OWINGS MILLS, Md. — New Ravens quarterback Ryan Mallett described being cut by the Houston Texans as “humble pie” that he “digested real quickly” in late October.Without delving into the specifics of how he addressed the concerns about his maturity and commitment to football, Mallett is looking forward to another chance with a new team.“I’ve grown up a lot. I acted immaturely at some games in Houston,” Mallett said. “There were reasons for it. But that’s not going to be discussed right now. Just growing up and going through the process, the best thing probably was for me to be cut. I’ve learned a lot from it.”Head coach John Harbaugh has left the door open for Mallett to see playing time before the end of the 2015 season, but the Ravens signed him with an eye toward the future as he could make up to $2.5 million next season, according to NFL Network. Known for his strong arm and 6-foot-6 frame, Mallett would have a chance to be Baltimore’s backup quarterback to Joe Flacco, who will spend the offseason rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee and hopes to be ready for the start of training camp.First, Mallett must prove the issues that led to his downfall with the Texans are behind him as he was cut in late October after missing a team flight to Miami. The 27-year-old had previously been late for meetings and practices as he eventually wore out his welcome with second-year head coach Bill O’Brien, who elected to go with Brian Hoyer as his starting quarterback after Mallett started four games early in the season.Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Mallett will be given the chance to prove that he belongs.“When you get a couple strikes against you, it certainly brings it into sharp focus,” Harbaugh said. “He has an opportunity here. I don’t know if he deserves — I don’t think anybody ‘deserves’ — but a better word would be he has an opportunity to make the best of it. He’s determined to do that, and what he makes of it, really, in the end, is up to him.”According to ESPN, Mallett has received professional help for his personal issues, which prompted the Ravens to sign him after working him out earlier this month. Previous concerns in college led to him falling to the third round of the 2011 draft before New England selected him to be Tom Brady’s backup.After once being thought of as a big-time NFL prospect, Mallett says he’s taken his struggles on and off the field in stride. Describing the process of getting acclimated with the Ravens as “minute by minute,” the University of Arkansas product is relishing the opportunity to move on from his embarrassing exit in Houston.“I’m not disappointed. I’m still in the NFL,” Mallett said. “I’m still living the dream. To me, I don’t know if you would call it a disappointment. It’s been a tough road but it’s part of life.”
Nine Students to Represent Nigeria at the Africa Schools Badminton ChampionshipNine Students to Represent Nigeria at the Africa Schools Badminton Championship
Nine players will represent Nigeria at the Africa Schools Badminton Championship, scheduled to hold from December 14 to 20 at the Tema International School, Ghana.Nigeria makes its first appearance at the championship since it’s inception in the year 2006.Rufai Saddam Sidi, Daniel Christopher Egbonyi, Khalil Safana Shamsuddeen, Umar Ahmad Balarabe and Bankole Babatunde Timileyin will fly Nigeria’s flag in the male category, while Obanishola Sofiat Arinola, Obasanmi Christianah Olajumoke, Taofik Ganiyat Romoke and Mosun Shogbade will represent the country in the female category.The team will depart the country on Wednesday and will be led by coaches Suleiman Tajudeen and Ismaila Mohammed.Coach Tajudeen stated that his players were ready to pick four out of the five gold medals on offer, giving assurance that the team is well prepared to do the country proud.He said that the players had good preparation and are ready to take on rivals, Algeria and Egypt at the tournament. “The players have trained well and are ready for the championship in Ghana. Our aim is to pick four gold medals at the event.“It is important to do well because these junior players are the ones who will take over from the senior players, who are currently representing Nigeria. We also give them the training they need to become to players.“So, this championship will give them the opportunity to test their skills against the best junior players on the continent. A good performance in Ghana will boost their confidence as they hope to move to the senior cadre,” Tajudeen added.He also commended the Badminton Federation of Nigeria (BFN) for giving the players the opportunity to play at the continental level. Related
Ghana’s Black Starlets got off on a brighter note in their campaign to the 8th African U-17 championship when they chalked a 3-0 win over their Libyan counterparts in the first round leg clash at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra on Saturday.First half strikes from Frank Acheampong and Felix Adjei with another in the second half by substitute Kwame Nzor gave the Starlets a comfortable lead ahead of the second leg in a Tripoli in a fortnight’s time.The Starlets team were however unimpressive as they played as if there was nothing at stake despite flashes of brilliance from Achempong, Mahatma Otto and Mohamed Alhassan.After the six minute mark, Acheampong broke the deadlock with a feeble shot that gazed the post before kissing the net after he was put through by Alhassan.Eight minutes on Adjei consolidated the lead for the Starlets by connecting home captain Kwame Nkrumah’s free-kick from the right flank.The Starlets continued to dominate the one-sided game but the strikers were wasteful in front of goal. The Libyans who showed occasional brilliance resumed the second half on a bright note and could only boast of Mohamed Ghani’s near miss in the 76th minute.Starlets coach Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie brought on lanky striker Nsor on 58 minutes and it paid off a minute later when he soared above the defenders to head home beautifully after he was fed by Acheampong.The Libyan goalie Emmadir Ragab was the hero for his side over the last ten minutes as he denied the Starlets with spectacular saves in the 81st, 83rd and 88th minutes.The second leg will come off in Tripoli on Friday, September 12.The winner after both legs will face the winner of the clash between Gambia and Sierra Leone in the final round. Line Up:Ghana – James Nkansah, Kwame Frimpong/Aaron Amoah, Isaac Eshun, Ibrahim Moro, Ainooson Abeiku, Masawudu Basit, Mohammed Alhassan/Moro Mubarak, Mohammed Fatau, Mahatma Otoo, Frank Acheampong, Felix Adjei/Kwame NsorLibya – Emmadir Ragab, Mohamed El Manir, Mutasem Guma, Ahmed Eltrbi, Rabel Kaaber, Mohamed Elfezz, Hassan Khalifa/Mohamed Doza, Abdul Malik Alyam, Mohmaed Shiwi, Mohamed Gani/Abdallah Jadid, Sami Alghulla/Majdi BelgasSource: GNA
‘Boy Meets World’ cast reunites at Boston Fan Expo‘Boy Meets World’ cast reunites at Boston Fan Expo
Disney Channel/Ron Tom(BOSTON) — Fans of the ’90s sitcom Boy Meets World took over Fan Expo in Boston this weekend to see some of their favorite stars.The cast members in attendance to celebrate? Danielle Fishel — who played Topanga Lawrence during the show’s seven-season run — and her on-screen husband, Ben Savage, aka Cory Matthews.William Friedle, who played Cory’s older brother, Eric; Rider Strong, aka Shawn Hunter, and William Daniels, who played beloved teacher Mr. Feeny on the hit show, joined them at the event and posed for many photographs together.They also participated in a Q&A for fans of the show.Friedle shared one of the group photos, captioning the playful snap, “We’re baaaaaack! #nanananananana #fanexpoboston #crewsbacktogether #thiswasbillsidea.”He also shared a shot of the group having some fun during the photo shoot without Mr. Feeny.“Lesson learned: Never try to take Danielle’s chair,” Friedle captioned a funny image with his former cast mates, showing Danielle commandeering the only chair.Savage shared a photo with the group hanging out in Boston.“Boston tea party,” he captioned the shot.The cast seems to enjoy reuniting with each other; they often appear at Comic Con events across the country.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Brentford’s value-driven approach fires Premier League pushBrentford’s value-driven approach fires Premier League push
The Londoners, renowned for their canny transfer dealings, are eyeing an automatic promotion spot after posting two straight wins following the return from the coronavirus lockdown.Frank admits his side, third in the second-tier Championship behind slumbering giants Leeds United and West Bromwich Albion, would be in “dreamland” if they reached the Premier League.On Tuesday Brentford, well-placed to qualify for the play-offs, travel to Reading, with seven games left of the regular season.The west London club, who last appeared in the top division of English football in 1947, cannot boast the big crowds of their Championship rivals although they will soon be moving from Griffin Park to a new, larger stadium nearby.But they have become renowned as a financially stable club who have used a data-driven recruitment model to buy low and sell high.In April they posted a £20 million ($25 million) profit for the financial year to the end of June 2019. They returned a profit of more than £27 million from player sales, including John Egan to Sheffield United and Chris Mepham to Bournemouth.– Character test –Danish boss Frank told AFP that a big part of the ethos of the club is only buying players whose character fits.Brentford boss Thomas Frank says the club look closely at players’ character and values. AFP/File/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS“Our success is down to different things but character and values are key above anything else,” said the 46-year-old.“We scout players and if they tick that box (character and values) we sign them.“We ask for character references on players, and if they don’t tick that box then we do not sign them.”“Obviously in my job as a football manager it does help if they are slightly skilful,” he joked.Frank is quick to point out the debt the club owe to late technical director Robert Rowan, who died at the age of just 28 in November 2018. He had previously been the club’s head of football operations.“A hundred percent he (Rowan) was a big part of what we are trying to achieve,” said Frank, who stepped up from his role as assistant boss after Dean Smith left for Aston Villa in October 2018.“He built the foundations, he was a big part of that.”Frank said Rowan was never far from his thoughts.“I have a picture of him in my living room,” he said. “Every second day I look at him. Sometimes without thinking about it my eyes move onto the photo and I say ‘Saturday was for you mate’.”– ‘In the sunshine’ –Being humble and a team player are central to Frank’s list of requirements at the club.“For me, character is everything in life and I think Brentford and I share the same values,” he said. “Attitude is a big, big thing, as in one’s attitude to life.Brentford take on Leicester in the FA Cup. AFP/File/DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS“Confidence too, in achieving anything no matter what it is. To be the best coach or the best (Brentford) Community Trust worker you need to believe in yourself.“Also to stay humble if you don’t — it can be tricky to succeed.“To achieve things you can only do it together. Nobody can do it on their own, not even (Lionel) Messi. He needs great team-mates around him.”Frank said the ethos of the club during the UK’s lockdown was reflected by the chairman and the board.“The chairman (Cliff Crown) and the board members called maybe 1,000 of the Brentford season ticket-holders who are over 70 to see if they were OK,” he said.“It was important the example came from the top to the bottom.”The Brentford FC Community Sports Trust also got schoolchildren engaged in writing letters to elderly and vulnerable fans.Frank is judging the best match report by local schoolchildren of their 3-0 win over Swansea City in October.“I like the efforts the children have been putting into the competition,” he said.The former Brondby boss realises how lucky he is to be managing such a club but said the limelight does not always fall on those who deserve it more.“We (managers) in the professional game are admired and in the sunshine because we are in the middle of everything,” he said.“They (the Community Trust coaches coaching local youngsters) are doing much more for society and the world.”
How the Nationals went from punchline to pennant winner in 15 daysHow the Nationals went from punchline to pennant winner in 15 days
FOSTER: The Nationals are (finally) all grown upSo how did it happen? Here are some of the top moments of Washington’s wild journey to claim the NL pennant:Oct. 1: A shave, then a close wild card winThe first day of the month did not begin well for the Nationals. Manager Dave Martinez accidentally shaved off his lucky playoff beard the morning of the NL wild card game against the Brewers. Then, in the first inning of the contest, usually reliable ace Max Scherzer allowed a two-run homer to Yasmani Grandal. He surrendered another long ball the next frame to Eric Thames.That crowd has been … Thamed.pic.twitter.com/d4BSURvGQf— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 2, 2019And yet … the Nationals managed to hang around. They trailed 3-1 heading into the eighth. That’s when the magic began.With two outs and a man on first, Ryan Zimmerman singled and Anthony Rendon walked.Juan Soto followed with this to set up a 4-3 win:Clutch doesn’t have an age limit.pic.twitter.com/B9oLMOscaE— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 2, 2019Oct. 4: Loaded in LAAfter dropping Game 1 of the NLDS against the heavily favored Dodgers, the Nationals clung to a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium. Having already deployed Sean Doolittle and Scherzer from the bullpen, Martinez sent closer Daniel Hudson to the mound to finish the job.Hudson, of course, had nearly left baseball because of injuries and seen his once-promising career as a frontline Diamondbacks starter crumble.While Hudson had finished the regular season strong, this seemed like a spot in which the Nationals would come apart. That’s what had always happened to them.Instead, Hudson fooled Corey Seager with a breaking ball in the dirt. Series tied and headed to Washington.Daniel Hudson has pitched for five teams in four years.He just closed out Game 2 in LA.pic.twitter.com/NKxaMDM6sP— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 5, 2019Oct. 7: Zimmerman delivers key blastThe Dodgers put the Nationals on the ropes with a Game 3 victory, and after taking an early lead in Game 4, things appeared bleak.But Zimmerman, who Martinez later admitted he almost pinch-hit for, followed a go-ahead hit from Anthony Rendon with a booming three-run home run.It was a particularly special moment considering the possibility it would be the infielder’s final home game with the franchise.ZIMM.pic.twitter.com/4z292bzPwM— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 8, 2019Oct. 8: Clutch home runs send Nats to NLCSNeeding to win in Los Angeles in a dramatic Game 5, Washington fell behind 3-0 in the opening two innings. Max Muncy and Kiké Hernandez each homered off Stephen Strasburg.The Nationals faced future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw in the eighth knowing closer Kenley Jansen could arrive to end their season in the ninth.They didn’t let things get that far. Home runs on consecutive pitches leveled the game.Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto.A couple of the biggest swings in Nationals history happen consecutively.pic.twitter.com/ZuAYdGSPQG— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 10, 2019Kershaw, a longtime postseason underachiever, faced a wave of jokes afterward.He was not the one who gave up the losing blow, however. That fell to Joe Kelly — a reliever puzzlingly left out to dry by manager Dave Roberts.Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick stepped up to the plate against Kelly in the 10th inning with the bases loaded and no outs. He did this:TAKE A BIG HACK, BREAK THE DODGERS’ BACK.Howie Kendrick grand slam.pic.twitter.com/4pFXvh3VPq— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 10, 2019Oct. 11: The Anibal Sanchez gameIf the Nationals had gotten even four or five decent innings from Sanchez, their lone non-Scherzer/Strasburg/Corbin starter, they would have been pleased. Based on his solid but unspectacular performance level in 2019, that’s about the best that could have been expected in Game 1 of the team’s first NLCS.Through the first few innings, it was clear Sanchez was at his best.Anibal Sanchez is doing that thing where no one can touch him.pic.twitter.com/EEEO8jx0Ts— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 12, 2019He kept going, though. Past the fourth. Past the fifth. Through the unexpected territory of the sixth and the seventh.Sanchez entered the eighth inning with a no-hitter intact. Crazy.It’s been 4,783 days since Anibal Sanchez threw a no-hitter with the Marlins.— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) October 12, 2019When Anibal Sanchez threw his no-hitter on September 6, 2006, Juan Soto was 7 years old.— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) October 12, 2019When Zimmerman made this catch, it seemed Sanchez could actually finish the job.RYAN ZIMMERMAN FOREVER.pic.twitter.com/Mokjdw12zU— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 12, 2019He lost the bid with two outs in the eighth on a Jose Martinez single. Still, the tone was set for the remainder of the series.Almost had the no-no.pic.twitter.com/JLjrOB9U3H— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 12, 2019Two results, two salutes, 13 years apart. pic.twitter.com/YoJTY6WlHY— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein_) October 12, 2019Oct. 12: The Max Scherzer gameScherzer turned Game 1 frustration from the Cardinals into Game 2 embarrassment. He followed Sanchez’s lead, not allowing a hit until the seventh inning. He finished his outing with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout frames.The Nationals, though, struggled to piece together hits against St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright. It took until the eighth for them to create separation.This Adam Eaton double did the job:Adam Eaton extends the Nationals’ lead with a bases-clearing double.Nationals — 3Cardinals — 0pic.twitter.com/l9B4epeCjB— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 12, 2019Oct. 13: The Stephen Strasburg gameWith a 2-0 series advantage taken in St. Louis, the Nationals came into Game 3 on the brink of total control. They had Stephen Strasburg on the mound and a confident lineup behind him.Reality of where Washington could be headed set in early.Wait the Washington Nationals might actually go to the dang World Series.pic.twitter.com/HHDccfo4iJ— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 15, 2019After that quick start, Strasburg took control with a continuation of an already impressive playoff pitching run. He went seven scoreless innings and struck out 12.He was showered with affection from the home fans — and greeted with strong praise from a national audience that has perhaps at times overlooked him.Stephen Strasburg is dialed in. 😤pic.twitter.com/UWGWiXOQpf— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 15, 2019Now you will appreciate him.pic.twitter.com/E2o396BF5o— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 15, 2019Oct. 15: Nats win the pennantThis one was essentially over in the first inning, when Washington pushed across seven runs in front of a jubilant crowd. The Nationals are going to the World Series after sweeping the Cardinals with a 7-4 NLCS win on Tuesday night.Only a couple of weeks ago, however, they were considered long shots to get anywhere near this stage. After all, they were a wild card team needing to survive a play-in game and two matchups against division winners that held home field advantage. Washington is going crazy in the first.pic.twitter.com/1uXTK7P1eP— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 16, 2019Given past shortcomings, though, fans could be forgiven for being on edge until the very end.Hudson, who had squirmed out of a bases loaded jam the inning before, closed out the Cardinals in the ninth inning.Nationals Park erupted.World Series in Washington.pic.twitter.com/8QMx91WaEy— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 16, 2019The following players were still active the last time D.C. hosted a World Series game:⚾️ Babe Ruth⚾️ Lou Gehrig⚾️ Mickey Cochrane⚾️ Lefty Grove pic.twitter.com/kq6YA5XpiY— Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 16, 2019Glad Max.pic.twitter.com/HCRaaYaoFM— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 16, 2019Howard Joseph Kendrick has been named NLCS MVP.He’s been on fire all postseason. https://t.co/yaRt4Zj0Tc— Sporting News MLB (@sn_mlb) October 16, 2019
Utah Jazz head-to-head matchups against the San Antonio SpursUtah Jazz head-to-head matchups against the San Antonio Spurs
JazzDevin HarrisPoint guard11.3 ppg, 5.0 apgIt took awhile, but once the former Wisconsin standout hit his stride, he’s been the catalyst in the Jazz’s late-season run. He’s hitting 3-pointers and playing with a more aggressive attitude, pushing the ball upcourt and driving to the hoop. In the month of April, Harris is shooting 42.4 percent from 3-point range.Gordon HaywardShooting guard11.8 ppg, 3.5 rpgThe former Butler star has made huge strides in his second year and has gotten better as the season has worn on. Over the last 15 games, he has averaged 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, while shooting above 50 percent from the field. He’s also turned into a 3-point threat, hitting 42.4 percent since the All-Star break after connecting on only 24.6 percent before.Paul MillsapPower forward16.6 ppg, 8.8 rpgHe’s still the glue that holds the Jazz together with his hustle and consistent effort. The Spurs may have matchup problems against Millsap, particularly when he plays the small forward spot with Derrick Favors in the game. He still may be the best rebounder in the league for his size and leads the team in steals with 1.8 per game.DeMarre CarrollSmall forward4.8 ppg, 2.5 rpgHe wasn’t even with the team for the first third of the season, hardly played a lick during the next third, but as the Jazz head into the playoffs, the former Missouri star finds himself as the starting small forward. He’s not an outside threat or an exceptional rebounder, but plays hard. Derrick Favors will likely get more minutes off the bench than Carroll, as may Josh Howard.Al JeffersonCenter19.2 ppg, 9.6 rpgBig Al leads the team in scoring and rebounding and is excited for his first playoff experience in seven years, going back to his rookie season. He has a reputation for holding the ball once he gets it inside, but his assist total has gone up from 2.0 to 2.5 since the All-Star break as he passes the ball out to the wing players more, which has increased his own effectiveness inside.Tyrone CorbinCoachFinishing 36-30 with a team picked for last place in the Northwest Division by many experts would get many coaches a look at coach-of-the-year honors. Corbin won’t get a sniff for that award, but there’s no denying the terrific job he’s done with a young Jazz squad in just his second year.SpursTony ParkerPoint guard18.3 ppg, 7.7 apgThe jet-fast guard from France is scoring more than the past two seasons and he’s also averaging a career high in assists, eighth-best in the league this year. He has a great ability to get to the hoop and also has a great mid-range jumper.Danny GreenShooting guard9.1 ppg, 3.5 rpgHe’s come a long way since being drafted out of North Carolina by Cleveland with the 46th pick in 2009. He’s a credible 3-point shooter, ranking 9th in the league at 43.6 percent. Veteran Manu Ginobili, who averages 12.9 points per game, will end up playing more minutes than Green off the bench at the guard spot.DeJuan BlairPower forward9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpgThe 6-foot-7, 270-pounder from Pitt, who was picked in the second round in 2009, has started 61 of 63 games and shot 53 percent from the field. He plays a lot in the post, where he’ll be outsized by Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors, who could each take advantage of the matchup.Kawhi LeonardSmall forward7.9 ppg 5.1 rpgThe rookie from San Diego State started slowly, but worked his way into the starting lineup midway through the season. He is one of five rookies to have recorded four or more double-doubles this year. He’ll have his hands full with Paul Millsap, but he has good backups in veterans Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson.Tim DuncanCenter15.4 ppg 9.0 rpgHe turned 36 last week, but the perennial all-star is still going strong, getting 15 and 9 per game, while shooting just under 50 percent from the field. He sat out eight regular-season games this year, including the final two games of the season and two last week, so he should be well-rested for the Jazz.Gregg PopovichCoachHe’s the favorite to win coach-of-the-year honors after leading a Spurs team to a tie for the best record in the NBA and 50 wins for the 13th straight season, an NBA record, after not much was expected from the Spurs before the season began. He now has 846 career victories going back to 1996.
Dog missing 10 years found in Alabama, returning to ownerDog missing 10 years found in Alabama, returning to owner
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Tracy Dove assumed the worst after her 1-year-old dog named Charlie disappeared in 2006. Days without the animal turned into years, and Dove figured the brown-and-white pointer was dead.Then, last week, Dove’s phone rang: Charlie had been found alive near the south Alabama town of Brewton. A veterinary clinic tracked her down using a microchip that Dove had implanted in the dog when it was young.The photo taken Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Brewton, Ala., shows a dog named Charlie that went missing 10 years ago and is now being reunited with its owner. Discovered outside a church about 250 miles from his last known home, the dog had an implanted microchip that allowed a worker at a veterinary clinic to locate its owner, Tracy Dove of Corner. Charlie will undergo surgery for a cancerous tumor on its chest as soon as it is healthy enough. (Renee Jones via AP)“I was shocked, overwhelmed. I cried,” Dove said in an interview Thursday. “It’s amazing.”No one knows where the dog has been for the last decade, but Charlie has a gray muzzle now and a cancerous tumor in his chest. Charlie will undergo surgery at a veterinary clinic in Mobile as soon as next week, and Dove plans to bring him home as soon as possible afterward.“It will be a lengthy road for him, but he’ll be home,” said Dove, who lives near Birmingham in Corner and works as a dental assistant.Dove was living in Cullman with her then 8-year-old son when Charlie disappeared a decade ago. Charlie is a German Shorthaired Pointer, a breed favored by hunters, and Dove believes someone stole him from an enclosure outside the house.“It’s an expensive hunting dog. We just kept him as a pet,” said Dove. “He was a spoiled rotten pet.”After Charlie disappeared, Dove kept updating her contact information in an online database used to match animal owners with pets that are implanted with microchips for identification, but she never thought she’d see the dog again.Charlie’s road back began when a neighbor told animal rescuer Renee Jones about a dog that was lying on the steps of a church near Brewton, about 250 miles from the dog’s last known home. Volunteers took the dog to Spring Hill Animal Clinic in Mobile, where a worker found the microchip.“We often get dogs with microchips, but often the information hasn’t been updated and the phone numbers don’t work,” said Jones, director of Souls on Board Rescue Ride, a nonprofit organization. “When the number worked, it was pretty wild.”Dove didn’t know what to think when the call came.“I was shocked and at first I thought ‘This has got to be a scam’ because it’s been 10 years,” she said. “They sent me a picture and I talked with them, and it’s my Charlie.”Donations from an online fundraiser will cover the cost of the dog’s surgery, and Dove plans to be there when it’s done.“He’s too weak and sick to make the trip home, so I am going to stay down there with him until he’s well enough to come home,” she said. “And then he’ll be my dog again.”
Colts harriers capture 20th Meet of Champions crownColts harriers capture 20th Meet of Champions crown
By TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Holmdel High School’s Marin Warner finishes up her sixth-place run at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions on Nov. 22 at Holmdel Park. The Group II state champion ran the 5K course in 18:36. SCOTT FRIEDMAN Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) harriers never run alone. They run for their teammates and those who ran before them. “We’re all about tradition,” the Colts’ Jonathan Dooling said.The 2014 CBA team may not be the best in the program’s storied history, but it continued the Colts’ domination of New Jersey crosscountry by extending the program’s record of NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) titles to 20. It was the team’s fifth straight, one short of its record for consecutive titles of six from 1995 to 2000.CBA, which had to go to the sixth-runner tiebreaker to win the Non-Public A state title over Don Bosco Preparatory High School the previous week, had no such trouble on Nov. 22 winning the MOC by 31 points over surprise runner-up South Brunswick High School, 82- 113, at Holmdel Park.Blaise Ferro, who was first across the line for the Colts, called the race typical of CBA — a “whole team effort.” It’s what separates the Colts from the rest.Ferro finished 18th overall in 16:13, and he was followed by Nick Trigani in 28th (16:23), Sean Martinek in 30th (16:24), Brian Dengler in 35th (16:26) and Dooling in 44th (16:34). For team scoring, CBA runners were ninth, 15th, 16th, 19th and 23rd. Only 21 seconds separated CBA’s top five, and its sixth man, Jack Morris, was right behind Dooling in 45th (16:35). No other team can bundle its runners together like that.The race didn’t unfold as expected. Aware of Don Bosco after the state meet, the Colts keyed in on them.“We said we’ve got to with Bosco if they go, and they didn’t,” Ferro said.Don Bosco ended up in eighth place (200).In the bowl section of Holmdel’s course near the halfway point, Trigani remarked, “We found each other and ran as a pack. At 2 miles, it was time to go and pick off as many guys as we could.”One by one, the Colts did just that to secure the MOC title.Holmdel High School’s Aaron Barlev, the Monmouth County champion, led all the boys from the county at the MOC by taking 13th place (16:11).Middletown High School North’s Michael Marano was 67th (16:48).Mater Dei Prep had a pair of boys competing in the MOC, Tom Mongeau and John Spinelli. They finished fourth and eighth, respectively, in 17:39 and 17:47 at the Non-Public B state meet to punch their tickets to the MOC, where they ran 17:57 and 18:05 in 139th and 147th.The best overall finish for an area harrier was turned in by Holmdel’s Marin Warner. The University of Pennsylvania-bound standout ran sixth in the girls championship race, clocking 18:36. It was an improvement for the Group II champion over last year’s race, where she finished eighth.Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School’s girls put 2013 behind them by extending their MOC record title count to nine by beating Hillsborough High School, 88-95.Last year, the Caseys led at two-and-a-half miles, but Randolph High School’s runners finished strong and edged the favored Caseys by seven points.This year, the role was reversed, as the Caseys put the hammer down in the backwoods, gaining enough positions to beat a Hillsborough team that had three runners home before RBC’s No. 2.Erin Mills led RBC in 21st (19:12), followed by MaryKate McNamara in 32nd (19:29), Caitlin O’Hare in 34th (19:33), Gracie Eckstein in 37th (19:36) and Gabrielle Ferrigine in 60th (19:55). In team scoring, the Caseys were ninth, 15th, 16th, 17th and 31st.This was the first MOC title for RBC since 1996.St. John Vianney High School’s Nora Honrath finished 36th (19:36).Next up for CBA is the Nike Cross Nationals Northeast Regional on Nov. 29 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. CBA has won this region every year since 2010.The top two teams at the Northeast Regional qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals on Dec. 6 at the Glendover Golf Course in Portland, Ore.In 2011, CBA won the Nike Cross Nationals.RBC’s girls are also headed to the Northeast Regional.
US women’s soccer team beats Germany 1-0 to open 2017US women’s soccer team beats Germany 1-0 to open 2017
China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing United States’ Lynn Williams, left, celebrates near Germany’s Dzsenifer Marozsan after Williams scored a goal during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women’s soccer match, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)CHESTER, Pennsylvania—Lynn Williams scored her second career goal and the U.S. women’s soccer team kicked off its 2017 slate with a 1-0 victory over Germany on Wednesday night in a matchup of the world’s top two teams.Alyssa Naeher made an early diving save and earned the shutout for the top-ranked Americans in the SheBelieves Cup, a four-team round-robin tournament that also includes England and France.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “We want to be playing teams like this—this caliber, the best in the world,” Lloyd said. “It’s going to test us. That’s what we need ultimately.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon View comments Federer upset by qualifier Donskoy in Dubai, Murray wins Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member “At every level, we got tested,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “But the confidence I think our players had on the ball is a big card to put in our back pocket as we move forward.”In the 56th minute, Christen Press struck the crossbar following a great individual effort and, after Tobin Heath’s follow was blocked, Williams pounced on the ball in the box to score the contest’s only goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe 23-year-old Williams is one of the young players Ellis is looking to build around as the team begins to look ahead to the 2019 World Cup.“I happened to be there at the right time to put in the goal,” Williams said. MOST READ U.S. captain Carli Lloyd, who won the last two FIFA Women’s Player of the Year awards, was held scoreless in a homecoming but created some dangerous chances in her first game in four months. She grew up about 30 minutes from Talen Energy Stadium, home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union, and was greeted by huge cheers from the crowd of over 16,000.“I thought we definitely outplayed them,” Lloyd said. “We definitely could have had three or more four goals.”The game pitted the reigning champions of the last two marquee tournaments. No. 2 Germany took gold at the 2016 Olympics and the U.S. won the 2015 World Cup.Earlier in the day at Talen Energy Stadium, No. 3 France rallied to beat No. 5 England 2-1 behind a goal from Wendie Renard on the final touch of the match.The tournament continues Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, with the U.S. facing England. The Americans conclude SheBelieves Cup play vs. France at Washington’s RFK Stadium on Tuesday, with the winner then determined based on total points through the three games.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite