By Gretchen C. Van Benthuysen | While some people were sleeping late or nursing hangovers the morning after New Year’s Eve, others were welcoming 2016 by taking a brisk walk in nature.Out on the northern tip of Sandy Hook, about 200 people gathered for the American Littoral Society’s annual beach walk, led by Executive Director Tim Dillingham.The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk took hikers through the Ramanessin section ofHolmdel Park. Photo: Courtesy Marissa FinkFurther inland, 17 people met on in the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park for a journey along a 2.1 mile trail. The annual New Year’s Day Greenway Walk, sponsored by the Friends of Holmdel Open Space, was led by Holmdel’s former mayor and former Environmental Commission chairman, Larry Fink.Both men said while having fun was important, getting people outside to enjoy and appreciate the environment is important to their respective groups’ missions.The American Littoral Society, a national nonprofit organization based in Sandy Hook, promotes the study and conservation of marine life and habitats along the coast. Dillingham has led the annual walk for 13 years.“We’ve found the best way to help people learn about and understand the coastline is to get them out here so they develop a passion for it,” Dillingham said. “We love to be on the beach.”But life on the coast is getting more complicated.“We are trying to help fashion a better relationship with how we live along the ocean. People have been living in New York and New Jersey for 400 years and they’re not likely to leave anytime soon,” Dillingham explained. “Now the change in climate, ecologically, is causing the ocean to change so it’s becoming hazardous. We need to help people to know how to live here.”Part of the ecological coastline balancing act is preserving wetlands and salt marshes, rebuilding sand dunes and oyster reefs, and not building walls that cause waves to carve away the ocean’s bottom, Dillingham said. Those measures also are very important to the survival of marine life that live in those areas, he added.But on a chilly and windy January 1st morning, foremost on the minds of beach walkers was simply keeping warm and hoping the sun would break through gray clouds — which it did around noon.Cleo Boiko of Allenhurst said she enjoyed her first New Year’s Day beach walk with the American Littoral Society.“It was very very invigorating,” said Boiko, a member of the Monmouth County Senior Hikers group. “One of the other ladies and myself picked up a bag full of garbage so I felt I did something good for the environment and something good for myself.”Siobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife. Photo: G. Van BenthuysenSiobhan Quinn, Richard Irish and their baby Aoife were enjoying refreshments at the Littoral Society’s headquarters at 18 Hartshorne Drive following the walk. Quinn said this was her fifth time walking, although she only walked part of the way since Aoife, who turns 1 in February, was getting cold. Raised in Leonardo, she said her parents taught her and her four siblings how to swim in the Atlantic Ocean and Raritan Bay.“We’d have picnics here at Sandy Hook, walk the beach, watch the sun set and the moon rise,” she said. “It’s a place that should be cherished, preserved, respected, appreciated and acknowledged. And this is a perfect day to do that. We so often don’t take the time to be in awe of how beautiful our surroundings are.”The Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park is another beautiful area people may miss as they drive by in their cars, said Larry Fink. The New Year’s Day walk began 21 years ago, he said, after a 416-acre area was purchased with $19 million in public and private money to preserve it from being used for a housing development.“The area was divided in two parts with over 200 acres becoming the Ramanessin section of Holmdel Park and managed by the county,” Fink explained. “It’s a conservation and wilderness area that’s been kept as natural as possible with a gravel parking lot and gravel and dirt trails.”Maps of the trails are available online at monmouthcountyparks.com and in the parking lot on Roberts Road. Fink strongly suggests first timers use one.People interested in learning more about land use in Holmdel may contact Citizens for Informed Land Use at www.holmdel-CILU.org.To learn more about the American Littoral Society, upcoming events, or to receive its newsletter should call 732-291-0055 or visit www.littoralsociety.org.
PRESTIGIOUS OAKS, TO BE RUN AT 1 ¼ MILES ON TURF, IS FINAL GRADE I EVENT OF 2016 Lady Valeur–Rafael Bejarano–121Stays in Vegas–Flavien Prat–121Dreamarcher–Luis Contreras–119How Unusual–Alex Solis– ALT–119Cheekaboo–Mike Smith–121Sassy Little Lila–Luis Saez–119Decked Out–Kent Desormeaux–121Queen Blossom–Joel Rosario–121Norris–Victor Espinoza–119Sheeza Milky Way–Brice Blanc–ALT–119Dynamic Mizzes K–Corey Nakatani–119Barleysugar–Tyler Baze–119Mokat–Drayden Van Dyke–121First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For additional racing information, including scratches, changes and morning line, please visit santaanita.com. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 28, 2016)–Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Stays in Vegas heads a wide-open field of 13 sophomore fillies Saturday in Santa Anita’s Grade I, $300,000 American Oaks, to be contested at a mile and one quarter on turf. The Oaks, which has been carded as the eighth race on a nine-race New Year’s Eve program, will serve as North America’s final Grade I event in 2016.Also prominent in Saturday’s Oaks are trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Decked Out, trainer Richard Baltas’ Mokat and Queen Blossom, an Irish-bred who will be making her U.S. debut for trainer Graham Motion. STAYS IN VEGAS: Sent from the gate in the Grade I, one mile turf Matriarch at Del Mar on Dec. 4, this Kentucky-bred filly by City Zip just missed, as she ended up third, beaten a head by multiple Grade I winner Miss Temple City. Although her lone win this year came six starts back in the one mile turf Grade III Senorita Stakes here on May 7, she’s been very consistent, amassing four third place finishes in 2016–all in graded turf stakes at a flat mile and at a mile and one eighth. While the mile and a quarter looms a question mark, Stays in Vegas looms extremely dangerous if she’s allowed to set a soft pace under Flavien Prat. Owned by Jim and Janet Rome’s Jungle Racing, LLC, KMN Racing, LLC or LNJ Foxwoods, she is 12-5-1-4 overall with earnings of $418,934. MOKAT: An emphatic 3 ¾ length winner of the Grade II, one mile turf San Clemente Handicap three starts back on July 23, she was subsequently fourth, beaten three quarters of a length in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks Aug. 20. Following that, she ran an even fifth at 11-1 in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Queen Elizabeth Cup Oct. 15 at Keeneland. A Kentucky-bred filly by Uncle Mo, she’s owned by J K Racing Stable, LLC and will be ridden for the first time by Drayden Van Dyke, who will likely stalk the early pace. With an overall mark of 11-2-2-2, she has earnings of $318,040. DECKED OUT: A dedicated deep closer, Decked Out comes into the American Oaks as a fresh horse, having been rested since running a better than looked 12th in the Grade I, 1 ¼ miles turf Rodeo Drive Stakes here on Oct. 1. Second, beaten a head two starts back in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 20, this Kentucky-bred filly by Street Boss has kept good company in 10 starts this year and seems a good fit at the distance, particularly if there’s a live pace. Her only win this year came six starts back in Santa Anita’s Grade III Providencia Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf April 9. Owned by Voss, Big Chief Racing, LLC and Head of Plains Partners, LLC, Decked Out will be ridden back by Desormeaux’s Hall of Fame brother, Kent, who has guided her to both of her lifetime wins. QUEEN BLOSSOM: Lightly raced in her native Ireland, she has two wins from five starts and has been idle since well beaten in a Group III stakes at a mile and a quarter on turf May 11. Ensconced for the past several months with Motion at Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, she has a late running style that should be effective at the Oaks distance of a mile and a quarter. Of great benefit is the fact that top eastern-based rider Joel Rosario will ship west to ride for owners Team Valor International, LLC and Gary Barber. THE GRADE I AMERICAN OAKS IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS AND WEIGHTSRace 8 of 9 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PDT
Jon Jones, right, fights Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight mixed martial arts title bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn’t been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any lengthy stretch in the past seven years.But after two dominant wins in nine weeks, Jones (24-1) has settled back into his customary spot atop the light heavyweight division and his sport’s unofficial pound-for-pound standings.ADVERTISEMENT Taking flight Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I figure if you’re going to make the gamble, you might as well go extremely big,” Jones said. “Go big or go home. A Brock Lesnar fight (is) extremely high risk and extremely high reward. I don’t really see myself versus anyone that could bring in the numbers me and Brock could bring in.”Although that superfight is among the biggest events that the UFC could stage in the broader sports landscape, it won’t happen immediately, according to UFC President Dana White.After Jones’ win over Smith, White affirmed his plan to match Lesnar first with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier whenever Lesnar decides to return to the sport, perhaps later this year.“I think that Brock and Cormier want that fight, so I owe Cormier a lot,” White said. “Cormier wants that fight, and if he wants it, he’s going to get it.”Jones has shown little interest in fighting any other heavyweight, and he repeated that preference after beating Smith. So if Jones stays at light heavyweight, his next fight is likely to be against Thiago Santos (21-6), the musclebound 35-year-old Brazilian currently on a four-fight winning streak after stopping Jan Blachowicz last month in Prague.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Santos is a talented, dangerous fighter, but Jones would be a heavy favorite once again.“I’m excited about the future of the light heavyweight division,” Jones said. “I’m going to have to take on any comer, and the confidence I had as a 23-year-old facing Shogun Rua has only grown. Nobody said my job was going to be easy, but I’m here to make it look easy.”ones’ victory over Smith was his entire career in microcosm: Jones was clearly superior, yet he nearly gave it all away with a mistake.Late in the fourth round, Jones cracked Smith’s head with a knee that landed while Smith’s palm was on the canvas, technically making it an illegal strike — one that would have been legal in, say, California, but not in Nevada due to the sport’s geographically fractured rules.The fight was stopped while referee Herb Dean reviewed the blow and allowed Smith to recover. Smith could have claimed he couldn’t continue fighting, and he likely would have been handed the UFC light heavyweight title by disqualification.“It was nerve-wracking,” said Jones, whose only career defeat occurred when he was debatably disqualified for a prohibited strike against Matt Hamill in 2009. “I was just hoping that it wouldn’t go down like that. I had flashbacks of the Matt Hamill fight, and I was just thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, please tell me it’s not going down like this.’”The challenger decided to fight on after Dean deducted two points from Jones, and the champion cautiously finished off his win — after apologizing to Smith following the fourth-round bell.“He showed the heart of a lion,” Jones said. “He could have done it the easy way and took that option out, but instead he stayed in there. I owe him a beer.”Smith left the cage without winning a round, yet his confidence was unshaken. He is convinced he can fight his way back to another shot at Jones.“That’s a beatable man,” Smith said. “Jon didn’t do anything I didn’t expect him to.” View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After trouncing another overmatched 205-pound opponent at UFC 235 on Saturday night, the champion looked into his future and insisted he is content to keep cleaning out his division instead of moving up to heavyweight.“All these younger fighters should get their opportunity at a world title,” Jones said after controlling every round against Anthony Smith. “When you’re in my position, who am I to deny people?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJones would make one big exception, however.If Brock Lesnar wants another crack at mixed martial arts, Jones would bulk up to heavyweight to accommodate the professional wrestling superstar.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Kevin Keen delighted to be back with West Hamby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKevin Keen is delighted to be back with West Ham.The former midfielder is West Ham U18s lead coach.“It’s great to be back,” said Keen to the club’s website.“It’s been fantastic to go back to Chadwell Heath and see the new training ground – I’d not been back here for seven years. There’ve been amazing changes – what facilities for the players to play on.“It’s a completely different environment now. We had a lot of portacabins, and everyone was more or less on that site. All of a sudden, we’ve got an environment, a building, that’s just for the U18s and younger, and it’s absolutely amazing.”
Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, proudly presents its third annual BLUE JEAN BALL, honoring Autism Speaks Board of Directors’ Member Chuck Saftler.Saftler, who is President of Program Strategy and Chief Operating Officer of FX Networks, is being honored for his dedication to autism awareness. Presented by The GUESS? Foundation, the BLUE JEAN BALL will take place Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood.Dave Grohl will perform an acoustic set at the event.The headline attraction of the evening will be a special acoustic set by Grammy® Award-winning music legend Dave Grohl. In addition, The White Buffalo with singer/songwriter Jake Smith (Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways) will perform.Hosting the event will be television personality Maria Menounos (Extra) and Emmy® Award-winning Actor Michael Chiklis (The Shield, Vegas, The Commish). Artist John Matos (CRASH) will premiere a limited edition print dedicated to Autism Speaks. World-renowned DJ Splyce will be providing entertainment throughout the evening.Chuck Saftler, Maria Menounos and Michael ChiklisThe Autism Speaks BLUE JEAN BALL is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for innovative autism research and resources for individuals and families affected by the disorder. Tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information are available at events.autismspeaks.org/bluejeanball.“We are proud to honor our good friend Chuck Saftler, and to acknowledge his tireless efforts in raising funds and awareness for the autism community,” said Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks. “Chuck and his wife, Colleen, are champions for the cause. What a perfect year to recognize his contributions to our mission, given the success of FX’s The Bridge, featuring a very real character on the autism spectrum.” Feld continued, “We are thrilled and grateful to have the talented Dave Grohl perform. Dave has been an advocate for all children and we are so thankful for his contribution to our cause.”“One in 88 children is currently diagnosed with autism, and the annual cost for families living with the disorder is an average of $60,000,” added Matt Asner, Executive Director of Southern California for Autism Speaks. “Now, more than ever, we need to raise awareness and assure that research, advocacy and family service initiatives continue to be funded. What better way to make a little noise than with a rock and roll concert?”“The BLUE JEAN BALL has become one of Autism Speaks’ signature special events and second largest fundraiser in Southern California,” said 2013 event Co-Chairs and Board of Directors’ members Nikki Pesusich of Coterie Media and Georgianna Junco-Kelman, Special Education Attorney. Past participants and honorees have included Sarah McLachlan, Toni Braxton, Paul Marciano, photographer Rob Shanahan, Sinbad, Brooke White, Raphael Saadiq, Sarah Shahi, Beth Reisgraph, Nikki Reed and Paul MacDonald, among others.Don’t miss the 2013 Blue Jean Ball!About AutismAutism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a 78 percent increase in six years that is only partly explained by improved diagnosis.About Autism SpeaksAutism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed nearly $200 million to research and developing innovative resources for families. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
NEW YORK — Big problem or a fraction of the world’s plastic consumption? You decide, but know that single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists.As restaurants debate whether to voluntarily dole them out and lawmakers feverishly write bans against them to protect the ocean and sea life and to reduce stress on landfills, alternatives to plastic straws are plentiful. Some are downright gifty.If you want to feel better about yourself and your holiday gift choices, and to urge someone on your list to give up plastic because they seem not ready for the #NoStrawChallenge, look for these options:YES, TIFFANY & CO.Let your loved one sip in style with a selection of reusable, luxury straws from Tiffany, because who doesn’t love to see a blue box with their name on it come gift time?One, in sterling silver covered in rose gold vermeil, comes as a crazy straw with a twist at the bend at the top. The straw comes with a tiny band of the Tiffany blue in enamel, just to make sure people know its origins. $375.Another lets the sterling silver shine with a little monkey crawling up a vine. $425.PAPER CAN BE COOLThe disposable paper varieties of straws are enjoying a rebirth.Some are more festive than others. Amazon has an ample assortment in party-worthy metallics, colorful dots and chevrons, and special-occasion themes like black-and-white patterns or baby blue dots.Lots of brick-and-mortar stores are into paper straws, too. Prices vary.BAMBOO & GLASSIn addition to metals, from Tiffany level to more affordable in stainless steel, some materials not routinely associated with straws have become more widespread amid the plastic-straw debate.Bamboo is having a moment all over the place, in utensils, plates — even toothbrushes. If you think bamboo straws would go unused by your giftee, paper varieties in bamboo prints are available by the box.Prices vary for bamboo straws. One company, Brush with Bamboo, sells a cute bundle of 12 tied with string, for $20. They are grown organically and artisan-made in northeast India, where bamboo straws are traditionally used to drink beer.As for glass, well, some companies insist their offerings are shatter free. A box of four , with a little cleaning brush, goes for $7.99 on Amazon. Two are bent. Ecostraw.com sells a nice variety for all types of drinks.PASTA & WHEATThey may not be the longest lasting but many are no-GMO, fully biodegradable and come in wide sizes worthy of bubble tea.One version is called Hay! Straws and comes tall at 7.75 inches, in a cute box of 100, for $8. Shorter ones are also available. They’re made from wheat stems and are sold with a warning to sip through them, not ingest them.Another company calls itself, yes, Pasta Straw. It says it’s working on a gluten-free version.So what’s the draw? Well, Pasta Straws says on its website that paper straws biodegrade in 30 to 60 days. Pasta Straws do it overnight and are edible, the company said. A sample pack wrapped in paper with a company sticker includes 24 and goes for $7.99.The problem: Generally, pasta straws don’t last as long as, say, glass or metal. Upside, they don’t get soggy like paper straws.Leanne Italie, The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:Molina Healthcare Inc., down $11.72 to $120Insurers, hospitals and other health care companies fell after a Texas judge ruled that the 2010 Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.PG&E Corp., down $1.57 to $24.44California regulators said they opened an investigation into whether the utility falsified gas pipeline safety records.ABB Ltd., down 30 cents to $19.10The industrial automation company agreed to sell its power grid business to Hitachi of Japan.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., down $4.76 to $168.01Malaysia filed criminal charges against Goldman and two former executives for their role in the alleged multibillion-dollar ransacking of a state investment fund.Fidelity Southern Corp., up $3.40 to $24.82The bank agreed to combine with Ameris Bancorp, another financial company headquartered in Georgia.Jack in the Box Inc., up $1.70 to $82.03The fast food chain said it is exploring strategic as well as financial options to improve value for shareholders.Deutsche Bank AG, down 20 cents to $8.60European stocks sank Monday and Germany’s main stock index entered a “bear market.”State Street Corp., up 36 cents to $63.89Bank stocks performed better than the rest of the U.S. market Monday.The Associated Press
The Rose Bowl isn’t the National Championship, but playing in the oldest, most prestigious bowl is a tradition that every Big Ten and Pac-10 team dreams of.The Ohio State Buckeyes are one win away from realizing that dream, but must first knock off the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday. An OSU win will cement a record fifth consecutive conference title and the Buckeyes will certainly smell the roses.OSU Coach Jim Tressel knows just how much the game means. He said that on Saturday, both teams will know what will be on the line.“I think it would be hard if you have the opportunity to earn a chance to play in that bowl game to minimize the excitement of that,” Tressel said. “We haven’t gone in a long time. It’s an important thing to Ohio State. It’s an important thing to Iowa. I’m not sure what year was the last time they went, but it’s a big deal.”“The Granddaddy of Them All,” as the Rose Bowl has come to be known, is a spectacle filled with tradition, a parade and a fierce inter-conference rivalry.The Big Ten and Pac-10 send their best teams to play on Jan. 1, but surprisingly, the Rose Bowl always seems to escape the Buckeyes’ grasp. Ohio State has only played in the Rose Bowl three times in the last 30 years. Their last appearance in 1997 was an instant classic with the Buckeyes winning on a late touchdown against previously undefeated Arizona State.Since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, the Buckeyes would have sent three teams to the prestigious bowl: 2002, 2006 and 2007 would have all been Rose Bowl years, but instead, OSU played for a national championship.In 2007, OSU lost to Illinois in the penultimate game of the season. The following week, after a win over Michigan and another Big Ten title, the roses were brought out and the Buckeyes celebrated what was believed to be a bid to the big game.However, due to several upsets the Buckeyes climbed from No. 7 to No. 1 without playing another game and instead went to the National Championship against LSU.“We were real excited to win another Big Ten championship and get the chance to go to the Rose Bowl,” senior tight end Jake Ballard said about the 2007 victory. “It was thrilling, we hadn’t been to the Rose Bowl in 10, now 12 years. We were just looking forward to going.”The BCS title game might have more at stake, but as a Big Ten school, the Rose Bowl is what a team plays for. Its tradition and pageantry cannot be rivaled. Tressel even got a bit nostalgic when talking about New Year’s Day’s most sacred game.“Jan. 1 in our house, two black-and-white TVs set up side by side, that old 30-pot coffee … my dad never got off the couch, man, we were taking him coffee and switching stations. I mean, that was — shoot, you were living on Jan. 1,” Tressel said with a smile. “That was it for the year, by the way.”Recently, the Rose Bowl hasn’t been a proud event for the Big Ten. The conference representative has been blown out by USC the last three years and hasn’t won the bowl since 2000.“The Rose Bowl is everything, it is where college football is at; … what it’s all about,” Ballard said. “Everybody wants to go there, everyone wants to play in that game. Ohio State has a long history in the Rose Bowl and we haven’t been back in some time. To go out there our senior year and to take care of business and come back with a Rose Bowl victory would be something great for Ohio State.”It would also benefit the Big Ten as a whole, Ballard said, because of their lack of big bowl wins the last several years.Ohio State could kill two birds with one stone Jan. 1. Making up for its past three BCS bowl losses, but also getting a big win for a conference that has struggled recently in postseason play.To do that, the Buckeyes will have to beat Iowa first.
Inter Vice-President Javier Zanetti has responded to Italy CT Roberto Mancini saying that “regardless of nationality, I think talent must be rewarded”.He also went ahead to admonish Serie A clubs to give more space to young Italian players even though one of his own former stars thinks it’s not quite that simple.“After failing to qualify for the World Cup, it’s necessary to work to improve young Italians,” Zanetti agreed, speaking to ANSA via Football Italia.“Mancini is certainly the right person for that. In the league though, regardless of nationality, I think talent must be rewarded.Italy on track with Mancini Taimoor Khan – September 12, 2019 Since being nominated the manager of the national team, Roberto Mancini has helped Italy rediscover its identity in the game. As things stand, Roberto…“Basically whoever is the best plays.“The Italian national team needs to start again and needs the best young players. We’re all happy when there are good Italian players on the pitch, it reflects well on a club’s youth system.”
Reports from the Spanish press suggest that Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui could get sacked this Monday, but it’s not 100% certain.With all the bad results that manager Julen Lopetegui has gotten at Real Madrid during his first three months with the club, it would be a shame that he got sacked but that’s exactly what could happen according to the Spanish press.A report on Sunday by Onda Cero’s journalist Jose Ramon de la Morena, confirm that manager Florentino Perez seriously analyzed this Sunday that Julen Lopetegui’s time with Los Blancos could end this week.However, the bad results that FC Barcelona is having at the moment are the main reason why the club’s president could consider letting the manager salvage the situation after the international break.🎙️Jorge Valdano: “En un juego de hábitos la continuidad es importantísima” pic.twitter.com/Hs6eMelkIi— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) October 7, 2018Real Madrid just lost at Alaves on Saturday and Lopetegui’s numbers are amongst the worst from a Real Madrid manager in the club’s history, but there are many authorized football voices in Spain that don’t agree with this possibility like former Real Madrid forward Jorge Valdano.The Argentine was part of Onda Cero’s program this Sunday and listened carefully to De La Morena’s report, he doesn’t think that taking continuity from Julen Lopetegui’s project is the best way to proceed for Real Madrid and defended the coach during the program.Jorge is convinced that the players are also to blame for the club’s situation, and he also speaks about how much Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence has hurt the squad.🎙️Jorge Valdano: “Yo creo que está al alcance de Lopetegui hacer reaccionar a este equipo” pic.twitter.com/6yaNJK6JEmQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.— El Transistor (@ElTransistorOC) October 7, 2018Valdano listened to the debate table from Onda Cero, and he decided to give his verdict about the whole situation when he thought it best.“The greatest problem for Real Madrid right now is their lack of confidence, some players don’t even dare to push forward.”“A goal scorer’s talent is just as specific as the one that the goalkeeper has, and no Real Madrid player has that talent right now.”“Real Madrid had a goal fanatic (Cristiano Ronaldo) who is no longer there, the club lost its greatest goal scorer in history.”“I think that making the players react is still within Lopetegui’s reach. Sacking a manager is always a failure, especially in a game of habits where continuity is paramount,” said Jorge to Onda Cero.🔊 El Sanedrín de @ElTransistorOC: El futuro de Lopetegui, en el aire https://t.co/hpEwMDyOdB— Onda Cero (@OndaCero_es) October 7, 2018