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August 16, 2021

SOMERVILLE, NJ — Since 1940 and every year since, excluding the four World War II years, the Tour of Somerville has been a bike racing mainstay on Memorial Day, the longest-running bike race in North America. All of this changed in 2020 when the pandemic hit the United States and the sport of ...

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NEW JERSEY — The Garden State sent 24 athletes to the Tokyo Olympics this summer. Many came home with medals, and a few of them provided truly historic moments. In women's track, Sydney McLaughlin, who turned 22 on August 7, set a new world record in the 400 hurdles, defeating the reigning gold ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — Sydney McLaughlin, a 2017 graduate of Union Catholic High School, has gone from “Syd The Kid’’ to "The Golden Girl.'' McLaughlin was known as “Syd The Kid’’ when she became the youngest person since 1972 to compete for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team when she made the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — When Ezinne Kalu stepped onto the basketball court in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games this summer to represent the Nigerian women’s team, her Newark upbringing was not lost on her. Born and raised in Newark, Kalu said life in the Brick City wasn’t always glitz and glam. For Kalu, ...

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Few events have occurred with greater anticipation than Tuesday night's women's 400 meter hurdles finals, which featured a showdown between reigning Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad and world record holder Sydney McLaughlin. The race did not disappoint as McLaughlin and Muhammad ...

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TOKYO — Sam Mattis of East Brunswick placed eighth in the men's discus final at the Olympics. The former University of Pennsylvania champion landed at 63.88 meters (209 feet, 6.96 inches) — a season best for the local Olympian. Mattis produced the best finish by an American man since Casey ...

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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ — A large gathering of Union Catholic High School students, parents, teachers, alumni, volunteers and members of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood community came out to watch local legend Sydney McLaughlin reach the semifinals in the 400 hurdles at the Olympics in Tokyo on June 30  The ...

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WAYNE, NJ — Wayne Valley High School’s standout fencer, Francesca Russo, is in Tokyo right now, settled into the Olympic Village and prepping for competition. Her road to Tokyo, though, took a turn during the pandemic and COVID-19 came very close to derailing her dream. Russo’s story is one of ...

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TOKYO — East Brunswick native Sam Mattis will compete in the 2020 Olympics Games discus throw on Thursday, July 29 at 8:45 p.m. on NBC. The 27-year-old is ranked No.17 in the world — and No.1 in the United States — by worldathetics.org. Mattis was recently characterized as "the greatest discus ...

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Restaurants and Other Businesses Also Reopening to 50% Capacity Starting Today TRENTON, NJ — Interstate youth sports held outside can resume, while the ban on indoor competitions among New Jersey youngsters and those traveling from other states will remain in effect. Gov. Phil Murphy has ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy has eased restrictions on how many spectators can attend high school and other youth sporting events — both indoors and outdoors. "I know many parents, especially those of our senior athletes, have been anxious to get back into the stands to cheer on their student ...

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SOUTH RIVER, NJ — Drew Pearson, the star wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys teams of the 1970s, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021. Some local residents will remember that long before his NFL fame, he was a wide receiver and all-state quarterback who led South River ...

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BAYONNE, NJ — Should bars across New Jersey be able to keep their buffalo wings hot and beers cold a little bit longer on Super Bowl Sunday? One New Jersey Assemblyman thinks so. In a letter to Gov. Phil Murphy and state Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli, Assemblyman Nicholas ...

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TRENTON, NJ — After a forced time-out of nearly one month, indoor sports in New Jersey returned this weekend, clearing the way for the start of the high school sports winter season. Since Gov. Phil Murphy did not extend his December 5 ban placed on organized indoor sports — practices and ...

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MILLTOWN, NJ — Pools, indoor basketball courts and ice rinks are empty once again due to Gov. Phil Murphy's decision to halt all youth and high school indoor sports because of rising coronavirus numbers.  Milltown teenager Florisel Velez was devastated by the news since she and her sister would ...

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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ — Winter is coming for high school sports, but student-athletes will have to wait until 2021 for action. New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) — the governing body for interscholastic sports in the state — announced on November 19 the pushback of all ...

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SPRINGFIELD/JERSEY CITY, NJ — With the sale of the New York Mets to Steve Cohen marking the end of the Wilpon era, fans are re-energized about the team. When they initially bought their stake in 1980, the Wilpons built a winning team and delivered a World Series victory in 1986. However, after ...

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