The Brookdale Community College women’s basketball team skipped the appetizers and went straight to the main course. Above: Brookdale Community College’s Victoria Finelli (33) tries to rein in a rebound against Cumberland County College during a home game Dec. 10. Left: Brookdale’s Michelle Blum (10) shoots from the foul line during the game. With just one starter returning and eight freshmen on the team, head coaches Marianne Campacci and Joanne Cobb did what most coaches in their position would not have done. Rather than scheduling a few easy games early while their young team got its feet wet, the Jersey Blues’ coaches threw the players into the deep end of the pool, scheduling a strong Division II team, Delaware Tech-Stanton, for the opening game of the 2009-10 season. “We said let’s challenge ourselves and see what we have,” said Campacci. What the coaches discovered in Brookdale’s 62-61 home victory is that they have another championship-caliber basketball team. On the strength of their win over Delaware Tech and a 7-0 start to the season, the Jersey Blues are ranked No. 9 in the nation among Division III junior colleges and they are moving up. PHOTOS BY CHRIS KELLY staff On Dec. 10 the Jersey Blues beat No. 5 Cumberland, 72- 40, in Lincroft to further solidify their national ranking and to take the early lead in the Garden State Athletic Conference. Campacci and Cobb knew that in preseason camp the young players’ personalities had meshed. What remained to be seen was how they would click in a game. The answer was very well. Brookdale pulled off its 62-61 win over Delaware Tech by making big plays in the final seconds. First, Michelle Blum (Howell) canned a jumper with :17 left to break a 59-59 tie. With :12 remaining, Victoria DeTata (Brick Township) came up with a steal and passed the ball to Ria Zanetich (Point Pleasant), who was fouled. Zanetich made one of two free throws to give the Jersey Blues a 62-59 cushion. Delaware Tech scored at the buzzer to make the final score 62-61. It was nice for the coaches to find out early in the season that the Jersey Blues have players who can step up when a game is on the line. “It is important to know we can do it,” said Camapcci. It was no surprise that Blum and DeTata made the big plays. DeTata, a freshman, is the Jersey Blues’ floor general. “She’s like a coach on the floor,” Campacci said of her point guard. “She sets the stage.” DeTata is third on the team in scoring (11.1 ppg.) and assists (5.0 apg.). She also plays the point on the team’s full-court press. Blum, a sophomore who missed last year because of injury and is with the Jersey Blues for the first time, is the ideal No. 2 guard. She can knock down a jumper as she did against Delaware Tech. Many people would be surprised to see that she leads the team in steals with 14 through the first seven games. She is averaging 11.5 ppg., second best on the team. Another freshman, Brielle Martinez (Hamilton), has been making a big impact. She leads the team in scoring (12.8 ppg.) and is Brookdale’s top rebounder (10.7 rpg.). Kaitlin McLaughlin (Manasquan) is the lone returner from last year’s 21-4 squad and can play inside or outside. At 5-11, McLaughlin is the tallest player on the team and plays a big role in the press. The Jersey Blues do not have a 6-2 or 6-3 post player they have had in the past, so rebounding has been a team effort. Tia Curtis, a 5-10 forward from Monmouth Regional (Tinton Falls), Jana McCabe (Brick Township) and Blum are all averaging about five rebounds a game in what has been a collective effort under the glass. Zanetich, a 5-10 guard/forward, is one of the few veterans back from 2008-09, and Kerriann Cassarello (Keansburg) is a 5-9 forward who is another talented freshman on the team. They have been helping out on the glass, too, with Zanetich pulling down 4.7 rpg. a game and Cassarello grabbing 5.7 rpg. The Jersey Blues are averaging 45 rebounds per game, but only Martinez is averaging double figures. This edition of the Jersey Blues resembles teams of the past that also employed full-court pressure. The Jersey Blues are averaging 10 steals a game and like previous Brookdale teams, everyone on the roster has been making a contribution. Kayla Borden (Freehold Township), Victoria Finelli (Brick Township), and Shannon Sharkey (Southern Regional) complete the talented incoming freshman class that has played so well. Jessica Liubicich (Middletown North) is a 6-0 forward who is the only other returner from the 2008-09 team. In Brookdale’s 72-40 romp over Cumberland, Martinez led the way with her third straight double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds). Blum also had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds (a season high). DeTata handed out seven assists while scoring nine points, and Finelli had a career-high 10 rebounds. The Jersey Blues have been on cruise control since the Delaware Tech game, winning four of their next six games by 30 points or more. On Dec. 12 Brookdale improved to 7-0 with a 71-60 home victory over Northampton Community College of Pennsylvania. Martinez established a school record with 30 rebounds. She topped the old mark of 27 rebounds set by current assistant coach Jen Thompson. She added a team-high 19 points Blum scored 18 points and also had three assists. Brookdale is the defending Garden State Athletic Conference champion. This is the 10th season that Campacci and Cobb have been coaching the Jersey Blues. They have led the team to seven GSAC championships. They expect to reach 200 wins at the Lincroft college in the near future (they have 193 after the Cumberland victory). Brookdale’s next home game will be on Dec. 22 against Sussex County Community College in a GSAC game that tips off at 5 p.m. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer
NEWS HIT HARD Harbour View Football Club Chairman Carvel Stewart agreed that the news hit hard, even though they knew the severity of his situation. “Very sad day for the game, very sad day for his family. We send deepest condolences to his family, friends and the football fraternity. “We got word he was not eating or sleeping and it sounded really bad. So we got a hint last night that it was close, but you are never really ready … ,” he said. Kingston and St Andrew Football Association President Wayne Shaw said Burrell will be greatly missed. “He made his mark as the first president to take Jamaica to the World Cup. He will be sadly missed. A big void will be left in Jamaica’s football,” Shaw said. Jamaica Olympic Association President Mike Fennell yesterday said that the country has lost a strong leader in sports. Speaking after the death of Jamaica Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell, Fennell said: “We are desperately in need of leaders, people who are prepared to stand up and be counted and who can provide the type of leadership that is necessary in all the areas of our lives. “Whether you agreed with him or believed in what he did, you could not question the fact that he was a leader and led in the way he knew best. Certainly we have lost a very strong leader in sports,” Fennell said. Other local football administrators admitted that though they knew Burrell was seriously ailing for some time and that the end was near, the news of losing the iconic football figure was devastating. Burrell passed away in the United States yesterday, and Montego Bay United’s chairman, Orville Powell, one of the JFF’s biggest critics, said he was shocked by the news, as the federation boss was larger than life. “It (the news) caught me when I was playing table tennis and I had to stop. We all expected this, … but when it comes, it’s a different thing. “Captain, in my mind, cannot die … . If there is one person who made the most significant contribution (to local football), I would put Captain up there. … We cannot allow Captain and his work to die … . He has taken us to the peak,” Powell noted.
It is that financial independence to be achieved by playing “alternative cricket” that has created the biggest game changer in the fortunes of the West Indies team, especially in the longer formats of the game. The sorry state of our Test and one-day International teams has precious little to do with the specific board president or the overall make-up and direction of the administration, but more to do with the shifting of priorities of the players. The dilemma facing a player like Darren Bravo in his current situation is that he is a proverbial big fish in a small pond. He is a reasonable player in an awful team that continues to alienate substantial numbers of its traditional supporters by its woeful performances. If Darren Bravo was a superstar in a winning team, than the dynamics would be totally different. Possibly, Cameron would be the one apologising and would possibly be forced to resign. However, in the wider scheme of things, Darren Bravo is a ‘nobody in cricket’. The West Indies were poor while he was playing, and they will continue to be poor whether he returns. I think therefore, that Darren Bravo’s ego is leading him down a path from whence there might be no return. The sad thing for Bravo is no one will miss him. BIG GAME CHANGER A poignant reminder of the continued erosion of West Indies cricket is playing out in the still-unfolding saga involving embattled batsman Darren Bravo and the board president Dave Cameron. Essentially, Bravo’s feisty and obviously inappropriate tweet referring to Cameron as a “big idiot,” has seen the Trinidadian being subsequently barred from West Indies selection, and indeed from all cricket organised by Cricket West Indies. Typically, as is the case with all contentious issues involving West Indies cricket in recent times, opinions are split along insular, agenda-driven lines. The stakeholders who are against President Cameron and his administration, for whatever reason, will continue to try subtle and not-so-subtle ways to excuse, justify, and even condone Bravo’s insolent, inappropriate, and disrespectful actions. Darren Bravo is absolutely out of order and deservedly out of the West Indies set-up until he mans up and shows some remorse and accepts some level or responsibility for his actions. His adamant refusal to accede to the request of the board to remove the tweet from his account and apologise for his indiscretion epitomises the most fundamental reason for the changing face of West Indies cricket. Within the context of a general evolution of the game, Test cricket continues to struggle for relevance and appeal. Meanwhile, Twenty20 (T20) cricket continues to flourish with booming popularity and the resultant mega profits. As a result, the typical West Indian player, more so than any other player from any other international territory, is no longer fully committed to representing the West Indies. If Darren Bravo depended totally on representing the West Indies for putting his pot on the fire, he would have taken down that tweet and apologised to Cameron months ago. The argument could even be made that Bravo most likely would not have made that tweet in the first place. It is, of course, hardly the fault of the modern West Indian player that his naturally athletic and explosive attributes make him ideally suited to the T20 format which has blossomed into a financial haven for the top players from the region. Call it luck, call it good fortune, or call it whatever you may, but it is simply the changing face of cricket that happens to be attracting and enriching individual elite players from the region. This is a development that has in turn resulted in the ultimate demise of West Indies cricket as we once knew it.
0Shares0000PARIS, France, December 14 – AFP Sport presents some of the most memorable tweets of 2012:His first pic! #excited #cute – Barcelona footballer Gerard Pique tweeting an ultrasound image of the baby that he and Colombian pop queen Shakira are expecting.@3gerardpiqueGil Hanse is a c**k. Haha.– Golfer Luke Donald had to apologise to Boston course architect Gil Hanse for his rant which ended up on Twitter despite the English player believing he had only sent a direct message.@LukeDonaldI hear you fella! Choc ice is classic! hahahahahahha!!– Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was fined for appearing to endorse the phrase aimed at Ashley Cole in the John Terry affair. “Choc Ice” is understood to mean someone who is black on the outside but white on the inside.@rioferdy5Loving the lights on the stumps and bails at the BBL. Remind me of a pair of trainers I had as a kid.– Cricketer Eoin Morgan enjoys the innovations of the Big Bash Cricket League.@Eoin16This is the hardest pounding the Swiss have taken since the British artillery pounded them to dust at Minden in 1759.– TV history presenter Dan Snow after Andy Murray’s capture of the first set of the Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.@thehistoryguyRoger uv got the moves like jagger– India cricketer Yuvraj Singh after Federer’s victory@yuvstrong12The only thing I can think of when I watch Ronaldo is that hair gel should really be outlawed– Model Bar Refaili takes aim at Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo’s image@BarRefailiBeing a hater is not a cute look. Learn to love.– Ronaldo’s model girlfriend Irina Shayk stands by her man@theirishaykJourney a nightmare. People are ignorant. Place stinks. Arena’s rubbish, tables poor, food is horrendous. Other than that I love China.– Northern Ireland snooker player Mark Allen not impressed by a visit to China@pistol147Might’ve been a bit harsh a few hours ago in my tweet. Not all Chinese people are ignorant. I stand by everything else though.– Allen later eases back on his remarks@pistol147AND THE BEST OF THE OLYMPICS…Thanks to all my real fans and people who believe in me. I am now a living legend that’s for sure.– Usain Bolt after becoming the first man to defend the 100m and 200m Olympic titles@usainboltI’m going to wait for Tom Daley in the little pool he goes in after he dives and cuddle him too hard.– TV comic and actor Russell Brand@rustyrocketsMoooooooooooooo Mooooooooooooo Moooooooooooo #BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM– Cricketer Kevin Pietersen on Mo Farah’s 5000-10000m double@kevinpp24Stressed.5am no sleep post race. Almost went @britneyspears on ya & shave my head til I read ur tweets. Thx 4 lifting me up during this time– American hurdler Lolo Jones feels low after she finishes a disappointing fourth in the 100m hurdles@lolojones“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss– Michael Phelps retweets after ending his career with a 22nd Olympic medal@MichaelPhelpsWell what a day, blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed with all the messages, Thank You everyone it’s been emotional X– Britain’s cycling time trial gold medallist Bradley Wiggins tweets a picture of him celebrating overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral@bradwigginsjust chatting with @lequipe journalist and he quips. ‘you got the Games, we’re getting the medals’ Have to admit quite amusing!!– Former British star triple jumper Jonathan Edwards@JDE66Where did it all go wrong? They say it’s the organisers fault, but I blame myself.– The voice of a disgruntled fan who has set up a spoof Twitter account, adopting the voice of one of the unoccupied seats at the Olympics.@OlympicSeatIn short. It took me over 4hrs this morning to get inside the village. I was freezing my nuts off. I’m a tropical animal.– Sprinter Kim Collins’ day goes from bad to worse@kimcollins100mMy sister just rang me: “Katie, where r u?” “Switzerland” “Oh. The cycling road race is about to go past your flat. Guess you won’t see it!”– British tennis player O’Brien@katiejobrien“Of course I’ll RT the photo. my legs look amazing.”– US hurdler Lolo Jones@lolojones0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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By Dan K. Thomasson WASHINGTON – I’ve never been one of those fawning pet owners, the kind who dress up their animals in funny clothes and won’t let them be dogs. I guess I can understand some of the extremes when they substitute for children and human companionship, and I have rarely found many humans as loyal as a dog once it decides to latch on to you. I must confess one of the worst days in my life was when I took Bridget to the veterinarian, knowing she would not return. For 18 years the combination poodle and cocker spaniel had been a beloved member of the family, a sister and companion to all four children. There was a time when the middle kid, Sean, wouldn’t kiss anyone but Bridget. She hated cars and despite her near-blindness, incontinence and the mental impairment of advanced age, that fear still gripped her. But I held her trembling on my lap, driving with one hand to the vet’s office, tears streaming down my face. The veterinarian concurred that what was left of her life would only be painful and that it was time for a dignified ending. She was, after all, ancient in dog years. As I waited to take her home for burial on the hillside in the yard she loved to roam, I thought of all the fun times we had with her – smuggling her into a hotel that prohibited pets by tying Lisa’s little bonnet on her head and wrapping her in a doll blanket with the oldest, Scot, cradling her in his arms as we bustled by the front desk to the elevators. I remembered her sitting patiently every day in front of the mail slot, having been advised by some inner clock that it was time for the postman. She never was more than a few minutes off. She would spring into action the second the slot was opened, yanking the mail and slinging it about all the while growling ferociously. On the other side of the door, the mail deliverer would die laughing. He loved the game as much as she. For years every piece of mail had bite marks in it. While all this took place years ago, the memories came flooding back with the news that Michael Vick, the very rich and talented quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, had agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection with a dog fighting enterprise in Virginia. It was not just the fact that dogs were encouraged to rip up each other in sick and sadistic high stakes events but also that animals that failed to perform were drowned, shot and even hanged that made me furious. We are now being told that these violations of every humane instinct occur rather regularly, particularly in the South. Vick’s arrest has brought a public awareness of this tragic behavior that may help curtail it. One can only hope that this is true, but it will not change the fact that a young man with athletic abilities only a few people possess also apparently is utterly devoid of the qualities that separate the civilized from the uncivilized. More frightening is the fact that he certainly is not alone in his disregard for the laws of man and nature. Vick is expected to pay with a loss of freedom and privileges and a great deal of money. The National Football League is taking its time deciding whether he has any future with it. That should be a simple decision. The NFL needs to send a message to every current and aspiring player that it considers this transgression or anything similar to it an automatic disqualification forever – that the very repugnance of the act has been made more so by the fact that it was carried out without apparent remorse. What may never be answered clearly in this case is why someone who has signed a multiyear contract for more than $100 million, plus a bonus of more than $20 million for agreeing to do so, would imperil that with an endeavor so clearly abhorrent. The only answer would seem to be a combination of arrogance and a stunning lack of morality. But then as one who cried while digging a hole to bury the furry, little body of a longtime friend, I guess my opinion is prejudiced. Dan K. Thomasson is former editor of the Scripps Howard News Service.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Chelsea have scored a total of 22 goals during their last seven league and cup meetings with Leicester, and won all of them.More of the same in talkSPORT’s live commentary game tonight would put the Blues within touching distance of the Premier League title.Oscar and Remy remain on the injury list for Chelsea, while Diego Costa could return after a month-long hamstring problem he picked up against Stoke. But whether or not Mourinho will risk the Brazilian international against a Leicester side that, though they are fourth from bottom, are on form and on the rise, remains to be seen.Leicester have beaten West Ham, West Brom, Swansea and won their survival-scrap with Burnley, to make it four top flight wins in succession for th first time since 1966, so the Foxes should not be overlooked ahead of their game with the champions-elect.The visitors arrive at the King Power stadium off the back of a 0-0 draw with Arsenal, a match that saw opposition fans accuse Mourinho’s side of being “boring”.Chelsea fans certainly won’t be bored when they see their team win the league and this possible starting XI could bring that closer to reality… 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIt employs 23 full-time and 15 part-time employees who handle more than 212,000 transactions annually. During the renovation, DMV employees at the office will be loaned to other DMV facilities to help with customers diverted as the result of the office closure. Other offices include: Bell Gardens, 6801 S. Garfield Ave. Montebello, 424 N. Wilcox Ave. WHITTIER – The local office of the state Department of Motor Vehicles will be closed for three months, beginning Monday. The closure is for renovations and repairs that will include improved access for the disabled. The office, at 9338 S. Painter Ave., is scheduled to reopen at 8 a.m. March 10. The 35-year-old office hasn’t had any substantial renovations since it opened in 1972. Bellflower, 9520 E. Artesia Blvd. Fullerton, 909 W. Valencia Drive West Covina, 800 S. Glendora Ave. Santa to visit Holiday Sonata WHITTIER – The annual Holiday Sonata will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in Uptown Whittier. This traditional evening activity will be throughout the Uptown business district and will feature free horse-drawn carriage rides. There will be four carriage stops at various locations along Greenleaf Avenue, giving everyone a chance to enjoy a ride in Uptown. A Santa’s Village area will be in the parking lot on Greenleaf between Hadley and Bailey streets. Pictures with Santa will be available for a small fee, and tickets can be purchased for children to have fun on rides offered. Musical entertainment will be provided in the grassy park area on Greenleaf between Bailey and Philadelphia streets. Stores and shops will be hosting an open house. In case of rain, call the Uptown Association or visit its office Friday for updates. For more information, call (562) 696-2662 or visit www.whittieruptown.org. All invited to holiday potluck WHITTIER – The West Whittier Community Advisory Committee will meet for a Christmas potluck at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sorensen Park, 11419 Rose Hedge Drive. Attendees should bring a favorite dish or dessert to share. For more information call Lt. Voza at the sheriff’s Norwalk station at (562) 863-8711 or Deputy Zarda at the Pico Rivera station at (562) 949-2421. Send your letters to Santa Claus LA MIRADA – The city is accepting letters addressed to Santa Claus this holiday season. All letters will receive a personalized reply from the jolly ol’ elf. Santa can only respond to mail received by Dec. 18. Special mailboxes will be located at City Hall, the Resource Center, Activity Center, SPLASH! – the La Mirada Aquatics Center – and the Community Gymnasium. Letters can also be mailed to: Santa Claus c/o La Mirada Resource Center 13710 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90683 For more information, call (562) 943-7277. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Singer Daniel O’Donnell’s attempts to learn to speak Spanish are floundering – because he keeps mixing it up with Irish!Daniel says Hola!The Kincasslagh chart-topper decided to go back to school to learn the native language as he is spending more time in his villa in Tenerife.It follows a spell spent by the star in Irish college in Co Donegal last summer to brush up on his “coupla focail.” But now the 51 year old has found he is mixing up both languages.He revealed that he breaks out into his native tongue during Spanish class.Daniel explained “Having an extended time off I decided that I would try to learn some Spanish this year.“I can speak and understand a little but as we spend so much time here, I would like to be able to converse with the local people in their own language. “So here I am at 51. I go off every morning with my school bag and spend a part of my evening doing homework. Last year I went to the Irish college to learn Irish and next year I have decided that I want to go back to learn some more.“But sometimes in the Spanish class when I think I’m in full flow, an Irish word pops into the sentence.”Meanwhile Daniel has recorded a new show for TG4 in Irish which will be broadcast in September.“It was a great challenge for me especially after going to Irish college last year. I was delighted that the producers asked me to present the show for them in our native language.” DANIEL SAYS ‘DIA DUIT’ TO HIS SPANISH LESSONS! was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:daniel o’donnellirishlessonsSpanishTenerife