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    The king has been toppled, thanks to VAR. Group F came down to the final minutes, and the 2014 champion Germany had qualification in its own hands, after a Mexico collapse. But it was a goal from South Korea, originally disallowed by the linesman, that knocked out the reigning champion. It is the fourth time in five tournaments that...

    The king has been toppled, thanks to VAR.

    Group F came down to the final minutes, and the 2014 champion Germany had qualification in its own hands, after a Mexico collapse. But it was a goal from South Korea, originally disallowed by the linesman, that knocked out the reigning champion.

    It is the fourth time in five tournaments that the defending champion has been eliminated in the group stage (France 2002, Italy 2010, Spain 2014, Germany 2018).

    RESULTS

    Mexico 0-3 Sweden

    Korea Republic 2-0 Germany

    Serbia 0-2 Brazil

    Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica

    WEDNESDAY'S FOUR STARS

    Andreas Granqvist, Sweden

    The Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.34 rating, his goal in the 62nd minute made sure Sweden won Group F.

    Cho Hyun-Woo, Korea Republic

    The keeper was absolutely massive in goal for South Korea. The Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.59 rating had six saves, and kept a clean sheet, to knock out the defending champion.

    Neymar, Brazil

    He is starting to look healthy, and that is good news for Selecao fans. The Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 9.2 rating, Neymar was the best player on the pitch, as Brazil won Group E.

    Joel Campbell, Costa Rica

    The forward had an assist, as Costa Rica ended its tournament with a 2-2 draw. Campbell was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.46 rating.

    World Cup Day 13: France and Denmark advance, Argentina survives

    MEXICO COLLAPSE, BUT GETS A REPRIEVE FROM KOREA REPUBLIC

    All Mexico needed was a point to win Group F, but the CONCACAF team was run off the pitch by Sweden 3-0. With that result, a German win would have knocked out the Mexican side. But the goal never came for Germany, and South Korea scored twice in second half injury, to allow Mexico to advance into the knockout stage.

    Mexico will play Group E winner Brazil Monday at 10 a.m. EDT on FS1 and Fubo.tv, while Group F champion Sweden will take on Group E runner up  on Tuesday at 10 a.m. on FS1 and Fubo.tv.

    In Group E, Brazil took care of business with a 2-0 win over Serbia. The Selecao are starting to look like the favorite that many thought they were before the tournament started. Switzerland finished second in the group, after it drew 2-2 with Costa Rica.

    Mexico will play Group E winner Brazil Monday at 10 a.m. EDT on FS1 and Fubo.tv, while Group F champion Sweden will take on Group E runner up Switzerland on Tuesday at 10 a.m. on FS1 and Fubo.tv.

    THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE

    At 10 a.m. EDT in Group H action, Senegal will take on Colombia on Fox, while Japan will play Poland on FS1. Both games can be seen on Fubo.tv as well.

    At 2 p.m. EDT in Group G play, England will take on Belgium on Fox, while Panama will play Tunisia of FS1. Both games can be seen on Fubo.tv as well

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR THURSDAY

    Will Belgium sit players against England?

    Most likely, it will. The Belgians have some players with knocks, and have already advanced out of the group. England could take advantage and win the group with a draw (if it gets less cards in the match) or a win. This could also be a potential final, with both teams looking impressive in the first two matches.

    Will Tunisia or Panama go home with a victory?

    The tournament has been the first for Panama, so any points would be nice.

    Can Japan get a point against eliminated Poland and advance?

    Group H has been the most unpredictable of any, and all the Japanese need is a draw to move on to the knockout stage. Poland has been awful; Japan is in good shape.

    Will Colombia and Senegal go for it, knowing a win guarantees advancement?

    If Japan loses to Poland, a draw sends both Colombia and Senegal through. Much like France and Denmark's game, where both teams knew they were through, the same could happen here.

    But these two teams will most likely go for it. An early Japanese goal in the other match would make this contest possibly the best of the round.

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/box-to-box-football/id1208561351?mt=2


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    Trenton-based artist Bentrice Jusu's mural is of, by and for the community. Watch video

    Trenton-based artist Bentrice Jusu has an objective.

    "My goal is to simply replace guns with cameras. Shoot a camera. Don't shoot a gun."

    She was speaking on Saturday at the unveiling of her stunning new mural, which covers the entire side of a house in the city's east ward.

    The artist's words were particularly compelling since only six days earlier, gunfire blasted through a celebrated community event, Art All Night Trenton leaving one person dead and 22 injured.

    "More than anything," says Jusu, "I want the youth to be involved in the storytelling of their communities. I want them to take ownership, and to creatively change the community in which they were raised, that they love."

    To create the imposing work of art, Jusu worked with a group of East Trenton teenagers, who were charged with photographing what they love about their neighborhood.

    The multimedia design includes photographs taken by two of the teens, Kiyah Johnson and Sarai Martin, as well as photographs contributed by East Trenton residents, historical images, and photographs Jusu took of the process.

    Expo preview

    At the unveiling, Diane Sterner of New Jersey Community Capital and part of the East Trenton Collaborative called the mural "A real work of art and a destination for people to come and see in this community."

    Gloria Scott, the owner of the house on which the mural is displayed, spoke about her deceased daughter Rhonda, who is pictured prominently, arms folded, smiling.

    "Everyplace she went she'd holler 'East Trenton for life!' I'm so proud to have my daughter up here on the wall."

    On the installation, Jusu collaborated with local printers Blue Ink Studio to print the 44-foot-by-33-foot design, using eco-solvent ink, on vinyl strips, heat-sealing them inch by inch, to the prepared wall - the first time this technique has been used for a mural in Trenton.

    Before inviting those in attendance to "eat some of this good food," the artist closed her remarks saying "All it takes is a vision. All it takes is being an example, a positive example for young people and we can transform this city."

    Michael Mancuso may be reached at mmancuso@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @michaelmancuso, Instagram @michaelmancuso and Facebook @michaelmancuso
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    "We're going to need every ambulance available, get the fire department down here," an officer arriving at the scene said. Watch video

    Security and police body camera footage shows the chaos that erupted at Trenton's annual 24-hour Art All Night event earlier this month. 

    Event organizers were complying with Trenton Police's request to shutdown the event due to security concerns when shooting erupted around 2:45 a.m.

    Footage obtained through an open requests requests showed the moments after the shooting occurred. The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office did not release all footage of the event, withholding some to protect a victim's privacy. 

    The footage shows people ducking for cover and screaming after shots ring out. Other footage shows officers arriving at the scene after it had been cleared out, trying to walk through the steps of how 22 people were struck by bullets.

    Officers can be heard yelling at people to get on the ground.

    "Help, help, she's shot!" a woman yells. 

    "We're getting help," an officer responds.

    Other footage shows officers and event organizers triaging a man who had been shot, and another of a man who'd been shot in the shoulder outside.

    "We're going to need every ambulance available, get the fire department down here," a radio call can be heard saying. "We've got at least seven or eight hit."

    About 1,000 people were still at the event when the shots rang out, Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo Onofri said last week. 

    Trenton officers shot and killed one of the alleged shooters, Tahaij Wells, 32, at the scene. Two other men facing weapons charges -- Amir Armstrong, 23, and Davone White, 26 -- are still recovering from injuries sustained at the scene.

    A probable cause affidavit shows that officers who responded to the shooting began helping Armstrong because he suffered a gunshot wound to the head. When they removed his shirt to check for other wounds, they found a revolver in his waistband, it reads.

    Another affidavit says an officer located a black handgun three feet from White while investigating the officer-involved shooting. 

    They were both facing weapons charges as of last week. 

    Prosecutors have since increased the number of people who were injured during the shooting spree from 22 to at least 29. 

    Trenton police added officers at the event after learning about a warning posted on Facebook pleading with people to not to attend, Onofri said last week.

    "Please. Please. Please. Do Not Go to the Art All Night. They will be shooting it up," Danielle Grady, a teacher in Hamilton Township, wrote in a Facebook post.

    It's unclear how she knew the shooting would occur.

    Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr. said once the report was received, police commanders took it seriously. 

    "Without Grady's warning, additional deaths and injuries would likely have occurred," Onofri said in a statement last week.

    The Mercer County Prosecutor's office is conducting an investigation into the incident and will hand it over to the State Attorney General's office to review. 

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her at @By_paigegross Find NJ.com on Facebook

     

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    Thanks to this unlikely confluence of elements, New Jersey now has a state reptile, and students who led the campaign have a behind-the-scenes understanding of how laws are passed.

    Never, never underestimate the power of a child with a dream.

    Make that a classroom full of children, a couple of determined educators, and a tiny bog frog battling against all odds to survive.

    Thanks to this unlikely confluence of elements, New Jersey now has a state reptile, and the students who led the campaign have a behind-the-scenes understanding of how laws are passed.

    Two years ago, youngsters at two Princeton elementary schools - Riverside School and Community Park School - realized that the Garden State had no official reptile to call its own.

    Guided by science teacher Mark Eastburn at Riverside and librarian Bevan Jones at Community Park, they set about deciding which of their state's native turtles would be worthy of the honor.

    Their first step was organizing a "Turtle March Madness," modelled on the college basketball tournament and pitting 12 species of turtles in intense, no-holds-barred competition.

    Cold-blooded and cute: Meet N.J.'s official state reptile

    By the time the Madness subsided, abut 2,000 students, teachers, parents and others representing 17 school districts in 11 counties had marked their preferences online, and the bog turtle had pulled ahead of the diamondback terrapin, the spotted turtle (Eastburn's personal favorite) and the eastern box turtle.

    When Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker visited the students to describe the political process that would turn the winner into the official state reptile, the kids ratcheted up their efforts, flooding Zwicker and other state lawmakers with pleas on behalf of their chosen four-legged critter.

    Although their first efforts in the Legislature's 2017 session failed to get traction, despite support from Zwicker and fellow senator Kip Bateman (R-Mercer), the students kept going, maintaining their lobbying until the bill advanced.

    Through various committees, through the byzantine steps necessary to turn a vision into a reality, they kept pitching, at one point bringing their impassioned arguments to a hearing of the Assembly Environment Committee.

    "Their testimony in front of the ... committee was outstanding," Zwicker said later. "They were on message, they were well spoken."

    Two of the students also managed to take their case straight to the office of Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, who heard them out.

    Today, with fewer than 10,000 of the small creatures remaining in the world, the bog turtle has the distinction of being New Jersey's official reptile - a title its young advocates hope will stop its march to extinction.

    On a recent Monday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed the bill into law, traveling to at the Riverside Elementary School where the successful crusade began to do so.

    All of us hard-bitten, cynical grown-ups can take a page from the kids' playbook. Start small, dream big, and persist.

    Bookmark NJ.com/Opinion. Follow on Twitter @NJ_Opinion and find NJ.com Opinion on Facebook.

     

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    "Where liberty dwells, there is my country" - Benjamin Franklin

    "America is a tune. It must be sung together." - writer Gerald Stanley Lee

    "Where liberty dwells, there is my country" - Benjamin Franklin

    "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." -- reporter Elmer Davis

    "We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it." - writer William Faulkner

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    "Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty." - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

    "I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him." - President Abraham Lincoln

    Freedom is the atmosphere in which humanity thrives. Breathe it in." - writer Richelle E. Goodrich

    More patriotic gallery links:

    Vintage photos of patriotic people in N.J.

    Vintage photos of how NJ celebrated the nation's Bicentennial

    Vintage photos of patriotic pride in N.J.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    According to its Trulia listing, the taxes on the property are $17,550.

    In this week's "Sold!" property, we feature a home in Princeton with 2,434 square feet of living space.

    The house sold for $1,150,000 in May 2018. According to its Trulia listing, the taxes on the property are $17,550.

    The contemporary home features four bedrooms and three full bathrooms. The house was assessed at $775,200.

    The median sale price for homes in the area is $550,000.

    Sophie Nieto-Munoz may be reached at snietomunoz@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her at @snietomunoz. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Jaquae Alfred, Ji'Ayir Brown, William Hackett, and Prince Jones are four of the nine now former Tornadoes that will take the field Friday.

    For one last time, the vaunted Trenton High School secondary will play together.

    Friday night at TCNJ, the 22nd Sunshine Football Classic, sponsored by Fisher Capital LLC, will pit the East against the West. The West team will be led by its defense, specifically the Tornadoes defensive backfield.

    Jaquae Alfred, Ji'Ayir Brown, William Hackett, and Prince Jones are four of the nine now former Tornadoes that will take the field Friday.

    Brown has already had a memorable week. He graduated Monday, then went out that night and was the Defensive MVP of the Phil Simms North South game Monday night with two interceptions. The two-time All-Area player, along with the rest of a strong defensive unit, helped lead Trenton (6-4) back to the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 5 tournament after a 3-7 season in 2016. 

    "That is what we set out to do," Brown said. "That is every year what we set out to do. We wanted to come out and put Trenton back on the map.

    "Every year, Trenton is going to progress. I believe myself and these three guys, William Hackett, Jaquae Alfred, Prince Jones, plus the other seniors, I think we all left a mark in Trenton. I think we put it in the younger guys' heads about how to grind, and stick everything out.

    "When we come out here (to the Sunshine practices), every night I want to showcase myself. That is just me. That is my way of doing things. I have to represent myself, because you never know who is watching out there."

    Andre, Harris, and Pierre lead East squad at Sunshine Classic

    Jones was the other All-Area player from the 2017 Trenton team, after his seven interceptions led the area. He is excited to play in the game he grew up attending.

    "I means a lot," Jones said. "I came up watching this game as a young player, so I am excited. I means a lot to be here as a senior, doing my thing for the city.

    "When we ended the 2016 season 3-7, Ji'Ayir and I came back that whole offseason and said that we didn't want to go out like that for our senior year. We came back and worked harder than ever, and that is what we got."

    Alfred and Hackett completed the lockdown defensive backfield, and will try to help the West win its fourth consecutive Sunshine Classic.

    "We wanted to make sure no one threw on us this year, and we did that," Hackett, who will prep next year at Milford Academy, said. "It was hard for teams to score on us. This is my last game with my brothers, so I am going to go hard."

    "Our secondary has always been the strong part of our team," Alfred, who will play at Lincoln University, said. "We had a lot of experience out there, and a lot of athletes. It has always been a big part of our team.

    "The juniors and sophomores got a lot of experience last year, so I think they should be prepared for their senior year, to go out with a bang like we did."

    WEST ROSTER

    1 Tommy Tanner DL 6-2 230 Lawrence        
    2 Donovan Ford QB 6--2 205 Trenton Offensive Coordinator      
    3 James Abey DB 6-0 175 Hopewell Valley Charlie Gallagher, Princeton      
    5 Francisco Pastrana LB 5-9 185 Trenton        
    6 Jared McMahon WR 5-9 160 North Hunterdon Defensive Coordinator      
    7 Elijah-Blu Wilmott RB 5-9 170 Hopewell Valley Larry Kelliher, Ewing      
    8 Colin Lavigne DB 5-9 150 North Hunterdon        
    9 Diennes Carbine DL 6-0 210 North Hunterdon Special Teams Coordinator      
    10 Khalil Smith DL 6-1 265 Ewing Greg Hyslop, Trenton      
    11 Malcolm Milton LB 5-10 195 Trenton        
    12 Matthew Hunkele K/P 6-1 175 Ewing Assistant Coaches      
    13 Pius Adomako WR 5-10 190 North Hunterdon Clarence Bailey, Hopewell Valley      
    15 Liam Carroll DB 6-3 185 Notre Dame Drew Besler, Ewing      
    17 Connor McMahon DB 5-10 160 North Hunterdon Dave Caldwell, Hopewell Valley      
    21 Stanley Derry WR 5-9 170 North Hunterdon Anthony Herold, Ewing      
    22 Ji'Avir Brown WR 6-1 190 Trenton Armando Rosario, Hopewell Valley      
    23 Jaqae Alfred DB 6-1 200 Trenton Bayshawn Wells, Lawrence      
    24 Mike Pham FB 5-9 190 Hopewell Valley        
    25 Noah Castor DL 6-2 215 Ewing General Manager      
    26 Davon Hemmingway RB 6-1 185 Lawrence Steven Jablonski      
    28 Jabril McKeithen DB 6-0 170 Lawrence        
    32 Prince Jones DB 5-11 180 Trenton        
    33 Bill Hackett DB 5-9 180 Trenton        
    44 Dan Dargan LB 5-10 200 Notre Dame        
    46 Love Chavis DL 5-9 180 Lawrence        
    50 Christian Hlewicki OL 5-11 190 Lawrence        
    56 Adam Musa OL 6-0 225 Princeton        
    62 Tim Coleman OL 5-11 230 Hopewell Valley        
    70 Connor Lugo OL 5-10 250 Notre Dame        
    71 Marqui McBride OL 6-0 235 Princeton        
    73 Jimmy Tordik OL 6-2 290 North Hunterdon        
    75 Trevor Delcampe OL 6-0 235 Lawrence        
    76 Steven Kopits OL 6-0 265 Pennington        
    77 Emmanual Hill OL 6-1 265 Trenton        
    90 Rayshawn Alstell DL 6-3 270 Trenton        
    94 Joshua Alexander DL 6-1 275 Ewing        

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean


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    It took firefighters more than 5 hours to bring the fire under control

    Two homes were destroyed and two firefighters suffered minor injuries during a four-alarm fire in Trenton on Wednesday night, officials said. 

    The fire started around 8:15 p.m. in the basement of a multi-story home on the 1200 block of Anderson Street and quickly spread to the house next door. Everyone inside got out safely, the Trenton Fire Department said. 

    Firefighters battled the blaze for more than five hours before bringing it under control around 1:30 a.m. 

    Homes adjacent to the two gutted residences suffered minor smoke damage. Video shows flames pouring out of the roof of one of the homes as firefighters shoot streams of water from a ladder truck. 

    Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

     

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    A grand jury believed there was enough evidence against the two men to hand down an indictment.

    The two men who were charged with killing 20-year-old Danny Diaz-Delgado in March were indicted by a grand jury earlier this week, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said Thursday. 

    The grand jury found enough evidence against Rufus Thompson, 29, and Akmal Alvaranga, 30, to indict them both on charges of murder, felony murder, robbery, kidnapping and weapons possession.

    Thompson was also indicted on charges of certain persons not to possess a firearm, due to his earlier conviction for burglary in 2016. 

    The Trenton men are charged with kidnapping and slaying Diaz-Delgado, who had met up with Thompson on a March evening to buy a PlayStation console that Thompson was supposedly selling on Facebook Marketplace. 

    danny-diaz.jpgDanny Diaz-Delgado, 20, of Trenton  

    Diaz-Delgado planned to give the gaming system to his little brother.

    Thompson is accused of robbing Diaz-Delgado of the $200 he brought with him to buy the console, and forcing him to withdraw additional money from an ATM while he was tied up in a garage.

    According to the affidavit, Thompson and Alvaranga bound Diaz-Delgado, took him to a secluded area in the trunk of a car and shot him to death. 

    Thompson was arrested and charged about a week after Diaz-Delgado was found in Hamilton Township. An investigation lead authorities to also arrest and charge Alvaranga, who lives a few blocks from Thompson and the site where the kidnapping occured. 

    A trial date has not yet been scheduled. 

    Paige Gross may be reached at pgross@njadvancemedia.comFollow her on Twitter @By_paigegross. Find NJ.com on Facebook. 


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    If tied after 90 minutes, the teams will play two 15 minute periods. If still even after extra time, matches will be decided by penalties.

    The group stage matches are all done, and we are left with 16 teams, in the battle for the 2018 World Cup.

    Belgium won, but may have lost, while Japan benefitted from a new tie-breaker to advance to the knockout stage.

    After what some have called the best group stage in decades, who will go on to become world champions?

    RESULTS

    Senegal 0-1 Colombia

    Japan 0-1 Poland

    England 0-1 Belgium

    Panama 1-2 Tunisia

    THURSDAY'S FOUR STARS

    Yerry Mina, Colombia

    The center back won Group H for Colombia, with a 74th minute goal. His 8.77 rating earned him the Whoscored.com Man of the Match.

    Jan Bednarek, Poland

    Another defender who came up with the game winner, right before the hour mark, to help Poland come away with a win. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.0 rating.

    Marouane Fellaini, Belgium

    The center midfielder had a big couple of days, after he renewed his contract with Manchester United. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.45 rating.

    Wahbi Khazri, Tunisia

    The forward had the game winner for Tunisia, in the 2-1 victory over Panama. Khazri was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.45 rating.

    World Cup Day 14: Germany gets the boot, Brazil wins Group E

    FIFA FAIR PLAY POINTS LEAD JAPAN THROUGH OVER SENEGAL

    With Colombia's 1-0 win over Senegal, and Japan's 1-0 loss to Poland, two teams were tied for second place in Group G.

    The FIFA tie-breaker rules went down to the seventh one, which states:

    "Greater number of points obtained in the fair play conduct of the teams based on yellow and red cards received in all group matches."

    Japan advanced as group runner up, with two less yellow cards (four to six) in the tournament.

    In Group G action, Belgium "won" the group, as Adnan Januzaj led the Red Devils with the lone goal. But it may be England that comes out ahead, as the Three Lions head to the perceived easier half of the knockout bracket.

    Belgium moves on and will play Japan Monday at 2 p.m. EDT, while England will take on Colombia Tuesday at 2 p.m., with both games on Fox and Fubo.tv.

    So the draw looks like this:

    Left Side

    France vs. Argentina

    Uruguay vs. Portugal

    Brazil vs. Mexico

    Belgium vs. Japan

    Right Side

    Spain vs. Russia

    Croatia vs. Denmark

    Sweden vs. Switzerland

    Colombia vs. England

    SATURDAY'S SCHEDULE

    The first off day of the tournament comes Friday, before the knockout stage starts Saturday.

    France will take on Argentina at 10 a.m. EDT, while Uruguay will play Portugal at 2 p.m. EDT, with both matches on Fox and Fubo.tv.

    All games now have to have a winner. If tied after 90 minutes, the teams will play two 15 minute extra time periods. If still even after added extra time, matches will be decided by penalties.

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR SATURDAY

    Can France finally put together a full 90 minute performance?

    Les Bleus will have to, with a wounded Argentina team that has to feel like it was given a reprieve. The South American side has not been good so far, but have the talent to compete with France.

    Can Cristiano Ronaldo finally break down the Uruguayan defense?

    Uruguay went through the group stage 3-0, and did not allow a goal. Its defense has largely not been tested, and now gets a Portugal team that, bar Ronaldo, has struggled to put together much offense. 

    THE PICKS

    France 2-1 Argentina

    Uruguay 1-0 Portugal

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His weekly podcast, Box to Box Football, can be found on iTunes here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/box-to-box-football/id1208561351?mt=2


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    'I won't allow you or your sycophants to turn your cruelty into virtue,' Stewart told Trump in a guest appearance on 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' Thursday, panning the president's immigration policy and 'Dickensian level of villainy' in separating children from their families. Watch video

    Jon Stewart again popped up from his hiding place beneath Stephen Colbert's desk during an appearance on "The Late Show" Thursday to address President Donald Trump. 

    The former "Daily Show" host, who grew up in Lawrenceville and owns an animal sanctuary with his wife in Colts Neck, is known for his meditations on Trump during guest appearances on the late-night show. He also recently appeared on a segment in which he proclaimed the existence of central New Jersey

    "Hello, Donald!" Stewart, 55, began his message to Trump. "It's me! The guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter."

    He was referring to Trump's 2013 tweet in which he posted, "I promise you that I'm much smarter than Jonathan Leibowitz - I mean Jon Stewart @TheDailyShow. Who, by the way, is totally overrated."

    (Trump followed up that tweet with another saying how Stewart shouldn't have changed his last name and that he should "be proud of his heritage," while calling him a "total phony.")

    "It's just we're all still having a little trouble adjusting to your presidency as it goes into its 500th year," an exasperated Stewart said, rubbing his face with his hands. 

    He said that thanks to Trump, everything is backwards and upside down -- "Apparently now, Putin and Kim Jong Un are noble, intelligent role models and Canada's a bunch of giant ***holes." 

    "You're redoing the postwar alliances only this time, we're with the Axis powers," Stewart continued. 

    He told Trump that a hallmark of his presidency was that "no matter what you do, it always comes with an extra layer of gleeful cruelty and d**kishness." He said this could be seen in Trump's vehement opposition to NFL players taking a knee, in his implying that women who accused him of sexual assault were ugly and in his labeling of the media as enemies of the people. 

    "It's not even partisan," Stewart said. "Anybody in the Republican Party who dares speak against you, they also must be humiliated, even if they have a terminal disease." In this, he referred to Sen. John McCain, who has brain cancer. 

    He said the Trump doctrine is best explained by a clip from Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 film "Conan the Barbarian": "Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women."

    Stewart told Trump he could have enacted a more stringent border policy without going to the lengths his administration has gone in separating families.

    "But I guess it wouldn't have felt right without a Dickensian level of villainy," he said. "You casually separated people seeking asylum from their children. From babies." 

    So Stewart attempted to bargain with Trump, to give him something he'd want that could possibly compel him to back off of that "gleeful cruelty."

    "How about we give you a giant building with gold toilets and your name on it?" he proposed, only to have Colbert, who lives in Montclair, creep up from underneath the whisper that was where Trump lived. Then how about a news network that would praise everything he did? Colbert informed Stewart about Fox News. Or maybe a volcano that would destroy a portion of Barack Obama's home state of Hawaii? Enter Colbert with the word on Kilauea.

    Stewart gave up on those possibilities, but said he would draw the line on another matter: "I won't allow you or your sycophants to turn your cruelty into virtue." With that, he cued some clips of Trump's defenders calling him a strong leader, a fighter and a "compassionate human being." 

    To explain the concept, Stewart referenced Abraham Lincoln's 1860 speech at Cooper Union. When he was yet to be president, Lincoln said slaveholders wanted free states to "cease to call slavery wrong and join them in calling it right." 

    "What Donald Trump wants is for us to stop calling his cruelty and fear and divisiveness wrong, but to join him in calling it right," he said. "And this we cannot do," Stewart said, to applause that drowned out the end of his statement: "And by not yielding, we will prevail." He squeezed out an incomplete sentence as the cheering continued. "Unless, of course, the Democratic leadership continues to be a bunch of feckless ..." 

     

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    Class 243 is the first class in New Jersey history to graduate under the new title of correctional police officers Watch video

    TRENTON --  The state Department of Corrections presented badges to 147 new officers Thursday.

    Acting DOC Director Marcus O. Hicks, Esq. administered the oath of office and presented each new officer with his or her badge.

    During the ceremony at the Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in downtown Trenton, the department also celebrated recent officer promotions and presented individual awards and honors to 11 new officers.

    Class President Officer Gregory P. Cinnella III pointed out in his address that "Class 243 has the distinction of being the first class in the history of New Jersey to graduate under the new title of correctional police officers."

    He called the class, "One cohesive team charged with one righteous mission" and encouraged them to, "Hold your heads up high because we have earned every bit of our way here today."

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    The graduates of Class 243 come from 17 of New Jersey's 21 counties, with 28 from Essex County, and 20 from Middlesex County.

    The rest of the officers and their county of residence:

    Atlantic, 1; Bergen, 16; Burlington, 2; Camden, 3; Cape May, 1; Cumberland, 12; Gloucester, 2; Hudson, 10; Hunterdon, 1; Mercer, 11; Monmouth, 11; Ocean, 11; Passaic 7; Somerset, 1; Sussex, 2; and Union, 8.

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    Binghamton's Tim Tebow also made the Eastern Division roster, and will return to Trenton for a third time this season.

    Friday afternoon, the two rosters for the 2018 Eastern League All-Star Game were announced.

    Trenton's Arm & Hammer Park will host the event on Wednesday, July 11, at 7 p.m., with the Case's Pork Roll Home Run Derby scheduled for the night before at 8 p.m.

    Four Thunder players were chosen to represent the Eastern Division team: pitchers Caleb Frare and Dillon Tate, infielder Abiatal Avelino, and outfielder Trey Amburgey.

    Thunder manager Jay Bell was enthusiastic to hear which players made the team. 

    "I voted for six, and they got four of the six I voted for," Bell said. "So I was extremely excited about that."

    Binghamton's Tim Tebow also made the Eastern Division roster, and will return to Trenton for a third time this season.

    Bell will coach the Eastern squad. He was also the manager for the High A Florida State League All-Star game last season. So what is Bell looking forward to the most on July 11?

    "Winning," Bell said. "I like to win. I will tell you this: last year, having the opportunity to manage the All-Star Game in Florida, and then go out to Arizona and do the Fall League, it is enjoyable, even for the coaching staff. 

    "It is always enjoyable to be in the room with guys like Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and some of the guys like that, and share with them briefly your vision for that particular game, which is kind of a microcosm of what you try to do throughout your career and life.

    "I will have a conversation with them, maybe after BP or before BP that day, and just share with them that my intention is for them to go out there and enjoy themselves, have a great time playing in the game. But at the same time, we want to shake hands after the game.

    "It is a lot more fun to shake hands after the game than it is to walk away."

    Yankees prospects watch from A to Z | Justus Sheffield, Anthony Seigler hot

    New Hampshire, which is the Thunder's opponent for Friday through Tuesday in the final five home games before the break, will send five players to the game.

    Pitcher Jordan Romano and outfielder Jonathan Davis will be joined by the star-studded Fisher Cats' infield prospects with very familiar names. Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. all made the 25-man roster, but Guerrero Jr. will miss the contest through injury.

    All three of the New Hampshire infielders are the sons of Major League players, with Biggio's (Craig Biggio) and Guerrero Jr's (Vladimir Guerrero) fathers both enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    NOTES:

    This is the third time Trenton will host the All-Star Game, and the first time since the 2009 Eastern League contest. The Thunder also hosted the Double A All-Star Game in 1996.

    The Yankees made several roster moves before the game Friday.

    Relief pitcher Stephen Tarpley was moved up to Triple A Scranton with infielder Ryan McBroom, while pitcher Brady Lail transferred to Trenton from Scranton.

    McBroom went to Scranton to replace Chris Drury, who was recalled to the major league roster for the three-game series with the Red Sox, starting Friday night.

    Tarpley was nearly unhittable in the first three months of the season with the Thunder. He was 5-0, with a 1.26 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP, in 19 games. Opponents hit .145 against the lefty in 35.2 innings.

    Bell has seen the reliever transform into a potential big league arm over the last season and a half.

    "It is amazing," Bell said. "Last year when I had him at Tampa, he had come off an injury, or was having some arm issues. He pitched well there, and really well here, but he wasn't sharp.

    "This year, he has been extraordinarily sharp. All his pitches have worked, and worked well. The sinker is excellent, and it is pretty amazing to have watched his progress over the two years.

    "I am unbelievably proud of him, and what he has accomplished, and thrilled that he has the opportunity to jump a level this year. In my opinion, he has got big league stuff. For him to have got the opportunity to go to Triple A and to prove it there is a good thing."

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    Police have not released the identity of the 42-year-old woman who died in West Windsor on Friday.

    A 42-year-old Ewing woman died Friday after she was thrown from a motorcycle and then hit by a car on Route 1 South in West Windsor, police said. 

    The woman, whom township police did not name, was a passenger on a 1990 Honda CBR motorcycle at about 11 p.m. when its driver lost control while passing through construction near Market Fair and crashed, police said. 

    Both people were injured, and the woman continued standing in the road, according to police. The driver of a 2000 Mercury Grand Marquis then hit her, police said. 

    Emergency responders treated the woman at the scene before they brought her to Capital Health System - Fuld, where she died from her injuries. 

    The motorcyclist was treated for serious injuries at Capital Health, while the driver of the Grand Marquis was not injured. 

    The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office and West Windsor police are investigating.

    Anyone with additional information about the crash is asked to contact Traffic Officer Francesco LaTorre at 609-799-1222 or latorre@westwindsorpolice.com. 

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    Thunder manager Jay Bell is one of the people who have noticed the improvement in Tebow's at-bats.

    While the Thunder still have nine games left before the Eastern League All-Star break, much of the talk this weekend has turned to the hometown event.

    Trenton will host the game on Wednesday, July 11, with the Case's Pork Roll Home Run Derby Tuesday, July 10. While the Thunder have four players at the game, there are many other stars from the Eastern League that will be top draws as well.

    New Hampshire's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would have been the top prospect to play in the game, if not for his injury, the unquestioned star on show for the fans will be from the Binghamton roster.

    Tim Tebow, who came into Trenton for two near sold out series with the Rumble Ponies, should once again have Arm & Hammer Park as the place to be in 10 days. The outfielder made the Eastern Division roster after heating up during the month of June.

    Tebow was hitting .255 after an 0-for-4 Friday night, but his numbers over the last 30 days have been much better. Through June 29, he was hitting .300 (21-or-70) in June. Binghamton played the Thunder six times over that 10-day stretch, and Tebow hit .333 (eight-for-24) against Trenton pitchers.

    Thunder manager Jay Bell is one of the people who have noticed the improvement in Tebow's at-bats.

    Four Thunder players make 2018 All-Star Game, hosted by Trenton

    "I have been really impressed with Tim," Bell said. "He has done a phenomenal job offensively. He has made some humongous strides. I don't know if he is a big leaguer. There are a lot of guys in this league that play well in this league that don't make it to the big leagues.

    "But, he has done an amazing job offensively. He is still working hard defensively to be a good outfielder. But I will tell you what, he is not an easy out anymore. He is still striking out some, but he is putting together some good at-bats."

    When Tebow first decided to play minor league baseball, and through his early struggles in Class A ball, there were many who thought that the Tebow experiment was akin to a stunt. But he has posted some decent numbers in a tough league this season. Tebow has 12 doubles, 26 runs, and 30 RBI, hitting down in the lineup for the Rumble Ponies.

    "Listen, this is upper level baseball," Bell said. "Upper level baseball is good baseball. Double A pitching, as you guys have seen, you will see guys go from here to the big leagues. We have had a couple ourselves.

    "It is not easy to have success at this level, and for him to do what he has done is remarkable. First of all, he is a great athlete, no doubt about that. He wants to learn, and he goes out of his way to learn. 

    "I am really impressed by what he has accomplished."

    NOTES:

    After Friday night's walk off, 7-6, 10 inning victory over New Hampshire, the Thunder cut the deficit at the top of the Eastern Division to 1.5 games, with four more games left in the series.

    Trenton was 45-34 coming into Saturday night, with the Fisher Cats 46-32. Hartford (39-39) has now taken over third place from Binghamton (38-40), and the Yard Goats sit 5.5 games behind Trenton for the second playoff spot.

    Akron leads the Western Division at 46-34, 3.5 games better than Altoona (40-35), and five games ahead of Richmond (40-38) and Harrisburg (41-39).

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean


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    Then it was the teenage superstar that took control of the match, to put France into the quarterfinals.

    The first day of the 2018 World Cup knockout stage was a star-studded affair, with the top two players in the world in action.

    Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo tried to drag their underperforming squads into the quarterfinals, but it was a teenage Kylian Mbappe that stole the show in the first match, and his Paris Saint Germain team mate Edinson Cavani that took over the second game.

    RESULTS

    France 4-3 Argentina

    Uruguay 2-1 Portugal

    SATURDAY'S TWO STARS 

    Kylian Mbappe-Lottin, France

    The teenager became a household name to new fans, but the star has been performing for two years now. He rated out the highest of any player so far at the tournament, with a 9.77 Man of the Match rating on Whoscored.com.

    Edinson Cavani, Uruguay

    The striker stepped up huge for his team, with two goals. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.84 rating.

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    KYLIAN MBAPPE STEALS THE SHOW FOR FRANCE

    Down a goal, after a deflected shot went in to give Argentina a 2-1 lead just after the break, France was in a tough spot. But a Benjamin Pavard wonder goal in the 57th minute got the French team back in, and then it was the teenage superstar that took control of the match, to put France into the quarterfinals.

    Mbappe, who set up the first goal and ran the Argentina defense ragged all morning, scored twice in four minutes (64, 68) to give France a 4-3 win.

    Les Bleus will play Uruguay 10 a.m. Friday, after the South American side held off the 2016 European champions 2-1 thanks to Cavani's brace. The big forward left the match with a leg injury after his second goal of the game just seven minutes after Pepe tied the score at 1-1.

    SUNDAY'S SCHEDULE

    At 10 a.m. EDT, Spain will take on Russia, while at 2 p.m., Croatia will play Denmark.

    Both matches are on Fox and Fubo.tv.

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR SUNDAY

    There are many that think the finalist from this side of the bracket will play Sunday.

    But is it Spain, or Croatia?

    Spain looked unconvincing, as it won Group B with a win and two draws. But now that the 2010 champions have made it through to this half of the draw, they are the second favorite with the oddsmakers to lift the trophy on July 15. Russia looked tough in its first two games, but was brought back down to earth by Uruguay in its final Group A contest.

    Croatia came through Group D as the most impressive team in the tournament. It is no longer a dark horse pick to go deep; this team can legitimately win its first world title, after three straight wins over Nigeria, Argentina, and Iceland.

    Denmark is going to be a tough match, though, as runner up to France in Group C. The Danes have the talent to play with Croatia. 

    THE PICKS

    Spain 3-0 Russia

    Croatia 3-1 Denmark

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    If a bill is passed into law, New Jersey's Secretary of State would be required to establish a secure Internet website to allow eligible voters to register online.

    Half of Americans polled recently by three respected organizations say they fear their country is in "real danger of becoming a nondemocratic, authoritarian country."

    This wasn't the work of some leftie-radical fringe group. The George W. Bush Institute and the University of Pennsylvania's Biden Center commissioned the report, along with Freedom House, which takes the pulse of democracies around the world.

    The most startling aspect of the poll is that the panic over democracy's potential demise was shared by Democrats and Republicans alike.

    The week these findings came out, the U.S. Supreme Court issued rulings in two gerrymandering cases, in essence upholding voting maps in Texas and North Carolina that critics charge discriminate against minority voters.

    Earlier in June, the court let stand Ohio's overly aggressive attempts to purge voter laws by allowing states to kick voters off the books if they skip a few elections and fail to respond to official notices.

    This is the same court, you remember, that gutted essential parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, stripping away hard-fought protections in many states.

    Specifically, the justices ruled that states with a history of racial bias no longer had to clear any redistricting plans with the Justice Department or with a federal court.

    More people in N.J. will be registered to vote soon.

    Does anyone think it's coincidental that voter confidence in the democratic process is so dismally low at a time when voter suppression is so prevalent? Neither do we.

    So we find huge comfort in a bill sponsored by state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, designed to open the voting process to as wide a spectrum of the state's populace as possible.

    Under Weinberg's legislation, which the Senate recently approved by a vote of 21-15, the Secretary of State would be required to establish a secure Internet website to allow eligible voters to register online.

    The measure would also authorize the use of digitized signatures from the N.J. Motor Vehicle Commission's database in conjunction with online voter registration forms.

    "From banking to vehicle registration renewal, we already conduct so many transactions online," Weinberg says of her proposal. "There is no reason in this day and age not to add voter registration to that list."

    Built into the law - and essential to make it work - are specific security measures the Secretary of State must enact to guarantee the accuracy and integrity of voter registration forms submitted electronically.

    New Jersey wouldn't be alone in going the digital route. Arizona began the trend in 2002, and by last December, 37 states and the District of Columbia had signed on, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

    Learning from their collective experiences, the Garden State is primed to usher its voting practices into the 21st Century, creating a system that is efficient, convenient and welcoming to all.

    And yes, democratic to boot.

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    Gusciora was one of the prime sponsors of the marriage equality legislation, the medical marijuana law, the law that banned smoking in restaurants and bars, and most recently the ban on marriage before age 18.

    With affectionate -- and at times, peculiar -- tributes, members of the state Assembly said goodbye to Reed Gusciora Saturday as he ended his 22-year career in state elective office.

    Gusciora, 58, will be sworn in as the Mayor of Trenton Sunday.

    A municipal prosecutor in several Mercer County communities, Gusciora was one of the prime sponsors of the marriage equality legislation, the medical marijuana law, the law that banned smoking in restaurants and bars, and most recently the ban on marriage before age 18.  He chaired committees on the environment, economic development and legislative oversight.

    2 elections later, Trenton has finally picked a new mayor 

    During a special Saturday voting session called as a potential state government shutdown loomed, Assemblyman Herb Conaway, D-Burlington, offered the first helping of praise.

    "He's taken on the tough fights for marriage equality, LGBT rights, the environment, and for the city of Trenton that I know he loves...It is crying out for leadership we know he is going to bring," Conaway said.

    It was in large part Gusciora's "tenacious" drive that led to the rebuilding of Trenton Central High School, he added.

    Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-Hudson) followed that up, noting Gusciora was a "trailblazer" as New Jersey's first openly-gay state legislator and as a civil, human and animal rights, who "always spoke your mind courageously."

    Mukherji ended with a sly joke: "If I weren't married, you would give me cause to switch teams."

    Assemblyman John Burzichelli, D-Burlington, subbing as Assembly Speaker for Craig Coughlin, D-Middlesex, who was tied up with budget negotiations, didn't miss a beat.

    "Your versatility is duly noted for the record," Burzichelli told Mukherji.

    Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz, R-Union, thanked Gusciora for joining as a co-prime sponsor on the child marriage ban and an anti-stalking bill. (Lawmakers in the minority party in the Statehouse typically need to partner with a colleague in the dominant party to get any bills passed.) 

    "You were my first choice," Munoz said. "I don't know what I am going to do now."

    Assemblywoman Valeri Vainieri Huttle, D-Bergen, thanked Gusciora for showing her how to "be independent, speak your mind and get things done." Assemblyman John McKeon, D-Essex, described him as "the strongest of moral compasses."

    To some, Gusciora gained fame for being called a name.

    Gov. Chris Christie infamously called him "numbnuts" in 2012 after Gusciora criticized the Republican governor for suggesting the right for gay couples to marry should be decided at the ballot box.

    Gusciora shrugged off the slight, and added "numbnuts legislator" to his @gusciora twitter bio. (Numbnuts legislator, unabashed lib, sponsor of med marijuana and marriage equality; college prof and prosecutor; last of the Spandau Ballet fans).

    Gusciora struck a more circumspect tone in his farewell remarks, following a standing ovation. 

    "We have an awesome and tremendous responsibility, and I have enjoyed serving with all of you. These are going to be among the best memories of my life," Gusciora said. "Trenton can be great again, and I hope you will be with me every step of the way."

    Susan K. Livio may be reached at slivio@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @SusanKLivio. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.

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    Rutgers researchers are hoping that DNA will tell them where the longhorned tick came from and just how harmful it is.


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    Miles City is about 930 miles from Seattle, 650 from Minneapolis (Twins), and 550 from Denver (Rockies), but the state directly borders Washington.

    After a 2017 season of struggles at both High A Tampa and Double A Trenton, Thunder reliever Caleb Frare went home and hit the reset button.

    Or as close to that term as there is in the non-virtual world.

    Frare's numbers in 2017 were not good, especially the amount of walks he gave up and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched). For the full season at two levels, he gave up 52 walks in 62.2 innings, 48 hits, and was 3-4 with a 4.02 ERA. Frare gave up 32 runs (28 earned), which is about right with the amount of walks allowed.

    But he also had 78 strikeouts. 

    So this winter, Frare went home to Miles City, Montana and did two things: he wanted to throw the baseball harder than he did in 2017, and he wanted to fix his relationship with God.

    Whatever he did, it has worked so far in 2018. Frare has been dominant over the first half of the season, and the argument can be made that he has been the best reliever in the league over the first 80 games of 2018.

    Frare is 3-1, with a 0.76 ERA and three saves, in 24 games for Trenton. But more importantly, his walks are way down. He has issued just 11 in 35.2 innings, with 47 strikeouts, for a WHIP of 0.95. Frare has allowed just three earned runs, and opponents are hitting just .184 against him.

    "I went home this offseason and tried to throw harder, and fix my relationship with God," Frare said. "Last year, I got really off-track. That was where my biggest problem was. I would show up to the field, and have anxiety with what was going to happen that night.

    "I tried to fix my relationship with God, started reading more, and that has been the biggest difference this year."

    Tim Tebow headed back to Trenton for 2018 Eastern League All-Star Game

    Miles City is nearly 2,000 miles from Trenton, and Frare took some time to get adjusted to his new town.

    "You get away from home, and you get into a new place," Frare said. "I have never been with this much traffic before. It is traffic. You go to Montana, and you will drive 20 miles without seeing somebody. So it is completely different.

    "It is something that I feel is necessary in my life, that I have to spend more time with God, to be able to succeed. Not just in baseball, but in life."

    All the changes culminated in a chance for Frare to showcase his stuff in front of the hometown fans at the All-Star Game on July 11. It is something that, even with the dominant first half, Frare did not think would happen.

    "I didn't think I would get picked, so it is cool," Frare said. "(Playing at home) is cool. It is a place that I am comfortable with. I know the clubhouse, I know the field. It is nice. I have been to everywhere in the Eastern League, so it is cool."

    Frare has also improved his numbers against lefty hitters, something that he struggled with at times last season due to the walks. Left-handed batters are hitting just .173 this season against the reliever.

    "I have struggled with that in years' past," Frare said. "My lefty numbers haven't been as good as they should be. This year, I have really taken pride in how I do against left-handed hitters, making sure that if they do put the ball in play, it is very weak contact. Either softly hit on the ground, or softly hit in the air."

    NOTES:

    Frare allowed just one earned run in June (two overall), in 11.2 innings of work, with two walks and 16 strikeouts.

    Incredibly for someone who has made it the the Double A level of baseball, this is the first time in his life that Frare has made an All-Star team or game.

    "Never: this is my first time," Frare said. "My home town of Miles City, Montana, did not believe in all-star teams. I got kicked out of American Legion and Babe Ruth because my dad started a club team.

    "We started to travel the country, and play, so I never got to play organized baseball until I got drafted."

    Frare grew up a Mariners' fan because that is the team that was on television in Eastern Montana. Miles City is about 930 miles from Seattle, 650 from Minneapolis (Twins), and 550 from Denver (Rockies), but the state directly borders Washington.

    "We got the Mariners on basic cable, so that is who I watched," Frare said. "I grew up a Mariners' fan because Western Montana is closer to Washington than Southern Montana is to Colorado."

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean


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