Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An elderly couple died when their East Patchogue home caught fire on Thursday afternoon, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a call of a house fire on Swezey Street after neighbors saw flames emanating from the couple’s home and unsuccessfully tried to enter the residence to rescue them at 12:36 p.m., police said.Firefighters from the Patchogue Fire Department and seven surrounding departments responded and extinguished the flames.Angeline Romeo, 85, and her 88-year-old husband, Alfred, were found dead on the first floor.Homicide Section and Arson Section detectives are continuing the investigation, but a preliminary review has determined that the cause of the fire does not appear to be criminal.
HENRIETTA FC completely dominated their counterparts Good Hope FC with a convincing 19-0 defeat during the 6th round of the GFF/NAMILCO Under-17 football tournament played on Sunday at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground.Watched by a fair-sized crowd, Henrietta FC opened their account in the 7th minute when Jemain Bowen netted one of his two goals. The consistent Christian Bacchus then followed in the 15th to register his first of four goals. The onslaught continued when Denzel Haynes scored in the 16th while top scorer Ariel Chester registered his first of six goals in the 19th minute.Bowen was again on the score sheet in the 21st minute while Ezekiel Scott found the net in the 23rd. Chester was unstoppable and scored again in the 26th and 37th minutes while Bacchus enjoyed further success in the 41st and 43rd minutes to give Henrietta FC an unassailable lead of 10-0 at halftime.When play resumed, Scott pierced the net in the 47th minute and Chester in the 49th. Bacchus then had his 4th in the 58th minute before an injury caused him to leave the field for medical attention.However, the goal spree continued with Leonard Smith striking in the 60th while Scott had another 7 minutes later. Chester capped an outstanding day with his fifth in the 72nd and another in the 75th to be the leading scorer with six goals.Scott fired in another in the 76th to end with four goals while Clifton Boston registered the final goal in the 80th minute to completely humiliate Good Hope FC, 19-0.The next round will be played this Saturday at various venues across the Essequibo Coast.
March Madness is finally here. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is still the best time of the year. Play-in games begin Tuesday, March 13. The National Championship falls on Monday, April 2. Between those two magical dates is a time like no other. Couches mold to fit suspiciously well to your rear-end. Your eyeballs become painfully aware you were not meant to watch that television eight hours a day. Kick back, ignore homework, loved ones and responsibilities and break out your lucky highlighter.And hey, as of now – you have a perfect bracket!Let’s do it.No. 1 Villanova University vs. No. 16 Long Island University-Brooklyn/Radford UniversitySixteen seeds don’t beat one seeds.It doesn’t look like this match-up will provide us with much more than a chance to watch Villanova tune up their game for the rest of the tournament.Villanova (30-4, 14-4 Big East) has impressive wins against Tennessee, Butler (twice), Providence (twice), Creighton (twice) and Seton Hall.The Wildcats feature two of the top players in the country in juniors Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges. The deadly duo is devastatingly accurate from three: Brunson shoots .413 and Bridges nails .433 of their shots from beyond the arc. Both are more than 52 percent in overall field goal percentage and averaging 19.4 and 18 points per game respectively.Coach Jay Wright will be looking to bring his perennial talented Villanova squad past either LIU (18-6, 10-8 Northeast Conference) or Radford (22-12, 12-6 Big South Conference), two teams that have not as much sniffed the kind of competition Villanova will be providing in the inaugural tournament weekend.No. 8 Virginia Tech University vs. No. 9 University of AlabamaThis is one of the most interesting matchups in the round of 64.Virginia Tech (21-11, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has one of the best resumes of any middle-seeded team in the country. The Hokies beat Duke, UNC and Virginia — three of the best teams in the nation.Tech plays a balanced, high octane, transition offensive style that allows them to average close to 80 points per game, though puts them in mediocre defensive standing. Over the course of the season, Virginia has come up short on the glass, they suffer a rebounding disparity of -1.5 per game.Where Virginia Tech is even-keeled, Alabama (19-15, 8-10 Southeast Conference) contrasts play styles by funneling their entire offense through a single man: Collin Sexton.You may remember the hilarity of a technical foul-induced three-on-five situation between Alabama and Minnesota earlier in the season. Of course, it was funny until Sexton finished the game with 40 points and almost took the Crimson Tide all the way back for the improbable win. Though in the end they fell short, nobody forgot Sexton moving forward.If Sexton is on, the lowly conference record of Alabama will hardly matter and Virginia Tech will be searching for an answer.Men’s basketball: NCAA Tournament released, March Madness begins ThursdayAfter a down year for basketball in Wisconsin, the streets will be unusually quiet in Madison this March, but that Read…No. 5 West Virginia University vs. No. 12 Murray State UniversityWVU (24-10, 11-7 Big 12) had their signature win early in the season against top overall seed UVA.The Mountaineers are famous for their full-court press, and their dogged defense held opponents to an average of 69 points per game this season.They are led by senior Jevon Carter, who was nominated to The Badger Herald’s “How is that guy still in college” All-American Team. Carter is fifth in the country in steals, averaging 2.85 per game and averages 6.6 assists per game to go with his team-leading 17 points average.Murray State University (26-5, 16-2 Ohio Valley Conference) relies heavily on their sharpshooter Jonathan Stark. He’s draining 3.5 threes per game at a 41 percent clip on his way to a 21.8 point per game average.The Racers have a healthy 13.8 average scoring margin that will be tested against the tenacious defense of the Mountaineers.No. 4 Wichita State University vs. No. 13 Marshall UniversityWichita State (25-7, 14-4 American Athletic Conference) has wins against Cincinnati, Houston and Baylor this season and is third in the country in team rebounding margin at 9.8 per game.Their leader Landry Shamet is an elite shooter (.459 three-point percentage), facilitator (5.1 assists per game) and shoots over 82 percent from the free throw line.Marshall (24-10, 13-5 USA Conference) is known as the alma mater of NBA G-League success story and shot-blocker extraordinaire Hassan Whiteside.It would seem the Herd has elected to continue to host block parties. They once again have an elite paint protector on the roster in NCAA blocks leader Ajdin Penava.They also have two 20-point per game scorers on the roster in Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks.No. 6 University of Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure University/University of California-Los AngelesFlorida (20-12, 11-7 Southeast Conference) has two wins against Kentucky and a victory against Cincinnati on the season.Despite those resume-building wins, the Gators seem rather unremarkable. Their positive scoring margin of 6.7 is barely more impressive than their negative rebounding deficit, and they look like a prime target for a surprise upset.They will wait for the victor of St Bonnies (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) and UCLA (21-11, 11-7 Pac-12 Conference), two teams that are capable of pulling off a first-round shocker.No. 3 Texas Tech University vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin State UniversityTexas Tech (24-9, 11-7 Big 12 Conference) beat Nevada, Baylor and WVU before falling into a free-fall in the latter half of the season as a result of an injury to star Keenan Evans. Before the injury to their chief facilitator and shot-maker, Tech was 22-4 and at the top of the Big 12. Evans returned in time for the Big 12 tournament and will be back in the line up for the first round game.Nothing says March Madness like seeing Stephen F. Austin State (28-6, 14-4 Southland Conference) on the docket opening weekend. You may not know where it is, whether it existed before the NCAA Tournament or who Stephen F. Austin was (The “Father of Texas”), but we are all happy to see our friends back in the bracket.The Jacks have a 13-point scoring margin, albeit against rather weak competition, and match a balanced offense with tight defense — only allowing 68.1 points per game.No. 7 University of Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler UniversityArkansas (23-11, 10-8 Southeast Conference) has wins against Florida and Tennessee this season and uses an efficient offensive system in which they convert on more than 40 percent of their three-point shots as a team, 47 percent of shots from the floor and drop more than 81 points per game.The tradeoff is the Razorbacks lowly defensive effort. They allow 75.5 points per game, have a negative three-point field goal deficit of .7 and allow almost 43 percent field goal percentage per game.Butler (20-13, 9-9 Big East) has wins against Villanova, Ohio State, Creighton and Seton Hall and will look to assail the weak Arkansas defense with their attack that managed to average just under 80 points a game this season. Senior forward Kelan Martin leads the way on the roster. Martin is tops on the team in points per game (20.8), three-point shooting (2.6 made per game), rebounds (6.2 per game) and blocks (.5 per game).March Madness: NCAA Tournament South opening round previewMarch Madness is finally here. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is Read…No. 2 Purdue University vs. No. 15 California State University-FullertonPurdue (28-6, 15-3 Big Ten) provided Badger fans with one of the few bright spots of the season earlier in the year when they lost an exciting tilt in Madison, followed by a student court storming to celebrate the upset.As a two seed in a Tournament that forgot to mail Wisconsin an invite, it would seem Purdue had the last laugh. Team leader Carsen Edwards was built for March. He’s a shoot from the hip, all-around solid player who averaged 18.5 points and is a threat to go off any given night. He’s a huge reason why Purdue finished the regular season fifth in the nation in scoring margin (15.5).Cal State-Fullerton (20-11, 10-6 Pac 12 Conference) has a negative scoring margin, turnover margin and averages lower field goal percentages from the field and from three than their opponents.Though, they do have two talented scoring guards, Kyle Allman Jr. and Khalil Ahmad, averaging 19.4 and 15.3 points per game respectively.At the end of the day, it’s March, where anything can happen. So, when push comes to shove, disregard all numbers, knowledge or wisdom and take out the dart board to make some quick, uninformed decisions.
Source: BBC Deontay Wilder has blamed his elaborate ring-walk costume for his WBC heavyweight title defeat by Tyson Fury.The American, 34, said his costume was too heavy and as a result he “didn’t have the legs” for the fight.Britain’s Fury, 31, produced a dominant display to win the title in Las Vegas on Saturday when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.Wilder also told US media he will exercise his rematch clause for a third fight against Fury.“Fury didn’t hurt me at all, but the simple fact is that my uniform was way too heavy for me,” Wilder told Yahoo.Wilder said the costume, which featured armour, a mask and a crown, weighed at least 40 pounds (18.1kg) and was a tribute to Black History Month.Fury was carried to the ring on a throne, while also wearing a crown.“I didn’t have no legs from the beginning of the fight – in the third round, my legs were just shot all the way through,” added Wilder.“I was only able to put it on [for the first time] the night before but I didn’t think it was going to be that heavy.“I wanted it to be good and I guess I put that before anything.”Fury floored Wilder with a jab and right-hand combination in the third round before a left hand to the body sent the previously unbeaten Wilder down again in the fifth.Wilder was taken to hospital after the fight but said he did not suffer a concussion, broken ear drum or broken jaw as had been speculated, but did require stitches to close a cut in his ear.He also criticised assistant trainer Mark Breland for stopping the fight.“I am upset with Mark for the simple fact that we’ve talked about this many times and it’s not emotional,” he said.“It is not an emotional thing, it’s a principal thing. We’ve talked about this situation many, many years before this even happened.“I said as a warrior, as a champion, as a leader, as a ruler, I want to go out on my shield.“So I told my team to never, ever, no matter what it may look like, to never throw the towel in with me because I’m a special kind. I still had five rounds left. No matter what it looked like, I was still in the fight.”“I understand he was looking out for me and trying to do what he felt was right, but this is my life and my career and he has to accept my wishes.”Wilder has 30 days to invoke the rematch clause in his contract in order to try and reclaim the title from Fury, having drawn their first encounter in December 2018.
1 Chelsea are ‘closing in’ on the £50million signing of Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk, according to reports.The Dutchman has been one of the most sought-after players in the Premier League ahead of the upcoming transfer window.The majority of the top flight’s biggest sides are all looking to strengthen their back lines in the summer, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal all chasing Van Dijk.LISTEN: Chelsea and Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk ‘ready for move to top club’, Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers tells talkSPORTAccording to The Sun, Arsenal had offered to make the 25-year-old one of their highest-paid players to seal the swoop.But Van Dijk, who is still on the sidelines with an ankle injury he suffered in January, is said to have passed up the move and prefers to join Chelsea, who are looking for a replacement for long-term captain John Terry this summer.And Chelsea are said to be confident of sealing a £50m deal for the Dutch international, after offering to include young defender Andreas Christensen in the deal with Southampton.The 21-year-old Dane has spent two seasons on loan with German club Borussia Monchengladbach, where he has impressed and quickly become a regular member of their first-team.And the Saints have reportedly been tempted to part with star asset Van Dijk, as long as the deal will see highly-rated Christensen move to St Mary’s. Will Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk play in Chelsea blue next season?