Sports News for New Jersey Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:55:52 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Calling all Skiers: Automobile Safety Comes First car2_optBY BOB WILLIAMS

Well, a new ski season is again upon us. Now is the time to focus on the workhorse vehicle that gets us to and from the slopes – our car.

A quick review of the basics of winter car safety – I do it every season -- can help you respond faster and more appropriately in an emergency. Even better, a quick and correct response can help prevent the emergency from ever happening.

Before venturing out in poor weather, it always pays to check your car first. Do what you can do to help make driving conditions as safe as possible.

Professional Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:31:39 +0000
Seton Hall Tops St. Peter's Behind Mobley, Defense hoop_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JASON GUERETTE

After suffering their first loss of the season at nationally-ranked Wichita State, Seton Hall came home needing a bounce-back effort in more ways than one. Their opponents were as familiar as can be in the Saint Peter’s University Peacocks, a team they would meet for the 66th consecutive season.

The Pirates wanted to get back on the winning track, but also to avenge an overtime loss to their longtime foes from Jersey City last season, one in which Peacocks guard Desi Washington torched them for 33 points, including the game-winning three-pointer in the extra session.

Consider both things taken care of for the Pirates (8-1) as senior forward Brandon Mobley poured in 21 points along with seven rebounds and three blocked shots to lead Seton Hall to a 67-52 win on Sunday afternoon at the Prudential Center.

Professional Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:42:47 +0000
N.J. High School Wrestling Championships: Special Deal on Tickets Starts Dec. 8 WRESTLING_opt_copy_copyBY TAYLOR WALEK

Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City will welcome back the New Jersey State High School Individual Wrestling Championships on March 6-8.

An exclusive Ticketmaster All-Session pre-sale will be available on Monday, December 8 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, December 11 at 10 p.m. Customers can access the pre-sale through or the Boardwalk Hall and NJSIAA websites.

Customers can purchase up to 50 tickets online through Ticketmaster during the December 8-11 pre-sale or at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office and Ticketmaster starting on Friday, December 12. Purchasing 15 or more tickets at the box office will be considered a group order and a $20 service charge will be added.

Professional Mon, 08 Dec 2014 04:44:24 +0000
Whitehead, Seton Hall Blow Out Rutgers hoop_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JASON GUERETTE

The Seton Hall-Rutgers rivalry is a strange one. The two schools, separated by just a handful of miles on the New Jersey Turnpike, rarely follow a traditional script for a top basketball rivalry. For example, heading into Saturday afternoon’s matchup between undefeated, 6-0 Seton Hall and 4-3 Rutgers coming off of a win at ACC foe Clemson, it was the road team that had won 10 of the previous 13 matchups in the series, nearly all of which were close games down to the final minutes.

But thanks to Seton Hall freshman All-American guard Isaiah Whitehead, the script was flipped yet again, as the Brooklyn native scored a career-high 25 points in just 21 minutes to lead four players in double figures as the Hall remained undefeated on the season in sandblasting their in-state rivals 81-54.

The 27-point blowout in front of a raucous crowd of 8,710 matched the largest win the Pirates (7-0) have ever recorded on their home floor against the Scarlet Knights (4-4), with an 85-58 result at the Meadowlands in 2004. It also snapped a three-game winning streak for the visitors on Seton Hall’s home court at the Prudential Center.

Professional Sun, 07 Dec 2014 02:13:32 +0000
Can “Black Fives” Score As A Great Marketing/History Platform in Basketball? 165436852_opt_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

There has been a big push in recent years for professional sports in the United States to return to their roots and honor those who came first. MLB has done a tremendous job in and around all things Jackie Robinson and has worked to raise the profile of the Negro Leagues; the NFL recently helped honor their trailblazers with the film “Forgotten Four.” But what about basketball? While there are constant efforts by the NBA to look back at those who told the early stories of integration with the league, some feel the NBA has not fully embraced this history of players of color in the early stages of the sport.

One of those people pushing for more recognition is Claude Johnson, President and Executive Director of Black Fives. Johnson has worked tirelessly over the years to tell the story of some of the original, and most colorful (no pun intended) athletes in the early stages of when hoops became popular. These lessons reverberate not just nationally but locally too, as the players and their stories come from cities like Camden and Patterson, Newark and Jersey City and can appeal as much to young people in Monmouth County as they could in any inner city, or to fans of the rebuilding Sixers and the downtrodden Knicks.

Professional Fri, 05 Dec 2014 23:22:37 +0000
Fitness Innovation: Weights that Limit Spread of Bacteria …They’re Good Enough for the Stanley Cup Champs weights_optBY ERIC GUNDERSEN

A professional athlete’s life is hectic enough.

With the pressure to perform and fans to please, there's just no time to get sick.

That’s why the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings have installed Black Iron Strength dumbbells and attachments made with CuVerro in their strength and training facility.

Black Iron Strength high end strength training equipment is the only fitness product line featuring CuVerro bactericidal copper gripping surfaces. CuVerro bactericidal touch surfaces continuously kill 99% of infectious bacteria.*

An EPA-registered copper alloy surface, the inherent properties of CuVerro have been proven effective 24/7, never washing out or wearing away.

Professional Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:58:13 +0000
Seton Hall Routs Mount In Rutgers Tuneup hoop_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JASON GUERETTE

For Seton Hall, the non-conference portion of the schedule has shed some light on where the Pirates could be headed. A talented freshman core has matured seemingly game-by-game, and the results have spoken well for the elevated level of talent now in the fold.

The Hall improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2009-10 with a 78-55 thrashing of Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday night at Prudential Center in Newark, representing a strong effort in their first game since a tough, physical battle with George Washington on Saturday as well as a landslide win in their final game before their rivalry with Rutgers renews itself this coming weekend.

Professional Wed, 03 Dec 2014 03:31:47 +0000
March of Dimes Sports Lunch Sets The Bar High For The Fundraising Season 165436852_opt_copy_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

It’s hard to get anyone in sports business to agree on anything, let alone a charity of choice. However one thing that is universally accepted this time of year is that the March of Dimes annual sports luncheon is the place to be every December. Over 600 attendees fill the ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria for a well-run two hour event that features a host of sports broadcasting names spread around the room, from athletes turned commentators like Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason to longtime local favorites like Bruce Beck and Warner Wolf, all joining with an “A list” of honorees to raise funds for the March of Dimes. Every year the event also has a decidedly Jersey flair, especially because so many of the committee members are high level sports execs who live in and around the State.

Professional Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:36:22 +0000
New Jersey Martial Arts Hall Packs A Potential Brand Punch 165436852_opt_copy_copyBY JOE FAVORITO

Because of its physical location, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and the Martial Arts before and during the rise of MMA, has fit very well with New Jersey. Wrestling has always been a hotbed, Atlantic City has drawn big fights and other competitions, and the inner-city makeup of towns from Paterson to Jersey City to Camden has made sports from jiu-jitsu to Muay Thai household names. Factor in the continued reticence of New York to license professional MMA and the fact that Pennsylvania is just a relative newcomer to the sport, and New Jersey has been, and continues to be, a hotbed of fight and martial arts activity.

So it should come as no surprise then that the third edition of the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame will be another robust one, and one worthy of praise. This year’s class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 5, 2014 in Secaucus. The event highlights not just the household names like UFC Champion and elite NCAA wrestler Chris Weidman and rising star Dan Miller, it also takes into account all the other supporters of all disciplines behind the scenes, from gym owners and trainers to promoters and timekeepers, all of which play important roles in the growing of MMA, boxing and traditional martial arts from the grassroots on up.

Professional Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:30:38 +0000
Monmouth Football looks to Close Season with Victory Saturday monmoutfbnewlogo_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY JEREMY SCHILLING

Gardner-Webb University (4-7, 0-4 in Big South) at Monmouth University (5-5, 0-4 in Big South)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Noon ET – Kessler Field, West Long Branch, NJ.

Radio: 1160AM, 1310AM,

THE LAST WHISTLE: Monmouth lost to the number one team in the nation, Coastal Carolina last week 52-21. This week they close the season out against Gardner-Webb, a team that Monmouth head coach Kevin Callahan says is very physical at the point of attack.

Professional Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:36:42 +0000