JEFFGRANIT staff Raritan’s Dave Seidenberg tries to escape the grasp of West Orange’s Tommy Lorenzo during the first round of wrestlebacks in Atlantic City on Saturday. The best wrestlers in the state converged on Atlantic City this past weekend for the NJSIAA Individual State Championships. Four local boys made the trip down the parkway, and all competed well in their respective weight classes. Middletown North’s George Stanley made the most of his opportunity, going 2-2 over the first two days of competition. Stanley opened his tournament with a 10-4 win over Bridgewater-Raritan’s Jon Rothman in the 171-pound preliminary round. From there, he knocked off Rancocas Valley’s Brandon Tims, 7-6, on an overtime rideout in the prequarterfinals. That win advanced him to the quarterfinals on Saturday, where he was pinned by the eventual state champ, Mark Peiffer, of Overbrook, at the 5:14 mark. Stanley then ended his run with a loss to Winslow’s Jeremy Miles via another pin (4:48) in the second-round wrestlebacks. Winslow went on to finish fourth in the weight class. Stanley, who finished third in Region VI, surprised some people with his strong performance in the first two rounds in Atlantic City, proving that nothing is a given at the state championships. Raritan sent a pair of grapplers to A.C. on Friday — Dave Seidenberg and Jeff King. Seidenberg, a sophomore who was second in Region VI behind eventual 125-pound state champ Frank Molinaro, of Southern Regional, knocked off Edison’s J.C. Bandiero, 6-3, in the preliminary round on Friday before dropping his prequarterfinal bout with Hold Cross’s Chris Notte, 12-4. Seidenberg finished the year with a 30-5 mark, and gained valuable experience as he looks ahead to the next two years. You can expect to see him back in A.C. next year. As for King — the second-place finisher in Region VI at heavyweight — he dropped his preliminary round bout to Sterling’s Wayne Berry via a pin at the 5:35 mark to finish his senior season with a 27-8 mark. That leaves Keyport’s Derek Maldonado, who qualified for the state championships by placing third at 215 in Region VI. The junior drew Nutley’s Anthony Maurillo in the preliminary round, and made quick work of him, winning with a pin at the 1:53 mark. However, in the prequarterfinals, Maldonado lost a 14-6 major decision to Lodi’s Keith Dobish, who went on to take third in the state. Maldonado finished with a 26-6 mark, and like Seidenberg, hopes to make a return trip to A.C. next season. — Doug McKenzie
WATFORD 2 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1Watford came from behind with two set-piece goals to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday, ending the visitors’ 100 per cent record and maintaining their own perfect start to the Premier League season.After a tepid first half, Tottenham were gifted the lead when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an own goal in the 53rd minute.Yet Watford responded well to going behind and were level in the 69th minute after Troy Deeney headed home Jose Holebas’ free kick.Craig Cathcart completed the turnaround, heading home from another Holebas set piece 14 minutes from fulltime – meaning Watford climbed to third, having won their first four top-flight games for the first time, while Spurs slipped to fifth.CARDIFF CITY 2 ARSENAL 3Cardiff City scored their first league goals of the season but Arsenal took the points as Alexandre Lacazette struck a superb late winner to secure a 3-2 victory in a Premier League thriller in south Wales on Sunday.Harry Arter wasted a glorious chance to give Cardiff the lead in the opening minutes following a dreadful mistake by keeper Petr Cech and shortly afterwards Arsenal went ahead when Shkodran Mustafi powered home a header from a corner.Victor Camarasa sparked joyous scenes when he hammered home for the hosts just before the break after getting the better of Nacho Monreal.Arsenal restored their lead just past the hour mark when Mesut Ozil and Lacazette combined well to tee up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to curl home from 20 yards but once again Cardiff responded with Danny Ward heading past Cech.Lacazette sealed victory for Arsenal in the 81st minute when he was allowed to turn in the box by Sol Bamba before firing into the top corner from a tight angle. BURNLEY 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 2Romelu Lukaku struck twice as Manchester United returned to winning ways after two successive Premier League losses with a 2-0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.But it was not all good news for Jose Mourinho, who received vocal backing from the United fans, as substitute Marcus Rashford was sent off in the 71st minute for pushing his forehead into Phil Bardsley’s head.Lukaku opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a simple back-post header from an Alexis Sanchez cross and doubled the advantage just before the break from close range.United’s French international Paul Pogba had a 69th-minute penalty saved by Burnley’s former Manchester City keeper Joe Hart but despite the red card Mourinho’s side hung on comfortably for their second win of the season.
Ibrahimovic has also played in more matches than any of United’s other strikers this season, featuring in 24 of their 26 games so far, and will start up front in the Premier League clash with in-form West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.“Is it almost impossible to leave him out? Yes, it is,” said Mourinho at the eve of match press conference on Friday.“As a striker he is one of the impossible positions where you cannot hide.“He is phenomenal and plays again tomorrow (Saturday) and then one week to rest.“I am not surprised at all. I knew from the physical point of view he could resist but obviously he cannot play 60 matches.”Mourinho, who enjoyed a good relationship with Ibrahimovic at Inter Milan when he was in charge there, said he would need to rest him but he was such an integral part of the side it was hard to omit him.“I must give him a rest. I must leave him out a game,” said Mourinho.“He was suspended against Arsenal. So that game he did not play.“In some matches in the Europa League he was on the bench, also against Northampton (in the EFL Cup).“So now and again I will find him a way to give him a rest.“But as our target striker we can see he is the only one. And the way we normally play we need him.”– ‘A great example in everything’ –Mourinho said Ibrahimovic is also a great example to United’s youngsters with the manner in which he conducts himself in matches and on the training ground.“He is a great example in every aspect he is very professional,” said the 53-year-old Portuguese.“Great also with his family life and on keeping his family life the most positive and private.“He is a great example in everything and when you have him and Michael Carrick at 35 the kids could not have better examples.”Mourinho’s West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis is presently the highest placed British manager in the Premier League with his side seventh, four points behind United in sixth.Mourinho believes British managers do not get the recognition they deserve for their achievements compared to him and other big name foreign managers now in charge of Premier League clubs.“In English football there are different kinds of profiles,” he said.“Tony (Pulis) got trophies everywhere in every club.“He was not relegated with Stoke, it’s a trophy. He was not relegated with West Brom, it’s another trophy. Not relegated with Palace it’s another trophy. And so on, and so on.“So he has lots of trophies. By trophies I mean reach the target and he did that.“Like some, never relegated, that is a big trophy.“You are not expecting some of the clubs he manages to be the champion. So for me, yes, English (sic) managers are not looked at as they should be.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic has found the net 14 times in all competitions for Manchester United this season © AFP/File / Oli ScarffMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 16 – Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has performed so well that he has made himself virtually undroppable this season according to manager Jose Mourinho.The 35-year-old former Swedish international has found the net 14 times in all competitions for United this season after he joined from French champions Paris St Germain on a free transfer.
1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has denied a rumours fall-out with Emmanuel Adebayor after the striker was again dropped for Spurs’ Europa League travels.Despite being one of the club’s most experienced and high-profile players, the 30-year-old has not featured away in the competition since last year’s trip to Sheriff Tiraspol.Adebayor was an unused substitute that night in Moldova, perhaps after falling out with then head coach Andre Villas-Boas, yet his absence has continued despite re-establishing himself under Tim Sherwood and now Pochettino.The striker started against Asteras Tripolis at White Hart Lane two weeks ago but has not travelled for the reverse fixture in Greece – the sixth straight European trip he has not been involved in.That led to the Argentine coach was being peppered with questions at the pre-match press conference, leading him to flit between English and Spanish as he attempted to straighten out the emerging rift reports.“Aaron Lennon is not here, Kyle Naughton is not here, Younes Kaboul is not here,” he said when asked specifically about Adebayor. “It is the same situation.“I decide the list for those coming to Greece and the players here are the players in the squad that will play.“Okay, yes, it is a reality that Adebayor has not travelled in three games from England, to Limassol, Partizan Belgrade and here.“For every single mission, for every single trip, we have our organisation and selections. We are ready.”Adebayor’s absence could also suggest the Togo striker has been rested ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League clash with Stoke on Sunday.That would be a blow to young forward Harry Kane – and many Tottenham fans – given the striker’s impact in place of the ineffective Adebayor last weekend, when the 21-year-old’s introduction helped Spurs to come from behind to win 2-1 at Aston Villa.When that was put to Pochettino, in tetchier mood than usual, he replied: “I want to say that tomorrow we have a very important [match]. Our mind is only on Asteras.“Every game is different, a different moment,” he added. “We know Asteras at home is a difficult team, a strong team.“Their supporters are brave and we expect a very, very difficult game. Different, sure, to what we played in London.“It will be a very important game for Asteras Tripolis, but don’t forget we also want the three points.”
14 9. Thiago Maia (Santos) – Skilful central midfielder Maia, 20, pairs tenacity with technique and is equally capable of a pirouette as he is a perfect sliding tackle. A defensive shield who enjoys scuttling forward with a burst of pace, hes piqued the interest of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Juventus. 14. Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan) – Click the right arrow above to see more South American stars who could soon be in the Premier League… – Colombian centre-back Murillo has returned to form after a brief dip and has been solid at the back for the Nerazzurri this campaign under Stefano Pioli. Reports suggest Manchester United, Arsenal, and Real Madrid are among his admirers and a battle for his signature may ensue, although Inter want to tie him to a new deal. 8. Leandro Paredes (Roma) – Currently in and out of the first-team in the Italian capital, Argentine midfielder Paredes has been continually linked with Liverpool in recent months. Hes a talented distributor, with a penchant for a long diagonal pass, while also possessing the strength to hold off opponents and get stuck in if need be. 14 14 12. Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors) – Before the January transfer window, both Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain were linked with the Argentinian attacker. Quick and direct, right-footed and composed in front of goal, Pavon may be a good back up for Sadio Mane, while he can also offer a threat from free-kicks having scored a peach against Belgrano. 11. Gustavo Scarpa (Fluminense) – Another right-sided attacker, but this one has a brilliant left foot. Scarpa already has a Brazil cap to his name and, at 23, might be ready for a European switch after establishing himself as a key player with his current club. His ability from set-pieces has drawn plenty of interest, as he can whip crosses in with menace and score from free-kicks. Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on the player. 14 14 6. Luis Muriel (Sampdoria) – The Colombian was highly rated when he moved to Udinese in 2010 but is only now making a big impact in Serie A, having scored 10 goals and made five assists so far this season. This has seen a number of clubs take another look at the international forward, including Chelsea. 2. Felipe Anderson (Lazio) – Chelsea have been keen on the Brazil international this season, as he bounces back from a disappointing campaign last year. Eight assists and three goals from right-wing have got him back on the radar of top European clubs. 14 7. Samir (Udinese) – Quite a few clubs will be after left-backs this summer, and a man on many lists could be Samir. The Brazilian has performed well in Serie A and is also versatile enough to play at centre-back. According to his current teams sporting director, Nereo Bonato, all the big clubs are following him with interest. 3. Mauricio Lemos (Las Palmas) – Uruguay centre-back Lemos moved to Gran Canaria permanently last summer, via a short stay in Rubin Kazan, and is impressing. The youth international has starred for his team this season and has grabbed four goals. Barcelona had been keen on him last year, while Manchester United and Everton have watched him this time out. 10. Sebastian Driussi (River Plate) – Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino may be about to use his contacts in Argentina to pull off an impressive coup. Young forward Driussi has been earning plenty of good reviews in his homeland thanks to his ability in front of goal and his defensive contributions. Spurs, though, may have to fight off Juventus in a bid to sign the talented 20-year-old, who has quick feet and a decent eye for a pass, considering his attacking mentality. 1. Lautaro Martinez (Racing Club) – Only 19, Martinez is an extremely promising Argentine striker, who has already had interest from Real Madrid and Arsenal. A regular scorer at youth levels for his nation, its only a matter of time before he steps up on the club stage at a senior level. And, if he does, expect Europes elite to scramble for his services. 13. Luan Vieira (Gremio) – Coveted by both Liverpool and Manchester United last summer, along with rumours of interest from Leicester City and Barcelona. His impressive all-round abilities make him a decent proposition, while his happiness to be either finisher or creator will endear him to prospective coaches and fans. 4. Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid) – He may be just 22, but Gimenez has already got a big reputation from performances alongside Diego Godin in defence at the Vicente Calderon. Hes also an experienced international, making it understandable hes on Manchester Uniteds wishlist, while the player is reportedly keen on a deal too. A contract that expires in 2018 could aid the Red Devils. 14 14 14 5. James Rodriguez (Real Madrid) – He became a household name at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and earned himself an 80 million switch to the Bernabeu, but hes struggled to hold onto a first-team role. Liverpool are among the many parties interested should he become available for transfer. 14 14 14 Having the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Philippe Coutinho, and Sergio Aguero in the Premier League has been great for the English game.The South American stars, with their varying styles, have brightened up the top flight with their skill, tenacity and tactical adaptability.We could lose all three of these stars in the summer but, never fear, there are plenty more players from Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, and Uruguay, who could come into the Premier League when the transfer window opens.So who might we see turning up on these shores? Click the right arrow above to see the South Americans on the radar… 14 14
The Italian was dismissed from the touchline for the first time in his Blues career 1 Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte apologised to referee Neil Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason after he was sent off during Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Swansea.Chelsea remain 11 points behind leaders Manchester City after labouring to victory against the Swans through Antonio Rudiger’s first league goal.Conte was dismissed from the touchline for the first time in his Chelsea career by Swarbrick moments before half-time after furiously protesting the award of a Swansea goal kick and questioning the visitors for time wasting.“It’s right to apologise for what happened during the game,” Conte said.“During the game, in the first half, I saw that Swansea were wasting time. I said this a few times to the fourth official.“At the same time I didn’t see something change. I was frustrated for this situation. I tried to tell again, but then the referee took this decision.“I apologise for this. I was frustrated. For sure I made a mistake. During the game I suffer. With my players I suffer. It’s a pity.”The Football Association will await Swarbrick’s report before determining if additional disciplinary action against Conte is necessary, but it appears unlikely after the officials accepted his apology.Conte watched the second half in the dressing room, but still in his animated way.“I suffered in the same way,” he added.“To watch the game on the video (screen) and then to not have the possibility to communicate with your players. It’s very strange. It’s very tough for me.”Chelsea struggled to kill off their poor opponents, who did not have a shot until the 66th minute and did not have an effort on target at all.Conte, though, praised his side for their positional discipline.He added: “My players never lost their balance, they played an intelligent game. We must be very good also to win this type of game.”Conte again said Chelsea must focus on themselves after City claimed a late win over Southampton to maintain their commanding lead.And the Italian expressed hope David Luiz’s knee injury would not lead to a lengthy absence after the defender sat out the game.“I hope to not lose him for a lot of time,” he said.
Other tourists could be seen strolling through the streets visiting craft shops and eating in restaurants. In Cabo San Lucas on the Baja Peninsula, there was more urgency, with fishermen and port authorities rushing to prepare for the hurricane, and local authorities setting up shelters.160Want 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 MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.So far, the most damaging winds have remained offshore, and only tropical storm-force winds have hit the coast. Skies were clear and tourists relaxed on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. But officials postponed the arrival of a Carnival cruise chip and prohibited customary tours of the bay. Aniko Simon, 37, a tourist from Toronto, gathered with her family on the beach. She said she hadn’t been aware there was a hurricane in the area until last night, when she saw a television news report. The family plans to return home Friday as scheduled. William Rousseau, a tourist from Oregon vacationing with his family in Puerto Vallarta, said hotel officials warned about the hurricane, “but we’re calm because they say it’s not going to hit this city.” “We’re continuing to enjoy the city,” he said. “They just asked us not to go into the ocean or on any bay tours.” PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico – Hurricane John lashed tourist resorts with heavy winds and rain Wednesday as the dangerous storm marched up Mexico’s Pacific coast, and forecasters predicted its center would brush close to land before nicking the tip of Baja California and heading out to sea. The Category 4 hurricane could dump up to a foot of rain along parts of Mexico’s southern coast, causing landslides or flooding, meteorologists warned. The hurricane had maximum sustained winds of 135 mph and stronger gusts capable of ripping roofs off buildings and causing storm surges of up to 18 feet above normal. It was expected to strengthen somewhat throughout the night Wednesday. John was not expected to affect the United States – cooler Pacific waters tend to diminish the storms before they reach California. But a hurricane warning covered a more than 300-mile stretch of the Mexican coastline from the port city of Lazaro Cardenas north to Cabo Corrientes, the southwestern tip of the bay that holds Puerto Vallarta. The government also issued a hurricane watch for portions of the southern Baja Peninsula, from La Paz south on the east coast and from Sante Fe south on the west coast, an area which includes the resort city of Cabo San Lucas.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Margaret Johnson might have looked like an easy target in her wheelchair in Harlem, N.Y. So when a man tried to grab a chain off her neck Friday, the 56-year-old pulled out her licensed .357 pistol and shot him, police said. “There’s not much to it,” she said in a brief interview. “Somebody tried to mug me, and I shot him.” She had been on her way to a shooting range. – Associated Press
WASHINGTON – Five of the nation’s largest employers plan to soon give their workers a unique health care benefit – their very own electronic medical record that they can take when they travel, change jobs or see a new doctor. About 2.5 million workers and their dependents would have access to their health records through their computer. The records will be compiled by an independent, nonprofit organization. The information will be stored in a database that only the employee is supposed to be able to access. The companies providing the electronic health records are Applied Materials, BP America Inc., Intel Corp., Pitney Bowes and Wal-Mart. The companies hope that cutting out the paperwork in health care would reduce administrative costs, duplicative care and medical errors. 160Want 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 MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“It should make the health care process simpler, more straightforward, more cost-effective,” said Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. In turn, the potential savings would make it easier for employers to continue sponsoring health care insurance for their workers. Barrett said those costs are making it harder for U.S. companies to compete. “Our health care costs are much higher than anywhere else in the world,” he said. Officials say the Omnimedix Institute of Portland, Ore., will maintain the health records. Omnimedix will gather the information from insurers, pharmacies, doctors and other health care providers. Patients will be able to update the record also with such things as their family’s history of illness.
2 predicted REPLY “Joga muito…. Craque”, Coutinho commented – which roughly translates to “Plays very ace.”The comment was accompanied by two applauding emojis as Coutinho hailed his international colleague.The former Reds hero has been linked with a return to the Premier League to rivals Manchester United this summer. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY 2 Philippe Coutinho has reached out to close friend and Brazil teammate Roberto Firmino as his struggles with Barcelona continue.The midfielder has struggled in his first full season at Camp Nou and was jeered by fans during their victory over Rayo Vallecano.Despite costing the Catalan giants a whopping £142million and then starring at the World Cup in Russia, Coutinho has just not cut it in Spain. MOST READ IN FOOTBALL He was snubbed by boss Ernesto Valverde for back-to-back Clasico clashes with Real Madrid and his absence has not affected the Reds at all.Sitting in second place and just one point behind Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s side are potentially heading towards the first ever Premier League title win in their history.With Mohamed Salah struggling somewhat, Firmino has stepped up to the plate and scored a brace at Anfield in the victory over Burnley.And in his celebratory Instagram post after the game, the striker had a message from Coutinho. revealed Firmino celebrates his goal against Burnley Coutinho is struggling at Barcelona tense Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings latest Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? whoops Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 getty gameday cracker