario Sergio’s free kick to send the ball blazing past keeper Cedric Carrasso, setting the tone for what proved to be an eventful encounter, seeing both teams scoring and being reduced to ten men.Ludovic Sane levelled the score two minutes into the first-half injury time, then each side relinquished a player just after the interval, when Croatian forward Mario Budimir and Landry N’Guemo were both sent off.Thereafter, Nuno Morais set up the final score in the 55th minute, helping his team climb to third place in Group F with four points, three points behind Maccabi Tel Aviv who arrive next in the Cypriot capital.Morais made a good run from midfield and exchanged passes with Constantinos Charalambides, to calmly slot the ball home, after a lucky deflection off Sane.APOEL thereafter kept up the pressure, but Carrasso made some brilliant saves to save his team from embarrassment.Elsewhere in Group F, Maccabi beat group leaders Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2 in Israel and they now trail the German side by only two points, while Bordeaux are rock bottom after the APOEL defeat with three points overall.
By Alan BaldwinLewis Hamilton lapped six tenths of a second faster than Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg in a twice halted Belgian Grand Prix practice session on Friday.After championship leader Rosberg had set the pace in the morning with a lap just 0.097 seconds faster than the Briton’s best, Hamilton turned the tables after lunch with a substantially quicker effort.The time of one minute 49.189 was 0.604 better than Rosberg’s on a cloudy but bright day at the longest track on the calendar, where the weather can combine the seasons in the space of an afternoon.Rosberg had topped the first session timesheets in 1:51.577 as the two title rivals – separated by just 11 points after 11 of 19 races – renewed their duel after the August break with their domination intact.The afternoon running was interrupted when Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado crashed his Lotus into the barriers on the way to Pouhon.There was a further stoppage in the first half hour when Mexican Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber spun and was stranded on the track at Blanchimont.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was third fastest in both sessions with McLaren’s Jenson Button fourth in the morning and fifth in the afternoon.The Mercedes-powered teams were predicted to dominate and had seven cars in the top 10 in the opening session.But Ferrari’s showing, with four times Spa winner Kimi Raikkonen fifth fastest in the morning despite a spin at La Source, indicated they would not have it all their own way.Williams had a low-key start, with Finland’s Valtteri Bottas 10th on the timesheets and Brazilian Felipe Massa 15th, but picked up with Massa fourth in the afternoon.Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, winner of the previous race in Hungary, was ninth and eighth in the two sessions while his quadruple world champion team mate Sebastian Vettel sat out the second session due to an electrical problem that forced an engine change.At the bottom end of the field, Germany’s Andre Lotterer limbered up for his F1 debut with Caterham as a replacement for Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi by lapping faster than Swedish rookie team mate Marcus Ericsson in the morning.American Alexander Rossi replaced Max Chilton for the session at Marussia but his hopes of completing the weekend and racing for the first time evaporated when the Briton was reinstated following contractual wrangles.
APOEL were crowned champions for the 24th time in their history after defeating Ermis Aradippou on the last day of the season by four goals to two.The Nicosia team needed just one point to clinch their third consecutive title and got off to a perfect start when the Argenitian de Vincenti opened the score with a low drive in the ninth minute. Captain Charalambides doubled the score soon after.Ermis fought back and Taralides pulled one back but APOEL restored their two goal cushion through their top scorer Djebbour five minutes later. In the thirty ninth minute Djebbour scored his second of the day after good work by Morais to give APOEL an unassailable 4-1 half-time lead.In the second half APOEL were content to sit back on their lead giving space to Ermis to venture forward. They were rewarded with a second goal midway into the second half with their captain Papathanasiou.AEK finished the season in second place after defeating Anortohsis by two goals to nil while Apollon came back from behind to defeat Omonia by two goals to one in Limassol to secure third place.
At 2pm in Mendi is the game between the Mendi Muruks and Waghi Tumbe.This is elimination final with the loser to bow out for the season.The second elimination gets underway at 3pm at the National Sports Institute in Goroka between the home side Lahanis and the Mt Hagen Eagles.The first qualifying final will go down in Lae when the Lae Tigers play host to Agmark Gurias.This game kicks off at 3pm.Also at 3pm is the second qualifying final in Kundiawa.Here, the Hela Wigmen lock horns with the Simbu Lions.
British boxer Anthony Ogogo has said he was racially abused by a fellow Norwich City fan while cheering the team on in Tuesday’s 2-1 League Cup loss at Arsenal.Ogogo, who won a bronze medal in the middleweight category at the London Olympics in 2012, was in the stands when the incident occurred and took to Twitter to express his disgust.“Terrific support tonight by Norwich fans, nine thousand strong,” the 28-year-old tweeted. “Although I did get racially abused for cheering. In this day and age its disgusting.“Worst of all it was by a Norwich fan that thought I was Arsenal. Utterly disgusted by that behaviour. It shows how backwards some people are.”Norwich said they have contacted Ogogo over the incident and will thoroughly investigate the matter.“Norwich City Football Club is very concerned by reports from Anthony Ogogo that he suffered racial abuse from a supporter in the Norwich section during our game against Arsenal at the Emirates (Stadium) last night,” the club said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.“As a club we have a zero tolerance policy on racism and all other forms of discrimination and we have contacted Anthony this morning asking him to supply us with more details so we can thoroughly investigate this matter.“As always, any supporter found to be guilty of discriminatory abuse will be banned indefinitely by Norwich City and face possible criminal investigation.”Anti-discrimination body Kick It Out did not immediately respond to Reuters’ requests for comment.
Brighton and Hove Albion must perform at a very high level and be fearless if they are to end Manchester United’s unbeaten home record with a shock win, the promoted side’s manager Chris Hughton said ahead of Saturday’s Premier League game.United’s last defeat at Old Trafford was a defeat by rivals Manchester City on Sep. 10, 2016 and Jose Mourinho’s side have been unbeaten since but Hughton is hopeful of Brighton extending their five-game unbeaten run in the league.“Of course we can beat them but we know what we’ll have to do to do that. You need to play to a very high level and get a bit of luck as well – you always need that at the big clubs,” Hughton told reporters.“You can’t go there with fear because if you do then it’s inevitable what will happen. You have to go there with a belief and a confidence that you can get something.”Hughton said Brighton, ninth in the league, were clear underdogs to second-placed United, who sit eight points behind leaders City with eight victories in 12 games.“I am being realistic when I say that a large majority of people in football would not expect us to get a result on Saturday,” Hughton added.“In some ways that’s not a bad starting position because it takes the pressure off the team and we know that anything that we can get will be a bonus.“But we are going there in good form and we’ve been a good team so far this season, so what is important is that you stay in the game because these are the types of games that if you don’t, then you can get beat big.” (
Rory McIlroy’s desire to complete his collection of golf‘s four majors with a win at this week’s Masters has led the Northern Irishman to try a fresh approach, one that focuses on meditation and juggling.McIlroy enters the year’s first major as the hottest player on the planet and he credits his solid start to 2019 with a new attitude that is all about perspective, persistence and poise, or what he refers to as the three P’s.The new formula for McIlroy, who will play the opening two rounds this week with American Rickie Fowler and Australia’s Cameron Smith, centres around meditation, juggling and mind training.“Look, I’m not going to go and live with the monks for a couple months in Nepal, but just to be able to get your mind in the right place and be able to focus and to centre yourself,” McIlroy told a news conference at Augusta National on Tuesday.“It’s 10 minutes a day. It’s not as if I’m being consumed by it. But definitely something that has helped from time to time. Especially in situations where you need your mind to be right.”McIlroy has five consecutive top-10 finishes at the Masters yet his defining moment at Augusta National remains his final-round collapse in 2011 when he failed to close out the win despite entering the day with a four-shot lead.But McIlroy, who has since gone on to win four times at golf‘s three other majors, has visions of becoming just the sixth person to complete the career grand slam and hopes his new approach will prove fruitful.The 29-year-old Northern Irishman has a top-six finish in each of the six stroke play events he has played this year, including a triumph at the Players Championship where he meditated for 20 minutes ahead of the final round.Early indications, therefore, are that McIlroy may be on the right path with his meditation and juggling.“They mightn’t be the right things for other people, but I think I’ve found a formula that works for me, and I’m — you know, I’m going to persist with it and I’m going to stick to it,” said McIlroy.“It’s helped me play some of the best golf of my career so far this year, and you know, hopefully that will continue.”When it comes to juggling, McIlroy described himself as a “rookie” who can only handle three balls at once.“You know, maybe what resonates with me is isn’t going to resonate with someone else, but I found what I feel is the best path forward for me and I’ve committed to it,” McIlroy said.McIlroy, who had another close call last year when he began the final round three shots behind eventual winner Patrick Reed, said the pressure he puts on himself at Augusta National compared to his previous appearances has changed.“I would dearly love to win this tournament one day. If it doesn’t happen this week, that’s totally fine, I’ll come back next year and have another crack at it,” said McIlroy.“But I’m happy with where everything is, body, mind, game.”
Liverpool’s 5-0 win at Porto last season must not lull them into a false sense of security when they face the same opponents in their Champions League quarter-final second leg, coach Jurgen Klopp has said.Klopp, whose side will defend a 2-0 lead from last week’s first leg at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday, added that last year’s match was “really strange”.Liverpool met Porto in the round of 16 last season, drawing the return 0-0 at Anfield after their runaway first-leg win.“The first goal was really good play but Sadio (Mane) had harder shots that weren’t in. The second goal was great play and (Mohamed) Salah finished it off from the post. And then three counter-attacking goals that were really good,” he said.“I didn’t like the last game. It was really strange… It was really open until we were 2-0 up but you don’t remember things like that. But my players aren’t silly, they don’t misunderstand this.”“Porto are a really, really good football team. We have to play at our limit 100 percent,” he said, adding that the Portuguese side had won all four Champions League home games this season.Klopp went on to warn his team about the atmosphere they would face.“I was here for a derby years and years ago and…yeah…that was loud,” he said. “They know how to influence a game and an opponent and we have to be ready for this atmosphere.”Centre back Joe Gomez, who has been sidelined since December after having surgery for a leg fracture, could make his return, Klopp added.“Joe is getting better and better and better,” he said. “Can he play 90 minutes in the Champions League? I am not sure, but no need to think about it. Can he come on and do a great job? Yes, no doubt…”