first_imgA funeral mass was offered Feb. 16 at Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City, for Joseph Centinaro, 72, of Lodi, formerly of Jersey City. He passed away Feb. 12 at home. Born in Jersey City to the late Joseph & Rae, he lived most of his life in Jersey City. He was a retired construction worker and member of the Bergen County Laborers Union. He was an active member of the Holy Name Society of Holy Rosary Church and also assisted with setting up for the Annual Parish Festival. Joe enjoyed being able to build and fix things. He also loved to make people laugh, always telling a story or a joke to bring levity to any sad situation. He will be remembered as an all-around “nice guy”. He was the husband of Elizabeth; father of Michael Centinaro and his wife Laura, and of Kristen Centinaro; brother of Marie DiSalvo, JoAnn Soluri, Camille Longo and Angel Giove. He was also a grandfather to Giada Centinaro.Services arranged by the Riotto Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Jersey City.last_img read more

McCoy still hunting 4,000th win

first_imgTony McCoy will travel to Chepstow more in hope than expectation on Wednesday afternoon as he continues his search for the two winners that will see him reach the astonishing total of 4,000 in his career over jumps. The 18-times champion jockey drew a blank from three rides on Tuesday at Exeter – the track at which he rode his first British winner back in 1994. McCoy has two booked rides at the Welsh venue, the Rebecca Curtis-trained El Macca in the R.A.B.I. Gateway Project Maiden Hurdle and Jonjo O’Neill’s Mission Complete, who could be appropriately named should he land the NFU Mutual Supports R.A.B.I. Handicap Hurdle. Assessing his chances, McCoy said: “El Macca is named after a friend of mine Steve McManaman (former England, Liverpool and Real Madrid winger) – I’m not sure he’s got as much ability as Steve had but hopefully he will run okay. “I’m not sure how much of a chance Mission Complete has got. I’d be surprised. “It could go on, and I’ll be lucky if I have a winner (at Chepstow).” On the chances of hitting the 4,000th and then his beloved Arsenal winning in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, he said: “It would be good, really good (for both to happen). “We did well at the weekend against Liverpool and have come together well as a team. Dortmund are one of the favourites and if Arsenal got a result there it would be a good one.” William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “We were 5-1 for AP McCoy to reach the 4,000-winner milestone at Exeter and racegoers were slightly disappointed not to see him reach the landmark. “The betting suggests he’s less likely to achieve the feat on Wednesday – he’s 22-1 to ride his 4,000th at Chepstow. “That could look a huge price if he picks up a spare ride or two – all bets already placed with William Hill at 22-1 would still stand.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

SB : SU’s passive approach at bat cause for 5-game losing skid

first_img Published on April 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img After falling behind 1-2 in the count, Stephanie Watts and Lisaira Daniels were both retired in the bottom of the first inning Sunday. The next hitter, Lacey Kohl, avoided the same hole by sending the third pitch of an even count over the right-field wall.Kohl jumped on a fastball and put Syracuse on the board first against Notre Dame in SU’s home opener last weekend. But for the rest of the game, the Orange was often down in the count, making it tough to score runs in a 9-2 loss.It’s something SU head coach Leigh Ross identifies as a problem. Ross said her team needs to be more aggressive at the plate. SU has been too patient during its recent struggles.‘I think there needs to be a sense of urgency,’ Ross said in a phone interview Tuesday. ‘Let’s attack a good pitch. Let’s not wait and get two strikes on us and get deep in the count every time.’Syracuse (24-10, 3-5 Big East) is currently on a five-game losing streak in the Big East after a program-record start to the season. SU has scored just 10 runs in those five games. The lack of run production has forced the Orange to play from behind in most of the losses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Ross, the offensive struggles will end when the team changes its approach. The Orange had success when it was aggressive with the bats early in the season.‘There is a time and a place when you do go deep in a count and you do want to let (the pitcher) throw as many pitches as possible,’ Ross said. ‘But I think we’re a really good team when we do have that attack mentality.’Syracuse had that attack mentality and pounded its opponents during an eight-game winning streak that directly preceded the losing streak. The team scored 38 runs in three games at Rutgers, including a program-record 23 runs in one game.But against tougher competition, the Orange offense has sputtered. South Florida and Notre Dame — currently tied atop the Big East — both swept Syracuse.Ross said the Notre Dame pitching staff was particularly tough. The one-two punch of reigning Big East Pitcher of the Year Jody Valdivia and standout freshman Laura Winter silenced the SU bats.The Fighting Irish pitching staff has allowed the second fewest walks in the Big East with 55 this season. The Notre Dame pair only surrendered three walks to Syracuse all weekend.Ross said her team knew to expect strikes. Syracuse got pitches to hit, but failed to capitalize. The Orange didn’t make the opposing pitchers work enough.‘What good pitchers hate are those hitters that jump on them early,’ Ross said. ‘And foul off balls and they keep battling in there until they get a good pitch.’With two runners on and one out, Daniels stepped to the plate in the fifth inning in that first game. She quickly found herself down 0-2 in the count. Daniels extended her arms and barely fouled off the third pitch on the outside corner to stay alive. She then fouled off four more pitches and took a ball to keep the at-bat going.Finally, on the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Daniels skied a fly ball into foul territory behind third base. The shortstop caught the ball and ended the battle. Kohl followed and worked a full count, but struck out swinging.The Orange had a chance to cut into a five-run lead, but couldn’t come through with the big hit. Daniels said each player has felt too much pressure to perform. She said everyone has to play well.‘We put so much pressure on ourselves to do everything — to hit a home run, to get a triple,’ Daniels said. ‘We forget there’s 25 other people on our team.’SU ace Jenna Caira said the team has to calm down when playing from behind because momentum can shift at any time. But sometimes the other team is just better.‘We faced two great pitchers on Notre Dame,’ Caira said. ‘They hit their spots. They made us adjust. We just unfortunately didn’t get the timely hits.’Ross said SU’s hitters understand their strengths and weaknesses. She said they also have good plate discipline. Now they just have to attack the right pitches again.‘The key is not missing on that pitch that you’re waiting for,’ Ross said. ‘It’s more of attacking in a smart way. It’s calculated.’[email protected]last_img read more