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first_imgThe Hazlet Wave under-13 boys’ soccer team played the Ocean Flames for their first victory under their new coaching staff. Goals were scored by Robby Hollywood in the box after several saves by the goalie. Scott Latham scored the second goal for the Wave on a crossing pass from Mike Sullivan from the 18-yard line. The Wave came out in the second half leading 2-1 and played very defensively during a very physical game. The forwards and midfield players Tommy Devlin, Tommy Friscia, Greg Godzwon, Brendan Hilliard, Sean Lennon, Matt Richards and Beau Dummer had good opportunities to score but were thwarted by the Ocean defense. The team’s defensive players, Josh Barbarich, Tom Grobelny and Angel Martinez, made some great moves on the opposing players that kept them off balance and away from the goal. And some great defensive saves by goalie Jeff King put the match away. Hazlet is coached by Gene Lennon and Randy Richards. Jersey Shore Baseball Academy, located in Atlantic Highlands, is now accepting registrations for its indoor hitting league. The league includes four divisions for ages 7 and up. Call 291-7701 for more information. The Bike-A-Thon for Bridges and St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen will be held Oct. 7. The 25-mile bicycle ride through Holmdel and Colts Neck is open to anyone willing to participate. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. The Bridges program is a monthly caravan of volunteers who go into lower Manhattan to hand out bag suppers, hot soup, cocoa, clothing, blankets and toiletries. The St. Mark’s Soup Kitchen is a daily hot-lunch program for the disabled and working poor in the Keansburg area. Anyone who would like to ride in the bike-a-thon will need a registration form. Please call the church office at (732) 946-8821 or e-mail [email protected] Middletown Babe Ruth baseball/softball league will be accepting registrations for its spring baseball/softball season. Ages are from 5-18, and registrations will be taken at the Middletown Library on New Monmouth Road on Sept. 25 and Nov. 16, from 6-8:30 p.m., and Oct. 21 and 28 from 9 a.m.-noon. Registrations will also be taken at the Middletown Babe Ruth clubhouse at McMahon Park on Oct. 7 and 14, Nov. 4, 11 and 25 from 9 a.m.-noon. For more information, call Al Auerbach at (732) 495-6608. GoodSports USA, Aberdeen, is now accepting registration for the following: fall adult flag football league; 5v5 and 3v3 youth soccer leagues; fall adult roller hockey leagues, men’s open and men’s over 30; fall men’s open and men’s over-30 soccer leagues; and fall youth roller hockey leagues for 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 15U, 16U and 18U. Call (732) 681-8898 for more information on any of the leagues. Also, GoodSports Allaire Racquet Club is now accepting tennis contract time for 2000-01 at discount prices. Call Danny at (732) 681-8898 for more information.last_img read more

Mater Dei boys’ team upset in Parochial B South Middletown North advances to sectional final

first_imgStaff Writer By Warren Rappleyea Mater Dei boys’ team upset in Parochial B South Middletown North advances to sectional final The Mater Dei High School boys’ basketball team exceeded all expectations this season, going 18-7 overall as it ended its campaign Friday with a hard-fought 69-68 double-overtime loss in the NJSIAA Parochial B South quarterfinals to McCorristin. Throughout the year the Seraphs relied on a balanced scoring attack, so it was fitting that four Mater Dei players hit double figures: Matt O’Connor, 17; Jeff Pilgrim, 15; David Lambert, 14; and Mike Marshall, 12. The latter three players each hit two three-pointers. It was a nip-and-tuck affair throughout, with Mater Dei playing without injured junior forward Ron Werner and taking a 12-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. After two periods it was 23-22, Mater Dei. The lead see-sawed back and forth in the second half and through both overtimes. Mater Dei dodged disaster late in the first OT, when a McCorristin player missed two free throws with 3.8 seconds remaining. McCorristin got out ahead in the second OT, but the Seraphs came on strong behind Marshall, who scored all 12 of his points in the overtime periods. “They did what we thought they’d do,” said Mater Dei coach Bob Klatt. “They ended up beating us on the boards, which is their strength. While it’s disappointing, we still had a great season. Our guys overachieved from day one.” O’Connor led the Seraphs in scoring, averaging 12 points; Pilgrim and fellow senior Rob Parrilla both averaged 10.5 points; senior Marshall five points and senior Tom Kehoe three points. “Every night someone else led the scoring,” Klatt said. “That made it difficult for anyone to defend against us, and we didn’t have to depend on one guy.” Werner averaged nine and Lambert averaged five points. The two are expected to be the nucleus of next year’s team, along with junior forwards Jeff Salacinski and Ray Lociecro. “I think we’re going to have the same kind of team next year,” Klatt said. “We have several talented players with varsity experience, and we’ll have a few who’ll move up from the JV. I think we’ll be in good shape.” While the Seraphs were busy battling McCorristin for the right to advance in the state tournament, a number of other local teams were also looking to extend their seasons, mostly to similar results. However, one local team managed to keep its season going with a sectional semifinal win, knocking off the bracket’s top seed in doing so. The Middletown North Lions have been one of the Shore’s best teams this year and one that likely would have received more recognition had it not played in the A North division, with top-ranked Neptune and second-ranked CBA. The Lions cruised through their regular season, knocking off everyone but the aforementioned top teams in the Shore, and promised to be a dangerous team come playoff time. The Lions have made that prediction stand up, advancing to Tuesday’s CJ Group IV final after knocking off top-seeded South Brunswick on Friday, 58-41. North jumped out to an early lead against the Vikings, one of the Greater Middlesex Conference’s top teams all year, and never looked back. The Lions opened the game with a 16-5 first quarter run, fueled by Jason Krol and Cody Chalmers, who each nailed a pair of treys. From there, they figured out South Brunswick’s trapping defense, and cruised to the win. Krol led the Lions in scoring with 18, while Jon Seidel added 15 points, including five three-pointers. Chalmers chipped in with 12 and did an excellent job of guarding the Vikings’ sharp-shooter, Drew Biri, holding the 20-point-per-game scorer to a season-low eight points. With the win, the Lions advanced to Tuesday’s final, where they were set to face second-seeded Trenton. A win there would mean a trip to tomorrow’s Group IV semifinal round. The Lions, however, were the only local team to extend their season. For the second year in a row, the CBA squad saw its title hopes dashed by Camden Catholic in the Parochial A South tournament. The Colts played well but fell to the Irish, 50-40. Some clutch fourth-quarter foul-shooting propelled the Irish past the Colts, who had a two-point lead in the third quarter, but couldn’t hold on. Monmouth University-bound Chris Kenny had 11 points in his final game as a Colt, while Lew Thompson also chipped in with 11. The Colts finished the season at 20-7. Among the other local teams that saw their seasons ended last week included Holmdel, a 52-38 loser to Carteret in the CJ Group II quarterfinal game; Hazlet’s Raritan who fell to top seed New Brunswick 58-48 in their CJ Group II quarterfinal; and Holmdel’s St. John Vianney, who were knocked off by Camden Catholic in the quarterfinal round. — Doug McKenzie contributed to this storylast_img read more

CBA first at Shore Coaches cross-country invitational

first_img In the first major state meet of the season, Christian Brothers Academy’s cross-country team delivered a strong message to everyone. The Colts are the team to beat. Tom Heath’s harriers didn’t have anyone challenging for the individual, but, then again, they seldom do. What the Colts did Saturday at the Shore Coaches Invitational at Holmdel Park was to grind the opposition down with its depth. The Colts placed their five scorers between seven and 21 to easily defeat a very strong Varsity A Division field with 65 points. Cherokee was 31 points back in second (96) followed by Old Bridge (123) and Jackson Memorial (152). All had their first runner home before CBA’s first. But, that was only a footnote. Vin Ferrer led CBA’s pack Saturday in seventh place (17:02). Right behind him were Brendon Pierson (`17:10) and Kyle Havard (17:11) in 11th and 12th place. Ben Horel was 15th (17:18) and fifth scorer Dan Bailey was 21st (17:29). Only 27 seconds separated the Colts’ top-five scorers. Brick Memorial’s Andrew Brodeur confirmed that he will be the runner to beat at the Shore Conference Championships later this month at Holmdel Park (Oct. 27) by winning the A race in 16:10. CBA will look to improve on its No. 9 Northeast Region ranking on Saturday at the Manhattan Invitational at the celebrated Van Cortlandt Park, in the Bronx, N.Y. Tuesday is the Monmouth County Championships back at Holmdel. With Ryan Monaperto finishing sixth (17:14) and Shawn Donahue (17:26), 12th, Matawan placed eighth in Varsity D. Mater Dei’s Patrick O’Boyle was third in the Varsity F race (16:57). Teammate Mike Woyas was 18th overall (18:01) as the Seraphs finished ninth (244). For the girls, Middletown North’s Kristen Johnson was 15th (20:46) in the Varsity B Division. With teammate Casey Crist 31st overall (21:56), the Lions were sixth (172). In Varsity D, Holmdel’s Shannon Nelson finished 10th (20:28), Cathay Zhao (20:50) and Rachel Williams finished 29th (21:31) as the Hornets placed fifth (147). Matawan’s Patricia Affriol (20:16) led all local harriers to the line in sixth place. The Huskies finished 10th (293). Mater Dei’s Meghan Corliss was 10th (21:18) in Varsity F helping the Seraphs place seventh (206). BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img

Raritan boys return many hoops players to team

first_imgRockets will look to improve upon 6-20 mark from a year ago The Raritan High School boys basketball team welcomes back seven of its top eight players as the Rockets look to turn things around from last winter’s 6-20 mark. Raritan won 15 times in 2006-07, and last year coach Dennis Caruano began rebuilding the program following several graduations. The youthful Rockets struggled a year ago but ended on a high note, taking two of the last three games with wins over Barnegat and West Windsor-Plainsboro North. “Our strength is our returning players,” Caruano said. “Last year was a learning experience for them, and they still managed to stay in most games. This year we’re a little bigger and our defense should be better.” Scoring should not be a problem either. Senior Corey Hahn, a 6-3 senior forward, who led the team with a 14-point average, leads the returnees. Chris Monahan, a 6-2 shooting guard who averaged 13 points, gives the Rockets another outside threat. One other senior is also back, defensive stalwart Jerry Dean, who is usually assigned to guard the opponent’s top scorer. Caruano is expecting big things from junior point guard Bennett Jackson, who had a strong year. In 16 games, Jackson showed that he could run the offense, averaging eight points and 4.5 assists while also averaging three steals. Matt Facendo and Matt Argudo, a pair of 6-5 junior forwards, will play keys roles. Facendo averaged nine points while Argudo averaged seven points. Both players are solid under the hoop as well. In the backcourt, junior Matt Roomey, who shuttled between the junior varsity and the varsity last season, is expected to play a bigger role. Junior Vincent Casalastro, a transfer from Christian Brothers Academy, and sophomores Tim Pizanie and Mike DaCosta provide additional depth. Caruano noted that freshman Michael Aaman may work his way into the mix. The 6-7 center/forward has been impressive in early practices, and his size is a plus. Raritan competes in the Shore Conference’s tough A Central division, where Rumson-Fair Haven, Manasquan and St. John Vianney are expected to contend for the top spot. “Our goal is to at least get back to .500, and I really think we can do better than that,” the coach said. “We expect to qualify for the Shore Conference and state [NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II] tournaments, and we want to get at least one home game in each of those.” Caruano said most of his players competed in several tourneys over the summer, winning the Iron Man Tournament at Kean College. “Everyone has worked very hard to improve their games,” Caruano said. “You can see it in individual skills, but especially in the way they work as a team. That’s really the key, and I like what I’m seeing.” Raritan’s teamwide athleticism and versatility will manifest itself in different offensive looks. Caruano said his team is comfortable in a half-court setup but will look to run when possible. On defense the Rockets employ a man-to-man combination zone. Caruano’s team will open up Dec. 19 at home against Red Bank Catholic. Two days later, the Rockets will begin play in the WOBM Christmas Tournament at the Ritacco Center at Toms River North. Raritan won the tourney in both 2004 and 2006. BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer last_img read more

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first_imgThe NJ Marlins baseball organization will hold tryouts for players ages 9-18 from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 6, 13 and 20 at the Manalapan Recreation Center, 120 Route 522, Manalapan; and on Dec. 4, 11 and 17 at the Sports Zone, 4 Farrington Blvd., Monroe. Prospects should go to www.njmarlins.com and fill out a player prospect form. For additional information, email [email protected] or [email protected] University-Newark will run a two-day basketball clinic for boys and girls from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11. (Public schools will be closed). The cost is $65 for both days or $40 for one day. Call Joe Loughran at 973-353-1483 for details.Junior Bucs, a youth wrestling program for students in grades 1-8 from Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury, will hold signups from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 29 at the Red Bank Regional High School field house. All levels are welcome and encouraged to sign up. Call Del Dal Pra at 732-842-8007 or email [email protected] with any questions.last_img read more

Apollon endure Europa loss away against Lazio

first_imgApollon suffered a 2-1 defeat against Italian side SS Lazio away from home in Group J on Thursday night, and they now remain in third position with four points.The Italians are in second place with eight points, two points behind group leaders Trabzonspor who beat Legia 2-0 in Warszawa on the night.Sergio Floccari’s first half brace put Lazio 2-0 ahead, but Apollon’s Greek midfielder Fotios Papoulis set up the final score six minutes before the interval. In three weeks’ time the Cypriot cup holders travel to Turkey to face Trabzonspor.Elsewhere in Europa on Thursday, Fiorentina fell behind to a spectacular scissors-kick goal from Pandurii’s Eric Pereira before hitting back in the last five minutes to win 2-1 and lead a charge of teams into the knockout stages.Pereira’s fellow Brazilian Alan also scored a stylish goal to help FC Salzburg qualify with a 3-1 win at Standard Liege.Valencia, Ludogorets Razgrad, Esbjerg, Rubin Kazan, Dnipro Dnipropetrosvk and Tottenham Hotspur also qualified with two games to spare.There were shock wins for Maccabi Tel Aviv, who beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-2, and APOEL, who beat Girondins de Bordeaux 2-1.Pandurii stunned Fiorentina when Pereira met a cross from the left with a scissors kick and scored with a shot which looped into the top corner from just inside the penalty area.The Romanians were four minutes from a shock win in Group E until Juan Cuadrado broke down the right and rolled a low ball across for Brazilian Ryder Matos to tap home. Cuadrado then teed up Borja Valero to volley a stoppage-time winner.Dnipro’s 2-0 win over Portuguese side Pacos Ferreira also sent them through, wrapping up the group with two rounds of matches to play.Group C was also concluded prematurely when Salzburg progressed alongside Esbjerg, who beat Elfsborg 1-0.Alan, the subject of discussions about a possible naturalisation and call up for Austria, capped Salzburg’s win in Liege when he brilliantly volleyed in Valon Berisha’s cross just before the hour.Pablo Piatti scored twice to give Valencia a 3-2 win at St Gallen which sent the Spaniards through from Group A despite Jonas missing a second-half penalty.Ludogorets qualified from Group B despite losing their 100 per cent record in a 1-1 draw with Chornomorets Odesa and Rubin Kazan’s 1-0 win over English second-tier side Wigan Athletic sent them through from Group D.Erik Lamela and Jermain Defoe, from a penalty, scored in a seven-minute second-half spell to give Tottenham a 2-1 win at home to Sheriff Tiraspol in Group K, their fourth straight win.Ismail Isa pulled one back for the Moldovans, the first goal that Tottenham have conceded in the group.last_img read more

PSG sink Chelsea, Real ease past Dortmund

first_imgBy Michael HannParis St Germain and Real Madrid took big steps towards the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday as the French club beat Chelsea 3-1 and the Spaniards dismantled Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in the quarter-final first legs.PSG opened the scoring at the Parc des Princes after four minutes when John Terry’s headed clearance fell to Ezequiel Lavezzi and the Argentine forward thumped a half-volley past Petr Cech.Eden Hazard grabbed a crucial away goal for Chelsea from the penalty spot after 27 minutes after Brazilian defender Thiago Silva fouled compatriot Oscar.PSG restored their advantage on 61 minutes, however, thanks to a David Luiz own goal before Javier Pastore waltzed into the area and fired a shot past Cech at his near post in stoppage time.Real flew out of the traps against Dortmund and took the lead on three minutes when Gareth Bale collected Daniel Carvajal’s pass and poked the ball under goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.Carlo Ancelotti’s side continued to swarm all over last season’s beaten finalists and Isco’s precise strike from the edge of the box doubled Real’s advantage on 27 minutes.The fleet-footed Cristiano Ronaldo added a third on 57 minutes as he skipped round Weidenfeller to give Real a comfortable cushion and equal Lionel Messi’s record of 14 goals in the competition in one season.In Tuesday’s quarter-final first legs, holders Bayern Munich were held to a 1-1 draw at Manchester United and Barcelona drew 1-1 at home to Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid. The second legs will be played on April 8 and 9.last_img read more

Hazard doubles up with Footballer of Year honour

first_imgBy Mike CollettEden Hazard was named England’s Footballer of the Year on Tuesday after his consistently outstanding performances throughout the season helped Chelsea win the Premier League title.Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane was second in the voting by members of the English Football Writers Association with Hazard’s Chelsea club mate and captain John Terry third.The 24-year-old Belgian international midfielder adds the award to the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) honour he collected last month and becomes the first player from his country to claim the accolade since it was launched in 1948.Only two other Chelsea players have won England’s most prestigious and football’s oldest individual honour – Gianfranco Zola in 1997 and Frank Lampard in 2005.Kane, who has scored 30 goals in his first full season for Spurs and was awarded his first England cap, was named the PFA’s Young Player of the Year last month, while defensive rock Terry has played every minute of every Premier League game to date.FWA chairman Andy Dunn told Reuters: “The list of truly world-class players on the Football Writers’ Association roll of honour is a long one and Eden Hazard is a worthy addition.“A creator, a goal-scorer and the hardest of workers, he has been a constant source of threat for the champions.“He has started all 36 Premier League matches Chelsea have played so far and, considering the particularly close attention he receives from opponents, that is a feat in itself.“His electrifying, attacking talent has made him the first Belgian to win the Footballer of the Year award.“He is a brilliant successor to Luis Suarez and we just hope he stays in the Premier League for a lot longer than Luis did after collecting the trophy.”Uruguay striker Suarez, who won the award after scoring 31 goals for Liverpool last season, joined Spanish giants Barcelona before the start of this campaign.Hazard collected 53 per cent of the vote making him a comfortable winner, while he and Terry’s Chelsea team-mates Cesc Fabregas, Branislav Ivanovic and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois also featured in the top 10.Four other players received votes: Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal, David De Gea of Manchester United, Sergio Aguero of Manchester City and Esteban Cambiasso of Leicester City.last_img read more

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first_imgZidane: Rodriguez staying at Real, Pogba still a targetReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has ended speculation regarding the future of Colombian international James Rodriguez by confirming the 25-year-old winger will remain at the club.Reports in England and Spain linked Rodriguez, who joined Real from Monaco shortly after the 2014 World Cup, with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United among the clubs keen to acquire his services.Speaking ahead of his team’s opening pre-season game against Paris Saint-Germain on Thursday at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, United States, Zidane said: “James is a Real Madrid player.“We have a very good squad, we have won with this team and James is just one more in the team. He will remain at Real Madrid.”Rodriguez impressed in his debut season at Real, scoring 17 goals and setting up 17 more in 46 appearances, but lost his place in the starting line-up and made just 21 starts in the 2015-16 campaign.Real, who finished runners-up to Barcelona in La Liga last season, have made just one signing so far this summer, with Spanish forward Alvaro Morata returning to the club two years after being sold to Juventus.However, Real are hopeful to acquire another Juventus player, with Zidane revealing that the club are still in the race to sign France international Paul Pogba.The 23-year-old midfielder remains a number one target for top European clubs, including his former team Manchester United, who are, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, prepared to meet Juve’s asking price of 120 million euros.Asked about his compatriot Pogba, Zidane said: “Until August 31 anything can happen but Paul Pogba is not yet a Real Madrid player.“Every club is interested in Pogba because he is a great player. More so when you are Real Madrid because you always want the best. But we have to respect the player, he belongs to Juventus.”Pogba left United four years ago to join Juve as a free agent and the France international is contracted to the Italian champions until June 2019.Ronaldo pledges to ‘come back stronger’ after knee injuryCristiano Ronaldo has vowed to come back stronger for the coming season after suffering a knee injury in Portugal’s triumphant Euro 2016 final earlier this month.The Real Madrid forward, who is in this year’s Best Player in Europe shortlist, was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after 25 minutes in the final against hosts France.“I just wanted to thank all my fans,” Ronaldo said in a video on his Instagram account.“I wanted to tell them that all is well and that I will come back much stronger. Thank you, long live Portugal.”The 31-year-old, who racked up 51 goals in 48 games last season, scored the decisive penalty to seal Real’s second Champions League final success over local rivals Atletico Madrid in three years.La Liga runners-up Real begin their 2016-17 campaign, in what will be manager Zinedine Zidane’s first full season in charge, away to Real Sociedad on Aug. 21.Barcelona capture Portugal’s Gomes from ValenciaBarcelona have completed the signing of Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes from Valencia on a five-year contract, the Spanish champions said on Wednesday.Neither club released any financial details but Marca reported that Gomes cost 50 million euros.Barca had reached agreement with Valencia last week to acquire the 22-year-old, who was in the Portugal squad at Euro 2016 where the country won their first major title.He came off the bench in Portugal’s 2-0 semi-final win over Wales but did not appear in the final against hosts France.Attacking midfielder Gomes had been linked to Barca’s arch-rivals Real Madrid and Manchester United after an impressive two seasons at Valencia who he joined from Benfica.Gomes, who started 27 Liga games for Valencia in the 2015-16 campaign, becomes Barca’s fourth close-season signing after the arrival of Samuel Umtiti, Denis Suarez and Lucas Digne.TV punditry appeals more to ex-players than coaching – FA chiefLucrative broadcasting jobs is one of the reasons the Football Association (FA) is struggling to attract former England players into coaching, chief executive Martin Glenn has said.England appointed a homegrown manager in Sam Allardyce last week, but his departure from Sunderland has left just three English managers in the Premier League – Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, Sean Dyche of Burnley and Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace.A host of former players including Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and Phil Neville have had coaching stints with England development teams, but Glenn said the more relaxed atmosphere of broadcasting seemed more appealing to them.“There is a pathway (to coaching) should they choose it,” Glenn told British media.“It’s just the alternative can seem more interesting, more fun and more lucrative. If you can earn millions being a pundit it’s a lot less pressured than it is running a team.”Glenn also added that the FA needs to come up with creative options to entice more players into coaching.“We’ve got a great facility here (St George’s Park) to get your UEFA A and B coaching badges and the rest.“There’s a pathway for those who want it. England is quite unique now because of the money you can make out of broadcasting.”Neymar vows to keep partying as Games approachBrazil striker Neymar has vowed to keep on partying after being asked if his off the field activities could harm the country’s chances of winning their first Olympic football title.The Barcelona player was not released by his club to play in June’s Copa America but went to the United States to support his team-mates and was pictured hanging out with Hollywood celebrities and pop singer Justin Bieber.He will be back to lead the Olympic side against South Africa, Iraq and Denmark in the group stage, which starts on Aug. 4, but the outstanding Brazilian player of his generation promised he would remain his own man.“I think you have to start by looking at what I do on the pitch,” he told a news conference. “The moment I am off the field it’s my personal time.“I like to go out and have fun with my friends. I have family too so why can’t I go out to clubs? I can and I will. I am well aware what my duties are the next day. I am going to keep going out and I don’t see anything wrong with that.”He added that any millionaire youngster at the top of his game would live the same lifestyle and challenged reporters to say otherwise.“Imagine you’re 24 years old, earning what I earn and having all that I have,” he said at Brazil’s training camp. “Wouldn’t you be the same as me?”Neymar is one of the three over-age players in Brazil’s squad as they attempt to win the gold medal for the first time next month at their home Olympics.last_img read more