BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer BY WARREN RAPPLEYEAStaff Writer On the heels of coach Jeanne Dickinson’s 300th career victory, the Mater Dei High School softball team will be looking for its eighth win this afternoon when it visits St. Rose of Belmar. The Seraphs are coming off a 5-3 triumph against Keansburg on Friday behind the pitching of Lara Vega and a 4-for-4 performance at the plate by Stephanie Kinnick. Mater Dei increased its overall record to 7-3 with the success; the Seraphs are second with a 6-2 mark in the Shore Confer-ence’s Class B Central division. Of the three losses, two (Keansburg and Shore) were by one run, and the other was a 5-3 loss to Holmdel. Traditionally a light-hitting team, Mater Dei boasts a .350 team batting average. Kinnick, who plays third, and sophomore first baseman Jaime Coppa are both batting well above the .400-mark. Shortstop Meghan Tartaglia is hitting .380. “Everybody’s kind of putting it together at the plate this year,” Dickinson said. “We’re using our speed on the bases, we’ve even been playing a bit of small ball. That and our defense have kept us in every game.” Vega, meanwhile, has been solid on the mound, posting a 1.70 ERA to go with 54 strikeouts and just 22 walks. Defensively, the Seraphs have also performed well, the coach noted. The Mater Dei lineup also includes center fielder Kate Gagliano, second baseman Erica Weeks and catcher Alex Imtanios, all seniors; left fielder Kristianne Gallagher and right fielder Jodi Price, both juniors; and three freshmen: DH Tess Gaglinao, and versatile reserves Lauren Florio and Lauren McKeown. “The girls are playing well together,” Dickinson said. “A couple of times we played hard for six innings and let things slip away. I think the girls learned from that. Overall, I’m very pleased.” Following the St. Rose game, Mater Dei is scheduled to visit Keyport on Friday and will travel to Shore Regional on Saturday. Veteran coach notches 300th career win
Ryan Jack broke Brendan Rodgers’ run of Old Firm run dominance as he struck his first Rangers goal to seal a 1-0 Ibrox win.The Celtic boss had won 10 and drawn two out of 12 derby clashes since moving to Glasgow two and a half years ago.But Gers’ long wait for a victory over their bitter rivals was finally ended thanks to Jack’s first-half winner.The Hoops were backed by just 700 travelling supporters and found themselves drowned out both on and off the park as Rangers’ pressing game fired up the jubilant home faithful.Steven Gerrard will now believe his side have proven they are in the hunt for the title after drawing level on points with Celtic, albeit having played a game more.Gers had Scott Arfield, Ryan Kent and Connor Goldson in their line-up after all three won their race against time to be fit for the second derby of the season.Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard started on the bench as Parkhead teenager Mikey Johnston was handed his first Old Firm appearance.The teams observed a minute’s silence in memory of the 66 victims of the 1971 Ibrox disaster – but the volume soon soared as Andy Halliday slid for a crunching tackle on Olivier Ntcham while Alfredo Morelos trod a fine line with a kick-out at Scott Brown.That set the tone for a pumped up Gers display.Gerrard had bemoaned his side’s lack of belief in their previous meeting but there was no hesitation this time as they pressurised Celtic into mistake after mistake.Dedryck Boyata was first to wobble as a square pass to no one was almost intercepted by Daniel Candeias. Brown was forced to stretch to save the day but referee John Beaton waved away the Portuguese winger’s penalty claim.Craig Gordon then had to rescue Celtic twice as he kept out efforts from Candeias and Goldson.Rangers were turning up the heat and Brown – who had a day to forget – looked relieved as he headed against his own crossbar from Halliday’s inswinging corner.Boyata had to race back to block a Morelos strike after Filip Benkovic had allowed the Colombian to race free.But Gerrard’s team got the goal they longed for after 31 minutes. Kent ran Mikael Lustig to the corner before sitting the Swede down with a brilliant turn. He found Jack with the cut back and the midfielder slotted past the wrong-footed Gordon with a nick off Brown’s shins.While Ibrox erupted, Rodgers looked concerned. This was not how the Hoops boss had planned it and he could have done without losing both Lustig and Benkovic to injury at the break.Kristoffer Ajer and Anthony Ralston were introduced but it was Boyata who again looked nervous within two minutes of the restart as he allowed Kent to nick possession and race clear. Gordon produced a vital block before Boyata got back on the line to keep out Arfield.Gordon’s fingertip save kept out a Jack strike and worried by the continued flow of traffic coming at his team, Rodgers rolled the dice as he replaced Johnston with Edouard on the hour mark.He thought Callum McGregor had levelled after 67 minutes, but the flag was already up as he slotted through his Gers namesake’s legs.McGregor bailed out his team at the other end with a vital block when another Boyata blunder saw Morelos tee up Arfield.Edouard had turned the game in Celtic’s favour on their last Govan visit back in March and his run almost handed the visitors their chance with five minutes left but Halliday’s brave block ensured Rangers clinched a precious win.
Patriotism, national pride and excitement ran high as thousands of Guyanese flocked the Guyana National Stadium at Providence to be part of four exciting Hero Caribbean Premier League home matches which will no doubt have a continuing redounding positive impact on the country’s overall economic and tourism development.It must be stated from the outset that the Hero CPL managed to also unify a very much divided Guyana as persons from all sections of society regardless of their race, creed, sexual orientation and political persuasion rallied behind the so far triumphant Guyana Amazon Warriors.So high was the amount of unity and cohesiveness during the past three weeks that it is widely believed that the tournament stood out as one of the clear examples of avenues that could be used to push the Government’s social cohesion agenda by the utilisation of sport as a mechanism to bridge social and racial gaps that exist in our society.It was this unity and display of cohesiveness that has no doubt motivated and inspired the good performances delivered by the players and organisers of the 2016 tournament thus far. While Guyana would have again lost its bid to host the finals of the game, Providence remains one of the most talked about, hyped and packed venues when compared to the others in the league as far as hosting international cricket events and CPL matches are concerned.Also, the Hero CPL games came to Guyana at a time when there has been a notable slowdown in domestic trade and business. Interestingly, the tournament came to the country at a time too when small businesses were struggling to catch their hands because of various factors which were working against them while depleting their expected levels of revenues and profitability.It therefore provided these small businesses with an opportunity to maximum their profits through sale of small portions of confectionaries near the stadium and at other Hero CPL-associated parties and events. It provided those who signed up officially for the bread and breakfast initiative with another means of garnering revenue because scores of overseas-based Guyanese returned home while there was an increase in tourist arrivals for the matches here.Larger scale businesses and companies also benefited tremendously from the hosting of CPL matches here and while many of them would have maximised the marketing opportunities available via the tournament to boost sales and achieve brand popularity, others settled for just mounting promotions to give back to their loyal customers by providing them opportunities to join the biggest party in sport.The Hero CPL also saw the occupancy rates at local hotels, bars, sports clubs, and community shops who had access to the televised games broadcast significantly boosted as well as their profitability.The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change Government’s endorsement of the event and the laudable involvement of key ministers and personnel in handing out of awards and participation in local Hero CPL events demonstrates their commitment to the development of sport, the success of the Guyana Amazon Warriors and the upwards movement of the direct and indirect benefits to the country’s young tourism sector because of market access and promotional opportunities for Destination Guyana.Research shows that the Guyana economy leads others in the league as far as the benefits it accrues from the injection of millions of US dollars each year it hosts the tournament, leaving out the other noteworthy indirect benefits.As such more companies should get on-board the league by entering into mutual and lucrative deals with the Guyana Franchise owners and providing various forms of endorsement and sponsorship for the Amazon Warriors whenever allowed and applicable according to the existing rules and agreement framework.Secondly, the Government led by its Education, Tourism and Business ministries must do much more to press the owners of the Hero CPL and the regional organisers to bring the semifinals and finals to Guyana even if it means investing more resources and incentives for this to happen.The truth is, Guyana is a cricket-starved nation and the Hero CPL provides an opportunity for the hunger of cricket lovers and supporters to be satisfied; even if a lot of other regional and international matches are not brought as we would like to the country.As the Warriors continue their bid for dominance in this year’s tournament, every Guyanese is duty bound to stand solidly behind the team and its franchise owners who have brought so much entertainment, cricket fun and countless opportunities for business to these shores over the last few years via their continued sponsorship and involvement in the league.
Dear Editor,We have renewed our applications for Mortgage Interest Relief for 2015 until such time that the GRA thinks we should renew again, paid the necessary fees to the commercial banks and did everything that would be required to get our refunds from MIR.Calls to the GRA MIR office are always met with the usual unprofessional and rude answer, “We don’t know when this would be ready.”So, since they don’t know, it is only fair to ask you, the big boss responsible for the Guyana Revenue Authority, when would we, the poor people of Guyana, expect our MIR to be processed for July-December2015?Mr President, this delayed MIR to the Guyanese people that is outstanding for the period July-December 2015, would your office be kind enough to expedite this process?Regards,Michael Singh
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant What they have been able to do, though, is seek rate hikes. Two years ago, the DWP socked 11 percent onto water bills. Then last year, DWP commissioners approved a 3.8 percent water-rate hike that would have taken effect this year if it had not been suspended when Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s new commissioners took over. And further hikes are planned for the years ahead. After all, navigating the real-estate market is hard work. On the other hand, wringing more money from ratepayers, who have no choice but to rely on the DWP’s monopoly service, is pretty simple. And that points to the bigger problem with the DWP’s continual quest for more money: the public’s rightful lack of confidence that the utility is being well managed. We know that the DWP wastes exorbitant sums on lavish union contracts, on needless P.R., on padding the city’s general fund, on giveaways to well-connected groups and on a highly questionable contracting system. And now we also know that the DWP fails to take full advantage of the assets at its disposal. Is this an operation that deserves still more money? Hardly. Instead, it’s an operation that has a long way to go to prove itself a worthy steward of the public’s trust and resources. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If there’s one thing officials at the Department of Water and Power are serious about, it’s squeezing as much money as possible out of Los Angeles ratepayers. If only they were as serious about squeezing money out of the department’s assets. Unfortunately, the DWP is no better at maximizing revenues from its vast real-estate portfolio than it is at spending the public’s money efficiently. The utility owns some 315,000 acres of property in the Southwest, including 1,400 acres under transmission lines throughout the Los Angeles Basin. Yet it earns only $7.5 million a year off those properties. That’s little more than one-third of the $20 million that privately owned Southern California Edison generates from its properties. Much of the DWP’s land is leased to ranchers for next to nothing. DWP officials acknowledge that the property could be sold or leased for additional millions of dollars if put to more productive use, but they haven’t done much about it.
West Ham co-owner David Gold has hailed the atmosphere at the London Stadium as ‘special’ and ‘better than Upton Park’.The 60,000-capacity converted athletics stadium is in stark contrast to the hostile, intimidating surroundings of their old home of 112 years.It has been described as ‘soulless’ by some visitors and concerns have been raised that fans will never be able to generate the same noise at the giant Stratford arena.Gold, however, has told talkSPORT that he is delighted with their new home and claims the atmosphere has been superior in the three matches they have hosted so far.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “As you walk into the stadium, as you take your seat, there is a big feeling about the stadium“People were worried about the atmosphere, saying is it going to be soulless, we remember Upton Park, we could touch the players, all of those things. Well, so far, I would say the atmosphere is better than Upton Park, particularly under lights. Under lights, it is just an amazing experience.“It is almost like walking down Wembley Way to the stadium. You get the exciting feeling it is something special, and it is.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WARSAW, Poland – Thousands marched through the streets of the Polish capital Saturday, calling for new elections and the ouster of the government after weeks of political turmoil. More than 10,000 people carrying opposition Civic Platform placards and Poland’s red-and-white flag marched through downtown, urging Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski – whose Cabinet no longer has majority support in parliament – to step aside. “A good government is for people to feel free and safe, and the road to that is new elections,” Civic Platform leader Donald Tusk said at a rally at a square outside the Royal Castle. “We want new elections; we want a better government.” Three weeks ago, Kaczynski dumped the leader of the rural-based Self-Defense party from his Cabinet, causing his government to lose majority support in parliament.
Matthijs de Ligt claims Cristiano Ronaldo has told him to join Juventus this summer.The £75million-rated Ajax defender has been tipped to join Barcelona amid interest from Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United. How much will Eden Hazard earn when he signs with Real Madrid?“I didn’t understand him at first. I was a little shocked, so I laughed, but I didn’t say anything.“Shortly after the game you are not at all concerned with it, you are disappointed you have lost and that is the only thing you are thinking about.”Ronaldo joined Juventus in a £99.2million deal from Real Madrid last summer.In March, De Ligt admitted he would be open to moving to Turin. He said: “I really like [Giorgio] Chiellini, he is very strong, one of the best ever defenders. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Matthijs de Ligt got the better of Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2018/19 Champions League But Ronaldo, who faced De Ligt in Portugal’s Nations League final win over the Netherlands on Sunday, appears to be a fan of the 19-year-old.After the final, which ended 1-0 thanks to a 60th-minute Goncalo Guedes goal, Ronaldo and De Ligt were seen talking on the pitch.When asked if the 34-year-old had questioned him over a move to Juve, De Ligt told Dutch outlet NOS: “That could be true, yes. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City IN DEMAND Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REPLY LATEST Getty Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? LIVE ON talkSPORT Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REAL DEAL talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 1 no dice shining tense gameday cracker deals Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:48Loaded: 20.46%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:48 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Belgium vs Scotland (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTHungary vs Wales (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Japan vs Scotland (Friday, 2pm) – talkSPORT 2England vs Argentina (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORT whoops “I also appreciate [Leonardo] Bonucci, they are two of the best centre-backs in Europe. For a young man like me, they are both two models to be inspired by.“Me at Juve? It could be, but there are also other interested clubs. We’ll see at the right time.“Now, I’m focused on Ajax and my agent Mino Raiola will take care of it.”
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By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield baseball team has prided itself on its stellar defense this season, which had allowed the Tigers to stay in nearly every game.On Tuesday the Tigers committed four errors and misplayed a number of other balls as they were blanked by Stevens Point 12-0 in a Wisconsin Valley Conference matchup Tuesday at Jack Hackman Field.Two Marshfield errors led to three unearned runs in the first inning, and another error allowed the flood gates to open in a five-run third inning for Stevens Point (6-2, 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference).The Panthers’ top starting pitcher, Alex Lee, proved to be nearly unhittable as well. The senior right-hander allowed just one hit—a single by Sam Klein to lead off the second inning—and struck out eight in five innings of work to earn the victory.Marshfield (4-4, 0-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference) loaded the bases in the second after Klein’s hit, an error, and a walk, but Lee struck out two-straight Tigers to get out of the inning.Lee then struck out the side in the third and again in the fifth.“Their No. 1 (Lee), he’s good,” Marshfield coach Mark Zee said. “He was busting it in low and was throwing hard. Some of those guys, I don’t think, have seen that type of velocity before, and that’s something you just need to see and get adjusted to.”Noel Winch had an RBI single and two runs scored on an error to put Stevens Point ahead 3-0 before the Tigers even batted.The Panthers pushed the lead to 8-0 in the third, Winch singled and scored on an error, and Point scored four more runs after two were out on a two-run single by T.J. Schrank and RBI hits by Trevor Anderson and Andrew Ruzek.Jack Donahue suffered the loss for Marshfield, allowing those eight runs in three innings, four of which were earned. He gave up eight hits, walked two, and hit a batter.“We were a little light today and will get some guys back healthy here in the next week,” Zee said. “I told the guys that wasn’t our typical game. The seven games leading up to this we played really good defense with really good pitching performances.“We play them again on Thursday, and let’s have a good workout tomorrow, get our minds fresh for Thursday, and treat it like a series.”Stevens Point put the finishing touches on the win with four runs in the sixth. Nick Schroeder had an RBI double, Jake Ligenza followed with an RBI single, and Nathan Olds drove in two with a double.Marshfield will play at Stevens Point at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Bukolt Park.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Panthers 12, Tigers 0Stevens Point 305 004 – 12 14 2Marshfield 000 000 – 0 1 4WP: Alex Lee. LP: Jack Donahue.SO: Lee (5 inn.) 8, Austin Reed (1 inn.) 3; Donahue (3 inn.) 0, Scott Berg (3 inn.) 2. BB: Lee 3, Reed 0; Donahue 2, Berg 1.Top hitters: SP, T.J. Schrank 2 RBIs; Trevor Anderson 3×3, RBI; Noel Winch 3×3, 3 RBIs; Brady Erickson 2 runs; D.J. Drohner 2B; Nick Schroeder 2B; Nathan Olds 2B, 2 RBIs.Records: Stevens Point 6-2, 5-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Marshfield 4-4, 0-3 Wisconsin Valley Conference.