first_img By warren rappleyea Staff Writer Middletown North girls wrap up another successful season Lions have bright future ahead of them FARRAH MAFFAI Middletown North’s Heather Zito completes her balance beam routine at Friday’s state gymnastics meet at Old Bridge High School. It was another successful season for the Middletown High School North field hockey team and, with most of its players returning, even better things may be in store down the road. The Lions finished at 14-6-1 and won the Shore Conference’s Class A North crown for the third successive year. Middletown North also went to the finals of the conference tourney, downing quality teams in Ocean and Wall along the way, and reached the second round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV tournament. “It took us a while to find out which girls fit in which positions, but we had a set lineup for the playoffs, and that helped us quite a bit,” coach Bill Lafalce said. “Last year we had mostly seniors, so we had to move some players around and change a few things this season.” Only two seniors, fullback Elena Marszallwicz and midfielder Jaimee Famando, started regularly, and both were key performers. Marszallwicz led the team with 12 assists and handled a lot of responsibilities, such as penalty corners and free hits, while Famando, in her third varsity campaign, helped control the middle of the field. Forward Mary Hern and midfielder Lauren Benedetti, the Lions’ other two seniors, contributed valuable minutes off the bench. Other key players included Kaitlyn Faalan, a junior forward, who led Middletown North with a team-record 20 goals. Sophomore wingers Annmarie Lopresti and Corrine Monahan added 14 and 12 goals, respectively. Monahan also contributed 11 assists. Sophomores Ashleigh Pecherski and Caitlin Browne were instrumental in the middle, and the Lions’ defense was outstanding throughout the season. Goalie Katie McGowan, a junior, sparkled, posting eight shutouts. The defense included juniors Allison Corvo, Lindsay Harris, Samantha Mazzucola and Jackie Matthew, as well as sophomores Amanda Wichnick and Allyson Dunzello, and reserve goaltender Allison Walker, who did well in limited action, including a 4-3 victory over Manasquan in her first varsity start. “This turned out to be a very balanced team,” Lafalce said. “We had to move a few people around, but once we got to a set lineup, everything fell into place. We were able to beat some very good teams in the playoffs, and that gave the girls a lot of confidence. The best thing is that most of the girls will be back next season.”last_img read more

first_imgThe 26-year-old is not convinced the 6ft9 Briton offers much insight into the type of bout they can expect in Cardiff.Speaking to Andrew Gourdie and Jim Kayes on RadioLIVE, Parker admits he appreciates the support, but is happy with the sparring partners they have assembled.”Tyson Fury’s a great guy, but with all due respect to him, I don’t think it’s the right person to spar because he moves around well for a big guy and he doesn’t come forward, and he’s a lot taller.”So I think Kev [Kevin Barry] and our team have done some research and we found guys that we think that doesn’t have everything Joshua has, but each of them have bits that we can see or help us prepare for what he brings.”We want guys to come forward and we can just smash them, and for them to throw everything at us – the kitchen sink – and just try and knock us out. But with Fury, as the fighter he is, he’s a smart fighter who doesn’t stand there, who doesn’t absorb a lot of punches and likes to move.”Parker instead wants boxers who will bring a certain level intensity during sparring, and take punishment as good as they give it. He believes that will be key to beating Joshua and becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”He’s dominated fighters that stand in front of him, that don’t move – all they do is protect themselves and I think a lot of fighters already go into the ring scared because of the power he possesses,” Parker says.”I want to fight a fight that’s going to be a fast-paced fight.”I think movement, speed and just different angles – I think that’s how we are going to attack Joshua.”In what would be the biggest fight of his career by some distance, Parker won’t completely rule out bringing in Fury, but he is doing it for experience rather than frame.”I think a person that has already been there, done that, to have him around so he can say some encouraging things, he knows how the opposition, a lot of them, how they roll and what they do.”last_img read more

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member He used a total of five words to respond to his first question about the opportunity to play with Westbrook again:“I’m excited to be here.”Later, Durant said more directly, “I don’t want to talk about it.”At other times, he became philosophical, minimizing the significance of contract talks, trades or when stars change teams.“It’s not real-life problems,” Durant said, so he prefers to “just block it out.”He added: “Stuff you guys may think is important, I don’t really think is important at all, so when I look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to me.”Ultimately, which five players are on the court at any given time will be up to West coach Steve Kerr.So far, Kerr has been coy about how he’ll handle his rotations. Of course, the Golden State coach used to work in TV, so he knows as well as anyone how to maintain intrigue. LATEST STORIES Tenorio: We were not there mentally View comments Reunited on the Western Conference All-Star team for this weekend’s event, Westbrook and Durant will have to practice together on Saturday and play together on Sunday.If either of them expects it to be awkward — particularly after the way they barked at one another in a recent regular season game — they weren’t discussing it on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnREAD: Durant leads Warriors over Thunder in return to OKCWestbrook smirked and responded to questions about any potential awkward interaction with Durant, who left the Thunder over the summer to join the Golden State Warriors, with thoughts on New York City’s Fashion Week. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Nov. 3, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, right, celebrates in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Oakland, Calif. The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room for a game, Kevin Durant will be there. Get ready for the perhaps the best subplot of All-Star Weekend. The former Oklahoma City teammates and now rivals play as Western Conference teammates Sunday night, Feb. 19, 2017. AP FILE PHOTONEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had plenty to say at their first NBA All-Star appearance since splitting up as teammates in Oklahoma City.Just not about one another.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG MOST READ 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely “Man, you know what? Fashion week has been great. You seen fashion week? You been paying attention to fashion week?” Westbrook responded to a question about Durant. “There’s a lot of great-looking things at fashion week, man. I’m looking forward to new collections.”Later came another, more general question about playing with four members of Golden State on the West team — Durant, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green — and Westbrook shot back:“What’s your favorite fashion brand? What you like?”READ: NBA: Westbrook unimpressed with ex-teammate DurantFor his part, Durant was curt, or vague or sometimes critical of the media for obsessing over things that aren’t important. Not to him anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board memberlast_img read more

first_img‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties NBA: Westbrook’s 35th triple double powers Thunder win MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) lands a strike on Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (8) during a scuffle during second half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka were each suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Wednesday for exchanging punches during an altercation.Ibaka, who was born in the Republic of the Congo but plays internationally for Spain, and US 7-footer Lopez were given technical fouls and ejected from the game after swinging blows with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of Toronto’s 122-120 overtime victory over visiting Chicago on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ibaka will miss the Raptors’ game Thursday at Miami while Lopez will serve his ban Wednesday night when the Bulls play host to Detroit.Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire was fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro but also plays globally for Spain, and acting as other than a peacemaker during the same altercation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAt 42-29, the Raptors are on a three-game win streak and one-half game behind Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference.The Bulls, 33-38, are two games behind Miami for the eighth and final East playoff berth. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Doctors are beginning to offer a new alternative to hip replacement – one aimed at younger, athletic baby boomers who’ve worn out their joints too soon. Now they no longer have to wait until they hit their 60s for a fix. It’s called hip resurfacing: covering a damaged hip’s ball and socket with smooth metal rather than cutting away worn bone and replacing it. The operation hit the U.S. market last spring with Food and Drug Administration approval of the British-designed Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System. U.S. competitors are in clinical trials that are expected to clear the FDA later this year. It’s not the first time orthopedic surgeons have tried resurfacing worn-out hips. But while earlier attempts failed, data from Europe suggest this latest approach uses longer-lasting materials, with the additional promise of a joint that might hold up – better than traditional hip implants – to the heavy recreation popular today among those in their 40s and 50s. “I do have people that call me and say, `My father had hip resurfacing in 1970 and it didn’t work; why are we doing that now?”‘ said Dr. Michael J. Anderson, an orthopedic surgeon in Milwaukee who estimates that about 15 percent of his hip implants now are resurfacings. His response: Comparing today’s resurfacing with yesteryear’s is like comparing a modern car with a Model T. Not everyone is a good candidate, specialists caution. Resurfacing isn’t for patients with thinning bones – part of the joint could break – or those who have poorly functioning kidneys that can’t eliminate microscopic metal particles produced when the joint’s reinforced pieces rub together. Moreover, while patients typically recover quickly, resurfacing is harder to perform than a hip replacement, and only a small fraction of the nation’s orthopedic surgeons so far are trained to do it. But interest is growing, as evidenced by a focus on hip resurfacing at next month’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, to deal with a growing demand for hip repair from ever-younger patients. Until now, because a standard hip replacement before age 60 is itself likely to wear out, “you might have told someone to soldier on for as long as you possibly can,” explained academy spokesman Dr. Scott Rubinstein of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. With the new resurfacing option, “people may be a little more aggressive” in treating younger creaky joints, he added. More than 400,000 total or partial hip replacements are performed each year, a number growing as the population ages. Typically, surgeons replace a hip by cutting off the femoral head, the joint’s ball, and replacing it with a metal ball mounted on a rod implanted deep in the thigh bone. A plastic socket replaces the original. Those artificial hips can bring tremendous relief to people crippled by hip pain. But the metal-on-plastic friction means the implants can begin wearing out in about 15 years, sooner if sports or other activities increase pressure on the joint. For the average 65-year-old, that’s no problem. A 50-year-old, in contrast, could very well wear out an initial replacement and have little thigh bone left to fit another. “You’re dealing with Swiss cheese,” is how hip replacement pioneer Dr. Mitchell Sheinkop describes the remaining bone. Enter resurfacing. Surgeons lightly shave the damaged femoral ball and fit a metal ball snugly over it. That ball rolls in a metal cup reinforcing the socket. The idea: Metal-on-metal shouldn’t wear out as fast, and if patients do need another replacement in 15 or 20 years, the thigh bone is largely intact. Doctors differ on what age is the cutoff for resurfacing, somewhere between 60 and 65, largely dependent on the patient’s bone strength. Nor do all insurers cover it. The implant costs about 20 percent more than a standard artificial hip, adding to the $35,000 tab. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_img Winston Reid in action for West Ham 1 Winston Reid is ‘highly unlikely’ to sign a new deal with West Ham.The defender has just six months to run on his current contract and is reportedly drawing interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.Manager Sam Allardyce has previously stated that he would be reluctant to see Reid leave, especially with the Hammers flying high in the Premier League.However, Allardyce has now confessed that Reid’s future hangs in the balance as the New Zealand international refuses to extend his contract at Upton Park.“There is no future for Winston Reid at West Ham at the moment because his contract ends on June 30,” said Allardyce.“I would say it’s highly unlikely that Winston is going to sign for us based on what people have said to me.”last_img read more

first_imgLA MIRADA – Entries are being accepted for the city’s summer 2007 photo contest. Entry forms are available online at, or at City Hall, 13700 La Mirada Blvd. Professional and amateur photographers of all ages can submit up to three photos of people, places or nature, but all photos must be taken within La Mirada, must be no smaller than 4 inches by 6 inches and no larger than 8 inches by 10 inches. Winners receive prizes. For more information, call (562) 943-0131. Barbershop chorus slated to perform WHITTIER – The Choralaires Barbershop Chorus will perform its 57th annual spring show at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 23 at the Whittier Center Theatre, 7630 S. Washington Blvd. This year’s production, “Summertime Harmony,” will feature American music performed by the chorus and quartets in four-part “barbershop style” harmony. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $13 for seniors 60 and older and groups of 12 or more; and $6 for student). For tickets, or more information, call (562) 923-5951. Cell phone dropoff to benefit seniors NORWALK – Local residents can donate old cell phones from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the Norwalk Senior Center, 14040 San Antonio Drive. Materials in cell phones are valuable for recycling, officials say, and cell phones that end up in landfills leak dangerous chemicals. So far, the Phone Recycling Enhancement Program has raised more than $300 to enhance programming at the senior center. For more information, call (562) 929-5580. Renowned artist to hold reception WHITTIER – The Bluebird Art House, 6747 Bright Ave., will hold a reception for artist Pola Lopez from 6 p.m to 10 p.m. Saturday. The reception will introduce Lopez’s exhibit, “Crossing the Line: Echoes at the Threshold of Abstraction,” which will run from Saturday through July 7. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Los Angeles, Lopez emphasizes a Mestizo/Latino and indigenous tradition in her artwork, using the bright colors typical of the Southwest United States. For more information, call (562) 696-9493. Adoption/foster care orientation set NORWALK – The Children’s Bureau will hold an orientation for potential foster and adoptive parents from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at the Norwalk Regional Public Library, 12350 Imperial Highway. The bureau, a licensed private foster and adoption agency, provides training, intensive services, support groups and resources for foster and adoptive parents. Adults, single or married, are encouraged to consider fostering or adopting a child in need. For more information, call (800) 730-3933. Lend a paw to homeless animals DOWNEY – Homeless pets least likely to be adopted are getting a helping hand at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority shelter in Downey, 9777 Seacca St. The “True Blue Friend” campaign will highlight good-natured dogs and cats that normally would be ignored by potential pet owners. Adopted “True Blue” pets come with receive free spay or neutering vaccinations, a health check, a permanent microchip ID, and a “True Blue Friend” T-shirt. For more information, call (562) 803-3301. – From staff reports 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

first_img 17. Alexis Sanchez (forward) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) 45. Alex Iwobi (midfield) 11 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left-back) Arsenal and West Ham meet on Saturday in a huge Premier League clash at Upton Park.Victory for the Gunners will keep their faint title hopes alive, while three points for the Hammers will keep them in the hunt for a top-four finish.Arsenal are looking to put another run together as they are currently unbeaten in their last three, whereas their east London rivals are unbeaten in their last six.The north Londoners will be full of confidence after sweeping aside Watford at the Emirates last week – will Arsene Wenger name an unchanged team?The French boss will have some decisions to make, as midfielders Aaron Ramsey (thigh) and Mathieu Flamini (hamstring) could come into contention after recovering from injuries.Goalkeeper Petr Cech (calf) is expected to start after returning to the substitutes’ bench last week, with David Ospina making way.Jack Wilshere (leg) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) will not be involved, but they are expected to feature for the Under-21s on Friday. Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) are definite absences as they continue their rehabilitation.Meanwhile the Hammers have been boosted by a successful red card appeal following Cheikhou Kouyate’s dismissal last week. With Dimitri Payet in form, the Claret and Blue will need all luck on their side, having failed to beat Arsenal at home in ten years. But with victory in the reverse fixture, Slaven Bilic’s men will be quietly confident.Who will start for the visitors? Click the arrow, above right, to see our predicted XI in squad number order. 11 11 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (midfield) 23. Danny Welbeck (forward) 11 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) 34. Francis Coquelin (midfield) 11 5. Gabriel (centre-back) – see the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 11last_img read more

first_img Getty targets 1 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to be putting his trust in youth this season Mejbri’s father, Lofti, cited a breakdown in trust with Monaco led to his son’s departure.“Something bad happened,” he told Le Parisien. “For our family, it was very hard to live. It’s a real shock, a trauma. Mistakes were made.“From there, I consider that the relationship of trust between the club and our family is destroyed. Something broke. It’s hard to keep working with people when there’s such a lack of trust.” Manchester United have sealed the £9.3million transfer of highly-rated Monaco teenager Hannibal Mejbri, subject to FIFA clearance.The 16-year-old’s future has been subject to widespread speculation this summer, with Leicester and Tottenham among those understood to be after the midfielder. OFF FAREWELL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January New job Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers stalemate latest PA Media claim Monaco will receive half of the fee up front and the rest in potential add-ons.Bjorn Hardley, previously with NAC Breda, is another player awaiting international clearance, but United have confirmed three other Under-18 players have received the required clearances.Dillon Hoogewerf has arrived from Ajax and Mateo Mejia from Real Zaragoza, while goalkeeper Johan Guadagno has joined from IF Brommapojkarna. on target BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman deals Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January LATEST Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas last_img read more

first_imgThe increasing usage of BitTorrent services has been a living nightmare for big industry publishers. The RIAA is one of the most notable opponents of BitTorrent sites due to most users using the service to pirate music among other things. Some of these opponents fail to see the upside to using BitTorrent technology as a great marketing tool. However, a Program Director at the University of Seattle has chosen to use BitTorrent to generate buzz and spread his latest eBook to the masses.Pirate My Book PleaseIn an extensive guest post on TorrentFreak, a well known BitTorrent blog, Dan Morrill told his experience with offering his latest eBook, ‘Selling Books On Amazon, Tips and Secrets‘ on popular BitTorrent tracker Mininova. Dan explains that his initial reason for releasing his eBook using BitTorrent was not for marketing purposes, but “to control the release and gather good stats on the process.” We don’t think he could’ve picked a better service. Within the first 24 hours, Morrill’s eBook had been downloaded close to 700 times. Based on the stats he received from Mininova, Morrill was also able to pinpoint the countries in which the eBook was being downloaded the most. Africa ranked high on the list, which is understandable because of the relatively large amount of e-commerce businesses that are set-up in Africa. Morrill was surprised to see India contributing to 5.2% of the overall downloads.Operation BitTorrent a SuccessMorrill rated his overall experience as highly satisfying and recommends using BitTorrent as a great content distribution channel for those that don’t mind. The expansion of the BitTorrent network will only increase in the next few years. In doing so, we think this may be a tool that publishers will eventually start taking a lot more seriously than they do now. It’s undeniable that BitTorrent can prove to be an effective marketing tool for a cheap price when used correctly. Nine Inch Nails concluded the same in March of this year when they uploaded part 1 of their 4 part album Ghosts I-IV to numerous BitTorrent sites. It became the #1 most downloaded album on The Pirate Bay, which helped to increase their sales tremendously for the rest of the album. We can only wonder when others will catch on to the effectiveness of using BitTorrent sites to market and distribute content. You can download Dan Morrill’s eBook ‘Selling Books On Amazon, Tips and Secrets‘ here. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… corvida 1center_img Tags:#p2p#web Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more