Offensive Player of the Week: Kyle Arano – ChargersDefensive Player of the Week: Kyle Arano – ChargersTeamwork/Leadership of the Week: David Matos – Eagles Dusting themselves off after a lopsided loss to the now (4-0) Chargers, the (0-3) Eagles set their sights on downing the (1-2) Bengals in a JCC of Bayonne Sr. Division Indoor Flag Football bout. Getting on the board first, the Eagles’ David Matos scampered 15 yards for a TD. Down 6-0, the Bengals battled out to a 24-6 advantage on long TD passes to Mike Piscopo, Drew Radil, and Chris Ballance followed by extra point grabs by Piscopo (2) and Chris Ballance (4). Taking flight with QB Chris Caballero at the helm and wide outs Mariam Rasslan, Jack Kruchkowski, and Matos racing up court, the Eagles cashed in as Matos reeled in a TD dart and a two point snare making it 24-14, Bengals. Staying with their air attack, the Eagles had no less than five TD strikes slip out of the waiting hands of their usually sure handed playmakers. With the Eagles faltering on offense, the Bengals pounced out to a 36-14 victory as Ezekiel Lupianez racked up two TD catches in the final five minutes.Week 3 Sr. Division:
Most people in the industry have always referred to the National Asso-ciation of Master Bakers as the NA. With the organisation entering its 125th year in 2012, it looks certain to drop the ’MB’ for good in a bid to update its image. At a time where locally sourced, crafted products are in the ascendancy, how does National Association of Craft & Artisan Bakers sound?That was the suggestion of National Doughnut Week organiser Chris Freeman, of Dunn’s of Crouch End, who proposed a name change at the recent NAMB AGM in Blackpool. “The press is all about artisan and craft in all sorts of different fields. The word ’master’ puts off some people,” said Freeman, who was also chosen as president-elect. “We also have the problem when you put the words ’master’ and ’baker’ together and say them too quickly… we all know what it sounds like. We need to move away from this and project a more modern image.”While the NA consults its members over the name change, it reported back on a busy year and it has never been more active on the PR front, getting involved in a raft of television productions that are doing wonders for the profile of baking. It has also listened to members to shift the date of National Craft Bakers’ Week, which, this year, will coincide with the harvest festival.”Following consultation with our members, this event will now take place from 19 September,” said chairman Mike Holling. “The aim of the week is to allow independent craft bakers to promote themselves and make the consumers more aware, to build a customer base. We have also retained the services of Dame Kelly Holmes, who will be the face of National Craft Bakers’ Week, making that link with the Olympics.”The objectives of the week will be to:l raise the awareness that products are baked that dayl promote craft skillsl encourage community baking and enterprisel showcase craft foods made with passionl support traditional values over the mass marketl and, most importantly, increase footfall into high street bakers’ shops.Once again, there will be a co-ordinated programme of bakers going into schools and children’s visits to bakeries, so if you’d like to get involved this year, contact the NA.Rarely has the need for the craft bakery sector to promote itself been more acute, with challenges coming from all angles. “We’re all fully aware that the economic outlook is challenging, due to the squeeze on consumer spending and the effects of high commodity prices,” reflected Holling. “This coupled with extreme weather conditions in November and January make the economic recovery fragile.”Throughout the year, the association has written to the government to promote our concerns regarding the Localism Bill, to protect the high street, where most of our members trade. We need to see the rejuvenation of the British high streets we need vibrancy and strong footfall.”There was news of a revamp of the NA website to make it more user-friendly. “A great deal of thought has gone into making it easier to navigate, to be more up-to-date, and to offer more information at your fingertips,” said Holling. “It also gives us the opportunity to develop our online shop, with links to our suppliers. More importantly, we’ll be able to offer links to our bakery members’ websites, Twitter and Facebook.”With CEO Gill Brooks-Lonican set to retire next year, Holling reassured delegates that succession planning was under way. “The board are very much aware of this and are working towards a timetable of the end of 2012,” he said. “As you will know, it is very difficult to replace staff with the wealth of experience that our chief executive has got. If any member has a view with regards to the job description or profile, send it to the NAMB, marked for my personal attention.”Meanwhile, treasurer Chris Beaney reported that the NA’s finances were “in a healthy condition”, and subscriptions remained frozen for the fourth year. Chairman of Trustees Graham Nash urged people to make the most of an oft-overlooked resource: the NA’s Benevolent Fund: “If anyone knows of anybody in the baking trade who is in distress or in need of help, we have the funds and we are willing to look at anything. There are a lot of people out there who are a little too proud to ask for help, so please let us know.” Presentations Is bakery nutrition an oxymoron?”We shouldn’t consider that bakery and patisserie are at the fringes of things, like five-a-day fruit and veg messages, any more,” Kevin Binns of Puratos told delegates. “As an industry we’re right at the centre of this. We need to take care that we recognise that. Taste and nutrition are not mutually exclusive they go together.”He said that bakery was well placed to capitalise on digestive health trends. “I don’t believe we can do much around probiotics in bakery,” he said. “But at Puratos we’re doing some research into prebiotics the functional fibres that feed the good bacteria in your gut to introduce functional fibres into bread in the next year to 18 months.”It’s interesting for us as an industry to note that fibre is recession-proof,” he added. “People understand fibre, they recognise it, put it at the top of their list and won’t forego on price.”He offered a top tip to tap into healthy product labelling by way of Weight Watchers’ recently introduced online points calculator. “I know some retailers are using this calculator to put Weight Watchers’ points on to their packaging,” he explained. “It’s not endorsed by Weight Watchers, and they say that on the packaging, but it’s a great way to inform consumers and help them with weight management. I thought that traffic light calorie labelling would put me out of job because people wouldn’t eat cake again. Actually, it had a different effect: once people understood the calories in a product, they could manage their diet around that and it didn’t do the industry any harm. Providing information is nothing to be frightened of.”Indulge me”With the escalations in cost this year, it’s going to be one of our toughest years yet,” said speaker John Slattery, of Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier. “We have to try very hard and we cannot rely solely on our craft skills. We need to look at what customers want from talking to them. We work on a very short development chain; we can get it in the shop the same or next day and our customers like that. We also need to learn from our competitors, the chains and supermarkets, because they spend huge amounts of money on research.”One such example is staying on-trend with products such as cupcakes. “I was very slow on the uptake with cupcakes and we didn’t start doing them until the middle of last year. I wasn’t sure it was going to last. I was wrong. We decided to make six distinct flavours, slightly bigger, between a cupcake and a muffin. They work well for us and we’re selling steadily 150 a week at £2.65, which is a good price for a bun!”Success is all about maintaining choice in the bakery, but finding lean ways to produce a wide range of products, he urged. “It’s better to make up to quality rather than down to price,” said Slattery. “We’ve created a range of 18 tarts that we make every day. We pale-bake pastry cases and, for example with a treacle tart, we make a treacle filling that keeps in the fridge for several weeks and bake it off. We may only sell three of those a day, but it’s easy to make and it has a two-day shelf-life.”
You ride your bike long enough, you’re gonna eat it sooner or later. Especially if you ride in a place like Pisgah National Forest, where the trails can be steep and stacked with off camber root gardens, mandatory boulder drops and little gnomes that jump out of the woods and push you off your bike. Sometimes, it doesn’t even take burly singletrack or mythical woodland creatures to knock you off your bike. Sometimes, you’re going 25 mph down a gravel road after surviving 20 miles of non-stop technical singletrack and combative gnomes and you do something stupid, like take a hand off the handlebars to adjust your helmet, and right then your front tire hits a babyhead in the middle of the road and your handlebars twist. And it happens fast, because you’re going 25 mph, so before you know it, you’re on the ground, elbow and shoulder first, then your face and knees. The bike lands on top of you, like a painful blanket.Ah, mountain biking.Shit happens. The only thing you can do is get back up, make sure nothing’s broken and keep pedaling. But what do you drink to ease the pain when it’s all over? When you’re back home and your picking gravel out of an open wound in your knee? That’s the real question.“Drink some whiskey and rub some dirt on it?”That’s what my buddy suggested after I picked myself up off the gravel.There’s a certain traditional logic to the suggestion. Think of all those great movies where the hero downs a shot of brown stuff and bites down on a strap of leather while his partner digs a bullet out of his shoulder.At this point, drinking a tall glass of bourbon while licking my wounds after eating shit on my bike has become a bit of a tradition for me. The way I do it doesn’t look exactly like those cliché hero/action movie scenes. I tend to whimper more than those dudes in the movies. Typically, nobody is pulling a bullet out of my body. Instead, it’s my wife hovering over me, silently recounting all of the other guys she could’ve married. Bankers and doctors who don’t come home broken and bloody. My ritual usually ends with my wife applying a Hello Kitty Band-Aid to my wound. So really, it looks nothing like those action movies. Except the whisky. That part’s the same.
Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 10:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17.2kShares Advertisement Xhaka clashed with Arsenal fans in ugly scenes at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)The Switzerland international then mouthed ‘f**k off’ to his own fans before removing his shirt and storming down the tunnel.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal have endured a mixed start to the new season, leading fans to question whether the team have improved since Emery replaced legendary manager Arsene Wenger.AdvertisementAdvertisementOne supporter took to Instagram to vent his frustrations, writing: ‘I’m sorry, I’m done with this now. You can’t be 2-0 up at home to Palace and draw.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Emery I’ve backed you but bro, enough is enough. Xhaka can f*ck himself as well. Never wanna see him in an Arsenal top again!’French striker Lacazette, who played the entire match against Palace, ‘liked’ the post on social media.Reacting to Xhaka’s outburst, Emery said: ‘He was wrong. We are going to speak to him and decide with the club [his punishment]. Alexandre Lacazette ‘likes’ Instagram post telling Unai Emery and Granit Xhaka to leave Arsenal Lacazette ‘liked’ the critical social media post (Picture: Instagram)‘We are here because we have supporters. We work for them and need to have respect for them when they are applauding us and criticising us.’Despite letting a two-goal lead slip against Palace, midfielder Matteo Guendouzi insisted Arsenal do not have a ‘mentality issue’.He said: ‘We really wanted to win the game so we attacked a lot towards the end to get the third goal.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘We allowed spaces [for Palace on the break] but it’s because we really wanted to win. It’s not a mental issue.‘We didn’t manage to hold our advantage. We knew they were a good team, with individual quality, and they played well for their goals.‘Zaha did well to get a penalty. It’s down to us to work so we win these kinds of matches after taking the lead.’MORE: Wilfried Zaha digs out Arsenal star after clash during Crystal Palace draw Alexandre Lacazette has ‘liked’ an Instagram post telling Unai Emery to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has ‘liked’ an Instagram post telling Unai Emery and Granit Xhaka to leave Arsenal.The Gunners squandered a two-goal lead at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday in a game which saw captain Xhaka clash with his own fans.Arsenal fans sarcastically cheered his second-half substitution and Xhaka, in response, threw his arms up in the air and cupped his ears as the boos grew louder.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I had a one-way ticket (to South Korea) because I didn’t know how they were going to do,” Newberger said in a telephone interview from New York. “I thought it was going to be a quick trip. I ended up being away from my family for about a month.”The resulting film, “Heading Home,” is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. I attended a special screening Friday at the Laemmle Royal in West Los Angeles. Cody Decker and Zack Thornton, two players on Israel’s 2017 WBC team, also attended and took questions from the audience afterward.You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate the story depicted in the film. Online oddsmaker Bovada gave Israel 200-to-1 odds to win the 2017 WBC, making it the biggest underdog among the 16 teams. To win one game, let alone four, would have been a major upset. The film’s title is a double-entendre; heading home is something one does both on and off a baseball field. Judging by the questions from the audience, the non-baseball meaning of the Israel trip held more fascination than winning four games in Asia.Start with the always-intriguing question of who is eligible to play for Team Israel. As with any WBC team, players must be able to gain citizenship in the land they represent. In the case of Israel, one Jewish parent or grandparent is all it takes. This is where “Heading Home” begins, with general manager Peter Kurtz scouring for evidence of the necessary bloodlines among professional baseball players. Scott Burcham, a minor league infielder in the Colorado Rockies’ system, says his manager asked him one day out of the blue if he was Jewish. He is. (Congratulations, Scott, welcome to the team!)The film makes these rules for eligibility fairly clear. It also makes clear that the same citizenship rule applies to the other WBC teams – United States, Japan, Mexico, etc. But I think some in the audience were taken aback by the fact that most Team Israel players were not practicing Jews, let alone Israeli citizens. One, Ike Davis, offered the camera a revealing quote in Israel: “A Jewish-run state is pretty cool. It’s not as weird as you’d think.” The round-trip, all-expenses-paid journey to Israel could be more or less than a Birthright trip, depending on your point of view. “He has his issues with Israel, and I thought it was a really good thing that he got his perspective into the movie,” Decker said. “I thought that’s important to have because this movie is as pro-Israel as it gets. But it’s important to see other people’s perspectives. He’s someone who has a complete opposite perspective as pretty much everyone in this room. But he has the same love of baseball that we did. It just tore down every wall possible for that short time.”It so happens that an Israeli baseball team is now attempting to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Some of the players on the 2017 WBC roster are on that team, too. The Olympic roster eligibility rules are stricter; all players must be Israeli citizens themselves. Reds pitcher Jon Moscot and recently retired infielder Ty Kelly, formerly of the Mets and Phillies, are among the American-born players who gained Israeli citizenship – a process known as Aliyah. Maybe something about heading home the first time, in 2017, made them want to call Israel home on a more permanent basis.They probably won’t win a gold medal, but Newberger wouldn’t mind. A sequel is already in the works. The working title, he said, is “Heading Home 2: Return of the Mensch.” Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Harvard-Westlake alum Lucas Giolito throws no-hitter for White Sox Previous“Heading Home,” a documentary film about the baseball team that represented Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)In this Jan, 5 2017 photo, Ryan Lavarnway, an American baseball player, signs autographs to Israeli fans before the practice at the Baptist Village sport complex near Petah Tikva, Israel. “Heading Home,” a documentary film about the team that represented Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)In this Jan, 5 2017 photo, American Jewish professional baseball players Ike Davis, left, and Cody Decker chat during practice at the Baptist Village sport complex near Petah Tikva. “Heading Home,” a documentary film about the team that represented Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsIsraels starter Jason Marquis throws against Cuba during the first inning of their second round game of the World Baseball Classic at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, March 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)Team Israel catcher Nick Rickles, right, pitcher Jake Kalish, second from right, and other players listen to their national anthem during the opening ceremony of their game against the Netherlands at the 2017 World Baseball Classic on March 13, 2017 in Tokyo. “Heading Home,” a documentary film about the team is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – MARCH 09: Manager Jerry Weinstein #1 of Israel runs to the dugout after a pitching change in the top of the eighth inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool A Game Five between Netherlands and Israel at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 9, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)Team Israel infielder Cody Decker holds the team mascot “The Mensch” after a World Baseball Classic game against the Netherlands in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 12: Ike Davis #29 of Israel hits a foul ball in the first inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game One between Cuba and Israel at Tokyo Dome on March 12, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 12: Pitcher Josh Zeid #28 of Israel celebrates after winning the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game One between Cuba and Israel at Tokyo Dome on March 12, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 12: Israel celebrate after winning the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game One between Cuba and Israel at Tokyo Dome on March 12, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 13: Infielder Nate Freiman #45 of Israel juggles the ball prior to the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game Three between Netherlands and Israel at the Tokyo Dome on March 13, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 13: Pitcher Jeremy Bleich #27 of Israel throws in the top of the third inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game Three between Netherlands and Israel at the Tokyo Dome on March 13, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 13: Outfielder Zach Borenstein #18 of Israel is seen before the top of the sixth inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game Three between Netherlands and Israel at the Tokyo Dome on March 13, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 13: Pitcher Alex Katz #25 of Israel throws in the top of the sixth inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game Three between Netherlands and Israel at the Tokyo Dome on March 13, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 15: Israel players are seen in front of the dugout prior to the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game Six between Israel and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on March 15, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 15: Infielder Ty Kelly #56 of Israel makes a catch a pop fly by Infielder Nobuhiro Matsuda #3 of Japan in the bottom of the second inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool E Game Six between Israel and Japan at the Tokyo Dome on March 15, 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)Israeli designated hitter Ike Davis hits an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning during the World Baseball Classic Pool E second round match between Israel and Japan at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo on March 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / TORU YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)“Heading Home,” a documentary film about the baseball team that represented Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)In this Jan, 5 2017 photo, Ryan Lavarnway, an American baseball player, signs autographs to Israeli fans before the practice at the Baptist Village sport complex near Petah Tikva, Israel. “Heading Home,” a documentary film about the team that represented Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)NextShow Caption1 of 17In this Jan, 5 2017 photo, Ryan Lavarnway, an American baseball player, signs autographs to Israeli fans before the practice at the Baptist Village sport complex near Petah Tikva, Israel. “Heading Home,” a documentary film about the team that represented Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic is currently enjoying a limited run in Los Angeles theaters through Sept. 19. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)ExpandSeveral years ago, a filmmaker named Jeremy Newberger had an idea. The Birthright Israel foundation sponsors seven-day visits to Israel from around the world for Jewish adults ages 18 to 32. What if, Newberger wondered, he could organize and film a Birthright trip just for Jewish baseball players? His team interviewed Ike Davis, Josh Zeid, Joc Pederson, Brad Ausmus, Ryan Braun, and others whose heritage qualified them for the trip. Newberger combined the clips into a sizzle reel. He shopped the project around.“The problem was, no one wanted to pay for that idea,” Newberger said. “We shelved the project.”Flash forward to September 2016. In a qualifying tournament for the World Baseball Classic, Team Israel placed first in a four-team pool in Brooklyn. That guaranteed Israel its first berth ever in the 16-team WBC. Led almost entirely by professional baseball players born in the United States, the team clinched a trip to South Korea in March 2017.Behind the scenes, the idea for another trip – and another film – was hatched. In January 2017, Team Israel’s roster boarded a private jet and flew to, of all places, Israel. The cameras followed. Before long, Newberger had a different film than he originally envisioned. Team Israel had staged a team-bonding excursion to their ancestral homeland, followed by a series of improbable upset victories in South Korea and Japan in March. Ultimately, Israel fell only one win short of a berth in the WBC semifinals in Los Angeles. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Dodgers’ Will Smith: ‘I feel like it’s been five years’ since his 2019 debut Through the lens of baseball, it was more.“The team that went on the trip to Israel, they bonded in such a way that I don’t think other teams had the ability to do,” Newberger said. “No other team had cried on each other’s shoulders at a Holocaust museum.”There are other heavy moments in Israel. At one point, a terrorist takes a bus on a violent rampage through the streets of a city where the team had stayed a day earlier. Most moments are lighter, though. Decker said his favorite part of the film captured a moment in an Israeli market where he and a pair of Arab merchants struck up a conversation about baseball.Related Articles
Group C P W D L GF GA GD PtsLesotho 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5Zimbabwe 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 5Namibia 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4Angola 3 0 1 2 0 2 -2 1TOURNAMENT STATSMatches Played: 22Goals scored: 39Biggest victory: Egypt 3 Uganda 1 (Third-Place Play-Off, December 16)Most goals in a game: 5 – Swaziland 2 Malawi 3 (Group A, December 6)GOALSCORERS4 goals – Muhammad Shaban (Uganda)3 – Abdelrahman Amr (Egypt), Lyle Foster (South Africa), Luvuyo Mkatshana (South Africa),2 – Roshdi Ashraf (Egypt), Order Mamba (Swaziland), Francisco Mwepu (Zambia), Patrick Phiri (Malawi), Raboama Koloti (Lesotho), Muzi Tsabedze (Swaziland)1 – Hussein Abdelkader (Egypt), Peter Banda (Malawi), Kamo-Kamo Cumbane (Mozambique), Romario Hawiseb (Namibia), Domingos Junior (Mozambique), Mohamed Karem (Egypt), Francisco Madinga (Malawi), Rethabile Mokokoane (Lesotho), Stephen Mukwala (Uganda), Enzo Mungendje (Namibia), King Nasama (Zimbabwe), Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (South Africa), Allan Okello (Uganda), Kamogelo Sambo (South Africa).Share on: WhatsApp Zambia 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4Swaziland 3 0 1 2 4 7 -3 1Group B P W D L GF GA GD PtsSouth Africa 3 3 0 0 5 1 +4 9Egypt 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 6Mozambique 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3Mauritius 3 0 0 3 0 6 -6 0 Roshdi Ashraf of Egypt gets away from Abdelmoaty Mahmoud of Egypt during the 2017 COSAFA U20 3rd Place Playoff football match. Egypt beat Uganda for 3rd place. COURTESY PHOTOS BackpagePix/Cosafa mediaSouth Africa 2 Lesotho 1; Egypt 3 Uganda 1Kitwe, Zambia | COSAFA MEDIA | South Africa claimed their sixth regional title after a 2-1 victory over Lesotho in the final of the 2017 Mopani Copper Mines COSAFA Under-20 Championships at the Arthur Davies Stadium in Kitwe, Zambia on Saturday.Lyle Foster and Kamogelo Sambo bagged the goals for the South Africans, while Rethabile Mokokoane replied with an excellent long-range effort for Lesotho, who remain without a victory in the competition after three final defeats.North African guest nation Egypt finished third when they beat fellow invitees Uganda 3-1 in the third-place play-off.South Africa were head inside five minutes when Lyle Foster scored his third goal of the tournament with a neat finish into the bottom corner after Luvuyo Mkatshana had been tackled in the box. And Amajita made it 2-0 just before halftime when Kamogelo Sambo bundled the ball home after Keanu Cupido’s close-range effort had been blocked by substitute Lesotho goalkeeper Silase Kopano.Lesotho almost found a way back into the game late in the first half when Bonang Mohapi’s free-kick struck a post and bounced away to safety. Lesotho pulled a goal back in fine fashion when Rethabile Mokokoane, who had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, shot from 40-yards, the ball nestling in the top corner as South Africa goalkeeper Sanele Tshabalala appeared to react late to the could not keep the ball out.Lesotho might have equalized soon afterwards when Mokoteli Mohapi found himself with an empty net to aim at, but he side-footed his shot wide. Egypt collected the bronze medal with a comprehensive 3-1 victory over Uganda in the earlier match.The North Africans were ahead on 19 minutes as Roshdi Ashraf swept a hard and low shot past diving Uganda goalkeeper Eric Kibowa at the near post. But Uganda drew level as Muhammad Shaban headed home a minute before the break, his fourth of the competition and a goal they deserved for the pressure they had applied.Ashraf netted his second when he reacted quickest to a shot that had rebounded off the post and buried the loose ball. Allan Okello had a superb chance to equalize again for the Ugandans, but he put his diving header wide of the goal.The win was secured for Egypt though deep into injury-time when Abdelrahman Amr volleyed home a superb long-range effort for his third goal of the competition.David Owori of Uganda challenged by Mohamed Mahfouz of Egypt .The Player of the Tournament award went to Mkatshana, while Shaban claimed the Golden Boot. Monaheng Ramalefane was named the Goalkeeper of the Tournament prize, while Lesotho picked up the Fair Play Award.SATURDAY’S RESULTSThird-Place Play-Off Egypt 3 (Ashraf 19′, 59’, A. Amr 90’) Uganda 1 (Shaban 44’)FinalSouth Africa 2 (Foster 5’, Sambo 40’) Lesotho 1 (Mokokoane 59’)STANDINGSGroup A P W D L GF GA GD Pts Uganda 3 1 2 0 5 3 +2 5Malawi 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, left, shakes hands with Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell after an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Colter has become the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain. After a decision this week by a regional director of the National Labor Relations board, he also could leave a legacy as the athlete who formed the foundation of a dramatic overhaul of college sports that could potentially give athletes a chance to fight for a piece of an industry that generates billions based on their performance. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Laura Pales, File)Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, glory hallelujah! Now you may think that I don’t know, but I’ve had my troubles here below. One day when I was walkin’ along. The sky opened up and love come down. (From 1867 book Slave Songs of the United States)Last week a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board backed a bid by football players at Northwestern University to unionize. “I find that all grant-in-aid scholarship players for the Employer’s football team who have not exhausted their playing eligibility are ’employees’ under” the National Labor Relations Act” wrote Peter Sung Ohr, director of the board’s Chicago regional office in his ruling.Aubrey BruceAs part of the ruling Ohr also wrote that; ”walk-on players — those without scholarships — do not qualify as employees.”The ruling pointed out that; “scholarship football players at Northwestern [basically qualify as] employees: that they perform services for the benefit of their employer and receive compensation (in the form of a scholarship) in exchange and that scholarship players are “subject to the employer’s control in the performance of their duties as football players.”Ohr also differentiated the case of Northwestern’s football players from those of graduate teaching assistants at Brown University (in which the NLRB ruled for the university in 2004) because “the players’ football-related duties are unrelated to their academic studies unlike the graduate assistants whose teaching and research duties were inextricably tied to their graduate degree requirements.”“The players spend 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties during a one-month training camp prior to the start of the academic year and an additional 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season,” the NLRB ruling said.“Not only is this more hours than many undisputed full-time employees work at their jobs, it is also many more hours than the players spend on their studies.”Wow 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties and 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season, that is a lot of time to work for nada, zilch, nothing.Training camp 50-60 hours a week let’s take the middle road. 55 hours a week for 4 weeks of training camp; 220 hours for one month equals $2222.00 just for one month of training camp. Now 40-50 hours a week of practice, film studies and conditioning; let’s again take the middle road and say 45 hours a week during the 4 month football season, 45 hours a week time 4 weeks monthly come out to be 180 hours a month multiplied by 4 equals 720 hours times $10.10 is $7272.00 and that is the bare minimum.Players that perform in the pro football ranks have roughly the same training and practice schedule and ya know what ladies and gents? The minimum salary for rookies in 2012 was $390,000.00. In 2013, 2012′s rookies were scheduled to earn $480,000.00 in salary as second year players in the NFL, if they make a squad as an active player.In 2014, the 2012 rookies will earn $570,000.00 in salary, if they make a squad as an active player.Hey if college players get injured they won’t even have a chance to receive the theoretical $7272.00 base salary that they should receive yearly.Remember Terrelle Pryor, the Western Pennsylvania and Ohio State standout, (now currently being paid to play for the NFL Oakland raiders)? On December 26, 2010 espn.com news services published an article titled; “Ohio State football players sanctioned.” “Welcome to Tattoo U. What started out as a trip to a Columbus tattoo parlor by a couple of football players has created all sorts of mayhem for star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State. Pryor and four teammates were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of  season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. They also received improper benefits — from up to two years ago — from the tattoo parlor and its owner. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said.“As a student-athlete, you’re not allowed to use your persona to get discounted services.” Oh, but Mr. Smith what are you allowed to receive?”It is time for the takers to become the borrowers and the low to become the high. It is time for the NCAA to be tied to the economic whipping post singing; “Nobody knows the trouble they are about to see. Will the NCAA pay the costs of future litigation from the blood, sweat and tears of scholarship players? Love is not coming down for the NCAA. The “freedom” chickens are on their way home to roost, later.(The sources for this article were insidehighereducation.com, Associated Press and espn.com news services)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741
By Jay Cook |MIDDLETOWN –Middletown is the largest municipality in Monmouth County, but when it comes to the amount of land set aside for open space, how does it compare to others?Better than you would think, Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger told residents earlier this week.Spread across 41 square miles, Middletown has about 5,500 acres of preserved open space inside its township borders – and up to 6,000 if land with conservation easements are counted, Scharfenberger said.To put it in perspective, that’s equal in total acreage to the size of two Atlantic Highlands, four Fair Havens and seven Sea Brights. “That’s very impressive, and I don’t think people realize the extent of what we have here,” Scharfenberger said.The Dec. 5 land use forum at the Middletown Arts Center was the fourth held by Scharfenberger and township administrator Tony Mercantante in the past 18 months. Other land use forums focused on development and redevelopment, revitalizing Route 36 and land-use planning. Tuesday night’s theme was how to prevent overdevelopment while encouraging sensible growth. The officials gave an overview on Middletown’s current open space situation, which they believe will improve as 2018 approaches.Looking at the NumbersMercantante said Middletown has been active in acquiring open space through the state Green Acres program since around 1999. The program provides funding so municipalities can add land to their inventories.According to Mercantante, there have been 17 Green Acres acquisitions totaling 223 acres. The total purchase cost is about $26 million, of which the township was obliged to pay $10.3 million, with the remainder covered by different public and private entities.“The biggest challenge is negotiating with property owners, trying to come to terms with acquiring a piece of property and then decide why we’re acquiring it,” Mercantante said.The most expensive of those 17 properties is the 40-acre Fisher-Stern plot, which became part of the Monmouth County Park System in 2005 as the Claypit Creek extension to Hartshorne Woods. The property was acquired with help from the county, Monmouth Conservation Foundation (MCF), the state’s Green Acres Program and the township. That single purchase cost those entities a total of $10.4 million at the time, with Middletown paying $1.9 million.Middletown open space purchases are funded through a two-cent tax per $100 of assessed property valuation, Scharfenberger said. That open space tax first commenced in 1999, when Middletown became active in purchasing property.That tax complements the new county Open Space Trust Fund tax increase approved by voters in November. When it goes into effect in 2018, the county projects over $14 million more annually available in the fund.Scharfenberger said the final piece to the open space puzzle should come in the next calendar year. About $1.5 million is owed to Middletown by the state through purchase reimbursements. Not having that money has limited the township, both officials said, and they anticipate more purchases coming in the near future.“Now we’re building a little bit of a war chest and looking around to purchase more open space as those reimbursements come in from the state,” Scharfenberger said.Success StoriesPreserving the right pieces of land has been the focus of Middletown’s open space mission over the past two decades, Mercantante said. With it comes the balance of preservation and development, considering “every property owner has the right to utilize their property in some reasonable fashion,” he said.Outside of the Fisher-Stern property, he highlighted two other instances where residential or commercial development was halted and that land was purchased.The first piece of open space is Bicentennial Park, a 10-acre swath of wooded land, a brook and pond, with a walking pier out to the water. It’s bordered by Route 35 South (and a Burger King) but stretches back along Twin Brooks Avenue and Spruce Drive on either side. Mercantante said the “great piece of open space” was proposed as a condo-office complex but the township stepped in to purchase the area. The $850,000 total price tag cost Middletown $425,000.The other noted property is Swimming River Park, a county-owned park planned for redevelopment in the next few years. For decades the site was Chris’ Landing, a popular boat launch for small watercraft and recreational kayakers, anchored by Chris’ Deli on site. Scharfenberger said a developer had plans to build a housing complex on the 16-acre site, but MCF and the county stepped in to purchase the land for $3.8 million in 2015.Refurbishing Forgotten ParksWith 49 active parks in town ranging from Lincroft to Leonardo, some have fallen by the wayside and could be earmarked for upgrades or new uses.The best example, Mercantante said, is the forlorn Camp Hope buried back in Lincroft Acres off Newman Springs Road. The old campground is accessible by a dirt road behind the two soccer fields and is surrounded by the Swimming River watershed.The day camp for children with disabilities was shut down about a decade ago and remains closed. In the years since, the pool, pergola, picnic tables and facilities have fallen into disrepair. This year, Mercantante said a nonprofit organization contacted the town looking to reestablish a summer camp in Middletown, and Camp Hope was the first location on his mind.Middletown is working with them now, he said, to install another pool and improve the facilities.Finding new purposes for other recreational parks in town will be a focus as well. Mercantante said repurposing Middletown’s three outdoor roller hockey rinks will be on the agenda. Two of those are currently shut down, he said, and the third is scarcely used anymore. What could they turn into? Maybe pickleball, he said, considering the sport’s growing popularity and requests from residents.“Those are the kinds of things we always have to be mindful of in the future, either using existing fields or construction of new ones,” Mercantante said.On the other hand, there are no plans to replace the Cavadas Skate Park on Pulsch Street in Belford, Scharfenberger said.Opened in 2003 after being purchased for $165,000, the 0.7-acre skate park was shut down by the township in 2010 amid concerns from township police. Scharfenberger said the “major league headache” had over 500 complaints to the police in one year. “It just didn’t pay for the upkeep and constant repairs,” he said.“We see no need nor desire on our part to reopen it,” he added. “That’s closed for the foreseeable future.”This article was first published in the Dec. 7-14, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Wheeldon, 20, came up through the ranks of Nelson Minor Hockey before latching on with the Kootenay Ice of the BC Hockey Major Midget League in 2009.The next season he earned a spot with hometown Nelson Leafs of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League where he had 11 points in 44 games.Wheeldon’s high-octane play earned him a spot in the BC Hockey League with Trail Smoke Eaters from 2011-14.In 140 games with the Smokies, Wheeldon accumulated 39 points.However, Wheeldon left Trail during the offseason, playing his final season in the AJHL with Camrose.Wheeldon, 20, completed a successful season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with Camrose where the 5’11”, 200-pound forward scored 10 goals while adding 14 assists in 59 games with the AJHL South regular season champions.”The Kodiaks organization would like to congradulate Adam and his family on this achievement in his hockey career and we look forward to many more years of hockey and education,” Rybalka said in closing.Wheeldon joins a host of graduating players from the AJHL choosing to remain in Alberta to find offers on the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference team. Nelson Minor Hockey grad Adam Wheeldon has accepted an offer to attend Concordia University in Edmonton.Concordia plays in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference against college and university teams from throughout Alberta.“Adam will have an impact from day one with the team,” said Kodiaks coach and GM Boris Rybalka on the team website.“His style of play will make him a fan favourite and opposition players will need to keep their heads up when he is on the ice.”“Coach Glegloff is excited about having Adam attend Concordia as he sees his leadership and compete level paying dividends to the program,” Rybalka adds.
1 John Goddard has signed for Swindon Town Swindon Town have started their preparations for next season already by snapping up non-League star John Goddard from Woking.The 22-year-old scored 17 goals in 41 Conference outings for mid-table Woking last term, which attracted the attention of a number of League clubs.But it is League One Swindon who have moved fastest to land him, agreeing an undisclosed fee with Woking and handing the midfielder a three-year deal, including the option of another 12 months.Goddard came through the ranks at Swindon’s M4 neighbours Reading, who he joined as an eight-year-old but was released in 2012 before he made a senior appearance.Swindon chairman Lee Power told the club’s official website: “We were aware of the number of clubs interested in signing the player and we are delighted to have finally secured John’s signature with him being one of the hottest properties in non-league football.”