Galway’s Paul Kelly shines bright at Ireland Under 18 men storm home to opening…

first_imgA huge performances Paul Kelly saw him lead by example, finishing the game with 11 rebounds, 16 points and eight assists, with Cork’s David Murray also rounding off a superb display finishing on 19 rebounds, 16 points and six assists. Ireland Under 18 men’s fixtures – FIBA European Championship(Note: All times listed are Irish times) Saturday, July 28thClassification Games Tuesday, July 24thGroup GamesMonaco v Ireland, 13.30 Moycullen basketball star Paul Kelly was one of the shining lights for the Ireland Under 18 men’s team this afternoon as they drove home to an 84-69 point win over Malta this afternoon in their opening group game at the FIBA Under 18 Men’s European Championship Division C in Kosovo. Monday, July 23rdGroup GamesIreland v Armenia, 18.30 Ireland Under 18 men’s Results – FIBA European Championship Sunday, July 22ndGroup GamesMalta 69-84 Irelandcenter_img It wasn’t an easy game at all for the Irish though, with a tough match-up in the form of a very small and pacey Malta side, whose outside shooting presence caused huge trouble for the Irish early on. Malta’s Nicholas Formosa hit three big three-pointers in the opening minutes to send them into an early lead, and as the Irish struggled to settle, Malta continued to punish them at the other end, stretching the lead out as the clock ticked on. The boys in green finally found their rhythm in the latter stages of the quarter, and big scores from Kelly, James Connaire and Eoin McCann saw the margin closed back to just three points at the end of the first (17-21).A tough and gritty second quarter followed. Eoin Nelson made a huge impact off the bench, collecting some big rebounds and finishing in style and suddenly, it was back to a one-point game. Nate Moore drained two huge threes to put Ireland ahead for the first time, and a three from captain Darragh O’Sullivan saw Ireland lead 37-33 going in at half time.The intensity remained high in the third, with Murray proving to be a big leader for the Irish as Malta launched a comeback. They retook the lead with just four minutes to play, before Murray tied the game up with a great open look under the boards. Paul Kelly took over the reins of the game, driving home two huge scores, and again, O’Sullivan was on hand to add another score to edge ahead 61-55 going into the last.A superb fourth quarter followed, with Kelly and Murray shining bright. Huge displays from Nelson, McCann and Liston helped to stretch Ireland’s lead and they punished Malta ruthlessly under the boards. Some superb link up and great transition play saw them push ahead to run out deserving 84-69 point winners in the end.Speaking afterwards, head coach Paul Kelleher stated: “We know we can play better, it wasn’t the performance that we wanted but a win is a win and I think we finished the game really well. Malta was a bad match up for us, they were all guards which stretched us out a little bit. They had some really good shooters who were hot and we didn’t close them down early enough.“It was a different intensity for the boys today, but that’s the first day out done now and we’re really happy with the result and hopefully we will keep building as we go on.”Games continue in Kosovo tomorrow, with Ireland facing Armenia at 6.30pm Irish time. Thursday, July 26thGroup GamesIreland v Moldova, 13.30 Friday, July 27thClassification Games IRELAND: Paul Kelly (16), Jay Kavanagh (2), Nathan Moore (9), James Connaire (9), Cillian O’Driscoll, David Murray (16), Eoin McCann (10), Darragh O’Sullivan (7), Oisin Rice, Conor Liston (2), Matt Harper (7), Eoin Nelson (6). Sunday, July 29thClassification GamesThe Ireland Under 18 men’s team 2018:Cillian O’Driscoll, Gaelcholaiste Reachrann, Malahide BCConor Liston, Belvedere College, Tolka RoversDarragh O’Sullivan, Colaiste Choilm, Neptune BCDavid Murray, Presentation Brothers, Neptune BCEoin McCann, Mount Temple, KUBS BCEoin Nelson, Oatlands College, UCD MarianJames Connaire, St. Joseph’s, The Bish, Moycullen BCJay Kavanagh, De La Salle, Waterford VikingsMatt Harper, Templeogue College, Templeogue BCNate Moore, Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick LionsOisin Rice, Colaiste Choilm, Tullamore, Dublin LionsPaul Kelly, St. Mary’s, Moycullen BCprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Molnar impressive once again in win over Rosado Middletown boxer wins unanimous decision in Atlantic City bout

first_imgStaff Writer By Doug mckenzie Molnar impressive once again in win over Rosado Middletown boxer wins unanimous decision in Atlantic City bout There’s no questioning Johnny Molnar’s heart. He’s proved he can take a punch, so all that’s left to question is exactly how far his talent and will to win can take him in the sport of boxing. The bloodied and hurt 148-pound Middletown pugilist continued his comeback from his first career loss to former national champion, and undefeated professional, Nick Acevedo 11 months ago. With his third win in a row, he thrilled an appreciative Atlantic City crowd with a punishing performance against Victor Rosado on July 21. The fight also gave the popular boxer’s fans another chance to see him fight on premium-cable television (it was the initial bout of Showtime’s new afternoon series “ShoBox: The New Generation”), and he gave them everything they could ask for, and more. Molnar (19-1-1, 10 KOs), a former Golden Gloves state champ, scored a unanimous decision over Rosado, despite tearing tendons on the tip of his right thumb early in the first round, making his right hand somewhat useless for the remainder of the fight. Although Molnar tried to use his right hand the rest of the way, he realized pretty quickly that he couldn’t be as effective with the injury. “I really didn’t fight very well, I don’t think,” he said. “I hurt my hand pretty bad, and that pretty much ruined my chances of knocking him out. I throw a lot of combinations at my opponents, but I couldn’t really throw too many this time.” Despite having to adapt to the injury, Molnar managed to dominate the fight against a clearly overmatched opponent, by working Rosado’s inside, and eventually wearing him out with his ferocious style. Because of that discrepancy, Rosado appeared to become frustrated, and landed a vicious head-butt in the fourth round, which opened up a cut on Molnar’s head. In between rounds, the fight-doctors took a long look at the cut above his right eye, which was bleeding steadily, before deciding to allow the fight to continue. Once they did, Molnar picked up where he left off, scoring points against Rosado, while simultaneously trying to fend off a number of low blows. Rosado later had a point deducted for holding Molnar behind the head and hitting, but was only warned for the low blows. “He kept trying to head-butt me, and he caught me pretty good in the fourth,” Molnar said. “They were thinking about stopping the fight, but my cut-man Dave (Tenny) took care of it, and they let me finish. “I didn’t want them to stop it,” he added. “I wanted to keep going, and I told them that. Eventually (referee) Tony Orlando told me to shut up, so I did.” Once the fight resumed, Molnar continued to dominate until the eighth round, when another head-butt caused the ringside doctors to end the fight short of the scheduled 10 rounds, leaving the scoring up to the judges. Molnar won by scores of 80-71 (judge Joseph Pascuale), 79-72 (George Colon) and 77-74 (Al DeVito). With the loss, Rosado dropped to 17-3-1, with 11 knockouts. After the fight, the 26-year-old Molnar was happy with the win, but thought he could have been even more dominant. “He didn’t punch as hard as I thought he would,” he said. “I was expecting more of a puncher.” Not that he’s complaining. “I think I’ve gotten a lot better since my loss to Acevedo, so maybe I’m just avoiding the punches more,” he added. The fight marked his first under new trainer Mark Breland, a former world champion who hopes to take Molnar to the top of his weight class. “I’d only been with Mark for 10 days before the fight, so we didn’t get to work too much together, but I’m excited about training under him,” Molnar said. “I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring, but for now I’m just going to try and heal up.” For fans who want another chance to watch this local emissary fight, they shouldn’t have to wait too long. If it were up to Molnar, he’d be fighting again as soon as his thumb healed. “I’ll be working out again next week,” he said.last_img read more

Impressive start by Colts team that has national ambitions

first_imgBy TIM MORRIS Staff Writer The passion and zeal in his voice gave it away. Tom Heath is very excited about what his 2015 Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) cross-country team can achieve this year. That’s saying a lot coming from the most successful coach in New Jersey history who has won a record 20 NJSIAA Meet of Champions (MOC) titles as well as a Nike Cross Nationals championship (2011).All the ingredients are there, however, for the Colts to be very special this fall. Some national polls rank them No. 1 in the country.“Everything is going along pretty well,” Heath said. “Last year was a little tough.”Although CBA extended its record MOC titles to 20, the Colts were not at their best as they usually are in November. They needed a tiebreaker (sixth man) just to win the Non-Public A state title. They won the MOC crown with a high score for them (82) and went on to place 11th at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.It’s still very early in the season, Heath noted, but his Colts have already made a pretty strong impression.Opening up at the Roxbury Invitational, CBA was first with a dual-meet score of 19 points and broke the Horseshoe Lake Park team course record, averaging 16:07.07. The Colts’ Drake Anzano was the overall winner, clocking 15:49.27 and out-kicking St. Benedict’s Preparatory School’ Ronald Kigen (15:50.43).“It was a great race,” Heath said. “Things went really, really well. We broke the course record without [Blaise Ferro (CBA’s top harrier)].“The difference [between last year and this year] is the team this year is definitely more committed. They race well. They up their game when they have to.”From Roxbury, the Colts went to the Bowdoin XC Classic in Wappingers Falls, New York, where the Nike Cross Nationals Regional Qualifier will be held in November, and won there rather impressively — again missing Ferro — with a 37-point team score and the fastest team average of the day (16:39.97).CBA always has a wealth of talent and with five returnees from last year’s MOC winners, the Colts figured to be national contenders this fall.Ferro is already one of the most accomplished runners in Colts history with three MOC track titles to his credit (two indoors and one outdoors) and last year’s Non-Public A cross-country championship. He would like nothing better than to win the MOC title in cross-country to give him the distance triple crown. Of course, the team comes first, and that could impact the MOC race.The senior has it all — endurance, speed and strength — to be a threat to win every race he competes in.Nick Trigani, Brian Dengler and Jon Dooling are all proven cross-country runners. As seniors, they are familiar with running in big races. They form the core group behind Ferro. How well they run together will determine if the Colts are national contenders.Two newcomers to the mix are senior Paul Knepple and sophomore Brian Hill. Knepple is coming off a spring track season where he ran 9:28 for 3,200 meters. Hill’s early season form has been a pleasant surprise. At the Roxbury Invitational, they finished fourth and fifth.The wild card for the Colts is Anzano. The junior didn’t factor in the cross-country season last year but after winning the outdoor MOC championship at 1,600 meters, it fueled speculation about what he could do for the cross-country team. If winning his 2015 debut at Roxbury is any indication of what he can do, CBA will not only have its depth, but also the best one-two punch in the state.Anzano backed up his Roxbury win with a second-place finish at the Bowdoin Classic (16:24.79).Juniors Noah Yuro and Riley Gardner are competing for top-seven slots.With this much talent, Heath doesn’t shy away from pointing out that in 2015, everything is about the nationals.Looking ahead, Heath remarked that he will have to pace his team, keep everyone rested and not over race them. Looking back on last year, Heath noted the raced a little too hard in some races.The Colts pursue a second national title and a 21st MOC crown.The next big race for the Colts will be the Manhattan Invitational at historic Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, New York, Oct. 10.The Monmouth County and Shore Conference meets are Oct. 20 and 29, respectively.The NJSIAA Group Championships are Nov. 14 at Holmdel Park, and the MOC is Nov. 21 at Holmdel.CBA’s path to the Nike Nationals begins Nov. 28 back at Bowdoin Park with the Northeast Regional, where the top two teams automatically qualify for the Nike Cross Nationals Dec. 5.last_img read more

Arts set for home at CSUN

first_img“The best indicator of that is if the Valley were its own city, it would be the fifth or sixth largest in the U.S. – and the only one of such population density that does not currently have a major performing arts center like the one we’re building now.” Home to nearly 2 million of the county’s 10 million residents, the San Fernando Valley has long needed such a venue and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said expanding cultural arts in the region would be a cultural and economic boon. “The arts are an economic engine. They employ a lot of people,” said the supervisor, who represents the Valley on the county board and has pushed the project for years. “And it has the possibility of finally being a critical mass of bringing another kind of programming to the San Fernando Valley that UCLA has had, and USC to some extent.” The county-owned Music Center – one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation – is set to sign a unique agreement today with the university to begin exploring joint programming. CSUN and county officials hope the resident companies at the Music Center would use the CSUN facility to showcase their performances. Yaroslavsky said they’ve had serious conversations with the L.A. Opera and the Center Theater group. “That relationship doesn’t exist with any other university and the county and it’s going to bring the kind of programming that otherwise wouldn’t have been seen in the San Fernando Valley,” he said. Catherine Babcock, spokeswoman for the Music Center, said officials are excited about the new relationship with the university. “The partnership is a really exciting one as we’re being looked to in this collaboration as an adviser and consultant,” Babcock said. “I don’t think we know what the possibilities are.” The project is nearly 75 percent funded with $56 million from a state bond measure passed in 1996, about $15 million in private funding, and the $2 million from the county. Koester hopes full funding would be reached in three years. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, with completion in late 2009. David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said the new center would serve as a cultural and economic landmark for the Valley. “This new center, which will be one of the finest in the world, will provide … the world’s finest artistic symphonic and dramatic entertainment,” Fleming said. “There will be two facilities in L.A. County – Disney Hall and this performing arts center – that will be the cream of the crop.” (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Giving a boost to performing arts in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County officials are expected to announce today a $2 million investment in a local university performing arts center and an unprecedented partnership with the Music Center. The $100 million performing arts center at California State University, Northridge, would be the largest in the Valley and include a centerpiece 1,700-seat auditorium to accommodate music, dance, theater and film performances. For the first time, it would bring to the Valley a venue large enough for full-scale Broadway productions and operas. “There’s a total absence in the San Fernando Valley we’re going to address with this hall,” CSUN President Jolene Koester said. last_img read more

Wolves defender set to snub Coventry for Swindon

first_img Sam Ricketts in action for Wolves 1 Swindon are set to give their League One promotion hopes a boost by completing the loan signing of Wolves club captain Sam Ricketts.The Wales international is out of contract at Molineux in the summer and was reportedly close to joining Coventry City.But now Coventry manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that the move is off with Ricketts, 33, close to joining third-place Swindon instead.The defender is highly experienced having played for both Hull and Bolton in the Premier League while he was part of the Wolves team that won the League One title last season.Bristol City are the runaway leaders in the division this time and look set to win the league having established an 11-point lead over second-place Preston.But Swindon, who are two points behind Preston, are still hopeful of beating North End to automatic promotion.last_img read more

Benitez is a ‘fantastic appointment’ for Newcastle, ex-assistant tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Swansea City assistant manager Pep Clotet has praised Rafa Benitez, following his fellow Spaniard’s return to the Premier League as Newcastle manager.The ex-Liverpool boss took charge of the Tyneside club last week, although he could not lead the Magpies to victory in his debut game.They lost to league leaders Leicester City by a 1-0 scoreline on Monday evening, and Benitez will be hoping to pick up his first win on Sunday against Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby, which you can listen to live on talkSPORT.However, despite his losing start, Clotet believes Benitez could prove to be an inspired appointment by Newcastle as they look to secure Premier League survival with nine games left of the campaign.Speaking to the Weekend Sports Breakfast show, Clotet said: “I think Rafa Benitez is a fantastic manager, and is a very good coach tactically.“In the situation Newcastle are in, I think it is a fantastic appointment because he will prepare for games and adapt to every game and every situation, going game by game and analysing how this opposition is.“Coming from Real Madrid, this is a fantastic experience to help Newcastle stay in the league. It works well for both.”last_img read more

Orange Line ridership going strong

first_imgBuilt along an old rail line right of way, critics say parts of the line do not run through traditional transit corridors, creating a greater need for more North-South feeder lines. Though the MTA is planning on adding a Sepulveda Boulevard Rapid line and is looking at another Rapid line on Reseda Boulevard, efforts to create other corridors have sputtered, as the Valley competes with the rest of the city for coveted transportation dollars. (818) 713-3741160Want 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 MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesAnd though officials say the line is far from its 30,000 capacity, the MTA is also studying how to increase boarding times from every five minutes to every four to alleviate crowding, said Richard Hunt, general manager of the San Fernando Valley Service Sector. Opened just last November, the North Hollywood-to-Warner Center line became an unexpected hit. Boardings surged as gas prices climbed and initially riders’ numbers on nearby lines tapered off. But while MTA pointed to January ridership showing that one in five opted for the bus line instead of their car, some remain skeptical about its success. “When school comes back … we will see if this is a temporary blip,” said Coby King, a member of the San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council. “But the ultimate success of the Orange Line is not just who is riding but whether it can serve as a more expansive Valley mass transportation system. “The challenge now is to improve the feeder lines.” Ridership along the Orange Line busway remained steady into the traditionally slow summer months, a signal to transit observers that the busway will continue to lurch toward capacity years ahead of schedule. Though weekday commuter boardings have slumped slightly since May, when the $350 million line logged 21,828 weekday passengers and smashed 2020 projections, MTA officials say the drop-off will likely be eclipsed by students boarding in droves once school starts up again after Labor Day. “These are the slowest months of the year and we are still holding on,” said county Supervisor and MTA board member Zev Yaroslavsky. “I think it represents growth even if the numbers remain static. The success of the Orange Line cries out for extending and expanding it.” The success already has MTA officials looking into adding larger buses than the 56-seat buses currently in use. New buses would accommodate 79 people. last_img read more

Murray: Dream team with Serena is ‘great opportunity’

first_imgThe 32-year-old added: “It’s great, I’m just happy to be fit and healthy again and after what’s happened in the last year or so you don’t know what’s round the corner.”Williams, 37, said after her first round singles win over Guilia Gatto-Monticone that she could do with the extra time on court after battling knee problems this year.She won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon 21 years ago with Max Mirnyi but has played only once at a grand slam in 20 years while Murray’s mixed-doubles experience has come at the Hopman Cup and in the Olympics, where he won a silver medal in 2012 with Laura Robson.Murray will play men’s doubles with French grand slam winner Pierre-Hugues Herbert. Andy Murray says it’s a “great opportunity” to partner Serena Williams in the mixed doubles at this year’s Wimbledon.The Scot, who is scheduled to make his return to grand slam tennis in the men’s doubles on Thursday, declared on Wednesday evening he would link up with the seven-time singles champion.They will play Germany’s Andreas Mies and Chilean Alexa Guarachi in the first round.Murray, recovering from a second bout of hip surgery, told STV: “It’s a great opportunity, so I’ll look forward to it.”last_img read more

These Ears Are Out to Socialize

first_imgShare This!A quintet of graveyard busts tops this incredibly detailed ear headband that pays homage to the Haunted Mansion. Priced at $29.99, we found ours at Memento Mori at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom (next to the Haunted Mansion attraction, naturally), but they are also available at and at many other in-park locations.The ears themselves depict spooky creatures and favorite Haunted Mansion characters. Even the band is embellished with “Grim Grinning Ghosts” in the attraction typeface. Photos: Christina Harrisonlast_img read more

Expand Your Search Universe With Drag and Drop Zones

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Tags:#How To#web Search is a versatile tool, but if you’ve had a hard time integrating all the awesome niche search engines available into your workflow (Google is so easy to access!) then the following instructions might be perfect for you.I’ve put together a multi-step process that uses two Firefox plug-ins and some other tools to create a powerful visual dashboard of search engines you can query quickly by dragging and dropping any words on a page into it. The drag and drop comes in the form of a great plug-in called Drag and Drop Zones, but taking a few extra steps makes that tool much more powerful.The Drag and Drop Zones plug-in displays an overlay of squares that you can drag any highlighted words into to search in an engine of your choice. It’s a much easier way to access search engines than just adding them to the drop down menu in your search bar. I never use the search engines I’ve put in there, but now this interface makes it easy. Mine is blue, but you can make it whatever color you like.Here are the steps I followed to set up my zones.1. Add the Drag and Drop Zones Plug-inDrag and Drop Zones is a recommended Firefox plug-in that works great, but requires that you’ve got some good search engines added already to your search bar.2. Install the Add to Search Bar Plug-inThe Add to Search Bar plug-in makes it really easy to add any site’s search engine to your browser’s search bar. Depending on which version of Firefox you’re using you may need to turn off plug-in compatibility checking.Once you’ve got it installed, right click in any search box and select “add to search bar.”3. Get Yourself Some Good Search EnginesWhat are you going to add to your new search interface? Here are some of the things I put in mine.Google Custom Search Engines are great, I’ve got more than 30 of them that I try to use as often as I can but I expect this interface will make it even easier to do so. Think of them as a living reference book, made up of the top sources you select on any topic. Perhaps you’d like to have a drag and drop search of Top Gen Y Blogs, Top Open Web Blogs or Blogs Written by Women in Tech. (Let me know if you’d like your blog added to any of those, by the way.)FriendFeed is an aggregation of all kinds of social media activity feeds. We love the service and its search engine is a great place to keep track of your blog posts and other topics. The ability to search across all users isn’t immediately exposed on the site but you can visit a page like this and add that search box to your search bar.Flickr Creative Commons is a great place to look for images you can freely reuse with attribution. Other engines I’ve added to my field of options include blog search, Delicious and Twitter. Of course I added the search bar from here on ReadWriteWeb as well. The possibilities are truly infinite.4. Add and Arrange Your Search Engines Into the Drag and Drop ZonesNow click on the Tools menu in your browser and you’ll see the option to place the search engine links wherever you like on the page, as well as some additional functionality and options. Once you’ve got your settings set up, you will probably have to restart Firefox to see them put into action. Once you’ve done that, just highlight any word on any page, click and drag. There you go, a whole new search universe. If you like this plug-in you might like the author’s whole suite of tools called Web Search Pro.I’m seeing more use of my search engines right away but there are always smarter ways to search the web. Do readers have favorite search engines you’d like to add to an interface like this?Title image from the Firefox add-on Facebook app, read more