Rockets going the distance, learning to win close games

first_img The Raritan High School football team has battled through a tough start to the season, playing two games that finished with six-point margins. In their last game, the Rockets defeated Red Bank Regional, 35-34, in a match that went into double overtime. They have almost come to expect close games. “We went the distance and a little more,” said head coach Anthony Petruzzi, whose team is coming out of a bye week with a 3-2 record. “We were upset when we gave up the lead, but we were excited about coming back.” Petruzzi believes his team has shown the ability to climb back into games but must also play entire games with that comeback spirit. “I personally think it is an attitude,” he said. “We have to play a complete game. We’ve seen how close games go and what it takes to win. When we are out there with a certain attitude, we execute. We have lost that attitude from time to time. For us, it’s never about quitting, just losing focus and attitude. Our guys do have a lot of character.” After losing two games, against Matawan and St. John Vianney, the victory against Red Bank Regionalwas crucial if the Rockets expect to make a run this season. “We now have more confidence going into the game with Rumson-Fair Haven. Hopefully we learned our lesson,” Petruzzi said. “Part of getting to the state tournament is winning our next game,” Petruzzi added, referring to Raritan’s game at home against Rumson-Fair Haven on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. “We are taking it one game at a time.” The Rockets were happy to have the opportunity to regain their health during their bye week. On the field, the team is concentrating on taking care of their own future. Petruzzi reminds his team to stick to their philosophies. “We need to concentrate on ourselves, and take care of our own issues. We also need to execute on offense,” Petruzzi said. When it comes to the team’s tendency to play close games, Petruzzi does not feel it will be a problem. “Nothing bad is coming out of close games. We are learning to play tight games, and we have had positive and negative experiences,” he said. “We are looking for the kids to fight back against a momentum change,” Petruzzi added. “Every phase of the team has had breakdowns. We had opportunities to finish games and missed those opportunities. The last play is never the play that decides the game.” BY MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent last_img read more

Digicel Cup 2016 officially kicks off

first_imgThe kick off at the National Football Stadium was done by Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.Present during the ceremony were PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka and Digicel PNG CEO Maurice McCarthy.The crowd of close to 3000 fans and supporters is seated at the main grandstand area.Other four matches are also underway at other centres, including Kokopo, Goroka and Mendi.last_img

76ers unveil statue honoring Charles Barkley

first_imgRobredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canelo Alvarez moves up to challenge Kovalev for 175-pound title No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son MOST READ Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Barkley played eight seasons with the Sixers and he was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history in 1996.Barkley was named an All-Star in five straight seasons between 1987 and 1992.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The team retired his number 34 was retired in 2001. Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown View comments Charles Barkley poses for photographs with a sculpture honoring him at the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball training facility in Camden, N.J., Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. Barkley spent the first eight seasons of his storied career with Philadelphia after the 76ers chose him with the No. 5 overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)CAMDEN, N.J. — The Philadelphia 76ers have honored Charles Barkley with a statue along their Legends Walk outside their practice facility in Camden.The statue was unveiled Friday. It joins other Sixers legends including Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks, Julius Erving and Bobby Jones.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fight leads to attempted murder charge

first_imgA Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) man, who reportedly attempted to kill his friend, was slapped with an attempted murder charged and appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It is alleged that Donald Newton wounded his friend, Dwayne Fredericks, on September 1, 2016, at Mini Hall, Region Eight.On Tuesday, the court was told that the duo was engaged in a drinking session when a misunderstanding arose between the two men, leading to the incident. Further, the court was told that the parties are known to each other; sharing a close friendship and that the virtual complainant (VC) did not wish to offer evidence against Newton.According to the Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones, the VC had received lacerations to the left side of his neck, consequently losing a lot of blood.Fredericks, who was present at the court hearing, was advised to seek advice from the Prosecution with respect to his decision.The accused was released on 0,000 bail and the matter will continue at the Mahdia Magistrate’s Court on April 17.last_img read more

Today is Pink Shirt Day in Fort St. John

first_imgAcross the country, the last Wednesday in February is celebrated as Pink Shirt Day, or the Canadian National Day of Anti-Bullying.  The event was originally started after a student was bullied at a Nova Scotia high school for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. Two teenaged boys bought and distributed 50 pink shirts to protest against bullying. Here in town, several schools will be celebrating with a flash mob at 11 a.m.- Advertisement –last_img

League One wrap: Peterhead up to second, Dunfermline see off Stenny

first_imgMarc Fitzpatrick’s early goal and James Lister’s late strike earned Airdrieonians a deserved 2-0 home win over Cowdenbeath.Fitzpatrick fired home from close range, finding the bottom left corner with his shot following Lister’s assist, as the hosts went in front after 14 minutes.The visitors never looked like mounting a fightback, Declan McDaid’s shot which was fumbled by Neil Parry their only meaningful attempt on target, and their hopes were ended in the 89th minute when Lister fired home to make the points safe.Victory kept Airdrieonians, who are unbeaten since the turn of the year, in fourth place, while Cowdenbeath, who have now lost three in a row, remain in relegation danger in eighth. Faissal El Bakhtaoui hit his 20th goal of the season as Dunfermline got back on the winning trail, 3-0 at Stenhousemuir.The runaway League One leaders had gone four games without a victory in all competitions prior to this, but El Bakhtaoui’s strike and a second-half brace from Andy Geggan put that right.Dunfermline had been the better side when they opened the scoring 41 minutes in. Michael Moffat put the ball in from the flank and found Moroccan El Bakhtaoui who did the rest.Geggan settled things seven minutes after the break. Joe Cardle floated in a corner and Geggan got higher than anyone else to nod in a fifth of the campaign.A sixth followed 12 minutes from the end, tucking in after a pass from El Bakhtaoui.Jamie Longworth scored his fifth goal of the season as 10-man Stranraer held Forfar to a 1-1 draw.Stranraer took the lead 10 minutes before the break when Longworth turned the ball past Forfar goalkeeper Darren Hill from the middle of the area.The visitors had opportunities to extend their advantage but it was the Sky Blues who scored next, with Andy Ryan firing in from the left side of the box to level things up in the 54th minute.Stranraer were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute when Scott Rumsby was shown a red card for fouling Gavin Swankie, but Brian Reid’s men held on to earn a share of the spoils. Peterhead moved above Ayr into second place in League One thanks to a 2-1 win at Somerset Park.Shane Sutherland rifled home the opening goal for Peterhead in the 22nd minute, but just three minutes later the hosts were level as Craig Moore’s low shot from the centre of the area found the net.Rory McAllister restored Peterhead’s lead four minutes before the break with another well-placed low shot.Ayr had the better of the second half, but failed to fashion any clear-cut chances and Peterhead held out to go two points clear of their opponents in the standings, even though they had Scott Ross sent off in the first minute of injury time after he picked up a second booking.last_img read more

What the Spanish papers are saying ahead of Celtic v Barca

first_imgFormer Barca striker Steve Archibald says Luis Enrique’s men will not have an easy time at Celtic Park, believing “anything can happen in football.”The Barcelona-based newspaper says Denis Suarez is hoping for his first Champions League appearance after impressing in recent weeks. The 22-year-old has been a useful squad member so far in La Liga and he is looking to make the next step in European competition.Aleix Vidal also has a similar goal after making only two appearances this term but Mundo Deportivo reports  coach Enrique has “expressed his satisfaction with Vidal’s change in attitude in recent weeks.”Paco Alcacer has had a hard time of it since his summer move from Valencia with the forward and midfielder Arda Turan expected to be dropped.It is not bad news for Barca fans because the duo missing out means Messi, Suarez and Neymar will be reunited in attack.The trio have only played together eight times out of a possible 18 games. Ahead of the trip to Glasgow, Sport are reporting Barca have made initial steps to keep their biggest star out of the clutches of English Premier League clubs.The Argentine ace missed the weekend’s game due to illness but is on the plane to head to Scotland after hitting a hat-trick in the first game between the sides.The papers also focuses on the atmosphere which awaits the Barca players, stating the stadium will be “dolled up” for Luis Enrique’s men.They add: “It will be one of the nights of the year for the fans, who will sing as ever ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’, a near universal hymn at this point.” Celtic welcome Barcelona to Parkhead for matchday five of the Champions League knowing it is a fixture that could have a huge bearing on the rest of their season. While the hosts are sitting pretty on the domestic front, Luis Enrique’s men head to Glasgow with some questions to answer.A 0-0 draw with Malaga at the weekend without Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez leaves the Catalan side four points off La Liga leaders and bitter rivals Real Madrid.Here’s what the Spanish papers are saying ahead of the game. last_img read more

Infographic: Bafana Bafana ready to conquer Africa

first_imgWith South Africa at 14/1 favourites to win the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea, they certainly stand out as the wild cards of the event. They are placed in the tournament’s group of death, with Ghana, Senegal and Algeria having better odds of winning the tournament. We analyse Bafana Bafana and their chances of bringing home the cup.For more on the Africa Cup of Nations, check out:When football became Africa’s gameLearn the language of South African footballAfrica Cup of Nations: some facts and figuresWho will become a star at Afcon 2015African footballers call on their juju menClick for larger imagelast_img

SOPA-Supporting News Outlets Aren’t Covering SOPA [STUDY]

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… dave copeland Tags:#Government#web MSNBC, Fox News, ABC, CBS and NBC have dedicated no time to covering the Stop Online Piracy Act in their evening newscasts since Oct. 1, according to a report by Ben Dimiero of Media Matters For America.CNN, meanwhile, has dedicated a single evening news segment to the issue. All of the companies covered in the report have either publicly supported SOPA or have parent companies that have done so.Dimiero based his report on Lexis-Nexis searches which includes transcripts of nighttime newscasts.Comcast/NBCUniversal (which owns MSNBC and NBC News), Viacom (CBS), News Corporation (Fox News), Time Warner (CNN) and Disney (ABC) are all listed as supporters of the bill. ABC and CBS are also listed as separate supporters of the bill.SOPA would block access to sites accused of violating U.S. copyright laws. The measure has been called Draconian by opponents who say it would fundamentally change the free-flow of information across the Internet. Proponents, ranging from the NBA to Universal, say the measure is needed to block sites which flagrantly flaunt copyright laws and make content available for free without paying copyright owners.Traditional media companies have been key players in lobbying for SOPA’s passage, with more than half of that funding coming from cable television providers, commercial TV and radio stations, and the entertainment industry. Opponents of the legislation have been developing apps to help voters track how their legislators stand on SOPA and how much they have received in campaign donations from SOPA-supporting entities. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more