Staff Writer Defending champions Titus Mungi and Catherine N’bereba will return to Red Bank to lead a field of more than 3,500 runners in the George Sheehan Classic on Saturday. Another 500-600 people will participate in a variety of other events that begin Friday evening with the Kids Classic, a variety of short races for children ages 4-13, race director Bob Rosa said. In addition to the five-miler, the weekend includes a wheelchair race and a two-mile health and fitness walk. Last year’s race was nearly postponed because of heavy rains that caused flooding along the course. A Herculean effort by Bob Rosa and other members of the race committee resulted in some last-minute course adjustments that allowed the race to go on, albeit at just over 4.9 miles. The last-minute downpour put a dent in walk-up registrations, and just under 3,000 runners competed in the five-miler. “I did order good weather this time,” Rosa joked. “So far our numbers are good, and we’ll be taking registrations right up until race time.” This year, for the first time, participants will be timed by computer chip, Rosa noted. All runners will be issued a chip that they must wear on their ankle. This will enable each runner to get an accurate time based on the time they actually cross the start and finish lines. Runners must pick up their chips at the race registration tent in Marine Park beginning on Friday from 2 to 9 p.m. and on race morning beginning at 6:30 a.m. Chips will be collected at the finish line. Race organizers have also brought back the Friday night pasta dinner, which will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Marine Park. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for kids and may be purchased at the door. A free concert sponsored by the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation also will be held Friday in the park, beginning at 6 p.m. Rosa said that a minimum of $1 per runner will be donated to the Family Health Clinic of Red Bank, a free medical treatment facility for people without health insurance. The five-mile course remains the same for the fifth straight year (barring inclement weather), starting and ending on Broad Street and meandering through the neighboring towns of Fair Haven and Little Silver. It also includes an out-and-back aspect along Harding Road. Between miles three and four, the course winds through the residential side streets of Fair Haven. Just past the four-mile mark, runners get to climb Tower Hill, but it’s downhill on the other side and relatively flat from there to the finish. Mungi won the men’s race in 23:05, while fellow Kenyan N’bereba was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 26:27. Several other world-class runners will be on hand as well. On the men’s side competitors include Gabriel Muchiri and John Korir, who finished second and fourth, respectively, in the Sheehan last summer, and Johnson Muiruri, who finished second in the recent Crescent City Classic in New Orleans. All are from Kenya. Top women include Kenyan Kim Saddic, who won the Sheehan three years ago and finished fourth last year; Catherine Nbereba, who won the Boston Marathon for the second time in April and who is a member of the Kenyan Olympic team; and three-time U.S. Olympian Ann Marie Lauck, who will be running in the Sheehan for the first time. Although the presence of elite athletes lends an air of importance to the event, the Classic is primarily a local race. More than half the field comes from the surrounding communities in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean counties, Rosa noted. “We get a lot of support from runners in the area, but we do get a fair number of runners from other parts of the state and New York and Pennsylvania,” Rosa said. “And the three towns along the route have been great,” he said. “We could never have a race this size without their help.” The Kids Classic will begin at 6 p.m. on Aug. 11. A five-mile wheelchair race will start at 8:25 a.m. The five-mile Classic begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Health & Fitness Walk following at 8:40 a.m. Other activities include a Runners Expo in Marine Park from 2 to 9 p.m. on Friday and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. Entries for the five-miler are $25. Entries for the fitness walk and Kids Classic are $16. For more information, call (732) 988-7725 or visit www.sheehanclassic.org. Race results will be posted on the site after 6 p.m. on Saturday. The site also includes a schedule and description of the events, race registration information, detailed course maps, hotel information and directions. By WARREN RAPPLEYEA
Photo Getty Images Caption: LeBron James (L) faces Patrick Beverley (R) James returned from a thoracic muscle strain as the struggling Lakers went down 111-106 against the Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday.The three-time NBA champion, who missed the loss to the Denver Nuggets, was nine of 24 from the floor and two of 12 from three-point range for 23 points and 10 assists.Speaking to reporters afterwards, James – whose first season with the Lakers was ravaged by a groin injury – said he was kneed in the groin by Clippers opponent Patrick Beverley.”I felt healthy going into the game. The second or third defensive possession I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Bev,” James said.”That kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago.”Tough finish. Refocus and move forward. pic.twitter.com/hylrbGvey8— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 26, 2019It was another disappointing outing for Western Conference leaders the Lakers (24-7), who crashed to a fourth consecutive defeat.The Lakers lost to the Clippers (23-10) for the second time this season, having dropped Opening Night against Kawhi Leonard’s team.”They got stops, they made shots,” James said. “When we got stops, we weren’t able to counter on the other end and make shots. We’ll watch the film at our next practice and see ways we can get better.”It’s a long season, it’s a marathon, so, you know, it was a great atmosphere. We had a chance to win. But they made the plays.”
Dear Editor,Last Wednesday, Brazil’s senate voted to remove its first female President, Dilma Rousseff, from office; the culmination of a yearlong struggle that paralyses Latin America’s largest nation and exposed deep rifts among its people on everything from race relations to social spending.A lesson Guyanese can learn from this bold act is that anyone can be removed from office if he/she is accused and found guilty of being corrupt while in public office.It doesn’t matter who she or he is! At least they did it using the democratic method in Brazil!Yours faithfully,Rooplall Dudhnath
Dear Editor,What happened? Did President David Granger suddenly wake up and become Columbus number two, that he and his administration now discover that he “…believed the rates are high and that there should have been certain parking exemptions from the inception…”Also, he said, “We do feel that the contract is burdensome…” Why only now?What did he do with the reports from his two Ministers – Finance and Legal Affairs? He received those reports several months ago. Did he read them at all and note their recommendations?Anyway, I’m positive that those reports and the recommendations were discussed at Cabinet, but they took a gamble, relying on the loyalty of their own supporters, ie, the kit and kin, for them to remain quiet by all means possible with the rest of the population.Note that the President said, “…pay your taxes and let the city run properly and WE won’t have to resort to these measures…”Now, where did the ‘WE’ come from, especially if he and his Cabinet were not part of the entire process?Anyone who believes that Minister Ronald Bulkan signed on for the parking meters to become operational on his own, needs his/her head examined.How can any Minister sign on to something on behalf of the government without the blessings of the President and his Cabinet? Just like the Drug Bond, which Minister George Norton eventually confessed, was a Cabinet’s decision.I do congratulate everyone who has and will continue to protest. The effectiveness of those demonstrations are the real reasons for the Government and the Mayor and City Council waking up and trying to cover up their blunders, with the Government mouth-pieces claiming they are now looking into the wellbeing of the citizens of this dear land.What really jolted them into action is not just the size of the demonstrations, but the unity of all the demonstrators. This is their real headache and President now telling us about the ‘Terror Clause.’The parking meters have to be scrapped. We have to remain united, for in unity lies strength. This ‘Terror Clause’ has nothing to do with us. As citizens we were never informed or consulted.Therefore, let those who were involved and signed on to it, let them pay, be it the Government of the ‘Gang of Four’. Those ‘green monsters’ have to go; we are already under too much financial burdens.Let them go after those who are not paying taxes to raise revenues.Yours sincerely,Chandra Shekar Azad
The Deejays started their title defense on a high, winning one of the cups that evaded them last season after spanking Nakuru 17-7 to win the season-opening Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa last weekend.Homeboyz playters celebrate after winning teh Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa on September 3, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULU“It was a morale boosting start because that is one of the finals we lost last season. The target this year is an improvement and that means going to the legs we failed to win and winning them. At least though, we should be able to get into all the finals,” Murunga told Capital Sport.He expects a tough tournament at the Kabeberi Sevens especially having been pooled with hosts Mwamba RFC, Nondescript and guest side Daystar Falcons.“We saw from Mombasa last weekend that in the game of sevens you cannot underrate anyone. We could easily see the so called small teams causing upsets so we can’t afford to let our guard down,” the soft-spoken former national team assistant coach said.“It is a tough pool and our minimum target on day one is making it into the Main Cup quarters. Mwamba are playing at home so definitely that’s a tough one and Nondescript as well is not an easy opponent,” he added.-Changes-Homeboyz RFC’s Michael Wanjala attempts to offload the ball at teh Driftwood Sevens on September 2, 2017.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUThe coach has shown his intent by maintaining the core squad that won in Mombasa but made three changes occasioned by injury. He has brought in Tony Khadambi, Mark Wandeto and Michael Nyakundi for Riddick Okwemba, Brian Songoi and Collins Shikoli.“It is very important to maintain consistency because that’s the mark of a winning team. We will only make changes when need be. We have a rich squad depth with most national team players not here with is. If these ones keep winning, then there is no need to change,” Murunga explained.Among the players who might be in line to strengthen the team this campaign include Kenya Simbas star Joshua Chisanga as well as Kenya Simbas players; Augustine Lugonzo, Bush Mwale, Oscar Ayodi and Tony Onyango.Murunga has disclosed the national team players might get an opportunity at some point in the season but has cautioned that if the current crop continue performing, then he will see no reason of changing.Among the areas Murunga has worked to improve this past week include the finishing bit of play which he said was one of the grey areas from last weekend.Homeboyz team for Kabeberi Sevens:Charles Omondi, Oscar Okaron, Humphrey Owuor, Leonard Mugaisi, Tony Khadambi, Jeff Oluoch, Cyprian Kuto, Michael Wanjala, Stanley Isogol. Keith Wasike, Mark Wandeto, Zeden.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Homeboyz RFC head coach Paul Murunga chats with one of his players at the Driftwood Sevens in Mombasa.Photo/TIMOTHY OLOBULUNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 8- Homeboyz RFC will be out to cement their leadership at the top of the National Sevens Circuit this weekend with head coach Paul Murunga targeting another clean sweep of 22 points with a Main Cup conquest at the Kabeberi Sevens.Homeboyz, the reigning circuit champions reached all the finals last season, winning three while losing a similar number and Murunga wants an improvement of the same this season.
2 Eden Hazard This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the freeiPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukChelsea midfielder Eden Hazard sat down with Sport for a quick chat that took in obscure Japanese cartoons, ping-pong and THAT ballboy incident. He also revealed his admiration for a former teammate which may just shock Arsenal fans…What’s your favourite goal you’ve scored?“When Lille won the league against Marseille: 30 metres, left foot – bam. One of the most important goals and one of the nicest ones.”If you could be a professional in another sport, what would you choose?“Basketball, but I’m too short [long pause].Ping-pong! Ping-pong, maybe…”Not quite as glamorous as football?“I’m a good ping-pong player, though.”Which TV shows are you watching?“I mainly watch French TV. But, between football and the kids, I don’t have time.”Do you have any hidden talents?[Switches to English] “I cook!”What’s your favourite dish?“I do almost everything, or I try to do everything. Whatever you want, I’ll make!”What’s the most surreal moment of your career?“The ballboy incident last year. It’s one of those things that, if I could go back, I would never have done it. That would be the most bizarre thing.”Who’s the most talented player you’ve played with?“Samuel Eto’o – he’s one of the best players in the world. Obviously here Frank Lampard, JT, with the respect they create and what they’ve gone through. And, in France, Gervinho – his skills with the ball are insane.” 2 If you could change one thing about football, what would it be?“The offside rule [laughs] – so that I could be way more free and stand next to the goal. But apart from that, nothing.”Who do you admire outside of football?“My life is football. But, if I have to go away from football, Michael Jordan is a big inspiration.”Favourite film?“Untouchable. It’s a French movie – it’s a very emotional movie, very real movie about a handicapped man who seeks help from someone coming from the ghettos of France who doesn’t have a lot of money. So [they are] completely different personalities, but they have a great friendship.”If you could have one superpower, what would it be?“The shot from Olive et Tom. [Sport makes a confused face]. It’s a Japanese cartoon.” [Hazard’s translator explains: “The star of the cartoon has the biggest kick you can imagine – it goes through the goals and everything.”]What’s your most treasured possession?“Nothing especially. I’m not superstitious. I don’t have anything that’s precious.”Where’s your favourite travel destination?“South of France – Corsica. It’s not far, great weather, great beaches.”What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve read about yourself?“I can’t really recall – I’m sure there are some, but I can’t recall anything special.”Favourite World Cup moment?“When France won in 1998. I’m not French, but I was supporting France – I was a Zinedine Zidane fan.”
West Ham and Everton target Angelo Ogbonna is expected to make a decision on his future this week.The Juventus defender has been courted by the Premier League duo this summer and reports in Italy have revealed the Hammers are favourites to land the 27-year-old.Ogbonna struggled to cement a regular first-team spot with the Italian double winners last season and manager Massimiliano Allegri is prepared to allow the centre-back to leave Turin.And now according to Sky Italia, it is up to the former Torino defender to decide whether or not to move to the Premier League or stay in Serie A and see out the remaining three years of his Juve deal.New Hammers boss Slaven Bilic views Ogbonna as a top transfer target as he assesses his squad and looks to strengthen with the added demand of Europa League qualifying fixtures.Meanwhile, Everton could still make a late move for the £8m-rated defender if he rejects a switch to east London. 1 Angelo Ogbonna with Juventus teammate Paul Pogba
1 Birkir Bjarnason scored Iceland’s first ever European Championship goal Birkir Bjarnason scored Iceland’s first ever tournament goal as Heimir Hallgrimsson and Lars Lagerback’s men fought back to a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Saint-Etienne.Luis Nani had opened the scoring in a dominating performance from the favourites, but a defensive mishap allowed Iceland back into the game, and they held on valiantly to claim a point from the hardest game in Group F.It took over half-an-hour for Nani to grab the opener, but Portugal will rightfully feel they should have been much further ahead by that point – although it was Gylfi Sigurdsson who came closest to breaking the deadlock.Finding space in the inside-left channel, he hit a powerful drive towards the near post, although Rui Patricio dealt with the shot, before claiming the rebound which Sigurdsson failed to direct into the back of the net.Following that chance for the tournament debutants, Portugal dominated the half; Andre Gomes and Joao Mario were heavily involved in much of the attacking play.Vieirinha had their first real attempt, smashing a strong shot at goal from 25 yards which goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson did well to punch away.Halldorsson was Iceland’s most involved player in the half, following up that punch with a series of impressive catches from Portugal crosses.He then made one of the saves of the tournament, to keep the score level.Cristiano Ronaldo showed his first real glimpse, making space for himself on the left wing and sending the ball into the box. It was perfectly weighted for Nani to head home, but Halldorsson came flying across his goal to deflect the ball with his foot.However, the keeper could not hold his own for much longer, and Nani soon beat him with a sidefooted finish from Gomes’ well worked cross.Portugal continued to apply the pressure, Ronaldo going closest to grab the second, but Iceland’s back-line held firm, entering the dressing room at half-time in need of some severe changes.And although Iceland started the second half in the same manner they ended the first, it was they who got the all-important next goal.A counter attack saw Birkir Bjarnason lashing home a Savarsson cross from close range, having been given all the time in the world to set himself up thanks to some woefully poor defending from Vieirinha.The goal brought a renewed vigour to Portugal, although they struggled to break through a sold defence.Ronaldo and Nani each had two opportunites to retake the lead, although Iceland looked dangerous on the counter without ever really threatening the goal.Portugal pushed for the next goal, introducing Renato Sanches and Ricardo Quaresma from the bench, whilst Alfred Finnbogason came on as Iceland themselves continued to attack when presented the opportunity.And Finnbogason was so close to bagging a winner, forcing a fine stop from Patricio with a powerful left footed shot from inside the area.Ronaldo had the last opportunities for Portugal, but two successive free-kicks hit the wall, and following the latter the referee blew the whistle to great cheers from the Iceland players.
Aaron Mooy in action for Melbourne City 1 Manchester City have signed former Bolton midfielder Aaron Mooy from their sister club Melbourne City.The 25-year-old, who started his career as a scholar at Bolton back in 2009, has spent the past four seasons at Melbourne after his move from St Mirren in 2012.He has racked up 102 A-League appearances, scoring 22 goals, and has now earned himself a switch to the Premier League, signing a three-year deal at the Etihad.However, it has been suggested that Mooy will not figure in Pep Guardiola’s first-team plans straight away with a loan to a fellow European club on the cards.Managing director of City Football Services told the club’s official website: “Aaron is an extremely talented player who possesses the attributes we hope to foster and encourage within the City Football Group.“Aaron’s move to Manchester allows us to further expose him to a high standard of opportunities to ensure his professional growth.”