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Eagles give host Caseys closer meet than expected Sophomore Laura Flath leads Eagles to strong performance

first_img By chris kelly Staff Writer Eagles give host Caseys closer meet than expected Sophomore Laura Flath leads Eagles to strong performance CHRIS KELLY Middletown South’s Jenny Fox performs a press hold during her balance beam routine in a meet at Red Bank Catholic High School last week. It’s generally a tough assignment going into a high school gymnastics meet against a team who consistently scores over 100 points. But while the possibility of beating such a team remains slim, teams can use such matches as a means of building confidence and serving notice that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the future. The Eagles of Middletown South traveled to Red Bank on Thursday to take on the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, one of the Shore Conference’s top teams, in just such a situation. Facing a talented Caseys squad, the Eagles performed admirably, giving the host team a stiff challenge, only to return home with a tough 105.65-93.525 defeat. Middletown South starting strong on the vault with a 24.85 team score, but faltered on the other three apparatuses. The Eagles were outscored 26.825-21.925 (uneven bars), 26.475-23.425 (balance beam) and 26.7-23.325 (floor exercise). Leading South in their uphill battle against the Caseys was Laura Flath, who scored 31.65 points through out the meet. Flath, a sophomore, began the meet with a third-place, 8.55, on the vault for her rendition of a “Yamashita,” which features a blind landing. After posting a 7.6 (second place) on the uneven bars, Flath included a back-tuck, a strong round-off, in her balance beam routine for an 8.0. She capped off her efforts with a 7.5 on the floor. In high school gymnastics the team score is the sum of your best three scores. Posting scores that were added to Flath to give the Eagles a fighting chance were: vault, Nikki Marciniak (8.1) and Truly Chin (8.2); uneven bars, Jenny Fox (7.275) and Julianne Toto (7.05); balance beam, Chin (7.9) and Toto (7.525); and floor, Toto (7.725) and Marissa Leston (8.1). Others scores awarded to the Eagles were Molly Gorman (vault, 7.35), Megan Doherty (vault, 7.6), Chin (uneven bars, 6.1), Marciniak (balance beam, 6.75), Fox (balance beam, 6.8), Shawna Dempsey (floor, 7.1) and Andrea Emanuele (floor, 6.2).last_img read more

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Round three: Wins to Muruks, Gurias

first_imgIn Minj, the Gurias def. Waghi Tumbe 24-14 and in Mendi, the Muruks def. EPG Enga Mioks 10-8.To Lae, the reigning premiers Tigers def. NCDC Port Moresby Vipers 28-18 and up at Goroka, the Wigmen def. Bintangor Goroka Lahanis 20-12.(File picture)last_img

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Deputies continue search for Alzheimer’s patient

first_imgSheriff’s deputies are searching this morning for 79-year-old Blain Hudson, who wandered away from his home on Wednesday. Hudson, a white man who stands 5-feet-6 and weighs 130 pounds, disappeared from his home on the 3800 block of Avenue T-6. “He’s still out there, so we’re still looking,” said Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Bonsall. “It looks like he just walked away from home.” Anyone with information regarding Hudson’s whereabouts should call the Palmdale Sheriff’s station at (661) 272-2400. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Premier League round-up: Villa and Sunderland boost survival hopes, Burnley and QPR edge closer to drop

first_img Christian Benteke Aston Villa continued their impressive recent form under Tim Sherwood with a Christian Benteke inspired 3-2 victory over Everton at Villa Park.The Belgian striker maintained his renaissance under Sherwood, scoring twice in the first half to put the hosts 2-0 up at half time, before Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back from the spot on the hour mark.Tom Cleverley dispatched Villa’s third and, despite Phil Jagielka’s late header, the hosts held on to reach 35 points with three Premier League matches remaining.Elsewhere, two Jordi Gomez penalties kept Sunderland’s survival hopes alive with a 2-1 win over Southampton, although results elsewhere mean the Black Cats remain in the bottom three.Gomez buried his first spot-kick after 21 minutes when Jose Fonte clumsily felled Danny Graham, but Sadio Mane capitalised on a defensive mix up to equalise for the Saints almost immediately.James Ward-Prowse was then controversially sent off for a foul on Jermain Defoe, resulting in a second penalty after the break which Gomez dispatched in similar fashion to earn a vital three points.Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard scored one and missed a penalty as Liverpool maintained their slim top four chances with a 2-1 win over QPR at Anfield.Phillippe Coutinho opened the scoring in the first half, but Leroy Fer equalised for the Hoops with just under 20 minutes remaining.Gerrard then had a penalty saved before Hoops’ defender Nedum Onouha was sent off for two bookable offences, but the Liverpool captain redeemed himself with a fine header three minutes from time.Meanwhile, Burnley remain rooted to the foot of the table after Mark Noble’s first half penalty gave West Ham a 1-0 victory at Upton Park, with Clarets’ skipper Michael Duff sent off in the lead up to the spot-kick.In the day’s final game, goals from Jefferson Montero and Ki Sung-yueng gave Swansea a 2-0 victory over Stoke at the Liberty Stadium in a midtable encounter. Premier League results:Aston Villa 3-2 EvertonLiverpool 2-1 QPRSunderland 2-1 SouthamptonSwansea 2-0 StokeWest Ham 1-0 Burnley 1last_img read more

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Change brings concern in area

first_imgThe two plots of land near Sierra Highway blend neatly today into the wide canyons around them but the people who live here on the outskirts see change on the horizon. Two new housing developments are in the works – one rests in Canyon Country, the other sits in sleepy Acton. Both have sparked some reaction from neighbors living in between who don’t know one another today but have more in common than they ever knew. “Unless they do something about our streets, water and sewage, they shouldn’t build more homes here,” said Tony Mashhour. “It’s going to happen,” Sutherland said. “If you really want to get away from people, you have to get really far, and that’s not worth it.” But if Sutherland and Mashhour took a small road trip north up Sierra Highway, past the sun scorched fields, random community churches and mom-and-pop restaurants, they might come across Acton’s Jessica Hecker The 15-year-old is concerned about another housing development. This one includes 39 new single-family homes across a wide chunk of land that Hecker and others find ideal to ride dirt bikes, go-karts and horses. A dirt trail winds its way across the 80-acre property at Bandell Street and Crown Valley Road. The area rests along the floor of a canyon, and the slightest movement sends dust clouds swirling into the air. It’s a legendary place for off-road sports, said Hecker, who has even driven a golf cart there. She expects people to still ride in that area after homes are built. “They might have a lot of annoyed neighbors,” she said. If Mashhour, Sutherland and Hecker on her dirt bike headed to the proposed plot, they’d likely stumble on Bryan Carlton, who lives adjacent to the development. Carlton has enjoyed his 11 years of peace in the area, minus the noise from the people riding on the dirt path and kicking up dust. But his biggest concern about the new homes is the water that will drain from their lawns into a catch basin at the end of the road. It could pool and gather mosquitos, he said. “No, I’m not really excited about the homes,” he said. “But more than anything – all the mosquitoes.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Mashhour runs Pepper Tree Liquor, a lone convenience store and gas station along a barren stretch of Sierra Highway. Although the new residents would bring business to Mashhour’s shop, the Agua Dulce resident finds the two-lane highway outside his window a dangerous place, and said it will only get worse with more people driving it. Sierra Highway serves as a major thoroughfare from Palmdale to Santa Clarita, and many commuters travel the road as an alternative to the Antelope Valley Freeway. If Mashhour took a right out of his store and headed down Sierra Highway a few miles, he’d pass a few ranches, some horses and eventually he’d come upon the 140 acres reserved for seven new homes near Wright Road. The development falls east of Sierra Highway and leans against the wide, towering canyons around it. He might also meet Jeff Sutherland, a 37-year-old who lives in a tiny community tucked behind Wright Road, a dirt road lined with white fences. When the Canyon Country man learned of the seven homes going in, he shrugged. He’s more concerned about the 75 homes proposed near Sierra Highway and Vasquez Canyon Road. He’s seeing change all around. last_img read more

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Disney movies doing well on iTunes

first_imgDownloading Disney movies is quickly proving to be profitable for the Burbank-based entertainment powerhouse with more than $1 million in downloads during its first week of selling movies through Apple’s iTunes. Disney CEO Robert Iger, who has made new technology initiatives a top priority, said Tuesday that Disney sold 125,000 digital copies of films in less than a week, quickly generating $1 million in revenue. “Clearly customers are saying to us they want content in multiple ways,” Iger said at the investment conference in New York sponsored by Goldman Sachs. Disney, which so far is the only company selling feature films on iTunes, expects to generate revenue of $50 million in the first year from its iTunes partnership. Entertainment analyst Dennis McAlpine said that while $50 million is basically a drop in the bucket for Disney, it is symbolically very important for the company. “It’s important because it says if there is going to be something there with downloading movies, they already have a position that is generating something and it looks like it’s working,” McAlpine said. The iTunes Store is offering more than 75 movies from the various Disney film banners Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Touchstone Pictures and Miramax Films. Customers are purchasing and downloading these movies to watch on their computers and iPods and will also soon be able to do so on their flat screen televisions with Apple’s upcoming iTV player. Among the titles available are “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Princess Diaries,” “The Incredibles,” “National Treasure,” “Toy Story,” “The Rock” and “The Rookie.” The movies become available on the iTunes Store the same day they are released on DVD. New releases cost $12.99 when pre-ordered and during their first week of availability, then go up to $14.99. Library titles are available for $9.99 every day. It’s already been a charmed year for Disney’s movie studio division with its major summer release “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” crossing the $1 billion mark in combined domestic and foreign grosses earlier this month. Only two other films in history, “Titanic” and “Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” have accomplished this feat. The iTunes Store has quickly become the world’s most popular video download store, selling over one million videos per week. It began selling TV shows with five shows from ABC/Disney in October 2005 and now has a library of over 220 television shows from various networks. It also features the world’s largest catalog of online music with over 3.5 million songs. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818)713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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‘I would walk to Watford if Nigel wanted me’ – Kevin Phillips open to Hornets return

first_imgKevin Phillips has opened the door on a dramatic return to Watford – saying he’d ‘walk back’ to Vicarage Road if Nigel Pearson asked him to be a part of his coaching staff.The former striker is a familiar face to Watford fans as it was the Hornets who gave the 46-year-old his breakthrough in the professional game when they signed him from Baldock Town in 1994.He managed to score 25 goals during three years in Hertfordshire before moving to Sunderland in 1997, and then onto a host of other clubs including Southampton, West Brom and Birmingham. Getty Images – Getty “At the moment, they’re obviously preparing for the game at the weekend which is an extremely tough one at Liverpool. It’s something I’d definitely look at.”“The Premier League and Championship need managers like Nigel Pearson,” added Phillips. “He opted to go abroad and get away from everything when he got sacked by Derby and couldn’t get a job and reinvented himself and came back.“He’s been given an opportunity at a fantastic club like Watford. It’s a tough job, but at Leicester [in 2014/15] we were dead and buried at Christmas and eight points adrift, but he turned it around and we survived.“He’s very knowledgeable and I’m delighted to see him back in the game.”Pearson’s life at Watford couldn’t get off to a worse start, with the Golden Boys travelling to Liverpool on Saturday to face the league leaders – with full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT! 2 Phillips is also close to Pearson, who became Watford’s new head coach last week on a deal until the end of the season, having worked with him at Leicester – both under him as a player and alongside him as a coach.And Phillips has admitted he could never refuse the opportunity to return to the Vic if Pearson wants him on his staff.“I would probably walk down the M1 to Watford,” Phillips exclusively told talkSPORT. “It’s the club where it all started for me.“I sent Nigel a text wishing him all the very best and Shakey [Craig Shakespeare, Pearson’s assistant] as well. But, if they made the call, I’d be silly to turn it down. Pearson has a huge task on his hands at Vicarage Road with Watford looking certainties for relegation 2 Phillips has coaching experience at Leicester, Derby and Stoke – could Watford be next? Getty Images – Getty Standard Liege vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Hull (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Watford (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Things get slightly easier after that, with Manchester United visiting Vicarage Road the following weekend, before fixtures against Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Wolves over the festive period.And Phillips is confident Pearson’s man management skills will allow him to get the best out of a group of players who have underperformed this season, leaving them bottom of the table with just nine points.The 46-year-old finished: “He is a great man manager. He tends to get the best out of players. Those players will know their jobs inside out and he’ll demand that they go out and do it.“He’s very organised and he’ll certainly do his homework on every team they play. He’s brought in another experienced man alongside him in Craig Shakespeare and they have a great relationship and great knowledge.“I’m not saying they’re going to win every game, but every player that goes on the pitch will know exactly what Nigel will demand of them.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network, including Liverpool vs Watford at 12:30pm LIVE on talkSPORT Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… last_img read more

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Football Talk: Dons target striker, Euro 2016 ad trolls England fans

first_imgThe sun is out, the countdown to Euro 2016 is on and Jonny Hayes is gardening. This is what happens when temperatures enter the twenties.The Aberdeen winger has been enjoying the heatwave, while German airline Lufthansa has got the countdown to this summer’s tournament started with a cheeky advert for the England supporters. In news, the Dons are targeting Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley while three players look to have played their last games for Dundee United. Guy Demel is now set to retire before the end of the season, Chris Erskine is said to have taken an early summer holiday and Paul Paton may require more surgery.  The Euro 2016 countdown is well and truly on now that the ads are out.Jurgen Klopp’s best acting skills…That reaction… SNS SNS1886: The Football Association approved the giving of caps to players appearing in international matches. SNS GroupEmilio Izaguirre. Celtic’s Honduran defender was born in 1986 so he turns 30 today. Hearts’ Gavin Reilly is also celebrating today. He turns 23. And talking of going under the knife, it isn’t looking good for Dundee’s Paul McGowan either. He looks set to receive treatment for the shoulder knock he picked up in the derby last week.This is what happens when the sun comes out in Aberdeen…Top of the league you say?That’s ehh, maybe a red card…last_img read more

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Nicholl: Rangers deserved win and penalty call was costly

first_img“We can’t afford (the referee’s decision),” he said. “If it hadn’t happened we would’ve continued doing what we had been doing during the first 15 minutes you would like to think.“Whatever threat they had we were dealing with as best we could.“It wasn’t a penalty and it’s disappointing the referee gave it, especially if there’s a doubt. If there’s no doubt I’d be standing there saying: ‘What are you doing Alfredo? For goodness sake! You’ve cost us the game! I’d understand if it was a blatant, stupid thing to do in the box.“But it wasn’t obvious. It isn’t August with three games gone. It is the end of the season with two games to go and those were three points I thought we deserved and never got.” Nicholl, who saw his side equalise through Ross McCrorie after the break, said he had to sort out the team’s mentality at half-time.“They had to get on with it, but they didn’t,” he said. “They got frustrated with the decision and lost their way.“That was the annoying thing. We had to get them in at half-time and get the football head back on again.“If you get frustrated with refereeing decisions, you lose concentration and you don’t do your jobs properly. They did that and it was a great second 45 minutes.“It was a good goal from Ross McCrorie, a determined young player who went with conviction.”Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was pleased with a point and how his side performed in what was a key game in the battle for second spot.“I am absolutely delighted with the performance of my team tonight, especially in the first half,” he said. “We knocked Rangers out of their stride, played with thought, played with energy.“However, it’s hard for me to say Rangers didn’t deserve to win their point in the end.“We’ll take the point because it might just be a very important point.“We’re ahead of the other two and they still have their points to earn.” Rangers caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl criticised the decision to award Aberdeen a penalty in the 1-1 draw at Pittodrie and said it threw his players after a strong start.Steven McLean pointed to the spot after 14 minutes, judging that Aberdeen’s Kenny McLean had been fouled by Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos.However, television replays suggested the Colombian striker had gotten a touch on the ball.Nicholl was frustrated by the poor decision not only for the goal conceded but also because of his side’s reaction and the loss of momentum after a strong start.last_img read more

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Gaming commission warns about illegal slot machines

first_img(Missourinet) The Missouri Gaming Commission testified Thursday in Jefferson City that the state needs a coordinated effort to stop illegal slot machines.Missouri House Special Interim Committee on Gaming Chairman Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial, speaks on August 22, 2019 in Jefferson City (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel at House Communications)Gaming Commission Executive Director David Grothaus testified before the House Special Interim Committee on Gaming. The issue of illegal slot machines dominated most of the two-hour hearing.“We’re trying to coordinate efforts among law enforcement and prosecutors, trying to educate prosecutors on how to prosecute those cases,” Grothaus says.Illegal slot machines are found in places like bars, restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores. Grothaus tells lawmakers that there’s one pending criminal case in western Missouri’s Platte County, in the Kansas City area.Grothaus tells lawmakers that the Gaming Commission is providing assistance to law enforcement. He says what the state needs “is a very focused effort” on the illegal slot machines.Mr. Grothaus testifies that any illegal gaming machines used in Missouri negatively impact casinos and the state Lottery, reducing taxes and funding for education and veterans. That grabbed the attention of committee chairman State Rep. Dan Shaul, R-Imperial.“These illegal (slot) machines, they’re everywhere,” Shaul tells Grothaus. “And I think it is probably hard to put a number on it, because they continue to grow everyday. I have several of them in my district.”Shaul says the illegal machines “are everywhere” in the state and in his district in eastern Missouri’s Jefferson County. Chairman Shaul tells Grothaus it’s a problem.“Because the people are very clear that they want regulated gaming,” says Shaul. “And they want to make sure when they go to take part in these games that they’re fair.”Shaul tells Missourinet that he doesn’t want to hurt fraternal organizations, emphasizing that he’s a veteran.Chairman Shaul emphasizes that no decisions have been made by the committee, and he describes the hearing as an “educational process.”Meantime, a representative from Missouri’s 13 riverboat casinos also testified, urging the Gaming Commission to shut down all of the illegal slot machines in Missouri. That representative is also calling for criminal prosecutions.The state’s 13 licensed riverboat casinos have a combined total of about 16,000 slot machines, Grothaus testifies.Grothaus also testifies that the Gaming Commission has a memorandum of understanding with the Missouri State Highway Patrol. He says state troopers are stationed on the 13 casinos, and perform duties such as regulatory investigations.last_img read more

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