Sports Shorts The Monmouth Power Sports Club is looking for dedicated and team-oriented players for its 16- and 17-year-old AAU boys basketball teams for the upcoming season (February-November). Call (732) 833-5020 or e-mail email@example.com. Players should be college oriented, dedicated, goal-oriented and willing to play about 80 games for the nine-month season. The MPSC is also looking for dedicated and team-oriented Rutgers Safety Certified coaches for the boys program. Daniel P. Maloney, past exalted ruler of Middletown Elks Lodge 2179, and local event director for the Elks Hoop Shoot, has announced the winners of the recent event. Held at the Croyden Hall gymnasium, the children competed in their respective age group, and scored more free throw baskets than others in their group. Winners of the local event will continue to the South Central District competition, where they will compete against winners of other Elks Lodges’ events. Winners of that event will continue to state and region competitions, and eventually to a National Shoot. Winners of the Middletown Elks Lodge 2179 event were: (Girls 8-9) Christine Borghese of New Monmouth; (Girls 10-11) Drew Pedone of Keansburg; and (Girls 12-13) Michelle Borghese of New Monmouth. Michelle was recently crowned Girls 12-13 Soccer Shoot winner in the Region II Soccer Shoot held in Martinsburg, W. Va. The boys’ age 8-9 champ was Cody Thompson of Port Monmouth; the age 10-11 champ was Nick Ciccone of the East Keansburg section of Middletown, and age 12-13 champ was Sean Wentz of Hazlet. These local champs will all be recognized at the Elks Youth Awards Breakfast to be held March 14 at the Elks Lodge. Their families will all be invited to the awards presentation and a breakfast prepared by fellow Elks. The Middletown Elks Lodge 2179, located in the Belford section of Middletown, is a fraternal organization dedicated to helping those less fortunate than themselves. Their major programs center around the youth, handicapped children, scholarships for academic students, and hospitalized veterans. For further information about the Elks, and their many programs, contact the lodge at (732) 495-2733, or the lodge Web site at http://middletownelks.com. Michelle Borghese of New Monmouth, a student at Thorne Middle School, recently competed in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Region II Soccer Shoot, and placed first in the girls age 12-13 category. Michelle has been a consistent champion in both soccer and basketball, and plays for the Middletown Cyclones, a travel team, as well as for the Thorne Middle School team. She also plays basketball with the BYAA. The Region II Soccer Shoot was held in Martinsburg, W.Va., where participants from Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey all received trophies. Each was the winner of her or his respective state. Michelle began by winning the Middletown Elks Lodge 2179 event and progressed to the district, region and state levels, taking top honors at each location. The competitors each kick a ball at a goal divided into different point sections. Michelle was the highest point-scoring female for the 2003 event, and was able to help bring the Kenneth V. Cantoli trophy back to New Jersey. The trophy is awarded to the state whose participants score the most points for the day. This is the fourth year in a row that Michelle has placed in the New Jersey State Elks Association event. The Angels All-Stars Cheerleading Association will hold a Breakfast with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 12 Route 36, Middletown. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under age 12 and are available at the door. The event is a fund-raiser for the March team trip to compete in the Americheer National Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Fla. The event will feature a hot breakfast, door prizes, pictures with Santa, 50/50 raffles, a gift auction, face painting, a craft and “My Sports Dreams.” The Angels All Stars Cheerleading Association has been in existence for 10 years and is a competition cheerleading program comprised of more than 50 youths and young adults from the Bayshore area. Cheerleading offers the girls the opportunity to learn teamwork, cooperation, leadership, sportsmanship, respect and personal achievement. The senior squad placed sixth at the Americheer National Cheerleading Competition in March 2000. For more information, contact Debbie at (732) 530-4752. The Hazlet Youth Athletic League will hold registration for its 2004 baseball/softball season for boys ages 5-18 and girls ages 5-16 on Jan. 14, 21 and 28 from 7-9 p.m. at Middle Road School, and Feb. 7 from 9-11 a.m. at Raritan High School’s cafeteria. Registration fees, which include a $30 raffle book donation, are as follows: boys and girls ages 5-12 — one child $85, two children $105, three or more $130: boys 13-18 and girls 13-16 — $115 per child. A separate work deposit check of $200 dated April 1, 2004, is required. Birthday cutoffs are as follows: boys — July 31; and girls — December 31. All new HYAL participants are required to provide proof of residency and birth certificate. Please call (732) 264-3060 with any questions. The Aberdeen-Matawan Girls Softball League will hold its annual softball registration for ages 5-17 during the months of December and January. Registration will be held at the Matawan Municipal Community Center Dec. 10 and Jan. 14 and 21, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration will also be held on Dec. 13 and Jan. 10 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All first-time players need to submit a copy of their birth certificate. The Bayshore Jammers U11 girls AAU basketball team seeks players born in 1992. Tryouts will be held in early January. The team is based in Hazlet/Keyport/Keansburg/Middletown area. Call (732) 581-6288 or e-mail Bayshorejammers@aol.com for additional information.
The NSA 04 Gunners, a U12 boys soccer team based in Holmdel, recently competed at the Dallas Cup XXVII International Soccer Tournament. Teams participating represented the U.S, England, Canada, Costa Rica, South Africa, Iraq, El Salvador, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Trinidad/Tobago. The Gunners won their first three games – 1-0 against Texas Lonestar Red of Dallas, Texas; 3-2 against CFC Italia III of Fountain Valley, Calif.; and 1-0 against Club Pachuga of Mexico – winning their bracket and reaching the quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, the team lost to eventual tournament winner the Texas Longhorns (of Dallas), 2-1. Playing for the Gunners were Seamus Conway, Ross Tetro, Zachery Hicks, Sean O’Neill, Casey O’Gorman, Mael Corboz, Corey Atanda, Kyle J. Depontes, Matthew Sawaged, Alex Ramos, Nathaniel Monteverdi, Markhus Lacroix, Brendan McSherry ,Andrew Bregna, Nicholas Villani and Jake Newinski. The team, which is currently ranked No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 9 in the nation, is coached by Tab Ramos and Don Green. The U12 Middletown Warriors extended their USABL (United States Amateur Baseball League) record to 2-0 with a 7-4 victory over the Jersey Shore Outlaws. The Warrior bats were booming with a 12-hit attack, led by Nico Giaimo’s three hits, two runs scored and five stolen bases. Howie Brey had two hits, one run scored and three RBIs, while Matt Olton belted a double, single, one run scored and had two RBIs. Chris “Kee” Zampini, Bill Nerney (one run scored), James McIntosh, Brandon Hall (two stolen bases) and Terance Scanlon (one run scored) each had a hit. Thomas Crossan had a base on balls and scored. Pitcher Howie Brey went five innings and had five strikeouts for the win. Nico Giaimo came in for the save in the sixth. The Warrior defense was sparked by Thomas Crossan, Josh Gruspier, Michael McDavitt, Erik Obsteins. The Middletown Soccer Club will hold tryouts for club teams on May 15-18 at Lincroft Acres in Middletown. Middletown Soccer Club is a Travel Soccer Club, with over 25 teams that participate in the following leagues : MOSA, JCSL, MAPS and JAGS. For information on age-appropriate tryouts, visit the Web site at www.middletownsoccer.com.
ERIC SUCAR staff St. John Vianney’s Katie O’Reilly tries to get off a shot during the second half of the game against Red Bank Catholic on Jan. 3. SJV rolled to a 62-38 victory over their hosts.
BY DANIEL HOWLEY Staff Writer F our baseball teams took the field at West Long Branch’s Valenzano Park on April 18 to remember one young man who touched the lives of many. Frankie Caltabilota Jr. Frankie Caltabilota Jr. was only 18 years old when on Jan. 19, 2000, his life was cut tragically short in a fire that was set inside his dormitory at Seton Hall University in South Orange. Since that fateful day, Frankie’s parents, Frank Sr. and Joanne Caltabilota, have never stopped thinking of their son, and neither have Frankie’s friends. A gifted young man and native of West Long Branch, Frankie lettered in three different sports during his time as a student at Shore Regional High School —baseball, football and basketball. But it was baseball that was Frankie’s true passion. “That’s why he went to Seton Hall,” Frank Sr. explained. “Because he wanted to be a baseball player, and that is a Division 1 [university].” To celebrate Frankie’s memory and his love for baseball, friends and former teammates gathered on the very field that was named in his honor to kick off the 2009 baseball season with a two-day round-robinstyle tournament. CHRIS KELLY staff Frank Caltabilota throws out the first pitch during the opening ceremonies of the Frankie and Friends Spring Invitational Baseball Tournament at Valenzano Park in West Long Branch on April 18. “It surprises us, because you know we think of Frankie all the time, but it’s amazing to know that other people do, too,” Joanne said, prior to the start of game one of the tournament. “They haven’t forgotten him and they wanted to do a wonderful thing like this,” Frank Sr. said. “It’s a lot of hard work, and they are all willing to do it. “We are just so happy and proud that he left this memory with all of his friends,” he added. Organized by friend and former teammate Andrew Meisner, the Frankie and Friends Invitational Baseball Tournament saw teams from across Monmouth County, including the West Long Branch Blue Devils, Long Branch Thunder, Jackson Red, and Middletown Brewers, come together to play the game that Frankie adored. “For years everybody’s been trying to get on the field and make something and do something,” Meisner said. “It just occurred to me that I knew everybody that was needed to be involved to create something like this, and I was fortunate enough to have everybody’s email addresses and shot everybody an email last fall,” Meisner explained. “It just seemed right. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” Meisner and Frankie met during freshman year at Shore Regional. As members of both the school’s baseball and football teams, the two became fast friends. When not playing sports during the school year, the two young men would spend their summer days playing as teammates on a summer baseball league. “Every game that I was at, Frankie was at second base and was smiling,” Meisner said. “He always wanted to be on the field. “I played a good amount of games with him in high school, and I can’t remember a game where he walked off the field disappointed,” Meisner said, adding that even if their team lost, Frankie was still happy to have simply played the game. “He was a fantastic person,” Shore Regional High School baseball coach Fred Kampf said. “He listened, he was very coachable, liked to succeed and worked extremely hard at doing so,” Kampf said. “He was a hardworking young man; he tried to do the best he could every time he did something.” A coach at Shore Regional for 30 years, Kampf said he had worked with Frankie when he was trying out for Seton Hall’s baseball team. “Every young person when they play baseball, they want to go on to the next level, and not many of them do,” Kampf said. “[Frankie] tried, he wanted to,” Kampf said. “I tried to help him out when he went to Seton Hall, and you know all you can do is try as a coach, but everybody has that same feeling about wanting to go on to the next level. “This is nice to sit here and watch a few ex-ballplayers out here play ball,” Kampf said while watching the first few innings of the first game of the two-day tournament. “It’s a great thing to remember Frankie Caltabilota.” Although the tournament had been in the planning stages for some time, Meisner said he had little trouble getting the volunteers he needed to help him get the teams together to play. “To be honest, it was pretty easy,” Meisner said. “I mean, I knew all the teams, I knew the people who were in charge of the field, and the Caltabilotas, and along the way people were so willing to give and help out that it was so easy. “Everybody loves to come out and everybody knows the Caltabilotas, and it’s an easy thing to get behind,” Meisner said. “Nobody even had to think about it.” The overwhelming support Meisner saw from people willing to help with the tournament is a testament to the kind of person Frankie was, his father said. “Andy Meisner came over to us last year and told us that he wanted to have this and wanted to have it at this field that was named in Frankie’s memory in 2001,” Frank Sr. explained. “We don’t realize that everybody thinks about him,” Frank Sr. said. “We can say over and over again that we wish [Frankie] was here, but I’d say I think he’s here today,” Joanne added. The fact that the tournament was held at Valenzano Park, on the field that was named in Frankie’s honor, was especially touching for his parents. “I used to bring Frankie and his brother here and practice on this field, and they decided to name it after [Frankie], which we were honored to have,” Frank Sr. said. While baseball was a large part of his life, Frankie was also a dedicated student, Joanne said, adding that her son had always dreamed of someday being a pediatrician. “He knew when he was 5 or 6 years old that’s what he wanted,” Joanne said. Because he was both an excellent athlete and student, the Caltabilotas established the Frank Caltabilota Jr. Scholarship Fund in Frankie’s honor. Available to students at both Shore Regional and St. Jerome’s grade school, which Frankie attended as a child, the scholarship is awarded to students who exemplify Frankie’s drive and determination. To help raise money for the scholarship, Meisner ensured that any proceeds and donations that were collected during the tournament would be donated to benefit the scholarship. Prior to the start of the tournament, Frank Sr., standing at second base and surrounded by a crowd of players and spectators, thanked those who were involved in organizing and who donated supplies for the tournament. “This past Thursday, April 16, was Frankie’s 28th birthday, and from the time when he was 5 years old, he loved to play baseball,” Frank Sr. said. “He’d grab a bucket of baseballs and a bat and say, ‘Come on, Dad, let’s go hit some’ in this very field named after him. “Frankie loved playing baseball with and against some of you guys here today,” Frank Sr. said. “I want to thank you all for remembering him, and let’s play baseball today and tomorrow the way he loved to play this game.” After thanking the crowd, Frank Sr. walked to the mound and threw out the first pitch of the day in honor of his son. Contact Daniel Howley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Correspondent Six prior-year champions are among the top competitors set to hit the mats when the District 22 wrestling championships get under way on Feb. 22 at Red Bank Regional High School.Ocean Township High School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) boast three champions apiece. From Ocean, the trio includes Max Rallo, Zach Hertling and Orion Rovegno. Rollo, a junior who is 27-5 at 120 pounds, won the 106-pound division a year ago. Hertling, currently 22-1 at 132 pounds, won as a freshman last winter while competing at 120 pounds. Rovegno brought home the 2012 title at 138 pounds. This time around, the junior owns a 16-7 mark at 145 pounds.Rallo, Hertling and Rovegno have helped coach Cippy Apicelli’s Spartans to a 20-6 record and a second-place finish in the NJSIAA Central Group III competition, where they fell to Brick, 42-23.Several other Spartans are also expected to contend in Red Bank. Ocean features seven grapplers with 20 or more wins. This group includes Jacob Bell (28-4, 220 pounds), Tommy Lyster (21-4, 182 pounds), juniors Andrew MacNeille (21-9, 138 pounds) and Jason Lawhon (21-10, 160 pounds) and sophomore Costa Poniros (20-12, 113 pounds).Meanwhile, CBA junior Erik Beshada will be seeking his third consecutive title after winning at 113 and 120 pounds, respectively, during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Beshada has fashioned a nifty 26-2 mark at 126 pounds this winter.Teammate Christian Casselli, another junior, is looking to make his third straight trip to the District finale. He won as a freshman and was runner-up last year at 126 pounds. Casselli now competes at 138 pounds and is 15- 3 on the year.Nick Melon, a 132-pound senior, owns a 19-4 record. He won a District 23 title as a sophomore while attending Brick Township High School. Other contenders on the Colts are junior Mike Oxley (27-3, 182 pounds) and freshman Dylan VanSickell (17-7, 113 pounds).CBA is 18-4 on the year. The Colts downed St. John Vianney High School in the Non-Public A South semifinals, 45-23, and defeated St. Augustine Preparatory School by an identical 45-23 tally to claim the title.Raritan High School is another team that features several District hopefuls. The Rockets are 20-6 and reached the semifinals of Central Jersey Group II. Anthony Scarcella, currently 22-7 at 126 pounds, and junior heavyweight Pat Toal, 26-3, both took second in the District competition a year ago.Other top Rockets include seniors Jason Bohal (23-6, 132 pounds) and Vin Masi (18- 10, 138 pounds), juniors Ryan Broderick (17- 10, 113 pounds), Connor Sheehan (24-5, 160 pounds), Kyle Lynch (24-5, 170 pounds) and Tyler Jones (15-8, 182 pounds), and sophomore Dylan Seidenberg (19-10, 120 pounds). Long Branch High School, which reached the Central Jersey Group II semifinals and is 18-5 overall, fields a lineup that includes six competitors with 20-plus triumphs. Nick George leads the Green Wave with a 28-3 record at 138 pounds. Nick Pappayliou is 27- 5 at 160 pounds, Chris Pappayliou is 26-4 at 182 pounds and 152-pound Jake George, a District 22 runner-up a year ago, owns a 26- 4 mark.Other Long Branch wrestlers who are looking to make their presence felt at the District event are seniors Luke Balina (18-5, 145 pounds) and Vin Roselli (19-10, 195 pounds), juniors Nick Menkin (21-10, 132 pounds) and Arturo Rios (16-7, 170 pounds), and sophomore Mike Jones (23-6, 106 pounds).For host Red Bank Regional, Alphonse Muolo (25-5, 120 pounds), Youvani Ruiz (26-4, 126 pounds) and Evan Brown (22-9, 145 pounds) are among the grapplers to watch.Keansburg High School: Anthony Sandi (22-6, 145 pounds), junior Carlos Fontanez (26-1, 138 pounds) and sophomore Dylan Alt (19-5, 170 pounds);Keyport High School: Joe Prevost (23-2, 160 pounds), Josh Prevost (19-5, 182 pounds) and Steve Prevost (21-3, 220 pounds);Middletown High School North: Tyler Wilton (27-3, 170 pounds), Amani Rodriguez (28-2, 220 pounds), junior Anthony Fabiano (23-6, 182/195 pounds), and freshmen Anthony Vetrano (23-7, 160 pounds) and Chad Freshnock (28-2, 182/195 pounds);Middletown High School South: Andrew Blasco (25-3, 152 pounds), Trevor Finn (21-6, heavyweight), junior Don Franciosi (25-4, 113 pounds) and sophomore Matt Best (20-7, 145 pounds);Red Bank Catholic High School: Dan States (25-3, 152 pounds), Chris Whitlock (21-7, 160 pounds), and juniors Tom Meer (22-8, 132 pounds) and Shawn McCord (28- 0, 195 pounds); andRumson-Fair Haven Regional High School: Connor Briggs (19-9, 145 pounds), and sophomores Cole Bisaccia (19-6, 106 pounds) and Marcus Iwama (25-1, 126 pounds).
By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Practices went routinely last week for all three Middletown high schools, although there was discussion among players and coaches about the topic of bullying, which had led to arrests and the cancellation of the season at Sayreville War Memorial High School.Middletown South raised its record to 4-1 and stayed in contention for the Shore Conference A North championship and in prime contention for an NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV playoff berth with a 44-0 victory over Howell. It was Middletown South’s third straight shutout victory after a 36-24 loss to South Brunswick as Cole Rogers continued along his big season with four touchdown runs. Middletown South has a divisional showdown on Friday night at unbeaten Manalapan. “We had a team meeting on Monday and restated the school policy (on bullying) to make some kids aware,” said Middletown South coach Steve Antonucci. “It’s something we address every year and try to address it when we may see something so it doesn’t become a problem.”Middletown North also stayed in the running for a state playoff spot in Central Jersey Group IV with a 21-7 victory over Ocean as Troy Thompson caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Donald Glenn and ran 30 yards with a fumble for another score.“I don’t think there’s any place for it (bullying) at all,” said Middletown North coach Steve Bush, who has coached championship teams in New York and Massachusetts and built a powerful program at Manalapan before moving over to Middletown North last season. “We try to build a team with unity. There was a sense of it going on in the past and we talked to the team about doing the right thing. Players must understand that they’re looked to a higher level for the team, their school and the community. But we brought it up again early in the week to make sure they know exactly where we’re coming from. We know the type of kids that are here and don’t expect that to go on and reinforced that we need unity and a family atmosphere.” Bush said he’s seen the seniors work with the younger players to help them develop in the program. Mater Dei also stayed in contention in Non-Public B with a 54- 14 victory at South River as Christian Palmer passed for four touchdowns and ran for another. The Seraphs are 4-1 and have won three straight since a 50-38 loss to Dunellen. Mater Dei coach Steve Sciarappa also is the school principal and spoke about bullying as an “ongoing conversation every day at school. We talked to the younger guys about the expectation of conduct and performance, that when you do something like that, you‘re not doing your job for yourself but also not doing your job for your teammates with that distraction.”Sciarappa said the closely knit atmosphere extends beyond the players to their families, who spend a lot of time around the players at team functions, and said about bullying that “things of that nature don’t happen in our place.”Rich Carroll, director of athletics for the two Middletown public high schools, said there is a Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying officer in his district, just as in other school districts around the state, and there is a mandatory training session for coaches before the season on bullying.“That’s been in place for the second year here and we take it very seriously,” Carroll said. “We’ve taken the time to readdress it and talk to student-athletes how to report bullying. There are always incidents that happen in the course of a school year and Middletown is no different. We have to handle it and educate students.”Bush and Carroll both echoed the sentiment that, although the Sayreville incident is an extreme case with seven students facing charges, bullying generally has been going on for a long time in schools.“Society is changing and how it is addressed, but people should not have to put up with that and should be in a safe environment,” Carroll said. “Some things that happened 30 years ago and were considered a tradition over the years are not tolerated today.”All three Middletown teams showed a strong sense of unity in their games.“This will be a good measuring stick because Manalapan has been our Achilles heel,” Middletown South coach Antonucci said of his next opponent. It’s the first of three big games coming up, followed by games against Brick Memorial, which has not lost since its opening game 42-0 setback to Brick Township, and unbeaten Freehold Township. “A win (over Manalapan) would set us up nicely for the conference and power points for the state (playoffs).”Antonucci credited the defense led by Dylan Rogers (Cole’s brother) at middle linebacker and Nolan Pereless at free safety and a solid offensive surge on the line led by tackle Jim Wilson, who has verbally committed to Youngstown State, tackle Tom Lopez, guards Brian Joyce and Kyle Maynes and center Joe Rutkowski.Bush said Middletown North “needed this one” against Ocean coming off a 56-34 loss to Manalapan as it heads into Friday night’s game at home against 1-4 Howell.“We made some plays but did not run the ball nearly as well as we should,” Bush said. “We made some mistakes and guys got caught up.”Middletown North took command in the third quarter when Chad Freshnock ran one yard for a touchdown and Thompson had his fumble runback for a touchdown. Freshnock, who rushed for 96 yards on 17 carries, set up Thompson’s first touchdown with a 49-yard run. But Middletown North in the first half missed a field goal and had a pass intercepted in the end zone on a deep threat that kept the game close until the third quarter. Bush said cornerback Aaron Borrero made some big stops on fourth down plays while end Matt Dombrowski and outside linebacker Nick Kish also excelled on defense. Lineman Constantine Dudzinski is expected back from an injury for the Howell game after sitting out the Ocean victory. As for Mater Dei, Sciarappa said Tyson Stamper had a “breakout day” as he caught three passes for 173 yards, all touchdowns. “We knew it was just a matter of time for him,” he said and added that the two-platoon system installed this year is “working out well,” all the way to the offensive line where he said center Liam Olausen anchors a cohesive unit. “Everybody out there knows what each other is thinking,” he said.Next is a home game against Shore Regional, the first of three playoff-caliber teams over the next month.“On so many levels, this is a big game for Mater Dei,” Sciarappa said. “They (Shore) come ready every week and have been running their system very well since these kids were in middle school. The thing is we can’t make mistakes. This is a seminal game to see if our players can be on the level of a Shore Regional.”
Leaders Manchester City suffered their second successive Premier League defeat when Tottenham Hotspur produced a stunning fightback to win 4-1 at White Hart Lane on Saturday.Goals from Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Harry Kane and Erik Lamela left City reeling after the visitors had dominated early on and taken a 25th-minute lead through record signing Kevin de Bruyne.Coming a week after a 2-1 home defeat by West Ham United that halted City’s 100 per cent start to the season, their second-half collapse in sunny north London means they could lose top spot after Saturday’s later matches.Manchester United will go top if they beat Sunderland.There seemed no hint of what was to come when City broke quickly in the 25th minute through the marauding Yaya Toure who fed De Bruyne to slot past Hugo Lloris.If there was a hint of offside about that goal, Tottenham’s equaliser on the stroke of halftime was even more controversial.Clearly offside, Kyle Walker crossed low into to the area and although City keeper Willy Caballero saved well from Son Heung-min the ball was drilled back into the net by Dier.Tottenham went ahead five minutes after the break when Lamela’s free kick was headed in by Alderweireld.Eleven minutes later Kane broke his season-long goal famine for his club when he coolly clipped in a rebound after Christian Eriksen’s free kick struck the crossbar.The impressive Lamela completed the scoring when he showed great composure to fire past Caballero.Tottenham’s win, their third in a row in the Premier League, moved them into fifth place with 12 points from seven games, just three points behind City.
WALES ran in nine tries in a devastating attacking display to demolish Italy 67-14 on Saturday and finish a disappointing Six Nations campaign on a high.The Welsh, beaten 25-21 by champions England last weekend, will finish second in the standings while Italy come bottom after losing all five matches.“We are still disappointed with last week and we owed it to the fans,” Wales captain Dan Lydiate told the BBC.“We still gave away some soft tries but the boys played their hearts out and I couldn’t ask for anything else from them,” added the flanker who was leading the side in place of the injured Sam Warburton.“Two bad halves of rugby let us down in this championship and let’s hope we learn from that and we never start again like we did in the game against England.”Scrumhalf Rhys Webb barrelled over from close range to open the scoring for the hosts, celebrating his first start since sustaining a serious leg injury before last year’s World Cup.Italy scrumhalf Guglielmo Palazzani was sin-binned for falling offside and flyhalf Dan Biggar crossed for the second Welsh try before centre Jonathan Davies finished off a flowing move under the posts to stretch the lead to 27-0 at halftime.Centre Jamie Roberts, winger George North and fullback Liam Williams touched down as Wales cut loose in the second half and replacement flanker Ross Moriarty added two late scores before Gareth Davies completed the rout.Palazzani and centre Gonzalo Garcia grabbed Italy’s consolation tries.“We lost against a great team in Wales which shows the young guys must work on this defeat and get better for future,” Italy captain Sergio Parisse said.“The campaign was really difficult, every team gets injuries but for us it is maybe much more difficult because we don’t have the depth but no excuses, from June we have another staff and maybe things will change.”
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has announced the postponement of his much-anticipated re-match with Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko after the British boxer suffered an ankle sprain on a run.Fury was due to defend his WBA and WBO heavyweight crowns in against Klitschko in Manchester on July 9. A date for the rescheduled fight is yet to be decided.“The fight will be postponed. Sorry to all my fans, but injuries do happen,” Fury said on his Instagram page.“The fight will be on as soon as possible. That’s all I know at the moment. The fight is still going ahead as soon as the ankle gets better, we will re-schedule.”The 27-year-old caused a huge upset by beating Klitschko in unanimous decision in November, inflicting the 40-year-old Ukrainian’s first loss in 11 years.
The 2017 Trukai Fun Run will take place on Sunday, June 11, in Port Moresby and other centres around the country.“The Trukai Fun Run is the biggest sporting spectacle in the country with events running in towns and cities simultaneously. This is all possible thanks to our organising partners,” said Greg Worthington-Eyre.“I sincerely thank the wonderful organisations that have taken on this responsibility in our participating centres in 2017.“Without their help it would be an incredibly difficult, if not impossible, task to run an event of this size and scope.”With Trukai Industries the organising partner for Port Moresby, Buka and Arawa, their counterparts in other participating centres this year includes Lae Huon Rotary (Lae), Red Cross (Mt. Hagen), Goroka Rotary (Goroka), Kavieng Rotary (Kavieng), Bipada Ltd (Vanimo), Ramu Agri Industries Ltd (Ramu) and Higaturu Oil Palm (Popondetta).