Dunne’s angled pass out of defence was chested down by skipper Zamora perfectly into the path of Austin, whose drive flashed past the despairing hand of Guzan to give the Rs a valuable lead. Benteke had a chance to level matters with a header shortly afterwards but could only flick Westwood’s cross wide of Green’s post as Villa searched for an immediate riposte. Republic of Ireland defender Dunne, who spent four years at Villa Park, was again the man to put his body on the line as he blocked Benteke’s next effort as Agbonlahor and Weimann combined on the break to open up the Rangers defence. Sandro came closest to extending the QPR lead before the interval but his cute chip was too high to catch Guzan off his line and drifted behind for a goal kick as Rangers reached half-time in front. The second half started in much the same vein but Villa should have equalised on 55 minutes when Clark could only poke wide from close range after being picked out by Benteke’s downward header from Westwood’s deep free-kick. Zamora, who had spent the night hassling and harrying the Villa defence and proved he could still be a thorn in the side of an opposing team, was withdrawn just after the hour as Redknapp introduced Junior Hoilett from the bench. The Canadian winger almost made an immediate impact but saw a clever shot hit the far post, but it was not long until Austin’s second goal killed off the game as the former Burnley frontman did well to beat Ron Vlaar to Eduardo Vargas’ low cross to steer the ball past Guzan with just over 20 minutes remaining. Lambert responded by bringing on Darren Bent and Joe Cole but it was Vargas who should have made it three for QPR as he broke the offside trap before his tame effort was kept out by Guzan. Villa’s luck in front of goal continued to desert them as Tom Cleverley’s strike was palmed back into the middle of the box by Green, who then recovered well to prevent Clark from tapping home. That proved to be the last meaningful chance at a consolation for Villa, who will be hoping to halt their slide when they welcome similarly out-of-form Tottenham to Villa Park on Sunday. Having proved the architects of their own downfall with two own goals in the recent defeat to Liverpool, Rangers came out on top at Loftus Road in a game against an Aston Villa outfit bereft of confidence. When Austin struck a sweet half-volley in the first half the writing was already on the wall for Paul Lambert’s visitors, who have now gone over eight hours since scoring a goal, and another predatory finish the other side of the interval secured what could be a vital 2-0 win. They may have faced Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Everton in recent weeks – with an 11-0 aggregate reverse scoreline – but these sorts of evenings need to produce results if Villa are to stay clear of the pack squabbling at the foot of the table. But, for Redknapp and QPR, this was a much-needed second win of the campaign which lifts them above fellow newly-promoted side Burnley and to within two points of 17th-placed Leicester as the 67-year-old continues to face questions about his future. As well as Austin’s two efforts, Redknapp would have been pleased with the developing link-up play his goalscorer is enjoying with the industrious Bobby Zamora – whilst the league’s worst defence kept just their second clean sheet of the campaign with Rio Ferdinand again an unused substitute. Ciaran Clark was brought back into the Villans’ defence but he wasted their best chance to grab just their fifth league goal of the season, with five defeats in succession leaving Villa only three points clear of their Monday night hosts. The recalled Villa duo of Carlos Sanchez and Andreas Weimann combined well in the early stages, with the latter’s cross headed to Ashley Westwood who could only arrow his shot into the chest of fit-again Rob Green. Gabriel Agbonlahor, who scored Villa’s last league goal back in mid-September, saw a low effort bravely blocked by former team-mate Richard Dunne as Lambert’s side began to dominant possession. Green was again called into action moments later as Sanchez thrashed a shot towards goal from distance but, fortunately for the former England goalkeeper, the effort flew straight into his grasp. Brad Guzan was not as lucky at the other end as Redknapp’s men broke the deadlock from the next attack following a simple long ball forward. A brace from Charlie Austin lit up an otherwise forgettable game as QPR moved off the bottom of the Premier League and eased the mounting pressure on manager Harry Redknapp. Press Association
“We strategically kept training boats stateside, so we will go home to train efficiently on our own,” Olympic head coach Luther Carpenter said.The postponement of the 470 World Championships and possible changes to the 2020 Finn Gold Cup in May will impact the U.S. Olympic Trials. US Sailing said it will re-evaluate the selection procedures for the Olympic team.___7:25 p.m.USA Cycling is recalling its athletes, coaches and support staff from locations abroad and curtailing all international travel for teams and staff members as the national governing body responds to the coronavirus pandemic. The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___ The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___3:15 p.m. The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___ 5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___ Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___6:09 p.m. Little League recommends temporary suspension Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” ___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days.He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.” 2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___1:45 p.m. March 12, 2020 Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus.The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning.___ Many of the country’s elite cyclists train in Europe, where the track cycling world championships were recently conducted.The organization also said that the collegiate BMX national championships April 4-5 have been postponed, but that the remainder of its national championship schedule will continue as planned. The biggest events on the upcoming schedule are the road, time trial and criterium national championships scheduled for June 18-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee, and mountain bike nationals July 7-12 in Winter Park, Colorado. Both are crucial races for determining the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics.___7:10 p.m. The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus. 5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___4:30 p.m. The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___3:30 p.m. Associated Press IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___3 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___7:58 p.m. 7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption. The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.” ___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament. Little League International has recommended that its leagues “exercise an abundance of caution and implement a temporary suspension of all league activities until no earlier than April 6.”Little League International operates more than 6,500 programs in more than 84 countries.___7:35 p.m.US Sailing has advised all American Olympic-class sailors who are training in Europe to return home and resume training domestically. The move came after the 470 World Championships in Spain were postponed until officials can re-evaluate the situation in April. The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators.
Former Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas was selected 36th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was shipped to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade involving former Duke point guard and Final Four MVP Tyus Jones.Here’s a look at the Cavs’ current payroll situation from Basketball-Reference.com and how Christmas may fit in.Christmas will join the defending runner-ups and fight to make an already crowded frontcourt. Cleveland has Kevin Love – if he returns to the Cavs in free agency – and Anderson Varejao returning from injury down low and Tristan Thompson and Timofey Mozgov already established as a one-two post presence that anchored the Cavs’ defense in the NBA Finals.Veteran big man Kendrick Perkins will be a free agent this offseason, and Brendan Haywood likely won’t be a threat to knock Christmas off the 12-man roster despite having another year on his contract.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on June 25, 2015 at 11:43 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+
Tipperary’s Sam Bennett is 10th overall into today’s second-stage of cycling’s Giro d’Italia.His Bora-Hansgrohe teammate Lukas Pöstlberger was a surprise winner of the first stage. Photo © Pixabay
Submit StumbleUpon Sports Information Services (SIS) has announced a significant expansion of its international horse racing portfolio, after agreeing a global distribution deal with Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo.The exclusive three-year deal, which will see SIS become the official distributor of pictures and data from the Buenos Aires based course, will see the firm broadcast live action from its 188 meetings and 1,500 races, The premier Argentinian racecourse hosts 69 Group races across the year, including the prestigious Group 1 events Gran Premio República, Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos y Potrancas, Gran Premio Selección, and Gran Premio Nacional.Hernan Fucile, Head of Product at Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo, commented: “We’re thrilled to be partnering with SIS, who have built a solid reputation as a trusted provider of quality racing content for many years.“With premium races taking place at our racecourse throughout the year and on a regular basis, we’re sure racing fans will enjoy the action available to them.”The additional races will be made available via the full suite of SIS’s services, with the latest partnership complementing the supplier’s comprehensive portfolio, which includes horse racing from the UK and Ireland, Dubai, Singapore, Mauritius and Korea.Simon Fraser, Head of International Racing at SIS, added: “Securing the exclusive rights of live racing from the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo racecourse is an important step in our ambitions to offer premium, round-the-clock action to operators and their customers across the globe. “As a provider of 24/7 betting content, it’s imperative we have access to quality racing that will appeal to audiences wherever they are in the world, and this latest partnership achieves our goal in doing exactly that.”This move comes a short time after the racing content and data provider expanded its broadcast capabilities, after the launch of its 24/7 live betting channels. Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles Share
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Pogba’s penalties for the Red Devils this season have raised a few eyebrows due to their unorthodox nature, but that has not prevented him from persisting with the style.Following his most recent effort against Southampton, Goal takes a look at the midfielder’s new penalty technique as well as his overall record from 12 yards for both Juventus and United.What is Paul Pogba’s penalty technique?Ever the innovator, Pogba’s most recent penalty technique involves a stuttered run up to the ball, which is achieved by taking multiple tiny steps before shooting.According to the man himself, the reason behind the protracted approach to taking a penalty is to confuse the goalkeeper, something that, in theory at least, should increase his chances of scoring. However, the fact that Jordan Pickford saved a penalty back in October left the France international unsure of its effectiveness. “I always try to destabilise the ‘keeper, I always shoot like this and that’s how I know how to take penalties,” Pogba explained after the Everton game. “I might change [the style], because maybe the ‘keepers are starting to know my step. The most important [thing] is that the ball goes in.”He has persisted though – albeit with fewer steps – and it has served him well since.How many steps does Paul Pogba take in his penalties?Pogba’s unusual penalty-taking technique has prompted widespread derision, with pundits, players and even his own team-mates poking fun at the seemingly interminable journey he makes to the 12-yard marker where the ball waits patiently to be struck.The number of steps the Frenchman takes in the run up varies from penalty to penalty, but his attempt against Everton in October involved a total of 28 steps – the most this season so far.Make a comeback in your career and renew your contract. #ThingsYouCanDoDuringPogbasPenaltyRunUp pic.twitter.com/sxGx6C1i11— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) October 28, 2018Remarkably, in the case of the Everton penalty, 9.96 seconds elapsed from the moment Pogba started his run until the moment he struck the ball, a fact which did not go unnoticed on social media, with videos humorously juxtaposing the penalty with Usain Bolt’s 100 metre world record sprint, which was completed in 9.58 seconds.Paul Pogba penalties for Man Utd in 2018-19DateOpponentStepsScored / MissedAug 10Leicester City19ScoredAug 19Brighton8ScoredSep 2Burnley20MissedSep 19Young Boys25ScoredOct 28Everton28MissedJan 19Brighton12ScoredJan 29Burnley10ScoredFeb 9Fulham13ScoredMar 2Southampton13MissedApr 13West Ham4ScoredApril 13West Ham5ScoredThe number of steps taken gradually increased since he first pioneered the approach this season, albeit with an anomaly appearing in his penalty against Brighton in August.Pogba took 19 steps for his successful penalty against Leicester, but that figure dropped to just eight for the penalty goal against Brighton.He missed his next effort, against Burnley in September, after taking 20 steps in the lead-up, but scored in the Champions League against Young Boys after 25 steps.The comically exaggerated run up returned in January – against Brighton and Burnley again – but the number of steps had fallen by more than half the previous efforts.Paul Pogba’s penalty record Paul Pogba has firmly established himself as Manchester United’s chief penalty taker this season and the midfielder has been typically experimental when it comes to his approach.The France international has earned a reputation for being expressive, frequently appearing on the pitch with a new hairstyle or trialling a fresh dance celebration and he brings that aspect of his personality into his game too. Paul Pogba’s overall penalty recordDateOpponentCompetitionScored / MissedSep 20, 2015GenoaSerie AScoredOct 25, 2015AtalantaSerie AMissedOct 20, 2016FenerbahceEuropa LeagueScoredAug 10, 2018Leicester CityPremier LeagueScoredAug 19, 2018BrightonPremier LeagueScoredSep 2, 2018BurnleyPremier LeagueMissedSep 19, 2018Young BoysChampions LeagueScoredOct 28, 2018EvertonPremier LeagueMissedJan 19, 2019BrightonPremier LeagueScoredJan 29, 2019BurnleyPremier LeagueScoredFeb 9, 2019FulhamPremier LeagueScoredMar 2, 2019SouthamptonPremier LeagueMissedApr 13, 2019West HamPremier LeagueScoredApr 13, 2019West hamPremier LeagueScored*Record for competitive club games onlyPrior to the 2018-19 campaign United had no outright penalty taker, with the likes of Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku each assuming the responsibility.Pogba has stepped up to the plate this season, utilising his bizarre approach to varying effects, as can be seen in the table above.Paul Pogba penalty conversion rate (by club)ClubPenalties takenScored / MissedConversion rateJuventus21 / 150%Manchester United129 / 381%TOTAL1410 / 471.4% Getty https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/GOAL/3/2c/paul-pogba-manchester-united-2018-19_rhorp6w8flxj1bw79qw8855kg.jpg?t=-1057881546&w=500&quality=80 Pogba has hit penalties for both Juventus and Manchester United, but his record is actually quite inconsistent.Pogba was junior to the likes of Andrea Pirlo during his time at Juventus, but he took two penalties while in Serie A, scoring his first against Genoa and missing against Atalanta.He first stepped up to hit a penalty for the Red Devils in 2016, scoring from the spot in a 4-1 Europa League group stage victory over Fenerbahce, but he would have to wait until 2018 for his next chance.
Amel Tuka won the third place at the athletics rally at 800 metres in the Shamorine, Slovakia.This was the second race this year for the best Bosnian-Herzegovinian athlete and after the triumph in Zenica with a time of 1: 47.02, he ran slower in Slovakia (1: 47.06).In Shamorina, the first place was taken by Nijel Amos, achieving his best personal result of the year (1: 45.74).(Source: klix)
TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO, kgloam.com, KGLO mobile app — Mason City vs. Dowling West Des Moines — girls 6:15, boys follow BRITT — Newman qualified four wrestlers while Central Springs and Lake Mills qualified seven wrestlers to the district tournament from the Class 1A sectional at Britt. Champions for Newman were Jacob McBride at 132 and Kameron Black at 152, with runners-up from Cael Wollner at 106 and Chase McCleish at 195. Lake Mills won the sectional team title with 213 points, with Central Springs finishing second with 212 points. See the full results here MASON CITY – Freshman Deundra Roberson scored 32 points to lead No. 14 NIACC to a 96-83 victory over Southwestern in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest Saturday in the NIACC gym.Roberson was 11 of 22 from the field, including four of nine from 3-point range. Roberson was also six of nine from the free-throw line.Also for the Trojans, Quentin Hardrict scored 17 points, Chandler Dean scored 12 points, Wendell Matthews scored 11 points and James Harris scored 10 points.Mathews paced the Trojans with 13 rebounds.NIACC returns to action Wednesday in a conference game at Iowa Central. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. AMES — A quick turnaround for the Iowa State Cyclones as they visit Oklahoma tonight in the Big 12. The Cyclones are coming off a hard fought win at home against Texas that moved their league record to 6-3.That’s ISU coach Steve Prohm who likes the way the chemistry is coming around.Prohm says a key for the Cyclones as of late has been the play of senior point guard Nick Weiler-Babb.The Sooners are 3-6 in the league race. IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeyes return to action Thursday with a visit to Indiana. The Hawkeyes are 6-5 in the Big Ten after a 74-59 win over fifth ranked Michigan on Friday night.That’s Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. The Hoosiers got a shot of confidence by halting a seven game losing skid with a stunning victory at sixth ranked Michigan State.Thursday’s game on AM-1300 KGLO can be heard after Newman girls tournament basketball. STATE COLLEGE, PA — The 13th ranked Iowa Hawkeye women never trailed in an 81-61 win at Penn State. Megan Gustafson poured in 30 points as the Hawkeyes improve to 8-3 in the Big Ten.That is Iowa coach Lisa Bluder who says transition defense was a key.Next up for Iowa is a home game against Michigan State on Thursday. MASON CITY – Freshman Kelcie Hale scored 25 points to lead the No. 7 NIACC women’s basketball team to a 107-72 victory over Southwestern Community College in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon in the NIACC gym.Also for the Lady Trojans, Mandy Willems scored 24 points, Jada Buford scored 15 points and Alexa Loftus scored 12 points. Autam Mendez and Tahya Campbell both reached double figures with 10 points each.Willems made 2 3-point goals in Saturday’s game giving her 103 for the season, which ties her for second on the school’s single-season 3-point list with Trudy Peterson (2015-16). Jennifer Currier is the all-time single-season leader with 107 in the 1987-88 season.NIACC’s Ty’neecia Longs grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds.NIACC (17-5 overall, 8-1 in the ICCAC) returns to action Wednesday in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest at Iowa Central. Game time in Fort Dodge is slated for 5:30 p.m. OSAGE — Clear Lake qualified seven wrestlers while Osage and Hampton-Dumont each qualified six to the district tournament from the Class 2A sectional wrestling tournament held in Osage on Saturday. Champions for Clear Lake were Sam Nelson at 113, Eric Faught at 132, Bryan Hillyer at 138, Dylan Kruckenberg at 182 and Kade Hambly at 220, while also qualifying as runners-up were Braxton Doebel at 152 and Thomas Gansen at 160. Osage edged Hampton-Dumont for the team title, 217 ½ points to 217, with Clear Lake finishing third. See the full results here CLARKSVILLE — North Butler-Clarksville finished second to Nashua-Plainfield in the Class 1A sectional held in Clarksville on Saturday. North Butler-Clarksville qualified six wrestlers to the district tournament, with Nashua-Plainfield qualifying four. Nashua-Plainfield had 203 points, North Butler-Clarksville had 192. See the full results here
[singlepic id=957 w= h= float=none]LINCROFT – In only its eighth year, the Brookdale Community College Lacrosse program is one of the most successful programs within Brookdale’s highly accomplished athletic program.The 2014 team won its fifth consecutive NJCAA Region XIX lacrosse title defeating top-seed Union County 11-8 in the championship game. This year’s squad not only hopes to make it six region titles in a row but get their first win in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament after falling to CCBC-Essex in the quarterfinals last season as the sixth seed.The Brookdale Lacrosse program was established in 2008 under the leadership of current head coach Steve Heller. Heller was a three-time All-American selection while playing for Army from 1991-1993. While at Army, Heller led his team to three Patriot League titles and was an All-Patriot League pick in each of his three years in the league. He broke Army’s career scoring record racking up a staggering 130 goals and 74 assists while at West Point.He also helped engineer one of the biggest wins in Army lacrosse history as the cadets upset Maryland 15-11 in the first round of the 1993 NCAA National Lacrosse Tournament before losing to No.1 seed North Carolina in the quarterfinals.Before starting Brookdale’s lacrosse program Heller was head coach for the Army prep team for seven seasons. And because of Heller’s connection to the Army program the Blues are able to travel to West Point each year for a preseason game against an Army prep team that is filled with DI recruits.Heller is extremely optimistic about this year team and even though they lost last season’s top goal scorer Tom Dougherty to graduation they return four of their five-top scorers from a year ago. They’ve also brought in midfielder T.J. Coleman – a second-team All-Shore pick from Saint John Vianney – where he scored 30 goals and had 30 assists last season as a senior.“We look really good, I feel really good about our offense,” Heller said. “With our four scorers back, T.J. coming in and picking up a few other kids this is potentially the best offensive group we’ve had here in the eight seasons of the program.”Heller also feels this is the deepest offense he’s ever fielded. “Lack of depth is something that’s always challenged us. We definitely have more depth on offensive this year then we’ve had in the past and that’s great.”Heller likes to rotate his offensive players and they need to be able to play all six positions, and be comfortable playing them. His philosophy is to create matchup problems with his ability to interchange his players between midfield and attack allowing him to create different player personnel options depending on the game situation.All-Region XIX selection Dan Bury and freshmen Jake Deitrich (Newton H.S.) and Joe Collins (Monroe Township H.S.) will get the start at the attack position. Bury is a true attacker and scored 41 goals his senior year at Brick Memorial. Last season as a freshman he was second on the team in goals scored (27) and first in assists (20) and total points (47). Dietrich was an Independence Division honorable mention pick in the NJAC Conference as a senior while Collins was a first-team All-Greater Middlesex Conference selection as a senior in 2013 when scored 42 goals and had 41 assists for 83 points.“Jake’s 6’4″ and is a tall lanky kid,” Heller said. “When he gets his shoulder down and goes forward he’s a nice attacker. He’s really just learning his skill set and at 6’4″ he needs to learn to go north and south and forget about playing that small-man game. He’s done well for us and we expect him to continue to do a good job.”Collins teammate at Monroe, Andrew Dooley, is back at midfield after scoring 16 goals with nine assists in only 10 games last season. Dooley was also first-team All-Greater Middlesex as a senior when he netted 44 goals and had 31 assists. Joining Coleman and Dooley at the starting midfield spots is returning sophomore Nick Paolillo (Howell H.S.). Paolillo was third on the team in goals (22) and points (29) last season for the Blues. Both Dooley and Coleman were chosen captains.“Bury is a traditional attacker,” Heller said. “He’s left handed as is Dooley and Colman. With three lefties, that gives us a lot of flexibility and a unique way to attack defenses; that’s a nice feature to have.”Sophomore Ben Talcott is back after a short stint with the Blues in 2013 and will be used as both attacker and midfielder. As a senior at Howell in 2012 he tallied 22 goals while assisting on nine othersAlso, sophomore midfielder Tyler Verdoni will see an increased role this season after seeing action in 14 games last season with one start, as will short stick middies Jimmy Montgomery (Neptune H.S.) and Dom Parente (Monroe Township H.S.) both in their second season at Brookdale.Defensively the Blues are not as deep and have been hurt by the loss of All-Region XIX defenseman Ryan Raslowsky (Allentown H.S.) who’s out indefinitely after recently undergoing back surgery. However, Heller expects him back at some point around midseason and ready to go for the playoffs.“Our defensive concept is going to focus more on team defense rather than the individual,” Heller said.“The defense has a lot of potential and is very athletic, but it’s also a little raw on the stick-skill side of the game. We don’t have the great one-on-one guys; it’s a six man unit. But with our athletic ability we feel we can be pretty good.”Sophomore Nick Caruso (Red Bank Regional) – a midfielder last season who scored 10 goals and had 7 assists – volunteered to switch positions and is now playing long-stick middie and defense and has been a quite a pleasant surprise.“In our Army Prep scrimmage he did an amazing job on defense and I could not believe how good he was at the pole (long stick),” Heller said. “If the job he did against Army was any indication of what he’s capable of….. he may have missed his calling and found a home as a traditional defender.Another surprise has been the play of freshman Jack Kelly (Shore Regional) who’s been so impressive he was given a captains tag. He came in as an offensive-minded midfielder, was switched to long stick and it’s been a match made in heaven.Freshman Oliver Warnes (Manasquan H.S.) and sophomore Chris Schmidt (Howell H.S.) will anchor the defense along with Kelly and Caruso. Caruso and Kelly will switch with each other between poll (long stick) and defense. Scott Zackman (Red Bank Regional) was a late arrival to the team but has shown he’ll help the team on defense.“Both Oliver and Warnes are very athletic,” Heller said. “They’re both raw but are really learning how to play defense and like what I’ve seen of them.”In goal for the Blues will be Todd Bitsko (Freehold Township H.S.), who after playing football at Gettysburg College for a year decided to return to lacrosse. At Freehold Township he was All-Shore in football and lacrosse.“What’s great about this team is that their extremely coachable,” Heller said. “This is one of those groups that will listen. They really want to become better players and the whole teams like that. It’s a fun team to coach; they get along well and have a lot of chemistry. They’re starting to learn their strengths and weaknesses and it’s a group of kids which I think we can do some really fun stuff with this year.”— By Mike Ready