Keyport, Cattouse ready for big showdown

first_imgMatawan knocks off Warriors to remain undefeated BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer FARRAH MAFFAI staff Fans of Keyport High School football have grown accustomed to watching Ken Cattouse look over his shoulder as he leaves the opposition in his wake. In fact, Cattouse has been so prolific over the course of his career that he is on the verge of becoming the state’s all-time leading rusher. When the Keyport Red Raiders travel to Freehold Borough on Saturday, there will be more on the line than just first place in the National Division. While a win will get the undefeated Red Raiders (5-0) a step closer to another division title, all eyes will be on their tailback, senior Ken Cattouse. Fresh off another spectacular performance (182 yards and four touchdowns) in Keyport’s 54-14 win over Point Beach on Saturday, Cattouse is now just 108 yards shy of the New Jersey career rushing record. Based on his performances throughout his brilliant career, it’s a safe bet to assume he’ll get the record on Saturday. After all, Cattouse has never disappointed in a big spot. Just ask his coach, Mike Ciccotelli. “He’s the best back that I’ve ever had,” he said. “He does a little bit of everything, and has tremendous vision on the field. There’s not much more to say about him. He’s the best.” When asked where he feels Cattouse ranks with the best backs the Shore Conference has put out, Ciccotelli admitted it’s hard to judge, since Keyport plays a Group I schedule, while other standouts, like Red Bank Regional’s Eric McCoo, faced Group III and Group IV competition. However, Ciccotelli added that Cattouse is the type of player who would succeed at any level. “At the right place, he’s going to do some big things,” he said. The right place is rumored to be Iowa University, the first school to recruit Cattouse as a sophomore. A formal announcement of his collegiate destination is forthcoming, but first there are more immediate matters at hand — namely, defending a Central Jersey Group I title. The Red Raiders are the class of the National Division once again, and will look to erase any thought Freehold Borough (3-1) has of dethroning them early on. “It’s going to be a tough game,” Ciccotelli said. “They’ve got a lot of guys back and are talented.” Ciccotelli added that he hopes his team can avoid getting off to a slow start, something they’ve struggled with thus far. “We’ve been dealing with that all year,” he said. “We need to play well from the beginning. I think we’ve had one complete game all year against Shore Regional.” The Red Raiders fell behind early to Point Beach on Saturday, as the Garnet Gulls followed an early interception with a three-play scoring drive to go up 6-0. But Cattouse returned the ensuing kick-off 21 yards, and then tied the game with a 66-yard run on the next play. From there, it was all Keyport, as Cattouse scored twice more before the half (from 33 and 10 yards out), and J.J. Bedle chipped in with a 16-yard TD pass from Kevin Boyce. Meanwhile the Red Raider defense dominated, forcing five consecutive punts, pulling down two interceptions and recovering two fumbles. In other words, Keyport got its act together rather quickly, and the Garnet Gulls had no answers. This Saturday’s game should provide Keyport with a stiff test, but with Cattouse running toward the record books, the Red Raiders should be ready to play from the opening whistle. Game time is 1 p.m. The Matawan Huskies also kept their perfect season intact this past Saturday, and enacted a bit of revenge while doing so. After losing to Manasquan the last two years, coach Joe Martucci’s squad entered Saturday’s game anxious to prove themselves this year, and did so with a 32-13 win at Warrior Field. The Huskies took the early lead when they capped a five-play, 80-yard drive with a 66-yard TD on a screen from A.J. Roque to George Williams. But after Manasquan blocked a punt on the Huskies’ next possession, the Warriors took a 7-6 lead on a 7-yard TD pass from Dan Impagliatelle to Kevin McNamara. But it was all Matawan from there. The Huskies responded with a 53-yard TD strike from Roque to Williams, and then scored again to start the second half when Jason Haskins capped a 13-play, 72-yard drive with a one-yard TD plunge. Manasquan managed to get another score, but Matawan put the game out of reach with Haskins’ second touchdown of the day on the ensuing drive. With the win, the Huskies improved to 5-0, as they prepare for Saturday’s game against Point Boro. Don’t let Point Boro’s 1-4 record fool you, as they, too, have defeated Manasquan this year. Game time is 1:30 p.m. in Matawan. The Raritan Rockets remained perfect with a 21-7 win over Monsignor Donovan. Head coach Derek Sininsky’s squad used three first-half touchdowns to distance themselves from the Griffins, while the Rocket defense played flawlessly. But the second half was a different story, as Mon Don controlled the play, despite scoring only one touchdown, which came late in the fourth quarter. After the game, Sininsky said that his team may have been looking ahead a bit to its next game on Oct. 24 against Wall Township (3-1). While that would explain their poor play in the second half against Donovan, they now have two weeks to dwell on what is their biggest game of the year to this point. Top-ranked Middletown South didn’t blow anybody out this past weekend, but that’s only because they didn’t play. The Eagles used their bye week to prepare for Federal Division rival Manchester, a team that has struggled a bit after getting off to a fast start. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday at the Swamp. The St. John Vianney Lancers also used their bye week to get ready for this Friday when they take on rival Red Bank Catholic at 7 p.m. at Count Basie Field in Red Bank. RBC is coming off a tough 14-6 loss to Wall Township. Middletown North will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing 12-0 loss to Lakewood when they travel to Ocean Township to take on the 2-3 Spartans on Friday at 7 p.m. Holmdel was also blanked this past weekend, falling to Neptune, 26-0. The Hornets will look to their second win of the year on Saturday when they travel to Little Silver to take on a Red Bank Regional team coming off a 34-14 win over Manchester. Game time is 1 p.m. Mater Dei fell to 1-3 with a 41-20 loss to Shore Regional on Saturday, and will look to get back on the winning track on Saturday with a home game against Monsignor Donovan. Game time is 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

Ruck, the key to Nines

first_imgPicture: Courtesy Pearce admitted the Roosters were still coming to grips with the Nines version of the game in the first two tournaments but is expecting an improved showing at this year’s event, taking place at Eden Park Auckland on February 6 and 7. “It’s different, and to be honest in the first year nobody knew how to play it,” Pearce”Last year we had some games go well and others not so much, but I think the teams that went well played tough through the middle.”People are always thinking about the space out wide, but in my opinion the ruck is where the game is won.”Pearce tipped former Bronco Jayden Nikorima to excel for the Tricolours, as well as his halves partner Jackson Hastings and the Roosters’ mobile forwards.”I think Jayden Nikorima would go really well with his speed and footwork, and Jackson Hastings would be great as well after playing last year,” Pearce said.”Mobile forwards would thrive, guys like Sio Siua Taukeiaho and Mitchell Aubusson are the type of guys you want running out there.”last_img read more

Bangladesh coach defends turning pitch

first_imgCHITTAGONG, Bangladesh (CMC):Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes has defended the turning pitch in last week’s opening Test against the Windies, contending that the varying types of tracks around the world helped maintain the “intrigue” of Test cricket.Spinners grabbed 34 of the 40 wickets to fall at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium as the Windies plunged to a shock 64-run defeat inside three days – their first-ever loss on Bangladeshi soil.Set 204 to win, the Windies were bundled out for 139 in 35.2 overs, with left-arm spinner Taijul Islam snapping up six wickets.Rhodes said the first Test scenario was no different from the conditions Bangladesh faced on their tour of the Caribbean earlier this year, when they were bundled out for a record low 43 on the first day in seam-friendly conditions.”I think in the subcontinent, you come to expect turning wickets, so it is no surprise. It is a turning wicket in Colombo where a Test match is going on between England and Sri Lanka,” Rhodes pointed out, in reference to the third Test which ended Monday.”It is just a different type of wicket. I take you back to the Antigua Test, where we played on very alien conditions: green and bouncy, a swinging Duke ball, which nipped around a lot. It was very different.He added: “I think that’s the beauty of playing around the world. There’s lots of different ways of playing this wonderful game. Coming to Bangladesh and playing on different wickets did make [for] some intriguing cricket.”When you feel a little bit worried about getting out [on a turning pitch] , you tend to play in a manner that is a little bit counter-attacking.Pressure factor”Sometimes that looks like rash batting for Test cricket. But it is the pressure that you are being put under and you’re trying to make that bowler not bowl as well. You counterattack a little bit.”To further underscore his point, Rhodes was quick to praise 21-year-old Shimron Hetmyer, who was perhaps the best Windies batsman on show.The aggressive left-hander counter-attacked the Bangladesh spinners in both innings, smashing 63 from 47 balls in the first innings and 27 from 19 deliveries in the second.”I thought Hetmyer’s innings was very interesting. He counter-attacked us,” Rhodes noted. “I was so glad to see him gone in the second innings. He could have caused danger if he lasted an hour.”The Windies face Bangladesh in the second and final Test starting Friday in Dhaka with the prospect of another turner being prepared for the contest.last_img read more

Political manoeuvrings and the CCJ

first_imgDear Editor,It seems to me that no other country will join the Appellate Division of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) before the retirement of the second President, Sir Denis Byron in July next year. The first President, Michael de la Bastide and three other Judges have retired since the court was established in 2005, and we were only fortunate to see four countries on board.I am very disappointed at the attitude of the Governments of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and a few of the Eastern Caribbean states who are still to join. Only Belize and Dominica took steps to join Guyana and Barbados by abolishing appeals to the Privy Council, thus making the CCJ the final court.St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada failed to get the mandate from their electorates because the referenda to pave the way failed, but I am of the view that the referenda were not successful because they were loaded with other aspects, like removing the Queen as head and giving more powers to the politicians. The Jamaicans are reluctant, claiming that the CCJ was in favour of the death penalty, Trinidad and Tobago has numerous excuses and is flip-flopping. Antigua and Barbuda is awaiting the outcome of a referendum which has been postponed in order to sensitive the electorates of the move. This seems like a lame excuse.Meanwhile, the CCJ has made tremendous strides since its 12 years existence. It has top class video conference equipment which can be used by attorneys in various jurisdictions. There is no need for lawyers to travel to Port of Spain to argue their cases; they can do so from Georgetown, Belize City, Bridgetown or Roseau. The court has dealt with several controversial cases and made a landmark decision in the Shanique Myrie case when it awarded substantial damages against the Barbados Government for denying a Jamaican woman entry in Bridgetown. The Judges found that the Immigration officers breached the Treaty of Chaguaramas by denying a Caribbean Community (Caricom) citizen entry.I should emphasise that the CCJ is not fearful to rule against governments and has done so in numerous occasions against Belize and also the Cooperative Republic. A very important issue will soon come up for hearing. The “term limit” case in which the court will decide whether former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo can again serve as President having completed his two consecutive terms as Head of State. The matter will come up for case management on February 6, 2018.Although only four countries have abolished appeals to the Privy Council, the CCJ hears a large number of cases in its original jurisdiction. In fact, the Myrie’s case originated from Jamaica which is not a member of the appellate jurisdiction. I am baffled why so many jurisdictions have not yet severed ties with the Privy Council. Unfortunately, it seems as if the whole process gets so caught up in political manoeuvrings that most countries are still tied to the apron strings of the London-based Privy Council.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeetlast_img read more


first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team fell 76-70 to McGill University in pre-season action on Friday, October 4 at Goldring Centre for High Performance SportHOW IT HAPPENED: McGill outscored the Blues 30-23 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory, despite Toronto having led at the end of the first and third quarters. Third-year guard Evan Shadkami led the Blues scoring with 24 points. UC-Riverside transfer Eric Rwahwire led Toronto’s rebounding with 11, while sophomore Iñaki Alvarez led the team in assists with three on the night.UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action on Sunday, October 6 as they take on the UQAM Citadins in St. Catherines. Tip off is set for 2 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Tiger leaps into early lead at PGA’s BMW Championship

first_imgIt was the low round of the season for Woods, two shots under his closing 64 at last month’s PGA Championship, and his lowest round in any PGA event since a 61 in the second round of the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational — his most recent triumph.Woods had not fired a better opening round in a PGA event since a 61 at the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic.The 42-year-old American has made progress all season in his recovery from nagging back pain, leading in the final round of July’s British Open before settling for a share of sixth and taking second in last month’s PGA Championship.Woods, whose 79 PGA titles are three shy of Sam Snead’s record, began on the back nine and opened with a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-4 10th hole, then added back-to-back birdie putts from 13 feet at 12 and 10 feet at the 13th hole.At the par-5 16th, Woods landed the ball five feet from the cup on his second shot and rolled in the eagle putt, then pulled off another back-to-back birdie run at the 18th and first holes, the latter from 13 feet.Former world number one Woods, now ranked 26th, dropped his approach inches from the hole at the par-4 seventh and tapped in for birdie, but missed the green and took bogey at the par-3 eighth then answered with a seven-foot birdie putt at 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger WoodsPHILADELPHIA, United States, Sep 6 – Tiger Woods, seeking his first victory in five years, fired his lowest PGA opening round since 1999 — a eight-under-par 62 — to seize the clubhouse lead Thursday at the BMW Championship.The 14-time major champion, nearing the end of his comeback campaign from spinal fusion surgery, made seven birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey to stand atop the early leaderboard at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia.last_img read more

Madrid fall again, Barca, Atletico win

first_imgLeague leaders Atletico Madrid now lead Real by three points and have a better head-to-head record against Los Blancos as they beat Granada 1-0.Barcelona moved into second place, a point behind Atletico, with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou thanks to a double from Neymar.But it was a bittersweet night for the Catalans as goalkeeper Victor Valdes may have played his last game for the club after suffering cruciate ligament damage that will rule him out of the World Cup.Real were looking to react from a first defeat in 32 games on Sunday as they lost a thrilling El Clasico 4-3 to Barcelona and they started brightly with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema going close inside the first 10 minutes.Ronaldo did open the scoring 14 minutes in as his free-kick cannoned off Ivan Rakitic to leave Sevilla goalkeeper Beto helpless.The lead lasted only four minutes as Bacca finished off a fine move by converting Jose Antonio Reyes’ pass from close range.Reyes could then have put his side in front as Bacca returned the favour, but the former Arsenal man dragged his shot just wide.However, Sevilla were grateful to Beto six minutes before the break as he brilliantly turned Ronaldo’s piledriver over the bar.Ronaldo was somehow denied his second of the night moments later as this time he lifted the ball over Beto, but the ball struck the inside of the post and rolled across the line before being cleared by a Sevilla defender.Madrid continued to press after the break, but were struck on the counter-attack 18 minutes from time when wonderful play by Rakitic took him past Pepe and the Croatian played in Bacca to fire home his second of the night.Beto was called into action once more to deny Ronaldo moments later, but for all their possession Madrid failed to carve out another clear opening and their hopes of salvaging anything from the game disappeared when Bale’s free-kick flew over in the final minute.And Real boss Carlo Ancelotti lamented his side’s inability to deal with Sevilla on the counter-attack.“In one sense the defeat could be deserved because we didn’t prepare well for the counter-attack which Sevilla had and they scored two goals,” he said.“We conceded two goals in the same way on the counter-attack when we needed more balance.”However, the Italian still believes his side have a chance to redeem themsevles in the final eight games of the season.“We need to concentrate on our own games, it is true we have lost two games in a row and that is not good at this point in the season.“We need to believe that we can win it still. We are three points behind Atletico and two behind Barcelona, everything is still possible.”– Destiny in Barca’s hands –Barcelona now have the destiny of the title in their own hands as they host Atletico on the final day of the season.However, their joy was tempered by Valdes’ injury that will keep him out of the World Cup for Spain.Valdes collapsed to the ground holding his right knee whilst making a routine save and was in tears as he was stretchered from the field.“Victor Valdes has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery,” the club confirmed via its official Twitter account.“It is very bad luck and a very costly injury, too much for a game that means just three points,” Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Barca TV.And midfielder Andres Iniesta admitted it was difficult for the Barca players to concentrate on the game after the injury.“It was an uncomfortable situation on the pitch. The players weren’t the same, the fans weren’t the same. Everything seemed a bit strange.“The important thing now is that he recovers well.”Neymar had already put the hosts in front before Valdes’ injury as he tapped home Alexis Sanchez’s cross.Lionel Messi continued his fine run of form to make it 2-0 from a wonderful Iniesta pass on the half hour before Neymar rounded off the scoring 23 minutes from time.It was a quieter evening at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico continued to demonstrate their title credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Granada.In a game short on clear-cut chances, it was once again Diego Costa who made the difference for Diego Simeone’s men as he headed home Jose Sosa’s corner 27 minutes from time to register his 32nd goal of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, March 26- Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their La Liga title hopes as a 2-1 win for Sevilla sent them crashing to a second defeat in four days on Wednesday.Colombian striker Carlos Bacca struck twice to give the hosts a sixth consecutive league win after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring.last_img read more

Smith puts on show against Chicago

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThe league’s Co-Comeback Player of the Year struck quickly and didn’t stop. He finished with 12 catches for a career-high 218 yards, the fourth-highest yardage total in playoff history. Eric Moulds had 240 yards for Buffalo in a wild-card game at Miami in 1999. “He’s a special player. We say that every week,” Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme said. “When they needed a play, he made it,” Bears star linebacker Brian Urlacher said. “He’s the best offensive player in the league.” Not that Smith’s performance came as a surprise to the Bears. When the two teams played in November, Chicago couldn’t contain Smith – he had 14 catches for 169 yards – but that time the Bears won 13-3. The only thing Smith didn’t do that day was score a touchdown and he took care of that right away Sunday. “I was motivated,” he said. “We were ready for whatever they threw at us. We had routes to counterpunch and we did,” Smith said. “I’m just really utilizing my talents. They throw me the ball, my job is to catch it. If I don’t catch the ball, they will get somebody in here who will.” That meant a long day for Chicago’s vaunted defense. “We talked about not giving up the big play and trying to keep Steve Smith contained and we weren’t able to do that,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “You can double-cover him and you can play deep and make him catch balls in front of you. A couple of those plays, that’s what we were supposed to have been doing, playing deeper and forcing him to catch the ball in front of us.” Now Smith and the Panthers are on their way to Seattle, looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. “We have good confidence. But we can’t let it overwhelm us like we just won the Super Bowl, because we haven’t,” Smith said. Smith broke his leg in the 2004 season opener. Now he and the Panthers are two victories away from a championship, and he is a major reason why. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img CHICAGO – Steve Smith was everywhere: cutting across the middle to catch a key pass, taking quick screens and using his speed, outjumping Charles Tillman to set up a field goal and twice getting behind a fallen defender for touchdowns. Smith showed why he was the NFL’s top receiver this season. He also showed the way Sunday as the Carolina Panthers beat the Chicago Bears, 29-21, in the NFC divisional round. last_img read more

RE/MAX sued by tiny rival over name

first_imgA tiny real estate company has sued one of the industry’s biggest players and 1,700 of its agents in Los Angeles over trademark infringement, according to court documents. After Manhattan Beach-based RE/MAX All Cities Realty Inc. refused to drop the All Cities part of the company name, All Cities Realty Inc. of Costa Mesa sued the company, as well as some of its current and former agents, in Los Angeles Superior Court. “This is costing me a ton of money,” said Joseph Miner, who started All Cities Realty in 1996 and is one of two employees. “And it was never about money. We asked them many times for a couple of years to quit using the name.” He does business throughout Southern California. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMiner’s suit claims that this RE/MAX office’s use of the name All Cities Realty, starting in 2002, has caused him financial damage of a least $100,000 per defendant. Miner said that about 830 agents have been served. His attorney, Jeffrey F. Sax, said that the vast majority will eventually be served. “They have to maintain a current address with the state so it’s not hard to find them. If we don’t get all of them we’ll get 95 to 98 percent,” he said. Miner has also sued RE/MAX All Cities in federal court. The Superior Court action was necessary because during a federal court proceeding, RE/MAX claimed not to share in revenue from agent commissions, Sax said. RE/MAX attorney David B. Sandelands disputes Sax’s view of why a filing was made in Superior Court. “That’s an incorrect statement,” he said. “That’s as far as I’m willing to go on that matter. He has filed a motion to put the Superior Court case on hold while the federal action proceeds and a hearing has been set for Sept. 26. The federal court case is scheduled to start next April. “We believe the claims lack merit. If this case were to proceed to trial, we believe RE/MAX All Cities will prevail,” Sandelands said. He said that the phrase “All Cities Realty” is just a combination of generic words. RE/MAX All Cities Realty has 14 offices in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, including a commercial brokerage office in Woodland Hills. Its Web site says the company now has 700 agents. (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Program puts focus on fingerprints

first_img“We ran a set of prints to see how long it would take and to determine the fee,” West Covina police Cmdr. Mark Tedesco said. The first set of prints entered into the system were traced back to Francisco Lopez Jr., 19, of La Puente, who was arrested Monday by the West Covina police on suspicion of grand theft auto, Tedesco said. The fast results have excited the officers at the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station. “The fingerprint recovery program is a wonderful addition to Diamond Bar and the ongoing crime prevention and neighborhood watch program,” Clarke said. Before the program began, the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station had its fingerprints analyzed by the county sheriff. But due to the large number of prints dropped off at the station each day, certain crimes such as car burglaries were lower priority compared to rape and murder, Tedesco said. “It may take three to four months because they are serving such a large area,” Tedesco said. “With the new program, prints can be processed within a week as compared to months.” Maxey is encouraged by the early progress. “It is a successful program,” he said. “It’s great and it just shows that the city of Diamond Bar always stays on the cutting edge of enhancing public safety.” (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DIAMOND BAR – The sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar Station has started a new program to get fingerprints faster from crime scenes and to get a head start on catching culprits. A technician trained in print recovery can now respond immediately to various crimes. In the past, the sheriff’s crime laboratory was sent to recover fingerprints, and response time could take days, officials said. And the station is working out a deal in which they can take the fingerprints to the West Covina Police Department and get them processed quicker, rather than take them to the sheriff’s crime lab. While details have not yet been finalized, officials said they are encouraged by early results. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Within the first week \, we have arrested someone on prints,” sheriff’s Lt. Joe Maxey said. “This is wonderful for the city,” said Sandy Clarke, law enforcement technician for the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station. “I think this is one of the best things they could have done to help catch people and deter others from committing crimes.” Clarke was transferred from her position in crime prevention to law enforcement technician after undergoing three weeks of training at the the sheriff’s crime lab. She is responsible for lifting prints at crime scenes and having them analyzed. On July 31, Clarke took a variety of prints to the West Covina police to have them analyzed and to help establish the terms of the contract. last_img read more