× Despite a last-minute appeal by St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, along with Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Hurley and other school officials, the Archdiocese of Newark said the school will close by the end of the school year. “The news that Saint Anthony’s High School will close at the end of the year is devastating to say the least, and a tremendous loss for the entire Jersey City community,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “We know this was a difficult decision for everyone involved and that Coach Hurley and the entire board and administration fought until the end. Saint Anthony’s had a reputation that went far beyond the national recognition as the best boy’s high school basketball team in the country. It was known as a place that provided students from an urban area a strong academic and moral education and the skills to become future leaders. We are all saddened by this news today.” Click here for more.The Hoboken Police Department promoted four officers in a ceremony at City Hall led by Chief of Police Ken Ferrante and Mayor Dawn Zimmer in front of a packed room of family, friends, and officials. Sergeants Edgardo Cruz and Corrado Allegretta were promoted to the rank of lieutenant. Detectives Nicholas Burke and Jill Costello were promoted to the rank of sergeant. Burke said he has been with the Hoboken Police Department since 1995 and always knew he wanted to serve. “I’ve always had dreams and aspirations of being a civil servant in my hometown,” said the born and raised Hobokenite. “To me it was a lifelong dream to join the ranks of being a supervisor with my 22 years of service.” Click here for more. The Secaucus Police Department hosted an awards ceremony at Town Hall on March 31, honoring more than two dozen officers for their exceptional bravery and professionalism in 2016. “In the nature of police work, we go on calls, we deal with things, and we go on to the next thing,” Chief Kevin Flaherty said to the honorees. “And sometimes we forget when we’re moving forward to look at the past. This way, we can look at what happened in 2016.” One group of officers who received the “Excellent Police Service Award” – based upon dedication, perseverance, skill, motivation, capability, or a highly credible accomplishment – saved a woman from a drug overdose last year. Click here for more.
By Duro Ikhazuagbe in Saint PetersburgSuper Eagles central midfielder, William Troost Ekong, believes Nigeriaâ€™s clash with Iceland on Friday will be a different game from the 2-0 defeat the team suffered in the opening game to Croatia.The Bursaspor defender in the Turkish league said here said with the defeat, Nigeria will have no other option but to play to pick maximum points against the Icelanders. â€œIt is going to be a different type of game from what we played against Croatia. We hope to pick maximum points going into our last game against Argentina,â€ stressed the Eagles star who wrestled down Juventus front man, Mario Mandzukic for the penalty that earned Croatia the second goal in Kaliningrad.Despite the defeat, Ekong said that the one-all draw played out by favourites Argentina and Iceland has sort of make Eagles future bright it they are able to take their chances .â€œ The result has worked in our favour. We saw that game before playing Croatia. So like I said, all we need to do now is work hard at it and focus on getting the result,â€ stressed the defender whose partnership with Leon Balogun has earned them the moniker â€˜Oyinbo Wallâ€™ amongst Nigerian football fans.A Nigerian coach who is based in the UK, Tope John Phillips, but is here in St Petersburg for the Mundial told THISDAY yesterday that Eagles would have won the game or get a draw if only Coach Gernot Rohr had repeated switching to the 3-5-2 he adopted in the second half of the friendly with Argentina in the opening game with Croatia.â€œ I think the problem with the team last Saturday was not that Eagles played really badly. It was tactics that failed Rohr. He gave the star-studded Croatian midfield the room to dictate the play. The rule in coaching is that when you know the strength of your opponent, you play the system that will frustrate them,â€ observed the coach to THISDAY yesterday morning here in St Petersburg.â€œAre there some sacred cows in the team that cannot be substituted even when the team is playing badly? We should have been able to get a result, atleast a draw against the Croatians if Rohr had done the right thing,â€ stressed Phillips.He said that when it became obvious to the coaching crew that the Croatians had discovered Shehu Abdullahi and Bryan Idowu as the weak links in the back four, changes ought to have been made to take away the bombardment suffered by Eagles defence.â€œ If I was in charge of the team, all I should have done was to bring in Tyronne Ebuehi for Shehu and (Elderson) Echiejile for the floundering Idowu. Again, It appears Mikel is above the law and cannot be substituted even when he was ineffective and his slow game was creating problems in the middle. I think John Ogu would have brought life to that department of the match and allow Iwobi and Oghenekaro Etebo to rove freely in front of both defensive midfielders (Wilfred Ndidi and Ogu),â€ the UK based coach stressed.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
It was d?j? vu for Badger fans on Saturday.The No. 13/14 Wisconsin men’s basketball (19-5, 9-3) team brought down previously unbeaten – and No. 1 ranked – Ohio State (24-1, 11-1), 71-67 at the Kohl Center on Saturday after marching back from a 15-point deficit in the second half.Three months ago, the Wisconsin football team knocked off No. 1 Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium, a feat that was met with a stampede of Badger fans rushing the field in celebration.Saturday’s basketball contest yielded the same results, as fans couldn’t contain their jubilation.“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” junior guard Jordan Taylor said. “We were at the football game, and when they beat Ohio State we actually got to go on the field. Just to be in another court rushing game like that was unbelievable; it’s something you’ll never forget.”Amid Wisconsin’s 30-8 point run in the second half, Taylor scored 18 of his 27 points in the final 13 minutes while also dishing out seven assists. Senior forward Jon Leuer and sophomore forward Mike Bruesewitz scored 12 points apiece, and freshman guard Josh Gasser added another 11.Guard William Buford led Ohio State with 21 points, while player of the year candidate Jared Sullinger notched 19 points and 12 rebounds.The Badgers chipped away the 15-point gap to a tie in less than four minutes. Ohio State missed all four of its attempts over that time, while Wisconsin went 5-5, including three three-pointers made between Taylor and Gasser.That sent the momentum back to the Badgers, who were supported by a sellout crowd at the Kohl Center, where UW has not lost a game yet this season.“[Ohio State] had a couple shots go halfway down the basket and come out,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “A couple in and outs, then we were able to score so the momentum goes in our favor.”Over the following three minutes, the Buckeyes maintained a lead that fluctuated between one and four points. But a pair of three-pointers by Taylor and Bruesewitz, followed by a Keaton Nankivil jumper, put UW up 57-55 with over six minutes remaining. The Badges never relinquished the lead.“To do what they did, to have those kind of legs and lungs, to get back from that lead that Ohio State had, and then get the lead ourselves, I don’t know what else you can say about these guys and how tough they are,” Ryan said. “Rattled? No. They just didn’t seem that way… our fans just willed us on. The guys made some big plays.”After Wisconsin regained the lead for the last time, the Badgers held, at one point, a seven-point lead, but the Buckeyes climbed back to within a basket after Sullinger hit two free throws with 58 seconds remaining.But any hopes the Buckeyes might have had for their own comeback were thwarted when Bruesewitz hit a wide-open three-pointer from the right wing with 28 seconds left. On the ensuing possession, Ohio State guard Aaron Craft fumbled the ball and watched it tumble out of bounds. Taylor then made two free throws to make it a seven-point game with 18 seconds left.“The play was a high ball screen, and I separated and shot-faked,” Bruesewitz said. “I was thinking of kicking it out to Jon because Jon was open and then they jumped to him. I was like ‘Oh, I guess I am going to shoot this and knock it down.’”Prior to that comeback, the Buckeyes began the second half with a 28-26 advantage and went on to orchestrate a 19-4 scoring run that inflated their lead to 47-32 after six and a half minutes.Over that time, the Buckeyes hit eight of nine shots while the Badgers hit just three of 10.But a field goal by sophomore forward Ryan Evans from the right elbow sparked Wisconsin and reversed both teams’ fortunes from the field, according to Taylor.“I think we were just a little tentative on offense and Ryan stepped into a tough jump shot,” he said. “That was a big shot. He got the run going and I just think that aggressive play kind of turned on a switch for the whole team… I think Ryan’s shot was a huge shot in the long run.”Despite both teams experiencing cooled periods from the field, the Badgers (.510) and Buckeyes (.543) both shot over 50 percent. With the Buckeyes nudging past the Badgers in rebounding (25-24) and winning the turnover battle (7-9), Wisconsin was forced to rely on three-pointers for much of the game.Wisconsin didn’t have much opportunity to work the ball inside but mended that by going 12-24 from the arc, with Taylor converting 5-8, Gasser 3-3 and Bruesewitz 2-2.Ohio State couldn’t keep up in that regard, going 3-9 from three-point land.“You’ve got some size that’s shooting for them,” Ohio State head coach Thad Matta said of Wisconsin. “I don’t know what exactly we could have done a whole lot different. We tried everything we had in switching rotations and switching matchups… and they were going in.”With the win, Wisconsin stands two games behind first-place Ohio State in the Big Ten standings. The two teams meet again in Columbus on March 6, in what will be the final regular season game for both.“We are right where we want to be right now,” Leuer said. “I said if we lost this game we would be taking steps back. This is a huge win for us to keep moving forward. We are not done yet, though; we feel like we still have a lot of work left to do.”
There are a lot of things wrong with the world.A lot of things.The list is just about endless. The country of Haiti is in dire straits after a devastating earthquake. The American economy is stuck in a prolonged rough patch. Unimaginable suffering continues in countries like Burma and Sudan. But, at the risk of trivializing those wrongs in the world, here’s one thing that’s right: Stafon Johnson coming back to play in Saturday’s Senior Bowl.Johnson, a former USC running back, ran the ball in his first appearance since a horrific accident in late September. He gained just three yards on four carries Saturday, but, honestly, it doesn’t matter.Because the fact that he managed to come back — the fact that he managed to play a game of football just 124 days after he nearly died and crushed his neck and larynx — is so ridiculously inspirational in itself.And the reason he came back so quickly?Well, he faced adversity and embraced it.He let it run its course and then he spun it on its head.Basically, he just believed — even when few did.“I knew I would come back,” Johnson told the Orlando Sentinel from Mobile, Ala., where he impressed NFL scouts all week in Senior Bowl practices. “I just didn’t know when it would be. Three years from now? Two years from now? I just knew I wasn’t going to give up.”Altogether, Johnson’s story would make for a pretty good Hollywood script.I can see it now: 21-year-old football player near the peak of his athletic prowess suffers a tragic injury and survives because he was “abnormally muscular.”Doctors forecast he likely won’t be able to talk again, and the idea of ever playing football is forgotten in the fight to survive.Life goes on, though, and people forget about him a little bit.Two months later, said football player gives a dramatic, emotional news conference and says his first public words since the accident. He quotes his late grandfather in a goosebump-inspiring raspy whisper.“God has a plan,” he says.And boy, someone sure has a plan — or a script, at least.Because nobody — save for Johnson himself, of course — could have thought he would come back this soon. Cliché, maybe. But his doctor said in November that it was a miracle caused by Johnson’s undyingly positive attitude.Nobody thought he would take little more than the rest of the season to recover.And nobody thought he would come back perhaps stronger than ever before.In Mobile, Johnson weighed in at a prototypical 214 pounds on his 5-foot-11 frame — heavier than he had ever weighed as a Trojan.He looked shifty. He looked tough. He looked, well — “he didn’t look tentative at all,” as an anonymous NFL coach told the Los Angeles Times this week.And he sure as hell looked excited.“It’s wonderful to come here and play against some of the great guys in the country,” Johnson said in an interview during the game. “It’s awesome. I was more anxious than nervous to be here. I’m a football player. I’ve been playing all my life. I’m just happy to be here.”And that’s Johnson for you. In a column that ran the Wednesday after his injury last September, I wrote: “He’s just a happy person.”He is.But he had one more quality that was more important than all of these.He might have been abnormally muscular. He might have been abnormally strong-willed. He might have been abnormally happy for no reason.But the most important thing — the reason he stands to be drafted in April and has a good shot at succeeding in the NFL — is he was confident.Confident in God when others would have doubted.Confident in doctors when there was every reason to be skeptical.Confident in himself when few others were.And that confidence can be applied to a lot of things in the world.It’s not going to solve the world’s problems, and it’s not the solution to everything by any means. But simple confidence in one’s future — with God or not — is an important factor to recovery.And one that’s often forgotten.“Looking Past the X’s & O’s” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Pedro at [email protected]
Facebook5Tweet0Pin0By Ramsey ZimmermanOn Monday January 30th, two concepts converge: “local” and “energy”. If you want to save energy and save money at home, in your business, or in the way that you buy stuff, or if you just want to enjoy a good time with friends, food, drinks, fun, art and music, come out to the Olympia Center next Monday afternoon and evening for the Local Energy Convergence (www.localenergynow.org).Two local groups are celebrating their customers’ recent success and presenting opportunities for more progress in this new year: Sustainable South Sound’s Buy Local Program; and Thurston Energy, a joint program of the Thurston Economic Development Council and the Thurston Climate Action Team.So what’s in it for you?Save Energy and Save MoneyThurston Energy empowers people to use energy efficiency and renewable energy to save energy and save money in their homes and in their businesses. The Buy Local Savings book has over $3,500 worth of coupons to local stores so that you can save money while supporting our local economy. Dive in to these two concepts, and live a more sustainable life.Learn How Others Have Done ItMore than 600 homeowners and 100 businesses have worked with Thurston Energy, and around 4,000 people have gotten Buy Local Savings Books. In the afternoon, the “Local Energy for Local Business” session will feature four local businesses that have taken successful steps to reduce their energy usage, save money on operating costs, use renewable energy, and offer their customers local discounts to build their businesses. Hear and learn how they did it, and move your business along on the pathway to savings.See Ideas Drawn into Living PicturesThroughout the day, Claire Bronson, a graphic artist, will be drawing pictures and diagrams that capture concepts as living pictures. If you are a visual person, or if you enjoy watching artists at work, this process of Graphic Recording will take the day to a whole new level. Claire will also work with guests one-on-one during the evening to draw their thoughts, experiences and desires related to Local Energy.Gather Tons of ResourcesThere will be nearly 20 resource tables set up by Sponsors that cover the gamut of ways that you can further save energy and save money on local goods, in your home, or in your business. Sign-up for Thurston Energy’s HomePLUS energy evaluation services (with low price offers that will disappear soon). Sign-up for a business energy walk-through from Thurston Energy or get assistance from the EDC Business Resource Center. Get your 2012 Buy Local Savings Book. Get information about saving water, reducing solid waste, composting food waste, and using transit. Talk to contractors who can do efficiency projects for you, and folks who can install solar power for electricity or hot water generation. Talk to local credit unions about financing new projects or buying more fuel efficient (or electric!) cars. Everything you need to save energy and save money will be in one place!The Afternoon is Affordable … the Evening is Free!The afternoon business session starts at 1:30 and is only $30 to learn from local experts. The evening celebration starts at 4:30 is free to friends of Thurston Energy and the Buy Local Program.Celebrate Our Community’s SuccessGet ready for a fun-filled evening. By 4:30 we’ll be switching to the “Local Energy Celebration”. Thurston Energy and Buy Local South Sound both know that the credit for their success belongs to the customers that have taken action to save energy and save money and build our local economy. So come join that celebration!Sample Lots of Great Local Foods and DrinksThere will be lots of great things to eat and drink. Eat bagels from Bagel Brothers, pizza from Old School Pizza, smoked salmon from Sea-atco, fresh bread, pesto from Anne’s Pesto, fruit and veggies, cupcakes from the Bearded Lady and many other yummy things. Enjoy wine and beer from Fish Brewing Company.Bring the Family for Fun Kids’ Activities and Live MusicThis will be a family-friendly event. The Hands-On Children’s Museum is bringing a craft project for kids to learn about energy in a fun and interactive way. Games from Wind Up Here will be on hand for older kids to play. And throughout the evening, a local band will play rock and blues favorites.Bring Friends and Colleagues and Meet New Ones So come out to the Local Energy Convergence and bring your friends that might want to save energy, save money, and have a fun evening. It will be a great time of celebrating recent accomplishments, looking forward to more great work in the future, and just plain enjoying the evening!