Molnar unhappy about first professional defeat

first_img Molnar unhappy about first professional defeat By the ninth round of his nationally televised fight against undefeated Nick Acevedo on Friday night, Middletown’s Johnny Molnar could hardly see out of his right eye. However, Molnar does not think that should have played into referee Lindsey Paige’s decision to stop the fight since the injury did not come as the result of a punch. “He gave me a first-round head butt, and that’s what initially hurt my eye,” Molnar said. “From that point on, he pin-pointed it and I lost my concentration.” Although Molnar still feels the fight was stopped prematurely, he admits that his loss of concentration cost him the fight. “It was my fault,” he said. “I should have beaten him. But after the head butt, I forgot about the game plan and went straight at him. He just sat back and waited for me.” Molnar (16-1-1, 9 KOs), a former Golden Gloves champion, suffered the first defeat of his nearly 3-year-old career after Paige stopped the scheduled 10-round bout at 2:17 of the ninth round. Molnar immediately protested the stoppage, pleading with Paige to let the fight continue. “I wasn’t hurt,” he said. “My eye was pretty bad, but I felt good enough to continue.” Acevedo (11-0, 8 KOs), a former New York City Golden Gloves and national amateur champion, was in control for most of the fight, knocking Molnar down in the second round and leading on all three judges’ scorecards (97-92) at the start of the ninth round. However, Molnar felt he still had a chance to win the fight. “I was trying to get closer to him because he didn’t have a lot of lateral movement, but he kept backing up,” he said. “I played into his hands, but I had to go after him.” Throughout the fight, the two boxers stood toe to toe, with Acevedo landing a number of counter-punches while consistently sticking a left jab in Molnar’s eye. Paige stopped the bout after Acevedo landed a three-punch combination in the center of the ring. Molnar’s contingent of fans, who made the trip to the Tropicana in Atlantic City to watch him fight in the co-feature of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights,” immediately booed the decision to end the bout. However, Molnar’s manager, Peter Finn, who has managed him since he launched his amateur career at the Middletown Police Athletic League gym, said later that he felt it was a good stoppage, mainly because it eliminated the possibility of Molnar suffering any permanent damage to his eye. Molnar is on his way to Florida for a two-week vacation but is already mulling over his next fight. “The sooner the better,” he said. “I’d love to fight (Acevedo) again, but I’ll take on whomever they send at me. I shouldn’t have lost this fight, but I’ll learn from it.” Fight fans had to love the resilience that Molnar displayed throughout Friday night’s fight, which is sure to help him land fights on future cards. By Doug mckenzie Staff Writer last_img read more

Strathmore swim team ends season on high note Aberdeen team gets first win in six years, then adds two more

first_img Strathmore swim team ends season on high note Aberdeen team gets first win in six years, then adds two more By Warren Rappleyea Staff Writer After going winless for the past six summers, the Strathmore Swim & Tennis Club’s swim team finally got back in the victory column this year. First-year coach Jennamarie DeVito’s team earned that big win against Candlewood, and then closed out the season by winning against Hazlet and Brookside to finish with a 3-4 record. With the three wins on the year, the Strathmore team has shown tremendous improvement, and has reason to be optimistic about the future. “We have a good group of athletes, but it was difficult not having won in so long,” DeVito, a college sophomore who swims competitively at Lehigh, said. “One of our goals was just to get a win and to foster team unity and support for the program. This turned out to be an excellent season for us.” Despite the years without winning, more than 100 swimmers turned out for the team this season, signifying that interest in the team remained high. “Our swimmers are very dedicated,” DeVito said. “We have two practices a day and they’re required to come to one of them. Many of our swimmers come both times. They’ve learned quite a bit and they’ve accomplished a lot this season. They should be proud of themselves.” DeVito is hoping that the team’s attitude carries over into the next few seasons, when the team will look to become more and more competitive. And with a solid core of swimmers in place, the Aberdeen team should continue to improve. Strathmore’s top swimmers on the girls side include: in the 8 and under category, Shannon Cogland, Megan Foley, Jamielynn Little and Paige Pentland; ages 9-10, Amelia Buckley, Kathleen Cogland, Lauren Cohen and Kelly Markwell; 11-12, Kimberly Cogland, Amanda Neubart and Rachel Williams; 13-14, Caroline Faughnan, Heather Olsen and Jamie Marcus; and 15-18, Cherylann DeVito and Lauren Sohn. Top boys include: 8 and under, Matthew Cohen, Michael Hrzatim, Philip Strobel and Eric Williams; 9-10, Frank DeVito, Grant and Harris Eberbach, Sean Gleason and Charles Wu; 11-12, David Bechtold, David Cherofsky, Nick Demertrios, Jeremy Maurer and Nick Williams; 13-14, Matthew Koch, Greg Reardon and Nick Tupper; and 15-18, Nolan Doyle, Chris Reardon, Caleb Rutan and Vincent Tupper. Coach DeVito is assisted by Karen Little and Steve Smith, and Cherylann DeVito and Lauren Sohn are junior assistants. By Warren RappleyeaStaff Writer last_img read more

Colts chase history, shot at national championship

first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Tom Heath can’t hide his enthusiasm for the 2004 cross-country season.“It’s going to be one of the most exciting years ever at CBA and that is saying a lot,” he pointed out. When you consider that CBA is the most successful cross-country program in the state’s history, it is saying a lot. There are two reasons that the 2004 Colts can outshine all previous editions of CBA cross country. The first is the streak. If all goes according to plan, tomorrow, in a Shore Conference A North Division dual meet in Lincroft, the CBA harriers will hold the national record for most consecutive dual meet wins with 266. The Colts started the week with 264 straight wins and hosted Marlboro yesterday and will host Middletown North tomorrow afternoon. The current record of 265 is held by Blackstone-Millville, Massachusetts. The winning streak began in 1974. The streak has outlasted presidents, premiers and nations. Only the Rolling Stones have out-lasted the Colt harriers. “The streak is a testament to all of the thousands of miles that the kids have put in since 1974,” said Heath. “They’re very proud of it. It’s been the willingness of the kids to work hard and achieve.” The second reason for the excitement surrounding the program is the possibility of competing for a national championship. The Colts have had nationally ranked teams before (currently they are ranked No. 16), but there has never been a high school team national championship race before. That has changed in 2004 with the introduction of the Nike Team Nationals Dec. 4 in Portland, Ore. For purposes of the national meet, the country is divided into eight Regions (CBA is in the Northeast Region). The top two ranked teams from each region will be invited to the meet with four other schools getting wild card entries to bring the field to 20 teams. The Colts are currently ranked No. 3 in the Northeast. Two races will most likely determine CBA’s future ranking — the Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park, the Bronx, New York City (Oct. 9), where the Colts have always run well and where they will run against top teams from the region and, the Nov. 20 Meet of Champions at Holmdel Park. Because of the strength of New Jersey cross country, the winner of this meet will all but be assured of an invite to the national championships. The Shore area’s other power, Toms River North, is ranked fourth in the Region. With a possible trip to the national championship on the schedule this year, Heath noted that the one change in CBA’s routine will be that Heath will “race a little bit less.” CBA got its season off impressively enough in California Sept. 18, winning the De LaSalle Invitational in Concord, Calif., against some of the top runners and schools from California. The Colts’ five-runner average of 15:57 was a new meet record and they bested De LaSalle, which was ranked 13th in the country. Chris Horel, a junior, who has emerged as the Colts top runner, finished third overall in 15:20. Greg Leach threw down a 15:49 in sixth and Kevin Rogers was ninth in 16:02. Justin Wheat (16:16) and Brian Keating (16:21) were 13th and 15th. Of the five scorers, only Keating is a senior. Anthony Pellegrino, a sophomore, seniors Derek Jensen and Nick DiChiara (the fourth DiChiara brother to run for Heath and the Colts) are CBA’s top eight. Heath said that it is the free spirit Leach who is CBA’s team leader. There isn’t any sign that CBA dominance will come to an end any time soon. Keating, Jensen and DiChiara are the only seniors on this team, and to show just how loaded this team is, Keating is the only member of the Colt freshman team that set the school freshman team record that has been able to crack this year’s lineup. Prior to the Manhattan Invitational, the Colts will be participating in Saturday’s Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park. CBA named state’s top Parochial athletic program Officials from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and ShopRite presented the state’s first award for best high school sports program to Christian Brothers Academy yesterday at a school assembly. Established this year by the NJSIAA to recognize the best athletic programs in each of the six group classifications in which sports competition is currently held, the ShopRite Cup honors Christian Brothers Academy as the top Parochial A Group school for exceptional performance in fall, winter and spring sports. High schools have been acknowledged by the NJSIAA for championship performance in individual sports, but this is the first time in the state’s history that the entire sports programs of schools are being rated and honored using performance-based criteria. The association has been tracking the athletic programs of all New Jersey high school sports programs since September 2003, using a point system based on performance in state championship events. Points are also awarded for sportsmanship. The award is based on a system of points that schools can accumulate based on their performance in championship play in 33 individual sports sanctioned by the NJSIAA. Schools received points for finishing first, second, third and fourth in group state championships. “Because of ShopRite’s support for high school athletics, we were able to fulfill a longtime dream of honoring school sports programs like CBA’s for overall excellence,” stated Boyd Sands, executive director of the NJSIAA. Thirty-three high school sports were rated overall, including girls and boys basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, swimming, soccer, tennis, winter track individual, winter track relays, spring track and volleyball. Other sports include baseball, football, field hockey, ice hockey, gymnastics, softball and wrestling. State championships by the Christian Brothers Academy cross country and outdoor track teams, and second-place finishes by the tennis and swimming teams, played a major role in winning the ShopRite Cup for the high school. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer CBA running for national record tomorrow last_img read more

Eagles on the bubble as playoff deadline looms

first_imgTrio of locals teams among Shore BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer After graduating seven starters, the Middletown South field hockey team had been hovering around the .500 mark until two straight losses made it a long shot for the Eagles to qualify for the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV tourney. Coach Sarah Boyce’s team is 3-6-1 overall, with four of the losses coming by one goal. With three games remaining before the state cutoff: yesterday at home against Ocean, tomorrow at Toms River North and Monday when Manasquan comes to visit — the Eagles need to win them all to get in. “We’re in a tough position,” Boyce acknowledged. “The team really hasn’t played that badly. We could use more goals, so we need to finish a little better, but every game has been close.” Forward Lisa Bennett and promising sophomore midfielder Chelsea Keelen lead the team with four goals apiece. Brianna Marzigliano has three goals to her credit and sweeper Beth McLaughlin has scored twice. Defense has been a strong point with junior Michelle Salvati emerging as the No. 1 goaltender. Rachel Clabby, Melanie Miller and sophomore Michelle Irwin are the mainstays at fullback. Laura Boudreau and Renee D’Amore do a good job in the middle, the coach said. “Most of our seniors have been together for three years and they’ve provided us with good leadership,” Boyce said. “It’s disappointing to have so many one-goal losses because you come away feeling you could have won or tied. The girls are hanging in there though; they’re not about to give up.” Notes … With the state playoff deadline rapidly approaching, there aren’t many bubble teams among the local squads. Along with the Eagles, the Holmdel Hornets entered the week in need of some clutch wins to secure berth in the upcoming North II, Group III tournament. Holmdel entered the week at 4-6, with games scheduled for Tuesday against Raritan (1-10), and a home-and-home series with Freehold Borough (10-0-1) yesterday and today. The two games with the Colonials is a tough break for a team in desperate need of some wins, but sometimes desperation can spur success, even in the most extreme circumstances. Meanwhile, the Middletown North Lions and St. John Vianney Lancers, though assured of state playoff berths, also find themselves in the midst of some tight division races. The Lions entered the week at 8-1-1, but are 7-1 in the A North standings, just one game behind 7-0-3 Ocean Township. They were scheduled to take on Freehold Township (9-2-1, 6-2) yesterday in their final divisional game of the season. With a win, and a loss by Ocean either yesterday against Middletown South or Friday against Manalapan (1-9), the Lions could earn a share of the title. As for Vianney, the Lancers are putting together a very solid season under first-year coach Kara Kopach. They entered the week at 8-3-1, with a 7-1-1 mark in the A Central division, one game back of undefeated Red Bank Catholic (9-0, 8-0). They were scheduled to take on RBC yesterday with the division title on the line. With a win, the Lancers could put themselves in position to gain a share of the title. Vianney’s three losses have come to three of the top teams in the Shore — RBC, Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North — and they were all close games. This is a team that will certainly benefit from playing a tough schedule once the postseason rolls around. The only other local team that is definitely heading to the state tournament is the Keyport Red Raiders. Keyport entered the week at 8-4, an excellent mark when you consider the type of schedule the Raiders have played this fall. Playing in the B Central Division, the Red Raiders have faced the likes RFH (10-1-1), Shore Regional (8-1) and Henry Hudson (6-5) all playoff teams as well, while also playing a challenging out-of-conference schedule. Keyport is another team that bears watching one the state playoffs get under way. The same local teams will also be anxious to see the results of the Shore Conference Tournament seeding meeting, which will be held tomorrow night. Teams must have a .500 record by the end of play tomorrow to qualify. First-round games will be held Monday, with second-round games split between Wednesday and Thursday. The quarterfinals are set for Oct. 24, with the semifinals on Oct. 26, and the finals on Oct. 28 at Raritan High School. Ocean Township is expected to be the top seed, followed by RBC, Freehold Borough, Toms River North and Shore. Middletown North is the likely sixth seed. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

Hornets’ harriers ready for divisional cross-country meet

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Holmdel I n one race, the Shore Conference A Central Division cross-country championships will be decided.This year, in lieu of dual meets, there will be a divisional championship meet on Oct. 2 at Holmdel Park involving all of the teams in the division.“It’s definitely a change, but I really do like it,” said Holmdel High School girls’ cross-country head coach Kaci Redding. “We’re looking forward to it.”The A Central Division just happens to have three of the best teams in the state, including defending NJSIAA Meet of Champion winner Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, perennial power Red Bank Catholic High School and Redding’s own Holmdel Hornets.The girls’ race on Oct. 2 will have a real championship feel, as the trio of powers tests each other for the first, but not last, time.“It’s a preview of what’s to come,” Redding said. “It’s going to be exciting.”The teams will race later for county and conference titles. Rumson-Fair Haven and Holmdel will also vie for a state sectional crown.The field is loaded with some of the finest individual talent, with Holmdel’s Marin Warner and Lennon Cooper among the best.Warner won the Sophomore Girls race at the Battle of Ocean class meet held at Lakewood’s Ocean County Park, while Cooper finished second in Senior Girls race.“They have both stepped up,” said Redding of her top two harriers.Holmdel’s biggest asset is the depth behind Cooper and Warner. Juniors Gina Delio and Irene Garidas lead the pack behind them. Lindsay Conlan and Zuzu Cooper, who are both juniors, senior Jin Yang and sophomore Gypsy Blue Cooper have been running as a group.The Hornets will be up against very deep teams in Rumson-Fair Haven and Red Bank Catholic, as well. Rumson-Fair Haven is led by Rachel Christ, last year’s Shore Conference champion and ninth place finisher ninth at the Meet Of Champions. Jackie Gottuso and Isabella Maita are among the Bulldogs’ other standouts.Red Bank Catholic has a very strong pack led by sophomores like Eryn Mills and MaryKate Mc-Namara.St. John Vianney High School has a solid tandem in Tara Connelly and Courtney Thompson, while Raritan High School’s Stephanie Sparacino bears watching.Things are little different with the boys. Red Bank Catholic’s Rob Napolitano is the individual favorite. The senior ran the fastest time at Warninanco Park in Elizabeth at the Bernie Magee Class Meet on Sept. 22.Holmdel is the clear favorite for the team title. Jack Baisley, who won the Senior Boys race at the Battle of Ocean and finished 10th at the Bowdoin XC Classic in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., could press Napolitano for top honors.The Hornets won the Senior Boys title at Ocean County Park with strong runs from Eric Williams and Andrew Tsai.Juniors Dan Barlev and Anton Luz, sophomores Aaron Barlev and Nick De- Maio and senior James Marzano provide the Hornets with the depth that makes them one of the state’s best teams. They took fifth at the Bowdoin Classic. CBA makes a statementSpeaking of the best, Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) dispelled any notion that they might not be the team to beat for the Nike Cross Nationals again this year. If anything, the Colts are even better than last year’s squad.The defending national champions pitched a shutout on the Wappingers Falls course, which will host the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional on Nov. 24, at the Bowdoin XC Classic.Junior Billy Bragg led the impressive sweep, winning the race in 16:04. He was followed across the line by teammates Jack Boyle (16:14), Mike McClemens (16:16), Tom Rooney (16:20) and Fran Bogan (16:22).The Colts’ 16:14.7 team average broke the course record set by New York’s Fayetteville Manlius, a perennial national power, by half a second.CBA has been ranked No. 1 in the nation all year.This year’s Nike Cross Nationals are on Dec. 1 in Portland, Ore. No team has won back-to-back Nike Cross titles and CBA’s goal for the season is to become the first to repeat.last_img read more

Lancers rely on depth in place of injured girls basketball players

first_imgBY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent The St. John Vianney High School girls basketball team needed to regroup after losing standout guard Kat Egan to a season ending injury early this month, as the team fights to stay in the hunt for a division title.In a game on Jan. 3 against Manasquan High School, Egan suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and partially torn meniscus in her right knee. Emily Uribe, a talented freshman who had been the Lancers’ best player off the bench, sprained her ankle the same night.The team certainly needed to make some adjustments after losing Egan and Uribe, who could be back on the court by the end of this week. Veteran leadership was more valuable than ever in the wake of those injuries, as head coach Dawn Karpell saw the upperclassmen “elevate their play.”“We had to focus on competing each night since we lost Kat, and we were finally able to see it through against Point [Pleasant] Borough,” Karpell said.Senior Lyndsay Rowe, who Karpell said “picked it up” in recent weeks, scored 18 points in a 51-42 win on Jan. 19 over Point Pleasant Borough High School, a game played at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School as part of the Boardwalk Hoop Group Showcase. Juniors Katie Beriont and Jackie Gallagher have also been key to St. John Vianney’s continued success, according to the coach.It took some time for St. John Vianney to get back on its feet. Two games against Christ the King Regional High School (Middle Village, N.Y.) and Red Bank Catholic High School were both lost in the final minute. And, soon after learning that Egan would miss the remainder of her senior season, the Lancers ended their 66-game winning streak against Shore Conference A Central Division rivals with a 46-30 loss to Holmdel High School. A victory against Monmouth Regional High School, 81-35, and the win against Point Pleasant Borough two days later helped the Lancers regain some momentum halfway through the regular season. “We get better each time we go out,” Karpell said, adding that some players needed to step up in the depth chart and are becoming more experienced as a result. Meanwhile, the team’s difficult schedule will prove to be beneficial, as St. John Vianney (9-5) enters the postseason chase, she noted.“Our schedule is preparing us and helping us get better,” the coach said.The Lancers sit two games back of the A Central lead. A division title remains their first goal, Karpell added, and St. John Vianney will be playing its best basketball by the playoffs.After a road game against Rumson-Fair Haven that was scheduled for Jan. 22, St. John Vianney is set to host Shore Regional High School on Jan. 25 at 6:30 p.m. The Lancers will then play Ossining High School in a tournament on Jan. 26 at Holmdel and then travel to Manasquan on Jan. 28.last_img read more

Shore Conference champions

first_imgSTAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR St. John Vianney High School’s players celebrate after defeating Barnegat High School in the Shore Conference Tournament (SCT) semifinals on Oct. 28 at Georgian Court University in Lakewood. The Lancers had more to celebrate later that night, defeating Marlboro High School, 2-1, in the finals to capture their first SCT crown.last_img

Pirlo dilemma for Juve coach Allegri

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodJuventus coach Massimiliano Allegri faces a tricky dilemma for their Champions League clash against AS Monaco as he tries to decide whether to field Andrea Pirlo after the playmaker’s recovery from injury.Pirlo has not played since he suffered a calf strain against Borussia Dortmund seven weeks ago and, at 35, it could be a risky move to throw him straight into Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg in Turin.Although he retains the ability to change a game with a single slide-rule pass or majestic free kick, the odd sign of vulnerability has crept into his game especially when trying to play his way out of a tight spot near his own penalty area.On the other hand, Saturday’s shock Serie A defeat against bottom-of-the-table Parma, when Juventus rested a number of regular players, has suggested their strength in depth may not be quite as impressive as pundits previously thought.Juventus are also missing their other key midfielder Paul Pogba and, facing Monaco’s miserly defence, Allegri is likely to need all the creativity he can muster to supply attacking duo Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata.Juventus, Italy’s most successful team domestically, are attempting to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since 2002/03.In the meantime, they have spent one season in Serie B after being demoted in the wake of the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal and then several seasons struggling to re-establish themselves among the Serie A elite.Now, they are once more the dominant force in Italian football and are well on course for a fourth successive Serie A title with a 12-point lead at the top despite Saturday’s setback.The form book points to a win for Juventus, who have not lost any of their last 11 European games at home and have only been beaten once in 16 European matches since the new Juventus Stadium was opened in 2011.However, it is likely to be a cagey affair. Monaco, runners-up in 2004, have scored only seven goals in eight games in reaching the quarter-finals, three of them in a single match away to Arsenal, and have conceded a mere four.Juventus are equally stingy at the back, having conceded only five goals in the Champions League and 15 goals in 30 Serie A outings.Monaco, still in the running for the French title, got off to a stuttering start this season after key players James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao departed to Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively.But, under Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim, they have surpassed expectations, qualifying from the group stage at the expense of Benfica, and have been more than happy to accept the role as underdogs.“Clearly, Juventus are the favourites,” Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho told the club’s official website (“But after we knocked out Arsenal, the clubs look at us differently.“When James and Falcao left and the club did not sign players with international experience, everyone thought that we would just finish in the top 10 in Ligue 1 and we would not pass the group stage in the Champions League, but we proved them opposite.”last_img read more

Uruguay lead 2018 race, Argentina struggle

first_imgArgentina remain winless and goalless after their first two 2018 World Cup qualifiers following a 0-0 draw in Paraguay on Tuesday, while Brazil got off the mark in the South American group with a 3-1 home win over Venezuela.Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador made it two wins from two games, with the Uruguayans shrugging off the absence of suspended strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to top the group on goal difference after beating Colombia 3-0.Ecuador, who stunned Argentina in Buenos Aires five days ago, scored another 2-0 win, this time at home over Bolivia and sit second in the 10-team group.Chile followed up last week’s win over Brazil with a 4-3 victory in Peru to sit third, ahead of Paraguay on four points, Brazil and Colombia on three, and 2014 World Cup finalists Argentina on one.Without the injured Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez was tasked with leading the Argentina attack in Asuncion and headed a good Angel Di Maria cross just over the bar.Tevez then suffered a broken nose early in the second half when he was hit by defender Victor Caceres’s elbow going for a high ball and spent four minutes being bandaged up before returning the fray.He was eventually substituted in the 75th minute and is still looking for his first Argentina goal in four years.“We’re sorry not to have got the three points which we had come for. I’m not happy with one point because we needed to win the match,” Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said.Brazil, without the suspended Neymar, raced into the lead after 40 seconds with the first of two first-half goals from Willian at the Castelao in Fortaleza.Three minutes before halftime the midfielder doubled Brazil’s lead. Defender Filipe Luis crossed the ball, Oscar let it run and Willian tucked it away.Venezuela pulled one back in the 64th minute through Christian Santos at a corner but striker Ricardo Oliveira restored Brazil’s two-goal cushion nine minutes later.URUGUAY TOPUruguay took the lead after 33 minutes when centre back Diego Godin rose to bullet home a header from a Carlos Sanchez corner kick.Striker Diego Rolan added a second six minutes into the second half with a chip over goalkeeper David Ospina and substitute Abel Hernandez got a third after 87 minutes.“We don’t know if we’ll get to Russia, for that we must work a lot in all these matches,” said Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez. “We can’t hope to win matches just with defensive tactics.”Juan Cuadrado was sent off in the dying moments at the Centenario to cap a miserable night for Colombia, who were without the injured James Rodriguez.Copa America champions Chile beat 10-man Peru in Lima with two goals each from strikers Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas.Sanchez put Chile in front but Peru equalised in the 10th minute through Jefferson Farfan.Peru were reduced to 10 men in the 23rd minute after Christian Cueva was sent off for kicking out at Jorge Valdivia but still managed to grab the lead when Farfan converted a 36th-minute penalty.Vargas pulled Chile level four minutes before halftime, Sanchez restored their lead in the 44th and Vargas scored his second four minutes into the second half.Paolo Guerrero struck Peru’s third in added time.Ecuador, still on a high after their win in Buenos Aires, overcame the elements and a stuffy Bolivia side to win in Quito.Miller Bolanos got the first goal in the 81st minute and Felipe Caicedo added a second from the penalty spot in injury time after he was felled in the box.last_img read more

Underdogs Turkey out to rekindle Euro 2008 glory

first_imgTURKISH fans worried that their side have been drawn in one of Euro 2016’s toughest groups can take comfort from the events of 2008 when Turkey reached the semi-finals of the tournament.Two of their Group D opponents this time, Czech Republic and Croatia, lost to Turkey in dramatic fashion eight years ago.First Turkey rallied from 2-0 down to beat the Czechs 3-2 and reach the quarter-finals, then they produced an even more stunning fightback against Croatia.Having fallen behind in the penultimate minute of extra time, Turkey levelled with the final kick of the game and went on to win a penalty shootout in Vienna.If they are to reach the knockout stages this time – Spain are also in their group – they will need all that famed resilience, which they also showed in qualifying.After taking only one point from their opening three games, the Turks got their campaign on track with a 3-1 home win over Kazakhstan and a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands, the team at whose expense they eventually progressed.Turkey’s revival culminated with a 3-0 home rout of the Dutch followed by a 2-0 win in the Czech Republic and a 1-0 home defeat of Iceland.Turkey qualified as the best third-placed team from the nine qualifying groups, albeit with a slice of luck as results went their way in the other groups in the final round.Captain Arda Turan, talented 22-year playmaker Hakan Calhanoglu and striker Burak Yilmaz, who joined Chinese top division side Beijing Guoan after four years at Galatasaray, are the team’s backbone.Most of Turkey’s squad play in the country’s 18-team first division, with Istanbul rivals Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Galatasaray providing the core.That makes for a compact and well-drilled unit whose midfield, also boasting Borussia Dortmund’s Nuri Sahin and Galatasaray’s Selcuk Inan, is their strongest suit.Turkey will bank on the vast experience of their talismanic 62-year-old coach Fatih Terim, who was also at the helm in 2008 when their adventurous football won the hearts of many neutral fans at the tournament. Turkey’s ambitions of reaching the knockout stages will largely depend on the form of their inspirational captain Turan, who has had a patchy season with his new club Barcelona.The 29-year-old midfielder joined Barca from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 but was sidelined for six months by the club’s transfer ban which meant he made his debut only in January.He has, though, failed to establish himself as a regular starter in the wake of stiff competition and been used mainly as a substitute.For Turkey he remains the main man and his array of skills, which made him one of Atletico’s key players during his four-year spell with the club, will be their best hope of avoiding an early exit in France.Pace and dazzling footwork combined with an eye for goal ensure he is a driving force, bossing the midfield.last_img read more

More records fall as Phelps collects 19th gold (Day 2 medals table)

first_imgMichael Phelps picked up his 19th gold medal on a second night of world records in the Olympic pool, with Katie Ledecky cruising to women’s 400 metres freestyle victory and Britain’s Adam Peaty running away with the men’s 100 breaststrokes.Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom extended Saturday’s record spree in winning the 100 metres butterfly, and Peaty and Ledecky followed suit in the next two finals before the U.S. men’s team, with Phelps swimming second, took the 4×100 freestyle relay.Six swimming world records have now fallen in two days of competition, and the United States moved level with Australia on two gold medals each.Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, now has 19 golds, two silvers and two bronzes. For his relay teammates Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held, it was their first Olympic medal.London Olympics 100 freestyle champion Nathan Adrian swam the final leg for the Americans, touching first ahead of France and Australia.“On the block I thought my heart was going to explode, I was so hyped, so excited,” said Phelps, competing in his fifth Olympics.Ledecky, the rising U.S. swimming sensation, shaved 1.91 seconds off her own world record on the way to the 400m gold, the first stage of a rare treble she hopes to complete along with the 200m and 800m.“It’s pure happiness,” the 19-year-old told reporters.“I wanted the first 200 to hurt as little as possible and I really felt like I could build into it and really explode that last 50,” she added after leading the race from start to finish.“WHERE IS EVERYBODY?”Britain’s Peaty set his second world record in consecutive days and seemed surprised by the margin of his victory – 1.56 seconds – over defending champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa.“I touched the wall and looked around and thought ‘where is everybody?’ Peaty told reporters.The last British man to win an Olympic swimming gold was Adrian Moorhouse in the same event in 1988, six years before Peaty was born. On a big night for the British team, Jazz Carlin won a silver medal behind Ledecky.In the butterfly, Sjostrom became the first Swedish woman to win an Olympic gold medal, with Canada’s 16-year-old Penny Oleksiak taking silver. American Dana Vollmer, the 2012 champion, clinched bronze.“The feeling is totally crazy. I didn’t realise it was a world record,” Sjostrom said.“I knew I was the big favourite. I was under pressure, so I tried to focus on no disasters. Before the start, I said to myself: ‘It’s just a pool. It’s nothing. I know what to do.’”In a reminder of the doping controversies that dogged the build-up to the Olympics, there were loud boos for Russian breaststroker Yulia Efimova and the men’s relay team.Efimova, who has served two doping suspensions, succeeded in an appeal last week against being banned from Rio.She was one of a number of Russians who argued successfully that excluding them from the Olympics would be punishing them again for the same offence.She qualified second for Monday’s 100 breaststroke final, 0.02 seconds behind Lilly King of the United States. Medals table after Day Two of competitionOlympic Games complete medals table at the end of day two in Rio de Janeiro. Rank Country G S B Total 1. U.S. 3 5 4 12 2. China 3 2 3 8 3. Australia 3 0 3 6 4. Italy 2 3 2 7 5. South Korea 2 2 1 5 6. Hungary 2 0 0 2 7. Russia 1 2 2 5 8. Sweden 1 1 0 2 . Britain 1 1 0 2 10. Japan 1 0 6 7 11. Taiwan 1 0 1 2 =. Thailand 1 0 1 2 13. Netherlands 1 0 0 1 =. Kosovo 1 0 0 1 =. Argentina 1 0 0 1 =. Belgium 1 0 0 1 =. Vietnam 1 0 0 1 18. Kazakhstan 0 1 1 2 =. Canada 0 1 1 2 20. New Zealand 0 1 0 1 =. Philippines 0 1 0 1 =. North Korea 0 1 0 1 =. South Africa 0 1 0 1 =. France 0 1 0 1 =. Indonesia 0 1 0 1 =. Denmark 0 1 0 1 =. Brazil 0 1 0 1 28. Uzbekistan 0 0 2 2 29. Poland 0 0 1 1 =. Greece 0 0 1 1 =. Spain 0 0 1 1 Total 26 26 30 82G = GoldS = SilverB = Bronzelast_img read more

Coe apologies after Iaaf says it has suffered cyber attack

first_imgThe governing body of global athletics (IAAF) said on Monday it had suffered a suspected Russian cyber attack which it believes has compromised information about athletes’ medical records.An IAAF statement said a Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bears was believed to be behind the attack in February and that it targeted information concerning applications by athletics for Therapeutic Use Exemptions.The IAAF said it had contacted athletes who had applied for TUEs since 2012 and its president, Sebastian Coe, apologised.“Our first priority is to the athletes who have provided the IAAF with information that they believed would be secure and confidential,” he said in the statement. “They have our sincerest apologies and our total commitment to continue to do everything in our power to remedy the situation.”TUEs are issued by sports federations and national anti-doping organizations to allow athletes to take certain banned substances for verified medical needs.The IAAF said that data on athlete TUEs was “collected from a file server and stored on a newly created file”.“The attack by FANCY BEAR, also known as APT28, was detected during a proactive investigation carried out by cyber incident response (CIR) firm Context Information Security.”It was not known if the information was stolen from the network, the IAAF said, but the incident was “a strong indication of the attackers’ interest and intent, and shows they had access and means to obtain content from this file at will”.Fancy Bear could not immediately be reached for comment.Last year, the same group hacked into the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) database and published the confidential medical records of several dozen athletes.Those included cyclist Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner and Britain’s most decorated Olympian with eight medals, who was revealed to have used TUEs.Wiggins retired last year under something of a cloud after it was revealed he took corticosteroid triamcinolone for asthma, although he broke no anti-doping rules.The IAAF banned Russia after a Wada commission report found evidence of state-sponsored doping. Russia missed the track and field events at the Rio Olympics last year and is likely to also miss the world athletics championships in London in August.last_img read more