Huskies working college-level schemes into offense

first_img Jason Dunne, left, is one of the top players returning to the Matawan Regional High School boys basketball team that had a record-setting season in 2013-14. STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC SUCAR Jason Dunne will embark on a college career next fall at the University of Hartford, but he is already getting a sense of the college game on Matawan Regional High School’s boys basketball team.With three starters graduated from a cohesive group that put together a season for the ages, coach Tom Stead and his players are adapting the Princeton University style into this season’s schemes. That process started when practices began on Nov. 24.“The coach was doing research in the summer and fall on that, and I think it will help us if we get a college offense down,” Dunne said.Dunne can benefit from an offense that can get him better opportunities for higherpercentage shots and will prepare him for the more sophisticated NCAA Division I level of offense he’ll play in the future.Stead became a disciple of the Princeton approach — masterminded by Hall of Fame coach Pete Carril — that patiently works the ball for high-percentage open looks and shots close to the basket. He believes his team will need to work the ball more to the inside with opponents moving their defenses out to cover Dunne and backcourt partner Joe Piscopo, who has drawn the interest of NCAA Division III programs that include Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Park.“With the first good look, we’ll take [the shot], but we’re going to run some different things,” Stead said. “We expect teams to come out on the perimeter and try to deny us on the wing, so we’ve worked on backdoor cuts like Princeton does. We learned from the time we spent at the Princeton camp over the summer. We know teams won’t give us open jumpers.”The Huskies need to take even better care of the basketball than they did last season, when they achieved their winningest record in program history at 24-5, their first section championship since 1958 in NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III and their first division title since 1964 in Shore Conference B North. Colts Neck High School and Red Bank Catholic High School join an already solid B North for this season that already includes Neptune High School, Long Branch High School, Wall High School and Ocean Township High School.“It’s got to be one of the toughest divisions in the Shore now,” Stead said.Matawan’s dream season ended last March in a state semifinals loss to Camden High School. The Huskies also lost in their farthest advance in the Shore Conference Tournament, falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Point Pleasant Beach High School, which suited up three NCAA Division I prospects.“If we continue to work hard, anything’s possible,” said Dunne, who dropped in 15.6 points a game, while Piscopo scored 13 points per game.“The biggest challenge now is to fill the shoes of the kids who graduated,” Stead said. “If they buy into it and do their job, it will help if they realize they’re playing with two of the best guards in the Shore.”Gone to graduation are forwards Dritin Gyrigi; Nick Tomkins, who is off to a college football career at Dartmouth College as a defensive lineman; and Austin Planes, who collectively averaged 25 points and 25 rebounds a game. Starting guard Chris Tawiah, who knocked down a dozen points a game, also graduated.Gyrigi’s younger brother, Mergin, a 6- foot-2 junior, is looking to step into the vacated guard spot. Three seniors who had limited roles last season played well during the summer, including 6-foot-7 Sampson Onitolo and power forward Matt Esposito, who Stead said “will have a bigger role this year,” as well as point guard Nick Smith.“After last season, we graduated five seniors, four who played and had a heavy impact. And we have a lot of people with some varsity experience and that will help,” Dunne saidThere also are some promising prospects on the football team that just won the Central Jersey Group III championship game on Dec. 5, so they are just exchanging cleats for sneakers this week. It gets tough right from the start with the opener on Dec. 19 at Neptune, which has a new head coach in Joe Fagan, who comes off three straight 20-win seasons and Shore Conference A South Division championships at Jackson Memorial High School. The Huskies host Long Branch on Dec. 22 before hosting their Huskies Holiday Classic starting on Dec. 26. Teams still have to be bracketed, but they include Manalapan High School, Edison High School, Carteret High School and Mater Dei Prep. Tottenville High School and Mc- Cown High School from Staten Island, N.Y., are also slated to participate. By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent last_img read more

Djokovic and Serena win top Laureus awards

first_imgWorld number ones Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams completed a clean sweep for tennis as they won the Laureus Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year awards on Monday night.In a glitzy ceremony in the German capital, hosted by US actor Bill Murray, Serbia’s Djokovic beat Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi, sprinter Usain Bolt and Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton among others for the top men’s award at the annual ceremony.Djokovic and American Williams, who fought off competition from footballer Carli Lloyd and Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce among others, were rewarded for dominating their sport last year, with each winning three of the four grand slams.Both athletes picked up the top prize for the third time, with Williams having previously won it in 2003 and 2010 while Djokovic was also victorious in 2012 and 2015.Golfer Jordan Spieth won the Breakthrough of the Year award after capturing his first two majors at the 2015 US Masters and US Open, while New Zealand’s All Blacks won Team of the Year award following their World Cup victory.There was some joy for the host nation as well with triathlete Jan Frodeno grabbing the Action Sportsperson of the Year prize.Dutch footballer and coach Johan Cruyff, who died of cancer in March, was posthumously awarded the Spirit of Sport award. His son Jordi received the award.last_img read more

Setting the tone

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ararao nips Garcia for Southern Series title; Pamplona tops Pro class LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt doesn’t matter that Blackwater will be bringing in a new dimension to its attack with rookie Ray Parks finally suiting up. As far as Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is concerned, it doesn’t matter who the Kings open their PBA Commissioner’s Cup title defense against.“Whether it’s Blackwater, San Miguel or TNT … It’s really a first step and we’re [just concerned] about getting off the right foot,” Cone said on Thursday, ahead of the team’s clash with Blackwater at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday. “[We hope] to make sure we set the tone for the whole conference.”ADVERTISEMENT “We put the bull’s-eye squarely on our chests,” he said. “Everybody knows Justin (Brownlee). Everybody’s having their scheme against [him].” The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Read Next NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu “Hopefully we come out with a good defensive mind-set,” he added. “That’s what we want to do in the first game and its first few minutes.”Parks and import Alex Stepheson provided the firepower for the Elite in their victory over Meralco and rookie coach Aris Dimaunahan—a former Ginebra guard—hopes the two will come out blazing against the Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’ll make up the best game plan possible, so we could hopefully get another win,” he said.The Kings will be prepared for that. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Liberia Scores High Marks in Financial Sector

first_imgAt the just-ended meeting of the Inter Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering (GIABA), held the Ivorian political capital, Yamoussoukro, Liberia scored high marks, a release issued has said.GIABA is a specialized institution of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of anti-money laundering/combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) measures in the sub-region.Their meeting was held from May 18 to 23, 2015, during which the GIABA Plenary commended Liberia for taking “significant steps at the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing in the country.”Plenary therefore maintained Liberia on the Regular Expedited Follow-up Process and requested the country to submit its 5th Follow-up Report to GIABA Secretariat Plenary. Additionally, the release said, Plenary requested Liberia to submit a progress report to GIABA Secretariat before November this year in order for the Plenary to criminalize the outstanding predicate offences, including illicit trafficking in stolen and other goods; illicit arms trafficking; counterfeiting and piracy of products. GIABA will also amend existing anti-money laundering and combating financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) laws adequately to empower Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to confiscate property and or proceeds of crime. The plenary will also establish robust procedures and mechanisms for implementing United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1267 and 1373, whose procedures and mechanisms should, amongst other things, highlight procedures for considering de-listing and requests for freezing funds; effective systems for communicating actions taken under the freezing mechanism to reporting entities, etc.Liberia’s delegation to the GIABA Ministerial Committee (GMC), comprising the Ministers of Finance, Planning and Development, Justice and Internal Affairs, was headed by the Justice Minister Cllr. Benedict Sannon. Other members included Deputy House Speaker, Hans Barchue, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia and Board Chair of the Financial Intelligence Unit of Liberia (FIU), Charles Sirleaf, among others.The FIU is the central, national agency of Liberia responsible for receiving, requesting and conducting preliminary investigation, analyzing and disseminating information concerning suspected proceeds of money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial crimes. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ousted FIFA ethics heads were investigating Infantino- sources

first_imgHe and Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German former judge, were removed from their posts in May.Contacted by AFP on Monday, FIFA did not provide any reaction.The investigation stemmed from evidence provided by African representatives, a source close to FIFA said.Several African witnesses had been set to travel to FIFA headquarters in the Swiss city of Zurich but at least one of them had their summons cancelled after Borbely was removed from his post, the same source said.British newspaper The Guardian reported on Sunday that Infantino was being investigated for claims he had promised, along with FIFA general secretary Fatma Samoura, to accelerate payments of development money to national football associations if the presidents voted for Ahmad.“It is an open secret that president Gianni Infantino and general secretary Fatma Samoura did everything to get the Malagasy Ahmad Ahmad elected,” another source close to FIFA said.The same source indicated that Infantino wanted rid of previous CAF chief Issa Hayatou, who had not backed the Swiss-Italian when he stood for the FIFA presidency in February 2016.Cameroon’s Hayatou, 70, had been in the post for 29 years and had been censured by the International Olympic Committee in 2011 for receiving money from ISL — the Swiss marketing firm was in charge of rights for FIFA before going bust in 2001.“The work in support of Ahmad was carried out by the Congolese Veron Monsengo, Infantino’s Mister Africa,” said the same source, adding that “it was prepared during a visit by Gianni Infantino to Zimbabwe.”That visit took place just before the CAF election.FIFA announced their decision to remove Borbely and Eckert during the organisation’s congress in Bahrain last month.Borbely said the decision was “a setback in the fight against corruption” as there were “several hundred cases” of corruption pending.The duo were replaced by Colombian magistrate Maria Claudia Rojas and Vassilios Skouris of Greece, a former president of the European Court of Justice.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino, pictured on June 18, 2017, was under investigation by the FIFA ethics team for allegedly attempting to influence the outcome of the Conederation of African Football’s presidential election © AFP / Roman KruchininLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Jun 19 – FIFA’s ethics team had been investigating the role played by the organisation’s president, Gianni Infantino, in the Confederation of African Football’s presidential elections before being removed from office, sources said on Monday.Swiss prosecutor Cornel Borbely, who was chairman of the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber, had opened an invstigation into suggestions Infantino might have sought to influence the election of Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad as president of CAF in March.last_img read more

Man United were far superior in summer transfer market, concedes Liverpool boss Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers accepts Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United enjoyed more success with their summer dealings than the Reds.However, he has laughed off claims there is an imbalance in what his club can achieve in upcoming windows compared to his arch rivals.While the Reds Devils succeeded in bringing in the likes of big name players Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw, Rodgers failed to land his number one target Alexis Sanchez – who preferred a move to Arsenal.The Northern Irishman instead spent the money received from Luis Suarez’s exit to Barcelona on eight new first-team players to strengthen his squad.But after a disappointing start to the season, with the Reds knocked out of the Champions League group stages and currently sitting mid table in the Premier League, Rodgers’ attempt to build on last season’s success seems to be falling short.And, despite the Red Devil’s new signings seemingly finding their feet and hitting form which has culminated in a five match winning streak to lift Van Gaal’s men to third, Rodgers refuses to admit they are worried about what other clubs around them do.“For us at Liverpool we don’t compare to anyone, we look to ourselves and all you can do is make sure you remain solid inside of your work,” the Anfield boss said.“There will always be things written on the outside and spoken about by people paid and unpaid to be critics but you can’t really affect that.“They [United] have some outstanding players. They had a good squad before that but they have brought in some very good players and got a very experienced manager leading them.“But my focus is only on the players we were able to get and work with them.”When asked if he regrets padding his squad out with potential stars rather than proven quality Rodgers added: “That is what the club tried to do.“It wasn’t for the want of trying that the club looked to do that but we end up with the squad we have and we will improve those players with the staff like we have done over the last couple of years.“We believe there is talent which has come into here that will grow over the next number of years to show they are top-class talents.“Consequently the team will improve.” 1 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers last_img read more

Schalke 0-2 Real Madrid: Ronaldo nets in Champions League last-16 tie

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo returned to goal scoring form and Marcelo was also on target as holders Real Madrid opened their Champions League last-16 tie with a 2-0 win at Schalke.Ronaldo ended a rare drought of three games by heading Real ahead in the first half at the Veltins-Arena before Marcelo made victory safe with a fine second late on.Schalke proved much tougher opposition than last year, when they were thrashed 6-1 at the same stage by the same opponents, and rattled the bar at 1-0 down through Felix Platte.Timon Wellenreuther, a 19-year-old goalkeeper pressed into action due to injuries, also impressed but ultimately Roberto Di Matteo’s side could not deny Real a 10th successive win in the competition.Schalke, deploying a five-man defence, made an encouraging start and contained their visitors in the early stages.They also had some early chances as Dennis Aogo fired a free-kick into the wall and then missed the target after being picked out by Marco Hoger.Former Real striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had the first serious effort on goal from distance but Iker Casillas saved well to his left.It then seemed Schalke’s good early work had been undone as Real grabbed the lead through Ronaldo after 26 minutes.Ronaldo, who had shot wastefully wide from distance moments earlier, timed his run superbly to meet Dani Carvajal’s curling cross and head past Wellenreuther.It was the world player of the year’s sixth goal in seven Champions League appearances and sent an emphatic answer to recent critics of his form.Real almost had a second soon after as Karim Benzema broke through but Wellenreuther just got enough on his shot.Things got worse for Schalke as Huntelaar was then forced off injured after a clash with Raphael Varane.Ronaldo wanted a second from a 30-yard free-kick before the break but Wellenreuther tipped away his curling effort.Schalke tried to force their way back into the game in the second half but Kevin-Prince Boateng spurned a good opportunity when he shot over.Real threatened again when Gareth Bale neatly combined with Isco outside the area but the Spaniard shot over.Schalke served the champions a warning after 74 minutes as substitute Platte struck the crossbar with a fierce effort. Atsuto Uchida was quick to the rebound but could not trouble Casillas.That prompted Real to step up the tempo and they took a firm grip on the tie 11 minutes from time as Ronaldo cut in from the left and beat two defenders to find Marcelo on the edge of the area.The Brazilian gave the Germans no chance as he took a touch and clipped a superb shot over Wellenreuther.The goal deflated Schalke, who then switched to damage-limitation mode for the remainder of the match. They had not been outplayed like last season but were still left facing a huge hurdle at the Bernabeu in the second leg.Elsewhere, Porto and Basel drew 1-1 at St Jakob-Park in the night’s other match. Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid 1last_img read more

Stabbing suspect identified

first_imgThe man fired three shots, hitting a second deputy in the upper torso. A third deputy then returned fire, hitting the man, the account said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Deputies said they got a 911 call about 3:25 a.m. Sunday about a domestic violence incident at a house on Dunmore Avenue and were told the suspect had left carrying a knife. Another 911 call then came in saying that a man with a knife had just stabbed people in a home in the 3100 block of East Avenue Q-4, a couple blocks from the first call, sheriff’s officials said. Once at the Avenue Q-4 home, deputies were told that the assailant was returning to his house on Dunmore. When deputies got to the Dunmore home, they saw a man – later identified as Mora – inside the house holding a knife and with blood on his clothing, according to a sheriff’s department account released to the news media. Fearing that the man was about to harm family members, the deputies went inside, where the man grabbed one deputy’s gun and a struggle ensued, the department account said. PALMDALE – A 23-year-old Palmdale man was identified Monday as a stabbing suspect shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy after he allegedly grabbed another deputy’s gun and started shooting inside a house. Juan Alberto Mora was killed in a 4 a.m. Sunday shooting that is now under review by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials as well as by officials of the Los Angeles County District Attorney and Office of Independent Review, officials said. One deputy was hit by a bullet fired by Mora but it was stopped by the deputy’s protective vest, officials said. The deputy was treated at a hospital and released. Three people stabbed by Mora at a second house a couple blocks away were reported in critical but stable condition at a hospital, deputies said. Their names were not released. Sheriff’s officials also did not release the names of the deputies involved in the shooting. last_img read more

Leeds go top of Championship with win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield

first_imgLeeds were nearly in just before the half hour mark but Hernandez’s clipped ball heading towards Patrick Bamford was brilliantly intercepted by Jon Gorenc Stankovic.But the best chance of the half fell to the Terriers, with Luke Ayling bailing out Casilla when he cleared Karlan Grant’s goalbound effort away after the goalkeeper made a mess of a long ball.Marcelo Bielsa’s men upped their level after the break and took the lead in spectacular style.A corner was only half-cleared by Huddersfield and Alioski’s left-footed volley went through a crowd and into the net. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 3 Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Leeds smelled blood and Bamford was unlucky not to have doubled their lead. He put the ball in the net but Stuart Dallas was ruled offside in the build-up. Replays show that the Northern Irishman was actually onside.And this could have proved very controversial as Huddersfield failed to equalise with a huge chance – Casilla somehow denying Elias Kachunga from point blank range.But Leeds didn’t mess about after that and the victory was sealed on 77 minutes when Hernandez nodded home Jack Harrison’s delicious cross from the left.Huddersfield will rue some of their missed opportunities with Grant and Matty Daly putting good chances wide before the end of the game but Leeds were good value for their win. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship on target Alioski gave Leeds a spectacular lead Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta statement Getty Images – Getty 3 Danny Cowley’s men are two points above the relegation zone appointed targets center_img latest Getty Images – Getty Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future stalemate However, Danny Cowley and his players will feel they could have got something out of the game as they were guilty of lacking composure in front of goal.Huddersfield and Leeds have had contrasting fortunes this season but both sides were evenly matched in the first half and had good chances to break the deadlock.The visitors almost scored when a clever short corner went to Mateusz Klich, whose effort cannoned off the post on 15 minutes.Kiko Casilla was then called into action moments later as he tipped Steve Mounie’s header over the bar. update Leeds moved to the top of the Championship for 24 hours at least after getting the better of Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield with a 2-0 win at the John Smith’s Stadium.Goals from Ezgjan Alioski and Pablo Hernandez in the second half means Marcelo Bielsa’s men leapfrog West Brom, who host Swansea on Sunday, in the table. Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 3 rookie error Alioski took his goal very very Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ last_img read more

HIV stabilising, but ‘more must be done’

first_imgThe HIV prevalence among women in the 30 to 34 age group showed an increase, from 39.6 percent in 2007 and 40.4 percent in 2008 to 41.5 percent in 2009. The department will observe this age group closely to assess what impact ARV treatment has. 12 November 2010 As in previous years, KwaZulu-Natal had the highest HIV prevalence, followed by Mpumalanga and Free State, with overall prevalence greater than 30 percent. The North West, Limpopo, Gauteng and Eastern Cape had prevalences of between 20 percent and 30 percent. The survey, released in Pretoria this week, shows that South Africa’s HIV prevalence has remained constant at around 29 percent over the past four years. Motsoaledi noted that KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape had the same socio-economic conditions when it came to HIV. “This is the most important group to provide evidence when monitoring new HIV infections,” Motsoaledi said. He added that it remained to be seen how far South Africa was from achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) in this age group – the MDG target for 2015 is a reduction by 25 percent, to an HIV prevalence rate of 17.3 percent. Motsoaledi acknowledged that while he was satisfied that the government had done everything possible with regards to HIV/Aids intervention on paper, he was concerned as to whether it was being implemented on the ground. Socio-economic factors “We are reviewing this,” he said. The report, presented by Motsoaledi on Thursday, showed that HIV prevalence remained constant among 15- to 24-year-old pregnant women, with 21.7 percent in 2009. This was the same as the figure in 2008, which was a decline of 0.4 percent from 22.1 percent in 2007. The Northern Cape and Western Cape were the only provinces that had HIV prevalence rates below 20 percent. While South Africa’s latest antenatal prevalence survey shows a stabilisation in the country’s HIV prevalence rate since 2006, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi wants more to be done to implement the government’s plans to combat the epidemic. The 2009 National Antenatal Sentinel HIV and Syphilis Prevalence survey was conducted in all nine provinces and 52 health districts, where 337 841 pregnant women booking into 1 457 public antenatal clinics for the first time were sampled during October. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more