CroatiaIcelandUkraineTurkeyFinland(Source: klix) Group CGermanyCzech RepublicNorthern IrelandNorwayAzerbaijanSan Marino Group FEnglandSlovakiaScotlandSloveniaLithuaniaMalta Group BPortugalSwitzerlandHungaryFaroe IslandsLatviaAndorra National football team of B&H found out which teams will be their opponents in the qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia in 2018.Dragons were previously placed in the second seed group with Austria, Slovakia, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, France, Iceland and Denmark. Yesterday’s draw decided that our team will be playing in the qualification group H and will compete with national teams of Greece, Estonia, Cyprus and Belgium, in order to play on the World Cup in Russia.Winners of nine qualifying groups will directly qualify for the World Cup, while the eight best runners-up will take part in the play-offs for four places more at the World Cup.The draw of qualifying groups for the World Cup in Russia (Europe): Group ANetherlandsFranceSwedenBulgariaBelarusLuxembourg Group ERomaniaDenmarkPolandMontenegroArmeniaKazakhstan Group GSpainItalyAlbaniaIsraelMacedoniaLiechtenstein Group HBelgiumBosnia and HerzegovinaGreeceEstoniaCyprus Group I Group DWalesAustriaSerbiaIrelandMoldovaGeorgia
English champion Sarah-Jane Boyd has won the 2014 Hampshire Rose at North Hants by three shots, with a seven-under par total for 36 holes. The Truro player had 10 birdies during the two rounds: three in her morning 70 and seven in her afternoon 69, which was the low-score of the day. The runner-up was Lizzie Prior from Surrey, who had two rounds of 71 and was four-under par – one shot better than last year when she was third. Girl international Alice Hewson from Berkhamsted was third with scores of 73 and 71, including six birdies in her afternoon round. Dorset’s Georgia Hall – the winner for the past two years – missed out this time, having had an eight at the par 5, 16th in the first round. But she finished in style in the afternoon with an eagle at the same hole followed by two birdies. Other highlights included a one-under par 72 in the morning round from Woburn’s Shamiso Hatchard, who was playing off four handicap. Meanwhile Gloucestershire’s Bethan Popel had the second lowest score with a 70 in the afternoon. Leading Scores: Par 73, CSS 73 73 139 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Turo) 70 69 142 Elizabeth Prior (Burhill) 71 71 144 Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted) 73 71 145 Eloise Healy (West Lancs) 73 72; Alex Peters (Notts Ladies) 72 73 146 Samantha Giles (St Mellion) 73 73 147 Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) 77 70; Georgia Hall (Parkstone) 74 73; Jerri Sewell (Shooters Hill) 72 75 148 Shelby Smart (Knowle) 73 75; Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) 72 76 149 Georgina Mundy (Corhampton) 74 75 150 Lauren Horsford (Wimbledon Park) 74 76 151 Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 76 75 152 Ashleigh Greenham (West Essex) 79 73; Iona Stephen (Wentworth) 78 74; Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills) 75 77; Annabel Silk (Corhampton) 75 77; Tara Watters (Muswell Hill) 74 78 153 Kerry Smith (Waterlooville) 76 77; Shamiso Hatchard (Woburn) 72 81 154 Emma Allen (Meon Valley) 80 74 English girls’ champion Sophie Keech was leading amateur at the Roehampton Gold Cup, finishing fourth overall with a score of 146 (72 74). She was closely followed by Gabriella Cowley from Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire, with 147 (74, 73). Gabriella won the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit in 2013, and she and Sophie are in the England squad for this week’s French Lady Junior Championship. The Gold Cup was won by former England international Emily Taylor of Lancashire, who is in her second year on the Ladies European Tour. She scored 140 (68 72). 14 Apr 2014 Sarah-Jane Boyd wins Hampshire Rose
By Jay Cook |HAZLET – A nationally recognized hotel chain is looking to expand its brand behind an existing hotel on Route 35, effectively creating a hub of lodging on a roadway with a dearth of available options.At the Aug. 17 Hazlet Township Land Use Board meeting, Holiday Inn unveiled a proposal to build a four-story Holiday Inn Express hotel. It would sit behind the two-story Holiday Inn already established along the highway, across from the Cinemark and Costco shopping center.“This is a rather innocuous use,” said Calisto Bertin, project engineer for the hotel’s application. “It’s just a hotel – not a trucking terminal, not a factory.”But for some residents living on the adjacent Miller Avenue, which is actually within Holmdel Township’s borders, plans for a new hotel are unwelcome.“I think the value of our homes are going to go down,” said Holmdel resident Dean Labarca, a 13-year homeowner on Miller Avenue, after the meeting ended. “The quality of our lives are going to go down.”He was one of about 25 residents from Miller and Orchard avenues in attendance that expressed concern about this development. Earlier in the month, Labarca petitioned the Holmdel Township Committee for help to stop this project. Committee members Deputy Mayor Pat Impreveduto and Committeeman Eric Hinds said they do not like the project.According to the project application, the hotel expansion would be on a 3-acre swath of undeveloped, wooded land behind the existing Holiday Inn hotel and the Hazlet Pharmacy/Casual Male XL next door.An engineering plan for the proposed hotel expansion.The plans call for a four-story, 93-room hotel, covering 13,663 square feet. On the ground level, site plans outline a swimming pool, market, lifestyle lounge and a fitness room.Yomesh Patel, a planner hired on behalf of Holiday Inn applications, said the new hotel would “attract the right type of clients” into Hazlet, considering the Holiday Inn Express would be an “upper-scale hotel.”For Holiday Inn to even consider the new hotel for franchising, Patel said the structure would have to be four stories tall. He cited country-wide consistency and brand recognition as the main reasons why.Pending approval from the Land Use Board, attorney Jeffery Gale said the property owner would split the lots into two – the new space at 3 acres and the existing space at 3.9 acres – and the existing Holiday Inn would be sold and rebranded as a Quality Inn or similar style hotel.Holiday Inn would also be seeking a use variance on the property, oddly enough, as hotel uses are not permitted in that zone on the Route 35 highway in Hazlet. According to public Monmouth County tax records, the standing hotel was built in 1967. Gale said over the years it had been branded as a Ramada Inn and a Sheraton. He said it also is the popular overnight destination for acts performing at the PNC Bank Arts Center.Surrounding the rear of the property and abutting houses on Miller Avenue is a 6-foot-high fence, that at some points provides only a 20-foot buffer for residents from the hotel’s parking lot.And according to Gale, the 20 feet that residents have come to enjoy over the years is actually owned by the hotel. The fence line does not correctly correspond with the actual property line.But regarding where properties begin and end, Gale said, “I’d like to make it clear, because I don’t want to stir up controversy. It is not the applicant’s desire that we make this controversy or to bring it to an issue.”The Holiday Inn on Route 35 South, Hazlet.If the new Holiday Inn Express is ultimately approved, distances from fence lines to the curb inside the development would range from 7 feet to 22 feet.That lack of privacy was brought to issue by board member Vincent Solomeno, who said, “the actual situation we’re facing right now is you’re awfully close to the backs of these homes.”“I’m concerned about that, specifically, and the noise and the light,” he added.Many of Labarca’s neighbors drew on those concerns after the meeting, saying the hotel expansion would have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.“I got three kids that play in the street there every day,” said Brian Hayes, who has lived on Miller Avenue for 14 years. “This is going to increase the traffic and the cars that come down the road and turn around in my driveway.”Concerning the traffic, Hayes said cars leaving the hotel property already turn right onto Miller Avenue, where there is no way to leave the development. “No Outlet,” “Watch Children,” and 25 miles per hour signs pepper the entrance to Miller Avenue.Joe Dimari has lived on Orchard Avenue, another neighborhood behind Miller Avenue, for 28 years. He said a new hotel twice as big as the one already there would make the site significantly louder than it already is.Dimari also brought up the Monmouth County Reliability Project, a pending 230-kV transmission line proposed along NJ Transit the North Jersey Coast Line. Orchard Avenue backs up to the train tracks.“We have the JCP&L project behind us and the Holiday Inn in front,” he said. “This is our quality of life that we’re trying to protect.”Only half of the expert witnesses testified on Aug. 17, so the project was carried to the next meeting, tentatively scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7. Residents are urged to check HazletTwp.org for more information.This article was first published in the Aug. 24-31, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.
Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Doug O’Neill1081010169%$588,286 Corey Nakatani881691218%$793,528 Kent Desormeaux12425221720%$1,389,110 Tiago Pereira85981211%$312,884 Tyler Baze19026202314%$1,441,444 SMITH SEEKS AN UNPRECEDENTED TRIPLE IN BIG ‘CAPBRONZO, HARD ACES WORK FOR SANTA ANITA HANDCAP Brice Blanc3362318%$242,872 Brandon Boulanger956586%$197,436 Martin Garcia9518131219%$1,299,460 COOL HAND SMITH EYES THIRD STRAIGHT BIG ‘CAP WIN Mike Smith has been down this road before. The Hall of Fame jockey has ridden in hundreds of major races throughout his career of more than 33 years, but winning one never grows old nor does the buzz that surrounds it.Still, the native of Roswell, New Mexico, who turns 50 on August 10, manages to keep his emotions under control, both before and during the race. He’ll do that again when he rides prohibitive favorite Shared Belief in next Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap presented by San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, a race he will be seeking to win for an unprecedented third straight year, having won it with Game On Dude in 2013 and 2014.Johnny Longden, Corey Nakatani, Bill Shoemaker and Gary Stevens have won the race twice in a row, Shoe on two separate occasions, but no one has achieved the elusive “Triple.”Not even immortals such as Eddie Arcaro, Longden, Shoemaker and George Woolf himself, who won the inaugural Santa Anita Handicap in 1935 aboard the 7-year-old Azucar, were able to win the Big ‘Cap three straight years in 77 previous runnings of the historic race.“I’m excited about it,” Smith said of the Big ‘Cap. “I’m not sure who’s running in it yet, but Shared Belief has proved he can definitely go the mile and a quarter, and given the opportunity, he’s going to be tough to beat. He’s a good horse and he’s proved that, and I think his last race (beating Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7) really proved it.”That endorsement aside, Smith feels we haven’t yet seen the best of Shared Belief.“I think there’s room for him to step up even a little bit more than he’s shown, so we’ll see what happens,” Smith said. “He’s been training really well since, from what I hear, so all systems are go. We’re excited about it.”FINISH LINES: Chilean-bred Bronzo, working in company with the Irish-bred Circling for Neil Drysdale, worked seven furlongs on an unexpectedly rain-free Saturday morning in 1:27.20 for next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap. Circling was given 1:28.40 . . . East Coast invader Hard Aces, recently acquired by Hronis Racing for trainer John Sadler, worked six furlongs for the Big ‘Cap under Victor Espinoza in 1:14.40. Espinoza has the Big ‘Cap mount on the 5-year-old Hard Spun horse, winner of the restricted Louisiana Handicap last out at the Fair Grounds on Jan. 17. . . Santa Anita offers two huge guaranteed pools on Big ‘Cap Day, $1 million in the Late Pick 4 and $250,000 in the Pick 6 . . . Brian Beach, agent for Espinoza, the regular rider of Horse of the Year California Chrome, has engaged his rider on Eddie Logan winner Bolo for Carla Gaines in next Saturday’s San Felipe Stakes . . . With Martin Garcia in the saddle, Damascus Stakes winner Chitu, prepping for the Grade II San Carlos Stakes next Saturday, worked five furlongs in company for Bob Baffert in a bullet 58.40, fastest of 69 works at the distance, the average time of which 1:01.20. Stablemate Pimpernel was timed in 58.80. Sky Kingdom also fired a bullet for Baffert, going four furlongs in 47 flat while stablemate Opsec was timed in 47.20 . . . Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. reports Prospect Park came out of his five furlong work yesterday “great” for the San Felipe . . . Next Saturday’s Santa Anita Handicap will mark a personal milestone for dedicated racing fan Ray Ware, as the Glendora resident will be on hand for his 50th consecutive edition of America’s longest continually run “Hundred Grander.” Ware’s first Big ‘Cap was in 1966, when Lucky Debonair, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, cruised to a one-length victory as the 3-1 favorite . . . Trainer Bob Hess Jr. has the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs penciled in for California Cup Derby winner Mischief Clem . . . The Racetrack Chaplaincy of So Cal, which supports the backstretch workers’ children’s ministry, will hold its charity golf event, “Tee Up Fore Kids Charity Golf Tournament” April 6 at Glendora Country Club. To register, contact Sharla Sanders at 626 733-3815 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for a donation form . . . Not only are jockeys Tyler Baze, Kent Desormeaux and Espinoza in a donnybrook for the runner-up spot in wins behind runaway leader Rafael Bejarano in Santa Anita’s jockeys’ standings with 26, 25 and 23, respectively, through Friday, they were bunched in purse earnings, too, at $1,441,444, $1,389,110 and $1,400,408 . . .The Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) invite all to an open forum at Santa Anita on March 14 at 10:30 a.m. in the Baldwin Conference Room on the third level of the Clubhouse. For more information, call 626 574-6620 or visit www.toconline.com . . . California racing rarity: two Oklahoma-breds, Wildly Excessive and Lust for Life, run in today’s second race. Joseph Talamo15617162611%$1,190,822 (Current Through Friday, Feb. 27) Rafael Bejarano17043252225%$1,896,514 Martin Pedroza1261118179%$519,374 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Philip D’Amato49119722%$512,270 Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Richard Mandella4287719%$418,586 Jeff Bonde2690335%$321,280 Felipe Valdez3877818%$204,698 Richard Baltas46107322%$394,918 Bob Baffert671414921%$1,266,198 Victor Espinoza12323241419%$1,400,408 John Sadler829151311%$642,186 Peter Miller1011820818%$1,036,386 Gary Stevens6811111216%$938,820 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Peter Eurton57118819%$550,318 Fernando Perez1221116109%$532,312 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 A. C. Avila2362326%$156,974 James Cassidy4685917%$304,850 Flavien Prat82109812%$516,536 Edwin Maldonado821151013%$404,386 Mark Casse4385519%$633,598 Mike Smith7415161120%$1,365,091 Mark Glatt4778715%$371,574 -30- Jerry Hollendorfer11222161620%$2,141,878 Drayden Van Dyke13715161811%$822,306 Elvis Trujillo14717171112%$1,044,292 Michael Pender3264319%$162,160
Double defending champion Roger Federer will start his bid for a hat-trick of Australian Open titles next week against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin, who caused a huge upset when he defeated Novak Djokovic in the second round two years ago.The draw for the first Grand Slam of the season was made on Thursday and the top seeds could face some early tests of their title credentials when play gets underway on Monday.The six-times Australian Open champion Federer, who beat Marin Cilic in last year’s final, could meet the Croat in the quarter-finals, should the Swiss come through a potentially tricky fourth round against Greek prospect Stefanos Tsitsipas. The 37-year-old, seeded third, is bidding to extend his all-time leading men’s Grand Slam record to 21 title and would capture a 100th ATP tournament win in the process.”I always have tried to remind myself that this is a dream,” Federer said of his longevity at the draw ceremony held at Margaret Court Arena, where he discovered the world number 99 would be his opening opponent.”I’m surprised that I’m still at this level, that I’m still in the top 10.”Djokovic likely to meet Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finalMen’s top seed Djokovic, who was defending his title when he lost to Istomin, will first meet a qualifier in his bid for a record seventh Melbourne title and third Grand Slam crown in succession following wins at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.Djokovic could then play a rematch of his 2008 final triumph over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round, with a possible quarter-final against Kei Nishikori to follow.advertisementSecond seed Rafa Nadal, under an injury cloud after pulling out of the Brisbane International, will open against unseeded local James Duckworth. Last year’s semi-finalist Kyle Edmund looms as a possible fourth round match-up for the Spaniard, who could then face big-serving Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals. Rafael Nadal will be hoping for a strong start after having pulled out of the season-opening Brisbane International with an injury (Reuters Photo)The 2009 champion Nadal, who retired hurt in the quarter-finals against Cilic last year, could meet old rival Federer in the last four should his body hold up.Novak’s road to ??R1: qualifierR2: KlizanR3: ShapovalovR4: GoffinQF: NishikoriSF: ZverevF: Nadal#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/vhImIujGOP#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 10, 2019Roger’s road to ??R1 IstominR2 QualifierR3 MonfilsR4 TsitsipasQF CilicSF NadalF Djokovic#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/9WX1PRCMhQ#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 10, 2019Rafa’s road to ??R1 DuckworthR2 EbdenR3 de MinaurR4 EdmundQF AndersonSF FedererF Djokovic#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/v6bSNJow1p#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 10, 2019Serena may face Halep in the fourth round In the women’s tournament, Serena Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title and eighth at Melbourne Park will kick off against German world number 71 Tatjana Maria.The American great, beaten by Naomi Osaka in the 2018 U.S. Open final after a fiery tirade against the chair umpire, faces a tough run to the quarter-finals, with top seed and last year’s finalist Simona Halep a possible fourth round encounter.Serena’s road toR1 MariaR2 PengR3 Suárez NavarroR4 HalepQF PliskovaSF SvitolinaF Kerber#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/lR29h7gOWF#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 10, 2019Halep, however, may be reluctant to look beyond the first round, having drawn her U.S. Open nemesis Kaia Kanepi.Unseeded Estonian Kanepi knocked Halep out of the first round at Flushing Meadows last year, making the Romanian the first top seed to lose at that tournament’s earliest stage.Venus Williams, defeated by younger sister Serena in the 2017 Melbourne final, also looms as a possible third round opponent for Halep.Fourth seed Osaka faces Poland’s Magda Linette first up and may need to battle past twice champion Victoria Azarenka in the third round.Defending champion Wozniacki, who broke through for her maiden Grand Slam title with victory over Halep in last year’s final, is in line to face former winner Maria Sharapova in a mouth-watering third round showdown.”I can’t believe it’s been a year already,” Dane Wozniacki said at the draw ceremony. To finally get that (title) here was so special, it’s the happy slam.”Second seed and 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, bidding for a fourth Grand Slam title, will open against Slovenian Polona Hercog, with a possible quarter-final against 2017 U.S. Open winner Sloane Stephens in the second week.Also Read | Indian-origin boy to spin the toss coin in Australian Open 4th roundAlso Read | Australian Open: Federer, Serena favourites to win 2019’s 1st Grand Slam tournamentadvertisement
India cricket team captain Virat Kohli has once again become the sole Indian in the Forbes 2019 list of world’s highest-paid athletes, announced on June 11.Virat Kohli is ranked last on the list of top 100 athletes which is headed by Barcelona and Argentina football superstar Lionel Messi.According to the Forbes 2019 list, Virat Kohli is estimated to earn $21m from endorsements and $4m from salary and winnings, taking his total tally to $25m for the last 12 months.Notably, Virat Kohli was ranked 83rd on last year’s list and has moved down to the 100th spot despite an increase of $1m in endorsements.Virat Kohli, who leads the batting charts in International Cricket Council’s Test and ODI rankings, has a couple of big-money deals with some of the sport’s biggest brands. The India captain is certainly among the most popular cricketers across the globe and his fiery on-field outlook dominates narratives whenever India take to the field.Lionel Messi tops Forbes list for the 1st timeMeanwhile, Lionel Messi has led the Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes for the first time, having unseated boxing great Floyd Mayweather. Cristiano Ronaldo, who made the much-talked-about move from Real Madrid to Juventus last season, is second on the list with Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar coming third.Notably, it is the first time that footballers have clinched the top three spots since Forbes began tracking athlete earnings in 1990.With $92m from salary and winnings and an additional $35m from endorsements, leader Messi has total estimated earnings of $127m. Ronaldo has total estimated earnings of $109m over the last 12 months with $65m coming from salary and winnings and $44 coming from endorsements.advertisementNeymar has total estimated earnings of $105m over the last 12 months ($75m from salary and earnings, $30m from endorsements).Tennis great Roger Federer is fifth on the list with a whopping $86m coming from endorsements and $7.4m coming from salary and earnings.Golf star Tiger Woods, F1 great Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Conor McGregor are among the other big names in the top 25.Meanwhile, legendary women’s singles tennis player, Serena Williams is the only woman in the list at the 63rd spot. Notably, there were no women in Forbes 2018 list but Serena has come back into the top 100 following her return to the sport after a maternity break. With an endorsement earning of $25m and pay from salary amounting to $4.2m, Serena’s estimated total earnings over the last 12 months stand at $29.2m.World’s Top 10 Highest-Paid Athletes in 2019 (Source: Forbes)Lionel Messi (Football) – $127mCristiano Ronaldo (Football) – $109mNeymar (Football) – $105mCanelo Alvarez (Boxing) – $94mRoger Federer (Tennis) – $93.4mRussell Wilson (American Football) – $89.5mAaron Rodgers (American Football) – $89.3mLeBron James (Basketball) – $89mStephen Curry (Basketball) – $79.8mKevin Durrant (Basketball) – $65.4mAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan under observation, no replacement yetAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistani fans won’t boo Steve Smith, says Sarfaraz AhmedAlso See: