first_img BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer The names on the stadium fence – Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, Barry Bonds – let Brad Brach and the Monmouth University baseball team know that they had graduated to the big time. After capturing the Northeast Conference Tournament championship, and with it, the automatic berth to the NCAA Regionals, the Hawks waited to see where they would be assigned. They drew the Tempe Arizona Regional, where their first-round opponent was the host, Arizona State University (ASU), the program that had won multiple NCAA titles and produced the likes of Jackson, Bando and Bonds. “To play a storied program was just amazing,” said Brach, the ace of the Hawks’ pitching staff. “At practice the day before the game, I saw the names of Jackson and Bonds on the fence; it reminded me that we were playing on the same field that they did.” Besides the name ASU and its talent, the Hawks had to deal with Packard Stadium, which seats 6,000 people. “We’re used to seeing 250 at a game,” said Brach. “It was exciting.” Brach and the Hawks, though, were not intimidated by the surroundings. They would give the nation’s No. 5-ranked team all they wanted in a first-round, 5-3 loss. After scoring two runs in the top of the ninth, they had the tying runs on second and third when the game ended. Although Brach would lose just his third decision of the season against a team-record nine wins, he offered the Sun Devils no quarter. “Everyone counted us out of the game,” he said. “Before the game, we talked about them just like any other opponent.” Brach, who was named the NEC Pitcher of the Year, did his job keeping his team in the game, surrendering four runs in 7.1 innings. During the season, the Sun Devils had averaged 10 runs a game. “I only had my fastball that day,” noted the former Freehold Township High School star. “I wish I had more than one pitch working.” Hawk manager Dean Ehehalt said that his junior right-hander did everything he wanted him to do. “Brad was outstanding,” he said. “He pitched his heart out. There were a couple of pitches that got up. You have to tip your hat to their hitters. “Every pitch, you are sitting on eggshells,” he added. “Brad pitched one heck of a game. What more could you ask?” Brach earned the respect of the ASU hitters. “I tip my hat to him, he did a great job,” said Sun Devil outfielder Ike Davis. Monmouth was making its third NCAA appearance under Ehehalt. Following the loss to ASU, the Hawks needed to beat Nebraska to stay alive. They again had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, but fell short, 6-5. Ehehalt was pleased by the way his team went toe to toe with two of the country’s best programs. “Our team went to Tempe really ready to compete and just played extremely hard,” he said. “Our goal was to win a game, and although that did not happen, we certainly played two storied programs pitch for pitch. “The environment was electric, and our players played up to the challenge and fell a few runs short,” he added. “If you are a player, these are the games you dream of playing.” Brach agreed with his coach about the significance of participating in the NCAA and that it will be the team’s motivation for 2008. “I’ve never experienced anything like it,” he said of the tournament. “It was awesome. We’re a young team with most of us coming back next year. We started to talk about coming back next year. We will be really driven to win the NEC and get back here.” Monmouth closed the season at 36-24-1, establishing a new single-season record for wins. There would have been no NCAA experience without the Hawks’ win in the NEC Tournament, held in New Britain, Conn. Brach played a key role there, pitching a complete-game seven-hit shutout in the Hawks’ 9-0 win over Mount St. Mary’s. That was his ninth win of the season and 21st of his career, making him the winningest pitcher in school history. Even with Brach’s shutout, the tournament still came down to a winner-take-all game with Central Connecticut State, and it was senior lefty Matt Coulson who got the starting assignment. The Freehold Borough graduate, pitching in what could have been the final start and game of his Monmouth career, made it a memorable one. He allowed just one run in 7.2 innings of work, leading the Hawks to a 7-1 win and the championship. Justin Esposito (Middletown North) picked up his team-high 10th save of the season in relief. “I roomed with Matt all season,” said Brach. “He pitched the game of his life.” Coulson was named the tourney MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Brach. The NCAA was a fitting way to conclude Brach’s finest season. Already a two-time All-NEC pitcher, Brach was more dominant than ever. Overall, he was 9-3 with a 2.89 earned-run average. He worked 99.2 innings with 84 strikeouts (a new single-season record). He tossed six complete games and four shutouts, including a no-hitter. In NEC games, he was 6-1 with a 2.50 ERA He was named the Pitcher of the Week twice. Along with being the NEC Pitcher of the Year, the ex-Patriot star was cited by the New Jersey Collegiate Baseball Association as its Pitcher of the Year. He was named to the NJCBA First Team. Coulson went 4-3 for the Hawks with a 5.52 ERA. Another highlight of the season for Brach was sharing it with his younger brother, freshman Brett Brach. “We’ve had fun the whole season,” he pointed out. Brett Brach saw action as a starter, reliever and closer. He won three games and recorded two saves in his rookie campaign. He was named to the NJCBA All-Rookie Second Team. One advantage of having such an outstanding season for Brad Brach is that it opened the door to playing in the Cape Cod League this summer. It is the biggest college summer league in the country. The list of Cade Cod graduates who have gone on to the major leagues is as big as a telephone directory. “It’s a great opportunity,” he said. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

first_imgPNG took a 1-0 lead after the 8th minute of play when Patrick Aisa powered a kick into the nets.PNG held on to the lead going into half time.Fiji came out stronger in the second half and dominated possession early on in the game.This resulted in the equalizer in the 53rd minute through Tony Tuivuna.The game looked to be going towards a draw with three minutes extra time given.A header from Captain Alwin Komolong off a PNG corner kick in the dying minutes of extra time sealed the game before an estimated crowd of about four thousand.In the gold medal play off later tonight at 7pm, New Caledonia takes on Tahiti.last_img read more

first_img…under the carpetOne of the reasons why folks have to step warily when they’re around the PNC is: the PNC have swept so many scandals under their carpet that you just can’t walk straight!! Who knows what you may stumble over? President Granger seems to believe in the “out of sight, out of mind” school of disaster management; rather incredible for an old soldier, don’t you think?When we were little kids, we believed that when we closed our eyes, the vase we’d just crashed disappeared; but our mothers’ ministrations with the whip taught us otherwise!But not Granger, when it comes to the misdeeds of his administration. Take corruption, which he vowed to eliminate. The whale looming under that section of the PNC’s carpet of course is the “negotiation” of the oil contract by Trotman with the consortium headed by ExxonMobil. And it’s not just the insulting, paltry US$18 million bonus when it should’ve been ten times that amount; there’s the insult of boasting that he’d DOUBLED the royalty from one per cent to two per cent!! So, rather than one crumb, we should be thankful for getting two crumbs. The Ghanaian President must be snickering at Granger every time he sees him, since he can’t avoid THAT blue whale under the carpet!!Just look at the bonus, royalty, share of profits, taxes on the oil companies’ profits HIS government was able to extract! And yet Trotman hasn’t been subjected to any investigation…unlike in the case of the Ghanaian first oil contract.While other corrupt actions: such as the Jubilee Stadium; the sole-sourced, non-tendered DHB design contract; the giveaway of seized vehicles; the sale of the sugar assets as scrap metal; monies deposited into private accounts etc, might pale into insignificance compared with the billions of US dollars lost in oil, they’re important because they have a “demonstrator effect” at every level of government, including out in the regions.“If the big ones can dip their hands into the till, why not us?”Another bump under the PNC carpet is Granger’s refusal to discipline any member of the administration for conceded transgressions. Take the serial sorties on the wild side by Simona “I is” Broomes, who might’ve left the bush, but clearly the bush hasn’t left her! There was her hauling those working girls from Bartica to Georgetown just because she had a beef with the hotel owners. Wasn’t that the job of the Police? Then came the “boom out” from the hallowed chambers of Parliament, and the infamous “fried rice” fracas at New Thriving that put one poor guard in jail. The country still awaits the promised inquiry.The problem is that bumpy carpets have now become the norm with the PNC.…the NAM bustsYou could’ve knocked your Eyewitness over with a feather after he saw the pic of the Ghanaian President laying a wreath at the Non-Aligned Monument (NAM) at Company Path. Your Eyewitness passes that spot practically every day, and he’s hard pressed to believe his eyes! Such a transformation in a matter of days? Jeez! Maybe if the M&CC had some ‘big name’ guests over the years, who knows, City Hall wouldn’t be falling down today?But back to the Non-Aligned Monument. Of course the Ghanaian connection is that the then President of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah, was one of the five leaders of that seminal movement in the sixties, when the Less Developed World had tried to chart a path between the two superpowers – the US and USSR – who were competing for world dominance. Ghana, Guyana and Indonesia have since had their governments removed; Yugoslavia broke into pieces; and India plodded along.Finally, the USSR collapsed, leaving one superpower standing — the mighty US of A!…prices upwardsThe Bank of Guyana has just released some info that caps the depressing news on the economy for ordinary folks who’ve been hard hit by massive rising unemployment: prices of basic foodstuffs have headed upwards.Granger’s PNC continues to map Burnham’s disastrous trajectory; this time, with inflation.last_img read more

first_imgCst. Graham MCELGUNN Fort St John Municipal Detachment – General Duty Cst. Matt ANDERSON       Dawson Creek Traffic Services – IRSUCst. Paul PETROCZI          Dawson Creek Traffic Services – IRSUCst. Darrin SANDERSON   Dawson Creek Traffic Services – ProvincialCst. James MALONE         Dawson Creek Traffic Services – ProvincialAdvertisement Cst. Serge BRUNEAU       Northern Rockies Traffic Services – Fort NelsonCst. Allan ERICKSON        Northern Rockies Traffic Services – Fort NelsonCst. Mark BEZZINA           Northern Rockies Traffic Services – Fort Nelson Cst. Greg JODOIN            Peace Region Traffic Services – Provincial Traffic – Fort St John * All-StarAdvertisement Cst. Tim PAULMERT        Peace Region Traffic Services – IRSU – Fort St John * All-StarCst. Travis REED              Peace Region Traffic Services – IRSU – Fort St JohnCst. Jason SPIELMAN      Peace Region Traffic Services – IRSU – Fort St JohnCst. Carlee LUSSIER        Peace Region Traffic Services – IRSU – Fort St JohnAdvertisement Alexa Middelaer was only four and a half years old when an impaired driver killed her in 2008 while she stood with her aunt on the side of the road feeding a horse. Alexa’s Team was formed in 2008, and has grown from 26 to 355 RCMP and Municipal police officers across the province. Between them, the newly named members have removed 562 impaired drivers from the road. As a whole, Alexa’s Team removed 12,923 impaired drivers from B.C.’s roads in 2011.In order to be nominated for Alexa’s Team, police officers must have removed at least 12 impaired drivers from the road in the previous calendar year through a Criminal Charge investigation or the new Immediate Roadside Prohibition administrative process, in addition to issuing Administrative Driving Prohibitions, IRP Fails, and IRP Refusals.“In the North District over the past several years we have seen a dramatic decrease in the incidents of Impaired Driving involved fatal crashes,” says Inspector Eric Brewer, Officer in Charge North District Traffic Services. “That decrease is a direct result of the implementation of the IRP process which has provided our Police officers with the ability to deal more effectively and immediately with those who choose to put the public at risk by driving under the influence.”- Advertisement -New local members of Alexa’s Team are listed below: Cpl. Ed REININK               Dawson Creek Detachment – General DutyCst. Peter CROCKFORD    Dawson Creek Detachment – General DutyCst. William GALE             Dawson Creek Detachment – General DutyCst. Colin ZWICKER          Dawson Creek Detachment – General DutyCst. Randy STENGER       Dawson Creek Detachment – General DutyAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_img1 New Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri He may boast an impressive CV, but some Leicester fans were left fearing the worst after Claudio Ranieri was confirmed as the Foxes’ new boss.The 63-year-old boss was named successor to axed boss Nigel Pearson – who left at the end of last season – on Monday, with the Italian handed the title of ‘First Team Manager’.It’s Ranieri’s first return to the Premier League since leaving Chelsea ten years ago, and while the list of clubs he’s managed since – Juventus, Inter Milan, Roma and Monaco to name a few – are undoubtedly impressive, the fact he was sacked from his last job, head coach of the Greece national team, after losing to the Faroe islands meant for a mixed reaction from unenthusiastic Foxes fans.Check out the Twitter highlights below…last_img read more

first_imgThere has been widespread sadness at the death of well-known Letterkenny woman Annette Gallagher (nee Larkin).Annette, who was in her mid 70s, was well-known to customers at The Drum Bar which she helped to run with her husband Cormac.Annette and Cormac took over at the Drum Bar in 1968 but Annette was well-known as an astute businesswoman well before that. She left school at 15 to take over the running of the Larkin family bakery which was also located at Lower main Street.A gentle and kind-hearted woman, Annette however, was never afraid to stand up for what she believed in.One of 13 children to the late Frank and Cis Larkin, Annette was a founding member of the Lower Main Street Traders Association.She was also a found member of the MS Society of Donegal, a condition of which her late sister Yvonne suffered. Her smiling face and friendly manner will be missed behind the counter of the Drum Bar and at Lower Main Street.She is survived by her husband Cormac, son Cormac and daughters Ann-Marie and Mary, son-in-law and two grandchildren.She will be buried following funeral mass tomorrow (THURS) at 10am at St Eunan’s Cathedral.Donegal Daily would like to express its sympathies with the Gallagher and Larkin families.  WIDESPREAD SADNESS AT PASSING OF WELL-KNOWN LETTERKENNY BUSINESSWOMAN was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Annette GallagherDrum BarLarkinletterkennylast_img read more

first_img The 37-year-old has not played since the start of November Aston Villa defender John Terry is old school when it comes to taking care of himself.The 37-year-old has not played since the start of November when he broke his metatarsal early in Villa’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.But rather than taking advantage of any high-tech equipment, Terry chose to run up and down the gangways of the famous Holte End at Villa Park to build up his fitness.Terry shared the video with his followers on Instagram as the Chelsea legend ramped up his efforts to get back on the pitch and out of the stands. 1last_img read more

first_imgPALMDALE – Thousands of rubber ducks will hit the water at Palmdale’s Dry Town Water Park this fall in a race to benefit the region’s youth – and perhaps give one lucky quacker-backer $1 million. The Kiwanis Clubs of the Antelope Valley will host a rubber-duck race Sept. 23 with a goal of raising funds for youth-oriented organizations. The ducks, perhaps as many as 10,000, will race along the lazy river of the Dry Town Water Park, at Avenue S and 40th Street East. The clubs will raise funds for the Palmdale Public Library Foundation and the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club and for other organizations that want to partner in the event. The Kiwanis are inviting youth-oriented nonprofit groups to partner in the event, with each group keeping 40 percent of the net profits from the ducks they “adopt out” and for the race sponsorships they sell. “All four Kiwanis groups got together to bring this event to the community,” said Gary Rardon of Kiwanis West. “The community is the winner in this.” Ducks will be “adopted” for $5 each. Two packages will also be available – a $20 “Quack Pack,” which will include four racing ducks and one souvenir duck, and a “flock” of 20 ducks for $100, which will include a glow-in-the-dark souvenir duck. Race organizers are also selling race sponsorships ranging from $250 to $10,000, Rardon said. Among the race highlights will be a chance to win $1 million. If the first-place duck has numbers matching a lucky number combination drawn on race day, the quacker’s backer will receive $1 million, to be paid out over 20 years. Race organizers are also working on a set of other prizes to be awarded on race day. Duck “adoption agencies” will be set up at the Palmdale Library and the Palmdale Youth Library. There will also be a booth for adoptions at the city’s weekly Thursday Night at the Square events at Poncitlan Square, 38315 Ninth Street East. Event organizers hope other adoption agencies will sprout up as sponsors and organizations sign on. “We’re hoping to be all over the Antelope Valley with adoption agencies,” said Jay Duke of the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club. Event organizers are also planning a pancake breakfast to start the day’s festivities and a three-mile “walk and waddle” for human racers. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743160Want 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_imgThe last of those came by the same scoreline in the final of the China Open in Beijing in October but this time it was the crunching groundstrokes of Konta that prevailed over the wily skills of Radwanska.The 25-year-old, who was born in Sydney, broke the Radwanska serve in the third game and deservedly took the first set.She increased her dominance in the second set, racing into a 4-0 lead and serving out the victory with an ace.The title comes in just her second tournament with new coach Wim Fissette and follows on from her maiden tournament win in Stanford last summer. British number one Johanna Konta has won her second WTA Tour title of her career after defeating Agnieszka Radwanska in the Apia International final.Konta did not drop a set throughout the tournament in Sydney, seeing her head into the Australian Open in fine form.The victory in New South Wales has made her a dark horse for the first Grand Slam of the year, as Konta goes in search of her first major title.Konta is in fine form. PAShe hit 32 winners as she overpowered world number three Radwanska to win 6-4 6-2, avenging two previous losses to the Pole. Speaking at the trophy presentation on BT Sport, Radwanska praised Konta’s “unbelievable tennis”.Konta, who was watched by her sister, nieces and nephews, said: “I was born here so this is a very special moment for me.”last_img read more

first_imgAndy Murray was beaten by brother Jamie in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters, spelling the end of the two-time Wimbledon champion’s dabble with doubles.The siblings were facing each other for only the second time in their professional careers, and Andy and Feliciano Lopez went down 6-7 (5) 7-5 10-4 to Jamie and fellow Briton Neal Skupski.“It was tough, not the most enjoyable match. The atmosphere kind of felt a bit flat on the court which I think is in some ways normal in those sorts of matches,” Andy Murray told reporters.“But it was fine, and I’m happy Jamie got through. You want to go out there and compete and play as well as you can, but you’re not getting the same enjoyment out of serving an ace or hitting a great return as you might be in other matches. “Obviously we tried to do our best but it wasn’t enough today.”The defeat all but spells the end of Andy Murray’s sojourn into doubles on the day he announced he would not play the men’s or mixed events at the US Open later this month.Having taken up doubles to feel his way back into top-level tennis following career-saving hip surgery, the 32-year-old Scot won the Queen’s Club title with Lopez and enjoyed a run to the last 16 at Wimbledon in the mixed doubles with Serena Williams.The former world number one will now concentrate on resuming his singles career at next week’s ATP event in Winston-Salem, after losing on his return to singles 6-4 6-4 to Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati on Monday. Just a couple of weeks after playing together in the doubles at the Citi Open, the Murray brothers faced off for the first time since their only previous meeting in Montreal in 2015, where Jamie and John Peers beat Andy and Leander Paes.Skupski, possibly feeling some pressure playing in such vaunted company, dropped his opening service game with a double fault to give Andy Murray and Lopez an early advantage.But then Andy Murray’s serve was broken for 4-4, with Lopez enduring a horror show as he dumped two simple volleys into the net and sent an overhead long.Lopez got his act together in the tie-break and a Skupski volley floated wide to hand the Queen’s champions the first set.Some scintillating rallies enthralled an increasingly full Grandstand Court as the second set went with serve until, at 5-5, Lopez double-faulted on deciding point and Skupski served out to level the match.In the match tie-break Lopez, who appeared to have tweaked a muscle in his serving arm, double-faulted twice to gift Jamie Murray and Skupski five match points.Defeat was confirmed when Andy Murray netted a forehand as his brief dalliance with doubles came to an end.last_img read more