VERONICA YANKOWSKI Matawan’s Denise Plourde reaches the finish line at Saturday’s Shore Coaches Battle of Monmouth meet at Battlefield State Park in Manalapan. Greg Howe left no stone unturned this summer as he looked to make a complete comeback from the torn hip flexor that sidelined him from the cross country season last fall. The Raritan High School senior was up and running by the indoor track season, and then came up with a satisfying outdoor campaign that included a 10:00 for 3,200 meters. Over the summer he built on that track momentum. He ran weekly at Lake Takanassee, and on the weekends put in long runs of up to 13 miles to make sure he was in the best condition possible for the cross country season. Saturday Howe’s off-season work ethic was rewarded with a satisfying victory in the first big race of the season, the Shore Coaches Battle of Monmouth, held at Battlefield State Park in Manalapan. Howe defeated a strong field in capturing the Senior Division race in 16:54 over the 5K course held within the park. “I made my move in the last three-quarters of a mile,” Howe said after his win. “I wanted to stay with the lead group and outlast them.” All those punishing miles over the summer made Howe confident he could stay with all of the other contenders and then outrun them at the end. The Rocket went up against some familiar faces including Monmouth Regional’s Erik Brown, last year’s Central Jersey Group II runner-up, and Mater Dei’s Tom Santifort. “Erik and I have been racing each other since we were freshmen,” noted Howe. “We’re friends.” Brown was one of the harriers left behind when Howe put down the hammer in the last three-quarters of a mile. “This is my best time for this course. I was hoping that I’d win it,” Howe said. It was only fitting that the person giving Howe his gold medal at the end of the race was Holmdel’s Craig Segal (whose coach, Bill Loughran, was the meet director). Howe said that he logged his long weekend runs with Segal, who is considered the Shore’s top harrier. Howe’s goals for the 2001 season are to run in the 16:30s at Holmdel Park and make it to the Meet of Champions in November. His first steps toward those goals were promising, to say the least. Brown would post a 17:11.5 and take third, while Santifort was seventh (17:36.5). Mater Dei frosh James McDevitt took seventh in the Freshman Division, run over two miles in 11:32.7. The fastest frosh was Southern Regional’s Joe Simpson (11:07.4). The Rockets’ Kimberly Marshall ran eighth in the girls’ Sophomore Division race. She toured the Battlefield State Park course in 22:51.3. It was yet another Southern Regional harrier who picked up the win, Kegga Schaffer, in 21:10.1. At the Bernie Magee New Jersey Catholic Track Conference Cross Country Invitational, held at Warinanco Park in Elizabeth, Holmdel’s Amy Folchetti made an early statement by winning the Sophomore Division race. She turned in a 21:11.84 for the 3.2-mile course. Folchetti was 19th at last year’s Meet of Champions. Middletown South’s girls finished first overall in the meet, run by class with 126 points. The Eagles won the Junior Division with Tina Morrison showing the way (21:18.3) in seventh place, followed in 10th by Jane Wood (22:07.7). Nicole Lombary was the swiftest Eagle, taking fifth place in the Senior Division (20:35.83). Rumson-Fair Haven’s Christy Planer took the senior run in the best time of the day, 19:37.91. Warinanco Park will host the next big race of the season, Saturday’s Stewart Memorial. This race is also run by class. By tim morris Staff Writer
The Hazlet Hawks Jersey Shore Wrestling Team beat Tinton Falls 60-40, fell to Ocean 35-53, beat Howell II 53-48, and fell to Howell I 28-78. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against Tinton Falls were: (76) Bobby Kolb, (90) Luke Lanno, (114) Steve Wentz and (122) Justin Sagos. Others posting victories were: (52) Bobby Lanno, (60) Jonathan DeAngelis, (64) Ryan Palmer, (95) Jim Rice, (100) Rich DeCola and (107) John Boyle. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against Ocean were: (52) Bobby Lanno and (90) Luke Lanno. Other posting victories were: (56) Taylor Smith, (60) Ryan Palmer, (64) Jonathan DeAngelis, (76) Bobby Kolb, (80) Billy Voutsinas and (Hwt) Jim Curry. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against Howell II were: (60) Jonathan DeAngelis, (76) Bobby Kolb, (90) Luke Lanno, (100) Rich DeCola, (122) Justin Sagos and (HWT) Jim Curry. Other posting victories were: (52) Bobby Lanno, (56) Taylor Smith, (64) Ryan Lynch and (80) Billy Voutsinas. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against Howell I were: (52) Bobby Lanno, (56) Taylor Smith and (90) Luke Lanno. Other posting victories were: (64) Ryan Lynch, (72) Cody Mooney and (80) Billy Voutsinas. The Hazlet Hawks Jersey Shore Wrestling Team continued their season by beating Toms River II 72-10 and BYAA II 69-33, and falling to Toms River I 36-64, BYAA I 24-75 and Jackson 34 -61. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against Toms River II were: (61) Jonathan DeAngelis, (69) Chris Vanfechtman, (77) Bobby Kolb and (96) Jim Rice. Others posting victories were: (53) Bobby Lanno, (65) Ryan Lynch, (73) Cody Mooney, (81) Billy Voutsinas, (86) Brian Bost, (91) Luke Lanno, (108) John Boyle, (115) Steve Wentz and (123) Justin Sagos. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against Toms River I were: (73) Cody Mooney, (77) Bobby Kolb, (81) Billy Voutsinas, (91) Luke Lanno and (123) Justin Sagos. Also posting a victory was (115) Steve Wentz. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against BYAA II were: (52) Bobby Lanno, (76) Bobby Kolb, (85) Brian Bost, (90) Luke Lanno, (107) John Boyle, (122) Justin Sagos, (140) Steven Doran and (HWT) Jim Curry. Others posting victories were: (60) Jonathan DeAngelis, (64) Chris Vanfechtman, (68) Ryan Lynch, (80) Billy Voutsinas and (150) Joe Janusz. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against Jackson was: (80) Billy Voutsinas. Others posting victories were: (52) Bobby Lanno, (72) Cody Mooney, (76) Bobby Kolb, (90) Luke Lanno, (100) Rich Decola, (114) Steve Wentz and (HWT) Jim Curry. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet against BYAA I were: (90) Luke Lanno, (122) Justin Sagos and (HWT) Jim Curry. Others posting victories were: (60) Jonathan DeAngelis and (72) Cody Mooney. The Hazlet Hawks Mid-Jersey I Wrestling Team began their season by beating Piscataway I, 46- 7, and falling to Fords I, 33-36. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet Mid-Jersey I against Piscataway I were: (70) George Davis, (73) Cody Mooney and (110) John Boyle. Others posting victories were: (53) Bobby Lanno, (56) Taylor Smith, (63) Jonathan DeAngelis and (80) Billy Voutsinas. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet Mid-Jersey I against Fords I were: (67) Chris Vanfechtman, (81) Billy Voutsinas and (110) John Boyle. Others posting victories were: (56) Taylor Smith, (63) Jonathan DeAngelis, and (73) Cody Mooney. The Hazlet Hawks Mid-Jersey II Wrestling Team opened their season by beating Spotswood, 55-29; Fords II, 54-35; and falling to Piscataway II, 28-47. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet Mid-Jersey II against Spotswood were: (67) Ryan Lynch, (70) Derek Wagner, (73) Joe Squatriglia (80) Brian Bost and (85) Robert Palmer. Others posting victories were: (60) Connor McGrath, (63) Steven Corona and (95) Katie Costello. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet Mid-Jersey II against Fords II were: (53) Kevin Bellaran, (60) Connor McGrath, (63) Steven Corona and (67) Ryan Lynch. Others posting victories were: (73) Joe Squatriglia, (85) Brian Bost, (90) Brian Whalen, (95) Katie Costello, (110) Jorge Rentas and (120) Adam Salama. Posting victories by fall for Hazlet Mid-Jersey II against Piscataway II were: (60) Connor McGrath, (70) Derek Wagner, (80) Brian Bost, (85) Robert Palmer and (110) Adam Salama. Others posting victories were: (47) Chris Graf, (56) Andrew Squatriglia, (67) Ryan Lynch, (73) Joe Squatriglia and (76) Seth Blissenbach.
BY DOUG McKENZIE Staff Writer CHRIS KELLY staff Keyport senior J.J. Bedle hauls in a touchdown pass in the second quarter of Saturday’s CJ Group I final at Neptune’s Memorial Field. NEPTUNE — On paper, Florence looked like a team a year away from a state championship. With just four seniors and an underclassman-heavy roster, the Flashes entered Saturday’s Central Jersey Group I final against defending champion Keyport as the underdog, despite their flashy 11-0 mark. But by the end of the game, which was played at Neptune’s Memorial Field after a flurry of postponements, Florence proved itself a worthy champion against the mighty Red Raiders, a team riding a 22-game winning streak and featuring the state’s all-time rushing leader, Ken Cattouse. The Flashes scored a pair of second-half touchdowns, while shutting down what was one of the state’s most prolific offenses, en route to a 21-14 win, stunning the host Red Raiders. Ken Cattouse (l) hits the hole during the Red Raiders’ loss to Florence in the CJ Group I final on Saturday. Above, the Keyport defense tries to slow down Florence’s Abree Jones. Florence got on the board first, scoring on their third possession of the game following a trick play on a fourth down. Facing a fourth-and-four on the Keyport 33, Florence quarterback Ryan Shafer took a flea-flicker and found Shaquan Virgil for 24 yards, placing the ball at the Keyport seven-yard line. Two plays later, Shafer found the end zone from a yard out. It was the first trick play the Flashes used, but it would not be the last, nor would any of the plays come as a surprise to the Red Raiders. “We practiced against that stuff all week,” Keyport head coach Mike Ciccotelli said. “We knew what they were going to do; we just got out-played at times.” Keyport responded to the score the way they’ve responded all season long — with a steady dose of Cattouse. After the Red Raiders recovered the ensuing kickoff on their own 37, Cattouse broke free for a 27-yard gain. That play sparked a seven-play, 63-yard drive that was capped by Cattouse’s only touchdown of the day, from five yards out. The Keyport defense then stopped Florence, giving the offense the ball back at their own 47. Three plays later, sophomore quarterback Kevin Boyce hit another Red Raiders All-State player, senior J.J. Bedle, for a 53-yard scoring play, giving Keyport the 14-7 half-time lead, following Pete Czech’s PAT. “We had that momentum going into half-time, and I think we lost a little bit in there,” Ciccotelli said. In the second half, the Florence defense tightened, while the Flashes’ offense used some opportunistic plays to get back in the game. Florence tied the game after blocking a punt late in the third quarter, and starting at the Keyport 37-yard line. After an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty drove them back a bit, they advanced as far as the Keyport 35, where the drive appeared to be stalling with a third-and-21 play looming. The Flashes took a time-out, and then broke the huddle in a “muddle huddle” formation — a play usually reserved for PAT attempts — with six players lined up to the left of the center. Following the snap, one of those players, Dan Miller, broke downfield, where he got behind the Keyport defense and caught a 29-yard pass from Shafer, setting up a first-and-goal from the Keyport 5. It was the second trick play of the day that worked for Florence, and like the first, it changed the complexion of the game. Ciccotelli explained the play in simple terms. “Their kid just got behind our kid,” he said. Three plays later, Florence sophomore Abree Jones busted tackles on his way to the end zone for the game-tying score. After the Red Raiders were stopped on their ensuing possession, the Florence offense took over, looking to milk the clock. But the Keyport defense stood tall, forcing a punt deep in Florence territory. That, however, led to the game’s biggest play, when Bedle apparently touched the ball on a bounce before Florence players pounced on it at the Keyport 28-yard line. “I didn’t think he touched it, but I guess the official thought he did because he took off after it,” Ciccotelli said, after the game. “And he never drops anything.” The Flashes took advantage of the mistake, driving 25 yards in three plays before Jones found the end zone again from three yards out, giving them a 21-14 lead with 1:38 left on the clock. On the Red Raiders’ ensuing possession, they managed to get a first down before a mix-up in the backfield led to a Boyce fumble, which was recovered by Florence, effectively ending Keyport’s hopes for a repeat. Following the game, Ciccotelli was nothing but complimentary of the Flashes. “They played a great game, with a great defensive scheme,” he said. “Defensively we knew what they were going to do, and offensively we knew what they were going to do. We just got burned by mistakes.” But as much as Ciccotelli was impressed with the Flashes’ play, he was equally proud of his team’s effort. “They never quit. They’re comeback kids,” he said. “They came back against South River (in the semifinals), and they played hard all season. It’s a great bunch of guys. They showed up every game.” “They worked hard all year, and fought through a lot of adversity,” he added. “I feel bad for them that they have to go out like this.” With the loss, so ends the careers of two of the Shore Conference’s most electrifying athletes in Cattouse and Bedle. Cattouse, who ran for 143 yards on 21 carries on Saturday, finished with 2,166 yards on the season (his second consecutive 2,000-yard campaign), and 6,676 yards rushing for his illustrious career. He is currently being courted by numerous Division I-A programs, most notably Ohio State and Iowa. As for Bedle, he had another tremendous season for the Red Raiders, catching 49 passes for 995-receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns. But it was his ability to come up with the big play in the big spot that separated Bedle from the rest of the wide receivers in the Shore Conference, an ability that will lead to him continuing his career at Syracuse University next fall. “This is not the way I’d like to see him go out,” Ciccotelli admitted following Saturday’s game. “I was hoping we’d get the ball in his hands and something would happen.” But despite the setback on Saturday, Ciccotelli has high expectations for both Cattouse and Bedle as they take their skills to the next level. “I expect them to be impact players wherever they go,” he said. “They’re great kids and they’re great athletes. They’re true football players.” Not to be outdone, Keyport kicker Pete Czech ended his brilliant career with another solid performance, converting on his 59th and 60th PAT kicks of the season, and finished the year one point shy of tying a state record for points scored by a kicker in a season. BY DOUG McKENZIEStaff Writer
The Monmouth Barracudas swim team, which trains at Fort Monmouth and the Jewish Community Center in Deal, recently returned from competing at the 56th annual Keo Nakama Invitational at the University of Hawaii on July 2, 3 and 4. The Barracudas, coached by Paul Buerck, finished in fourth place overall out of 27 teams. Teams in the meet were from San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Manhoben Swim Club (Guam), FOG City Hammerheads (San Francisco), University of San Francisco — Koret Youth Swim Club, Seal Beach Swim Club, Pacifica Sea Lions (California), The Flying Fish, AquaWolves (Colorado), Kona Aquatics, Maui Gold, Manukai Aquatics (Guam), International Buccaneers (Japan), Manoa Aquatics, Champaign County YMCA (Illinois), and the Hawaii teams: Pearl Harbor Aquatics, Iolani Swim Team, Pearl City Aquatics, Hickam Hurricanes, Rainbow Aq., Maui Swim Club, Buenaventura Swim Club, Punahou Aq., Fullerton Aq. Sports Team, Almaden Swim & Racquet, Temple Area Swim Club and Iolani St. (Hawaii). The Barracudas had outstanding performances from several swimmers. Among the meet highlights were Pavel Milke, of Rumson, taking first in the 100 free, second in 50 free, and third in the 100 fly and 100 back. He finished second overall in the high point award in his age group. Jenna Seitz, of Eatontown, took third in the 50 and 100 free, while Jordan Crosby, of Middletown, took first in the 200 fly and second in the 100 fly. In addition, Eddie Carnes, of Tinton Falls, took first in the 100 back. Among the Barricuda swimmers to record top 10 finishes are: Christine Bell, Taylor Crosby, Dan Haaren, Jessica Havard, Allison Marino, Katherine Marino, Kirsten Marino, Chris Urbine, Caitlin O’Donnell, Roberto Nieves, Kayla Hanke, Alexis Ferraris, Kristen Stahl, Kristen George, Caitlin MacNeal, Melissa Chirlin, Elizabeth Luick, Kaitlyn Testa, Melissa Calt, Garrison Rufa, Matthew Goldfarb, Allison Russoniello, Courtney Benedict, Will Cullen, Caroline Herman, Courtney Sergeant and Kacie Anjoubault. The team members are: (from Middletown) Christine Bell, Jordan and Taylor Crosby, Jessica Havard, Elizbeth Luick, Allison and Katherine Marino, Roberto Nieves, Caitlin O’Donnell, Allison Russoniello, Christine Smith, Cassandra Stabbert, Kristen Stahl, Christopher Urbine, and Will Cullen; (from Ocean Township) Kaitlyn Testa, Kacie Anjoubalt, Elizabeth and Melissa Calt, Jonathan Goldfarb, Kayla and Kerra Hanke, Kirsten Schroeter, Courtney Benedict, Elizabeth Luick and Colleen Tansey; (from Tinton Falls) Eddie Carnes; (from Marlboro) Kristen George; (from Matawan) Melissa Chirlin; (from Rumson and Fair Haven) Craig Haaren, Pavel Milke and Caitlin MacNeal; (from Little Silver) Alexia Ferraris, Garrison Rufa and Courtney Sergeant; and (from Eatontown) Jenna Seitz.
The Keyport girls field hockey squad runs through a drill during a morning practice held at Keyport High School on Aug. 22. ERIC SUCAR staff
Middletown High School South’s girls softball team will have to refocus its goals on repeating as NJSIAA Group IV champion after its bid to reach the Shore Conference Tournament finals was derailed by Red Bank Catholic, 9-1, on Saturday at Wall Township High School. But to get back to the finals, Middletown South needed a victory on Tuesday this week (June 2) against South Jersey champion Delsea Regional High School, a team it beat last season, 9-0, in the state tournament. “Right now we’re in a little slump,” coach Tom Erbig said of his team’s hitting. St. John Vianney High School sealed the other Shore Conference Tournament finalist spot, its first since 2007, with a 3- 1 victory over Toms River East as Taylor August drove in all three runs with two hits.T he Lady Lancers played Notre Dame on Tuesday (June 1) in the NJSIAA Non- Public South A finals at Northern Burlington High School in what will be the program’s first appearance in a sectional final under sixth-year coach Kim Lombardi. Amanda Durham hit a threerun triple to put the finishing touches on a seven-run surge in the first inning that sent the top-seeded Lancers to a 7-2 victory against Red Bank Catholic last Thursday, May 27, in the state semifinals. Middletown South two weeks ago lost to Red Bank Catholic, 5-2, in a regular season game after losing in the Monmouth County Tournament championship game, 3-1, to St. John Vianney. It was ranked No. 1 in the state before those games. This time, Red Bank Catholic reeled off four runs in the sixth inning off Allison Nolan. Jackie Bates drove in Middletown South’s run with a fielder’s choice in the first inning. Erbig, who recently became the third high school softball coach in state history to win 600 games in his 28 seasons, warned before the Shore Conference Tournament semifinal game that his team needed to play a “perfect game” against a Red Bank Catholic team that is solid offensively throughout the batting order. “We didn’t play flawless defense,” Erbig said afterward. “That’s what we had to do to beat them. There were balls playable for the outfielders that did not get caught. We gave up a bunch of runs, and then we got real flat and did not have a couple of good at-bats. They [Red Bank Catholic] hit the ball when they needed to hit, and we didn’t hit in pressure situations.” Erbig is wary of Delsea despite its seven losses, and that game could end the season for the seniors as well as for juniors Julia Kuhn, a pitcher and shortstop, and center fielder Jackie Bates, who have sparked the offense with six home runs each. Kuhn is batting .600. Both have made early verbal commitments to NCAA Division I colleges — Kuhn for Northwestern and Bates for Rutgers. They’ll officially sign next spring. Kuhn has been recruited by many major Division I colleges, including Florida, Florida State and Stanford. “I’m still finding out about Delsea, but I know they can be hit,” Erbig said at press time. His team in three prior state tournament games has a 17-2 scoring edge on its opponents. “We have a young team, and now we’ll see if we could rebound.” Middletown South is seeking its fourth state title, the others coming in 1995 and 2002 before last year. Before getting to a state final, Middletown South did one of the most difficult things in high school sports: beating the same opponent three times in the same season. Middletown South had beaten Wall in previous games, 8-0 and 2-1, and had to get by the Crimson Knights a third time if it was to repeat as sectional state champions. In the Central Jersey Group III final, played Thursday (May 27) in Middletown, the Eagles defended their CJ title with a 3-2 victory over Wall. Erbig credited the maturing of his younger starters, who no longer are rookies at this late stage of the season, in helping the team win the sectional crown. Those younger starters included sophomore Erika Falvey, who lashed a two-run single against Wall. Sophomore right fielder Taylor Landis is the lone exception, breaking into the lineup eight games ago, entering Tuesday’s state semifinal game. Kuhn has shared in the pitching during the regular season but has remained at shortstop, and Nolan is the regular pitcher throughout the postseason in order to keep the Eagles at their strongest defensively. Erbig could not say for sure that he would stick to that idea. “I’m not sure. Maybe we need more of a competitor on the mound.” Along with Kuhn and Bates, Erbig said that third baseman Ali Muratore “has had a couple of big hits and put us in a good situation [to win].” Jill Troiano and Amanda Galanti also have chipped in timely hits. Galanti has played through minor but nagging injuries that led to a designated hitter for her against Red Bank Catholic, but Erbig said she would be ready to play defense and hit this week. Should the Eagles advance against Delsea, they will play in the state final in Toms River on Saturday. BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent
By Stephen WoodManchester City’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple were in tatters on Sunday after holders Wigan Athletic repeated their FA Cup heroics with a stunning 2-1 victory in their quarter-final at the Etihad Stadium.Jordi Gomez’s first-half penalty and a tap-in by James Perch gave Wigan, who beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup final at Wembley last May, a place in this year’s semi-finals against Arsenal.City, who won the League Cup last Sunday and need to overturn a two-goal deficit to Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League tie next week, looked jaded against their second-tier opponents until they staged a thrilling late fightback.Frenchman Samir Nasri made City’s breakthrough in the 68th minute with a sweet 20-metre left-foot strike.Substitute Edin Dzeko came within inches of forcing a replay, but Emmerson Boyce produced a remarkable last-ditch block and Wigan, managed by former City favourite Uwe Rosler, held on.In the other quarter-finals played on Sunday, Sheffield United beat Charlton Athletic 2-0 and Hull City defeated Sunderland 3-0 to set up the second semi-final.In the semi final draw Arsenal were drawn against holders Wigan Athletic with Hull City meeting another Championship side, Sheffield United. The ties will be played at Wembley stadium on April 12 & 13.
By Mark Lamport-StokesThe ploy by the United States to draw extra motivation from a stinging loss to Europe at Medinah two years ago could prove to be “a double-edged sword” for them at the Ryder Cup in Scotland, Justin Rose has said.US captain Tom Watson has already pinpointed that 2012 defeat outside Chicago as a focal point for his team, saying the Americans will be driven to make amends for one of their most harrowing experiences in the biennial competition.“It could be very powerful, and it could be exactly the right thing to do – or it could lead to a lot of frustration if they get off to a bad start,” Englishman Rose said of the US tactic.“Either way, it’s a ploy, it’s a tactic that is probably the right one but if the Europeans can get an upper hand, it’s going to feel very similar to what they have faced probably the last 10, 15 years,” the world number five added.The Americans have had very little to celebrate at the Ryder Cup over the past 20 years, losing seven times in the last nine editions with their most recent victory coming on home soil at Valhalla in 2008.At Medinah, they were seemingly poised to clinch a rare win when leading by four points going into the last-day singles, but the Europeans pulled off one of the greatest team comebacks on a golf course to triumph by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2.“I can tell you that all the players I have talked to, every one of them without a doubt, had one thing to say about the Ryder Cup,” Watson said about what came to be known as the ‘Meltdown at Medinah’.“They want to go back and make amends for what happened at Medinah. Our team has that one focus. The Europeans played great in the last round in 2012 and that was a hard loss for the American players and it still sticks with a lot of them.”The hosting Europeans, who have four of the top six ranked players in the world in their 12-man line-up, are being billed heavy favourites for the September 26-28 matches at Gleneagles.Former US Open champion Rose, however, does not buy into the notion of Ryder Cup favourites and underdogs.“We’ve got a good team and we believe in our team but I think the US has a good team with some naturally strong pairings and partnerships,” said the 34-year-old, who will represent Europe for a third time in the competition.“The last two Ryder Cups have come down to one point, each time, so I don’t really buy into favourites, I don’t really buy into all of that stuff.“It’s going to be the team who wants it the most on the week and is prepared to dig deep for it that I think is going to be the team that wins. There will be no false sense of security from the Europeans’ point of view.”Rose is especially thrilled by the prospect of competing in his first Ryder Cup on European soil, having made his debut on a losing team at Valhalla in 2008 before savouring success at Medinah two years ago.“I am really excited,” said the Englishman, who has achieved an impressive win-loss-half record of 6-3-0 at the Ryder Cup where he is unbeaten in the singles, having twice beaten Phil Mickelson.“It’s going to be my first Ryder Cup playing in front of a home crowd and hopefully the energy of that will really spur me on at Gleneagles.”
Constructors Points1. Mercedes 4512. Ferrari 2703. Williams-Mercedes 1884. RedBull – Renault 1135. Force India – Mercedes 636. Lotus – Mercedes 507. Toro Rosso – Renault 358. Sauber – Ferrari 259. McLaren 1710. Marussia – Ferrari 0 By Alan BaldwinA red-hot Lewis Hamilton won the Italian Grand Prix to take a 53-point lead in the Formula One championship on Sunday after Mercedes team mate and closest rival Nico Rosberg retired with his car in flames.However the Briton faced a post-race stewards enquiry for low tyre pressures at the start, with the possibility of a time penalty being imposed.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took second place, 25 seconds behind the reigning world champion, to give local fans something to cheer as they flooded the track in a wave of red for the podium ceremony.Brazilian Felipe Massa took third for Williams, crossing the line 0.3 of a second ahead of his Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas.The win was the 40th of Hamilton’s career, one less than the career tally of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna, and seventh of the season as well as his third in Monza.“This weekend’s been just fantastic, a perfect weekend for me,” said the Briton, who dominated practice, started from pole position, led from the first corner and set the fastest lap.“I don’t know if I have ever had a weekend like this. This circuit is such a special one for me…when you stand on top of that podium you feel an incredible pride, incredibly proud to be amongst the greats who have stood there.“The sea of fans is just unlike anything I’ve seen.”If his race was untroubled, there were concerned faces afterwards at Mercedes when stewards reported that the left rear tyre on Hamilton’s car was 0.3 PSI below the minimum starting pressure specified by Pirelli.A team representative was summoned to the stewards, with fears he could face a penalty that might wipe out his advantage over Vettel, and possibly more.“I’ve no idea what that might be,” Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff, whose team had ordered Hamilton to push in the closing laps to increase his lead, told the BBC.Rosberg’s tyre had even less pressure but the German was past caring, his hopes literally going up in flames when the German pulled over two laps from the end with smoke and flames billowing out from the rear of his car while in third place.A pre-qualifying problem had forced Rosberg to start the race with an engine that had previously done five races, while Hamilton had a fresh one with upgrades for the fastest circuit on the calendar.The German had started fourth but lost places taking evasive action when Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, on the front row with Hamilton, struggled to get away with cars swerving around on either side.The Finn was last into the first corner but fought back to take fifth place.Force India’s Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were sixth and seventh with Australian Daniel Ricciardo eighth for Red Bull.Sweden’s Marcus Ericsson was ninth for Sauber and Russian Daniil Kvyat 10th for Red Bull.Formula One driver and constructor standings Drivers Points1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 2522. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1993. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1784. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 975. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 926. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 917. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 588. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 559. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 3810. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 3311. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 3012. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 2613. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1614. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1215. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1116. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 917. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 918. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 619. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 020. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0
By Iacovos ConstantinouDefending champions APOEL stretched their lead at the top of the table to three points with an astonishing 9-0 win at Nea Salamina last night in the Cyprus football championship.The carnage began as early as the 2nd minute when Giorgos Efrem opened the scoring and it was 4-0 by half-time. Tomas De Vincenti and Fernando Cavenaghi helped themselves to two goals each as the leaders were rampant.Over the weekend, four of the top six teams, AEK, Anorthosis, Apollon and Anorthosis all defeated their opponents with consummate ease, scoring 15 goals without conceding in the process. The shock of the weekend came from Limassol where AEL were humbled 2-1 by the least glamorous of the Limassol clubs Aris.AEL have only themselves to blame for the loss as they failed to convert a number of chances they created culminating with a penalty miss in the final stages of the game.Aris took the lead through Bagura in the first half but AEL’s pressure paid off when Nyang headed past Aris keeper Nurendinofski late on.The winner for the visitors came four minutes from time when Marangoudakis raced onto a through ball to hit the ball past the AEL keeper.AEK continued their impressive away form, notching their fifth win in as many outings as they defeated AEK 2-0.Thomas Christiansen’s team were in control from the very first whistle and scored a goal in each half through Monteiro and Andre Alves.The third Limassol team in the top flight Apollon finally recorded their first away win of the season after overcoming Ayia Napa 3-0.They raced into a two-goal lead through Guie (13th min) and Freier (24th min) with Da Silva wrapping up the scoring with a second-half penalty.The outcome of the game between Omonia and Paphos FC was clear as early as the 13th minute when Omonia were awarded a penalty and the visitors had a player sent off. Nuno Assis scored from the subsequent spot-kick with Economides adding a second before the break.Kirm, Eze and Skembri with two were the other scorers.Anorthosis were poor in the opening 45 minutes and had to wait until the 67th minute to open the score against Ermis Aradippou who up until then defended well.Their top scorer Ndlovou hit his seventh goal of the season and two minutes later Gonzales put though his own net. Avraam and an injury time goal from Schwechlen completed the score.In the final weekend match Doxa Katokopias overcame Paralimni 2-1 in a game that could have gone either way. Lopes and Fernandes were the scorers for the home side with Vucevic getting Paralimni’s consolation goal.