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France’s Laurent scores first ever World Cup goal

first_imgWhen France faced off against Mexico, and the U.S. met Belgium in matches at different venues in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, few people could imagine what had been unleashed on the world. A quarter of a century or so after the idea of a global footballing tournament was first mooted, 13 teams, including the host, gathered in Uruguay — many European countries, including Italy and Spain, opted against making the multi-week boat trip, while the four British associations had withdrawn from FIFA. Uruguay, which won the gold medal in the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Games, was given the right to host the competition for the Jules Rimet Trophy, the World Cup’s original name, and termed in honor of the then FIFA president who had done so much to make the tournament a reality. For the record, France beat Mexico 4-1, while the United States defeated Belgium 3-0. France’s Lucien Laurent scored the first goal in World Cup finals history. On July 30, Uruguay became the first winner of the World Cup when it beat Argentina 4-2 at Centenario Stadium.last_img read more

Tipp hurling star Niall O’Meara will be free to play for Kilruane MacDonaghs

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM Tipp hurling star Niall O’Meara will be free to play for Kilruane MacDonaghs in the county senior hurling semi final against Borrisoleigh on Sunday afternoon.His red card against Clonoulty Rossmore picked up in the latter stages of that game was overturned by the Tipp hearings committee last night.The news will be a boost for Kilruane who look set to be without injured Tipp star Jerome Cahill for the semi final clash.last_img

Arre picks great time to turn his season around

first_img WALL TOWNSHIP — Maybe it was because Tim Arre was so overwhelmed by the standing-room-only crowd at Wall Township Speedway Saturday night. Or maybe he was so impressed that Winston Cup drivers Michael Waltrip, Sterling Marlin, Steve Park and Kenny Wallace were in attendance. Or perhaps the help of old friend and engine builder Jim Hagaman got him on the track. Regardless of the reason, Toms River’s Arre turned around what has thus far been one of his most disappointing seasons ever to win the Busch Beer Modified 35-lap main event for the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series at the third-mile paved oval Saturday night. “I guess you could say this was the perfect night to turn it around,” said Arre, who has been plagued by mechanical problems most of the season. “The big crowd, the Winston Cup drivers here, I love it.” Arre started his black J. Fletcher Creamer No. 4 from the fifth starting slot and immediately started to advance. When he avoided a pile-up at the front of the pack just a few laps into the contest, he lined up second behind Wall’s Mike Carr on the restart. Arre then hounded the leader for a couple of circuits before charging into the lead. Howell’s Ken Woolley Jr. and Frank Polimeda of Fort Lee followed him through. From that point on, Arre held his ground to take the win, while Woolley, Polimeda and Joe Mongeau were tight for most of the 35-lap race and at the finish line for second through fourth. Carr held on for fifth. “With the way our season was going, I was more than ready to give up,” Arre said. “I’ve got to thank everyone involved with this team. If I was ready to give up, they had to be, but they didn’t. I also have to thank Jim Hagaman. He came through for us this week and really got our motor running strong. It was obvious tonight, you could see the difference.” After meeting with fans and signing autographs, the quartet of Winston Cup drivers battled in their own 30-lap main event. While Waltrip and Marlin took turns leading early, Kenny Wallace took control off a restart with eight laps remaining to grab his first-ever Wall Township Speedway win by a half car length. Waltrip, Marlin and Park followed. “This is great. Not only can I say that I’ve raced at Wall, but I can also now say that I have won at Wall,” Wallace said. “I know all of us had a great time here today. The track is great and the people are real nice. We all had a lot of fun.” Just after the Modified main event, with four feature races still on the agenda, a problem with the electric line coming into the speedway forced many of the lights around the track and in the pit area to go out. Despite the efforts of workers and officials, the events soon had to be postponed for the evening. Operations manager Sergio Benitez did announce that all fans who hold onto their adult ticket stub can return to the track on any future race night this regular season and receive a $5 discount off that night’s grandstand ticket price. It was also announced that the Pro Stock, Street Stock, Truck Series and Legend Cars main events that could not be run will be contested this Saturday (Aug. 2) along with the regularly scheduled five division racing program. That makes this Saturday night a big evening with five racing divisions competing in nine main events. The Modifieds are set for a 35-lapper, while the Pro Stocks and Street Stocks will each compete in two 25-lappers, and the Trucks and Legend cars will each battle in two 20-lappers. Because of the huge amount of racing on the card, action will start one hour early at 5 p.m. Also on the weekend agenda will be Friday-night action on the 1/5-mile paved “inner oval.” Bandolero cars, Micro Stocks and Go-karts will star in this show, with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. and racing starting at 6:30 p.m. Kenny Wallace wins Winston Cup driver race at Wall Speedway last_img read more