By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Above: St. John Vianney High School’s Gabrielle Caponegro takes it to the basket as she drives past New Providence High School defender Katie Kinum during the NJSIAA Tournament of Championship quarterfinals March 17 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River. The Non-Public A champion Lancers were victorious, 63-39. Below: St. John Vianney’s Zoe Pero looks for an open teammate as New Providence defenders Emily Molstad, back, and Sydney Morgan try to trap her along the baseline. A fearless freshman sank the St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team’s bid to return to the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions (TOC) finals.With the Lancers clinging to a 43-41 lead and less than a minute remaining in the TOC semifinals March 19 at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, St. Rose freshman Mikayla Markham stepped back from behind the 3-point arc and launched the shot that would sink the Lancers. PHOTOS BY STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Markham’s 3-pointer with 45 seconds left lifted the Purple Roses to a 44-43 lead.The Lancers could not respond to the 3- pointer, and the Purple Roses extended the lead from the foul line. Jess Louro made a pair of free throws and Jennifer Louro was one of two to make the final score 47-43 in favor of St. Rose.Until Markham’s 3-point shot, the Lancers had taken control of this back-and-forth game between Shore Conference powers in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Purple Roses, 11-2, in the first four minutes. A 3-point shot by Kellie Crouch gave the Lancers a fivepoint lead, 40-35, with 4:13 left in the game.Less than a minute later, a 3-pointer by Jess Louro pulled the Purple Roses within one, 41-40.Gigi Caponegro and Kelly Campbell each made one free throw to extend the Lancers’ lead to 43-40 with just 1:10 remaining. It would be St. John Vianney’s final point.A Jess Louro free throw pulled the Purple Roses within two, 43-41, setting the stage for Markham to deliver the dagger.The Lancers, looking to win a record seventh TOC title, had to settle for finishing the year with a 26-4 record, while St. Rose (32-1) moved on to its first TOC finals, where the Purple Roses were to face Shore Conference Tournament winner Manasquan (30-2) in the March 23 finals at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton.The loss, no matter how painful, did not dampen a season in which the Lancers were back on top, winning their first state title since 2011.St. John Vianney gained a big measure of revenge in the NJSIAA Non-Public A finals, defeating Immaculate Heart Academy, 50-46. Immaculate Heart had beaten St. John Vianney in last year’s finals.Down by 14 at the half, 33-19, the Lancers’ vaunted defense limited the Blue Eagles to just 13 points in the second half on their way to the state championship and a return to the TOC.St. John Vianney was seeded third for the TOC behind top-seed Manasquan High School and No. 2 St. Rose, as Shore Conference teams dominated this year’s state tournament (a fourth, Middletown High School South, was the Group III state champion and seeded fifth).The Lancers had little trouble with Group I state champion New Providence High School in the TOC quarterfinals on March 17 in Toms River. They had a big advantage over the No. 6 seed in the paint with 6-foot-3 Kimi Evans. They established their 6-foot-3 center early, which forced the Pioneers to double Evans, and that created space for St. John Vianney’s 3-point shooting. Campbell and Crouch each hit three from behind the arc, and Tina Lebron added a pair as St. John Vianney rolled, 63-39.Evans had 15 points and Campbell scored 12 for the Lancers, who had 10 players score.The win set up the semifinals with St. Rose.Once again, the Lancers were sparked by their relentless, full-court defense that simply wears teams down. Sooner or later, the turnovers pile up and St. John Vianney gets on one of those patented runs that break games open.On offense, head coach Dawn Karpell received contributions from a number of different players. Campbell (14.9 points per game) and Evans (11.3) were the only Lancers to average double figures on the season. In all, seven players scored more than 100 points on the season. Crouch, Caponegro, Lebron, Zoe Pero and Vanessa Pinho all averaged more than five points a game.Crouch led the team in 3-point shots with 50. Campbell knocked down 40, Lebron had 34 and Pinho scored 28.A look at the St. John Vianney roster gives every indication that the Lancers could be back in the TOC next year. There are no seniors on the roster.
This was confirmed by PNGRFL Chairman, Sandis Tsaka in a press statement today.Meninga was appointed coach of the Australian Kangaroos succeeding Tim Sheens this month.Tsaka thanked Meninga for his work with the PNGRFL as Kumuls coach since 2014.“Mal is an icon of the sport and the value, profile and integrity he brought to the game in PNG with his involvement with rugby league in PNG has been highly appreciated. “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours,” said Tsaka.He said the PNGRFL is currently working on a comprehensive plan and program to prepare a strong PNG team for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup which will be co-hosted by PNG.“The PNGRFL Board will at its next meeting in January, deliberate on the plan and start the process to recruit the right people to identify, develop and prepare both our national men’s and women’s teams for the 2017 World Cup,” said Tsaka.
James starred in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 126-117 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, amassing 44 points at Staples Center on Wednesday.The Lakers superstar traced his mind back to his roots in Akron, Ohio after bettering Wilt Chamberlain’s tally of 31,419 points.”I don’t know how I feel right now, I’m just happy we were able to get another win,” said James.”But any time my name is mentioned with some of the greats that played this game, I always think back to my hometown, where I’ve come from and how far I’ve come.”@KingJames reflects on his 44-point game, passing Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list, and overcoming a 13-point deficit vs. Portland. pic.twitter.com/ohR3VpmtyE— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 15, 2018James paid tribute to Chamberlain after jumping above the Lakers great.”Wilt is one of the most dominant forces we ever had in our game along with Shaq [Shaquille O’Neal], one of the greatest Lakers to ever play the game,” James added.”[He is a] 100-point scorer. One of the greatest scorers, rebounders to ever play this game. Multi-sport, [multi-]dimensional athlete – people had never seen something like that in that era. Dominant in all walks of life, not just basketball.” Photo Getty Images. Caption: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James
Marcos Baghdatis is through to the second round of the Australian Open, the Cypriot beating qualifier Yuki Bhambri in straight sets at Melbourne Park on Monday.Baghdatis, 32, now ranked 105 in the world, beat his Indian opponent 7-6 6-4 6-3.In the second round, Baghdatis will face Russian 30th seed Andrey Rublev, who beat Spain’s David Ferrer in five sets in his opening match.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche defended Ashley Barnes’ tackle on Nemanja Matic in the Clarets’ 1-1 draw with Chelsea.His challenge provoked a fierce reaction from the Serbia midfielder who shoved Barnes to the ground, leaving referee Martin Atkinson with no option but to send him off, however, the Burnley striker escaped punishment.MATIC TO MISS CAPITAL ONE CUP FINAL: TOTTENHAM FANS RUB IT INDyche, though, believes his player was not lucky to stay on the pitch, claiming the pair simply collided at odd angles.“I had no problem with the incident,” he told talkSPORT following the match.“At the end of the day it’s a challenge that happens every week.“Barnsey gets the ball and I think it’s the momentum of the angles the two players are coming in at [that sees the collision].”
1 Leeds have signed Liam Bridcutt from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.The midfielder, who spent a successful spell on loan at Elland Road last season, has penned a two-year deal with the Whites.“It feels good, it’s been a long time coming, been dragged out but now it’s done and we can concentrate on playing football,” Bridcutt said.“I enjoyed myself here last season, the boys made me feel welcome and it was a club I enjoyed playing for. I was very happy here, now we have new management and the persistence from Leeds was all I wanted.”The 27-year-old was nominated for Leeds’ Player of the Year award last season, despite spending less than half of the campaign at Elland Road.His signing comes too late to make him available for Tuesday night’s clash with Fulham, with his second debut now likely to come at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.Manager Garry Monk added: “I’m very pleased to have Liam on board. When I first came into the club, I analysed all the games from last season and Liam contributed really well.“He has that bit of leadership and personality that will help the group. I’m very pleased to have him through the door – I know what he’s capable of.”Bridcutt made 36 appearances for Sunderland, the first of which came in a 3-0 derby victory over Newcastle.Meanwhile, talk of a takeover of Leeds fronted by Italian Andrea Radrizzani continues, with further reports linking the entrepreneur with a Chinese-backed buyout of current owner Massimo Cellino. United have yet to respond. Liam Bridcutt in action for Leeds United
ROWLAND HEIGHTS – Bill Stone is hoping this is his last winter at the homeless shelter. He says he’s got a few leads that could land him a job. Work can’t come soon enough for Stone, 54. The shelter that has fed him and kept him warm since Dec.15 will close Wednesday, ending its seasonal operation just as temperatures are starting to dip into the 30-degree range at night. “You’ve got to have confidence,” Stone said. “And shelters like this bring out the best in people.” The Winter Shelter, the only one in this area, is run by volunteers from the East San Gabriel Valley Coalition for the Homeless. The shelter spends two weeks at a time in an East Valley church, finishing its run Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Rowland Heights. This year, the shelter has served about 1,000 men and women. Several families with small children also have sought help from the shelter this season, said Bob McKennon, of the coalition. Families with kids are given motel vouchers and a dinner since they cannot legally stay at the shelter, McKennon said. Officials will tally the total number of people served this season later in the week. Organizing the shelter is a full-time job for the volunteers. Coalition member Irene Kubo said she spends about 12hours a day helping the homeless. Kubo made her way up and down the rows of empty cots packed into a hall at St. Elizabeth recently, bombarded left and right by questions from volunteers and others looking to her for directions as they prepared to open the shelter doors. The 2005-06 winter season has gone more smoothly than last, Kubo said. This season, shelter workers said the major problem they faced was sick clients. “It’s usually runny noses and blistered heels,” said Al Matthews, a longtime coalition member. “We’ve had some serious illnesses this year, which we don’t know how to handle.” The shelter faces a new hurdle for next winter, when one of the churches that houses the program will drop out of the rotation to make renovations. The coalition is scrambling to find a replacement for St. Dorothy’s Catholic Church in Glendora, which usually is home to the shelter the last two weeks of January. “It’s all dependent on churches making themselves available to us,” McKennon said. “Otherwise, we can’t do it.” The coalition, under the blanket organization of the East San Gabriel Homeless Consortium, has for years sought a place to set up a year-round homeless shelter. The No. 1 obstacle the group has faced is finding a site. “Where do we put it? Who’s going to let us do it?” McKennon said. “Who’s going to say welcome to our community, what can we do to help?” There are about 2,700 homeless people , including about 600 homeless children, according to a study in 2003. Even the coalition members say the shelter is a Band-Aid on the homeless problem. An ideal scenario, they say, would be a year-round shelter where the homeless get not only a meal and a bed, but counseling, medical attention and job training. Stone has used the shelter for at least the last four winters. Every year he has said he will make progress, but every year finds him back at the churches. But this year Stone’s energy level is high, his smile wide, and he seems to believe this time his days on the streets really are behind him. “I’m not coming back next year,” Stone vowed. “You better not,” Kubo said with a laugh as she passed by. Last year, George Hanson, 50, spent much of his time in the shelter sporting a huge scab down one side of his face. The injury came when he tripped and fell face-first on a La Puente sidewalk. He said God punished him for drinking that day. Now Hanson’s face is clear and freshly washed. He ministers to the other homeless, talking to them about God and Jesus and the Bible, and dreams of opening a church and a shelter for them. Hanson is making progress, shelter workers said. But, when the shelter closes he will be back on the streets. “I remember before the shelter opened it got down into the mid-30s,” Hanson said. He said it was so cold he started praying. He’s not looking forward to another night like that, but it’s just days until the shelter closes its doors. “I’ll let the Lord take care of me,” Hanson said. in the East Valley email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl says ‘there is absolutely no reason’ for the club to sell Arsenal and Tottenham target Jannik Vestergaard.The defender is wanted by both north London clubs this January after a number of impressive performances.The 25-year-old was also on West Ham’s radar a few years back during his time at Werder Bremen, but their focus is now elsewhere.Arsenal and Spurs have both been linked with signing a new centre-back during the current transfer window, but it seemingly won’t be Vestergaard.Gladbach sporting director, Eberl, has poured cold water on the transfer talk surrounding the club’s star defender.“There is absolutely no reason for us to let Jannik go,” Eberl told Bild. Borussia Monchengladbach star Jannik Vestergaard 1
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He scored nine goals in 25 appearances for Hibernian under Alan Stubbs and the new Rotherham boss would be interested in a reunion in Yorkshire.“I wouldn’t rule out an interest in Anthony Stokes. But we wouldn’t be on our own,” he said. “There will be a number of clubs interested him, particularly if it’s a free transfer. “I know him from his time at Hibs and at Celtic. Obviously, it doesn’t hurt that I have a good relationship with him already. Republic of Ireland forward Anthony Stokes has left Celtic after being released by the club.The Scottish champions had the option to extend the forward’s contract for a further season but they have called time on the attacker’s six-year spell at Parkhead.Stokes spent the second half of the season on loan at Hibernian and two goals in the Scottish Cup final helped the capital club lift the trophy for the first time since 1902.The 27-year-old fell out of favour under former Celtic manager Ronny Deila, leading to his six-month spell at Easter Road. “I like to have a good relationship with all my players. I talk to them before and after training. I have had a lot of players from Hibs ring or text me to wish me well since I moved to Rotherham.”Stokes was suspended for two weeks by Celtic last December following posts on Twitter criticising the decision to leave him out of the squad for an away league clash against Inverness CT.