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Central Jersey News from the Times of Trenton

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    Pets throughout New Jersey await adoption at shelters and rescues.

    Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com) has some sound advice if you've ever felt the impulse to by a pet for the holidays.

    "Adding a pet to the family is a long-term commitment. It's a decision that needs input from everyone who would care for the animal. That's why pets should not be given as holiday gifts.

    The scene has been replayed so often in popular culture that it has come to symbolize the holidays as much as tinsel and candy canes: A shopper, with freshly wrapped packages bulging out of two different bags, casually walks by a pet store window as the snow falls gently around her. The puppies behind the glass, all floppy ears and paws, madly scramble over each other trying to capture the shopper's attention. The temptation is too great. The shopper whisks into the store and impulsively purchases an animal for her beloved.

    This season, many shoppers will buy a dog or cat to give to a friend or loved one. Their motivations can be as varied as the snowflake: Some will buy an animal on impulse, some because they're caught up in the spirit of the season, and some just because the doggie looks so darn cute in the pet shop window.

    None of them is the right reason to add a new pet to the family.

    Adding a pet to the family is a serious, long-term commitment. It's a decision that needs input from everyone who would be involved in caring for the animal. What type of animal would have a personality most compatible with a person or family? Who would be the primary caregiver of the pet? How much will it cost to feed and provide veterinary care? Who would look after the animal during trips? Could someone be allergic to the pet?

    Instead of buying a puppy or kitten as a gift, consider waiting to adopt a pet after the holidays. You could give a loved one a "gift certificate" from a local shelter, or a snapshot of a shelter pet, or even a stuffed animal representing a shelter pet-all which can be used as "passports" to adopt an animal later. This not only promotes responsible adoption, but provides a little fun, too.

    After the holidays, if your loved ones decide they are indeed willing and able to adopt a pet, you can bring them down to the local shelter where they can use their 'passport' to adopt their new friend.

    The alternative to this scenario can be sadder than the Island of Misfit Toys."

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


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    Eighteen of the 20 Premier League teams will be in action, as the festive period continues

    Boxing Day football is a tradition in England, and all levels of the English football pyramid will be in action Wednesday.

    Eighteen of the 20 Premier League teams will be in action, as the festive period continues. After Southampton and West Ham play Thursday (2:45 p.m. EST, NBC Sports and Fubo.tv), the league will be at the half way point of the season.

    The England Championship has reached that point already, and the race at the top is just as exciting as the top flight one. Leeds (48 points) and Norwich City (47 points) sit at the top of the table in the two automatic promotion spots after 23 matches, but West Bromwich Albion (42 points) is right on their heels.

    Crystal Palace stuns City; Manchester United's 5-star attack returns

    WEDNESDAY PREMIER LEAGUE BOXING DAY SCHEDULE

    Fulham vs. Wolverhampton, 7:30 a.m EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Burnley vs. Everton, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Crystal Palace vs. Cardiff City, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Leicester City vs. Manchester City, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports Gold)

    Liverpool vs. Newcastle, 10 a.m. (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Manchester United vs. Huddersfield Town, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Tottenham vs. Bournemouth, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Brighton vs. Arsenal, 12:15 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Watford vs. Chelsea, 2:30 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    THURSDAY PREMIER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

    Southampton vs. West Ham United, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    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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    Is it possible that Tottenham, under threat of losing its coach, will be the team that is best positioned to chase down the Reds?

    What is going on in the Premier League?

    Manchester City has imploded, with three losses in four matches. Liverpool still has not lost, and heads into the most important stretch of games in almost 30 years as the new favorite to hoist what would be its first Premier League title.

    Is it possible that Tottenham, under threat of losing its coach at the end of the campaign, will be the team that is best positioned to chase down the Reds? 

    Liverpool has Arsenal at home Saturday, then faces Manchester City next Thursday on the road. If the Reds win both, it might be time to dust off the parade bus.

    Since 2012, every team but one that has sat a top the table at Christmas has gone on to win the title?

    The aberration? Liverpool in 2013-2014, after its late season slip-up handed Manchester City the title.

    At the bottom of the table, it looks likely that the relegation battle will be fought between four clubs: Cardiff City (17th), Burnley (18th), Fulham (19th), and Huddersfield Town (20th). Which of the teams will go out and find a much-needed goal-scoring threat that could lead them to safety?

    Check back in tomorrow for the state of the Premier League at the halfway pole, and first half awards.

    BOXING DAY RESULTS

    Fulham 1-1 Wolverhampton

    Burnley 1-5 Everton

    Crystal Palace 0-0 Cardiff City

    Leicester City 2-1 Manchester City

    Liverpool 4-0 Newcastle United

    Manchester United 3-1 Huddersfield Town

    Tottenham 5-0 Bournemouth

    Brighton 1-1 Arsenal

    Watford vs. Chelsea

    BOXING DAY'S THREE STARS

    Lucas Digne, Everton

    Just what the Toffees needed after a tough stretch. Digne had two goals, both from outside the box, as Everton routed Burnley. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.21 rating.

    Son Hueng-min, Tottenham

    Gets the nod for his second straight dominant performance for the Spurs. He had two goals, and is quickly becoming one of the favorites for Player of the Year. 

    Paul Pogba, Manchester United

    A perfect 10 performance from the World Cup winner, who is loving life under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pogba had a second half brace, as United won again; he was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 10 rating.

    Crystal Palace stuns City; Manchester United's 5-star attack returns

    BURNLEY, HUDDERSFIELD, CONTINUE TO SINK  

    What a difference a year makes.

    Last season, Burnley was flying, finishing the season seventh in a UEFA Europa spot. But at the halfway point of this campaign, the Clarets are one of the bookies' favorites to be relegated at 1/4.

    Which is the only team with shorter odds?

    Huddersfield Town. 

    The Terriers were lucky to stay up last season, and without Aaron Mooy until February, this festive period could see their demise.

    Both teams have massive contests coming up one either side of the F.A. Cup break. Huddersfield will visit 19th-place Fulham Saturday, then will host Burnley on January 2 before a trip to Cardiff City on the 12th.

    Burnley will get West Ham at home Saturday, before visiting the Terriers. The Clarets will then host Fulham on January 12.

    Can any of the bottom four make a move up the table in the next two weeks?

    THURSDAY SCHEDULE

    Southampton vs. West Ham, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    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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    "You don't take a photograph, you make it." -- Ansel Adams

    I'm pretty sure I wasn't alone in giving a mental thumbs up to the TV screen when watching one of the installments in Rocket Mortgage's "Lingo" commercial series.

    In the installment, a couple is in an art gallery near a man who offers his interpretation of a painting of a gray dot. "And here we see the artist making an attempt to bare his soul," he says with emotion ... after which Keegan-Michael Key pops in behind the couple and translates for them: "It's just a gray dot."

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    So, as the cliche says, art is in the eye of the beholder. And, it occurs to me -- someone who has combed through thousands and thousands of photographs shot by folks who do not consider themselves artists -- it's sad to think of all of the gallery-worthy art that will never be pondered. In the genre of photography, I can't possibly be the first person to think that if you took the work of everyday people -- those not considered artists -- and hung their pictures in galleries, art would be on display.

    We see photos taken by everyday people that, intentionally or not, mirror many of the things that we've been told make for great art. Here, we're providing a gallery of beautiful photos taken in New Jersey that are more than just gray dots.

    And here are some other vintage photo galleries you might enjoy.

    The vintage N.J. photos that touched us in 2017

    More vintage N.J. photos that are works of art

    Even more vintage photos from N.J. that are works of art

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


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    Will Liverpool hold its nerve over the final 19 games of this season to win its first Premier League title, and first top flight title since 1989-90?

    Prior to the 2018-19 season, there had been just three teams to reach the midway point of the campaign unbeaten.

    But Liverpool, with 16 wins and three draws, joined 2003-04 Arsenal, 2011-12 Manchester United, and the 2017-18 Manchester City teams in that feat.

    All three prior teams ended the season as champions. Will history repeat itself?

    The other factor that could be in Liverpool's favor is that since the start of the 2002-03 season, teams that has been alone or tied at the top of the Premier League standings after 19 games have won 15 of the 17 titles.

    But there is a caveat.

    Which were the two seasons it did not happen?

    In 2008-09, when Liverpool was ahead by a point and lost out to Manchester United, and in 2013-14, when Liverpool blew a five-point lead with three games to go after Steven Gerrard's slip, and a 3-3 monumental draw at Crystal Palace which saw the Eagles overturn a three-goal deficit in the final 12 minutes.

    Will Liverpool hold its nerve over the final 19 games of this season to win its first Premier League title, and first top flight title since 1989-90?

    There are two teams chasing the Reds: Tottenham and Manchester City. While most thought the Cityzens would cruise to a second-straight championship, they have fallen on hard times in the festive period, losing three of their last four contests. But a match at home with Liverpool next Thursday can right the ship (or sink it).

    At the other end of the table, the relegation battle is shaping up to be one for the ages. Southampton, with 15 points in 16th place in the table, and Newcastle United, with 17 points in 15th place, are on the periphery of the bottom three, but the Saints look a different side under Ralph Hassenhutl, and Magpies should have enough guile to grind out results.

    It looks likely that the current bottom four (Cardiff City, 15 points, 17th; Burnley, 12 points, 18th; Fulham, 11 points, 19th; Huddersfield Town, 10 points, 20th) will battle it out to stay in the richest league in the world.

    In the next few weeks, there will be many relegation six-pointers played between the sides. Which, if any, of the teams will find a way to get some results to stay in the top flight?

    Premier League: Spurs soaring, City crumbling, Liverpool new favorites

    MIDSEASON AWARDS

    Golden Boot: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal, 13 goals.

    Player of the First Half: Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 10 goals, nine assists.

    Coach of the First Half: Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham

    PREDICTED TOP FOUR

    1. Manchester City

    2. Liverpool

    3. Tottenham

    4. Manchester United

    PREDICTED BOTTOM THREE

    18. Fulham

    19. Burnley

    20. Huddersfield Town

    WEEKEND SCHEDULE

    Saturday

    Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Everton, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Fulham vs. Huddersfield Town, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Leicester City vs. Cardiff City, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Tottenham vs. Wolverhampton, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Watford vs. Newcastle United, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Liverpool vs. Arsenal, 12:30 p.m. EST (NBC and Fubo.tv)

    Sunday 

    Crystal Palace vs. Chelsea, 7 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Burnley vs. West Ham United, 9:15 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Southampton vs. Manchester City, 9:15 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Manchester United vs. Bournemouth, 11:30 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR SATURDAY

    Liverpool begins a two-game stretch that will either solidify it as the champions-elect or turn this into a three-way race to the finish line.

    The Reds host Arsenal in the late game, and it will be interesting to see which lineup Jurgen Klopp puts out on the pitch. He has not rotated the squad during the last week, which could lead to some problems down the road. But for now, it has worked, as Liverpool continues to rout its opponents.

    With the Thursday game at Manchester City looming, Liverpool can not afford to overlook the Gunners.

    Can Tottenham continue to pile in the goals? The Spurs are in second place; if they can get two more wins before the F.A. Cup break, combined with Liverpool dropping points, then this could be the year they finally win some silverware after a decade-long wait.

    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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    The backup quarterback still has year of eligibility

    West Virginia's Will Grier and Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins are two of the best quarterbacks in college football. This season they have combined to throw for 8,444 yards and 84 touchdowns.

    How do you compete with that? Ask Chris Chugunov.

    The Montgomery High School graduate played behind Grier for two seasons and this year the transfer has taken just three snaps for the Buckeyes. As he prepares for OSU's New Year's Day Rose Bowl, he does so with an eye on next year's final season.

    "I've had a hell of a ride so far,'' the 22-year-old said a few days ago, home for the holidays before a flight to Los Angeles on Christmas morning. "I am excited for next year.''

    Chuganov.jpgChugunov

    Haskins, a sophomore, may or may not declare for the NFL draft. Behind him is current No. 2 man Tate Martell, a sophomore, and behind him is freshman Matt Baldwin. On paper, Chugunov doesn't appear to have a shot at more playing time - he took only three snaps this season.

    But as they say, games are not played on paper. Especially if Haskins signs an NFL contract.

    "A whole lot can happen in a year, a whole lot can happen in a week,'' Chugunov said. "We'll see what the situation is next year. The bottom line is I'm gonna show up every day, I'm gonna compete to the best of my ability, succeed in the classroom and set myself up to be successful when I graduate and possibly pursue a law degree.''

    He will take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) in early spring.

    "I mean, I have a whole lot going on outside of football, but with football I will do my best. I feel I've acquired so much information and knowledge,'' he said. "I've improved as a person, a player and a student.''

    After redshirting as a freshman in 2015, Chugunov went on to earn a degree in Finance in under four years at WVU. If Grier opted out before this season, Chugunov might have been enticed to remain in Morgantown.

    So why Ohio State?

    "I had always watched them growing up. The football program is obviously attractive, and school-wise it had the Master's program in Sports Management. And the coaches are awesome. It all kind of just fell into place. I'm having a great time,'' he said. "I love the players, the coaches, and I have one more year to be a Buckeye.''

    Chugunov never considered his state university, saying only, "That's a whole other story that stems back to high school.''

    Chugunov passes on West Virginia, transfers to Ohio State

    There was quite a story when the new guy arrived in Columbus. Assuming you didn't spend the summer vacationing under water, you know head coach Urban Meyer was stripped of his duties until the fourth game of the season.

    That didn't affect Chugunov's approach.

    "It definitely was an interesting time to show up there, without a doubt,'' he said with a laugh. "I didn't expect much this season. I came in late, I was behind the 8-ball, but Haskins is a hell of a player. But it's been a pretty cool experience. Obviously I knew my situation going in. I had reasonable expectations. There was no point this season when I was at all frustrated.''

    Montgomery football coach Zoran Milich kept in touch with his former quarterback, and was not at all surprised with how he handled the situation.

    "He was an insurance factor, a veteran who had started a few games and played in big venues,'' Milich said. "And in the same breath he is getting a great education for his Master's. So it's kind of a win-win.''

    That's what Chugunov did in high school, leading the Cougars to their best back-to-back seasons with a 14-6 record his final two years with two playoff appearances.

    "The greatest thing about him was he made everyone around him better. He has a great personality; everybody likes him. Obviously he's a good student. He has a great sense of humor. The word he uses is, 'Chill.' But he's a hard worker. He didn't take short cuts," Milich said.

    "High school was playing with all your boys that you grew up with,'' Chugunov said. "My senior year (8-2) was special; so many friends on the team and we were such a close-knit group. Coach Milich is a great coach. He has passion for his players and the program. He's always had my back in every possible situation.

    "I mean, was he easy on us all the time? No. But at the end of the day he taught us a lot of important lessons about toughness and persevering.''

    Clearly Chugunov learned those lessons.

    Perhaps sports law is in his future, perhaps being a sports agent or somewhere in sports management. "I want to stay close to sports,'' he said. "At the end of the day I want to use what I've learned to kind of fight for the greater good for the athletes.''

    He even mentioned the possibility of coaching.

    "With me, you never really know. I like moving around. My mind changes every day. I'm one of those guys,'' he said with a smile.

    He has played in a total of nine college football games, has three career touchdown passes, and his first start at West Virginia was at Oklahoma in front of 90,000-plus. "I was screaming at the top of my lungs and could barely hear myself,'' he said. But the noise level fell short when visiting Penn State in Game 4 this fall. "That place was shaking'' he said about the whiteout home crowd.

    "I've been blessed, I've had so many experiences in two major conferences. By the time I'm done I will have played in every Big 10 and Big 12 stadium. It's cool. The last five-six months have been an awesome experience. Next season, whatever happens, happens. It's probably my last ride. We'll see."


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    Consider a new pet in the new year from a shelter or rescue.

    Here is this week's collection of some of the dogs and cats in need of adoption in New Jersey.

    If you're considering a new pet in 2019, think about adopting from one of these or the scores of other shelters and rescues throughout the state.

    We are now accepting dogs and cats to appear in the gallery from nonprofit shelters and rescues throughout New Jersey. If a group wishes to participate in this weekly gallery on nj.com, please contact Greg Hatala at greghatalagalleries@gmail.com.

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


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    Combined with another huge win for Liverpool, the Spurs are now nine points behind, in third place in the Premier League table.

    As the saying goes, "Spurs gonna Spurs."

    Tottenham, which had put itself into the title race discussion with some impressive victories over the festive period, hit a speed bump Saturday. Tied 1-1 late in the contest with Wolverhampton at Wembley, the Spurs bandwagon caught a flat tire. Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa scored goals four minutes apart, in the 83rd and 87th minutes, to give Wolverhampton a stunning 3-1 win.

    Combined with another huge win for Liverpool, the Spurs are now nine points behind, in third place in the Premier League table.

    Manchester United continued its offensive renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, led by the "virus free" Paul Pogba, who has been unplayable since Jose Mourinho was sacked.

    At the foot of the table, Huddersfield risks getting cut adrift, after three of the four teams ahead of the Terriers won this weekend. Fulham and Cardiff City each got injury time winners, while Burnley finally looked like the UEFA Europa League team from last season in a win over West Ham.

    With one more match left in the festive fixture period, before the F.A. Cup third round takes the stage this weekend, including another relegation six-pointer and the match of the year, this game week should prove to be massive in the race at both ends of the table.

    WEEKEND RESULTS

    Saturday

    Brighton 1-0 Everton

    Fulham 1-0 Huddersfield Town

    Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City

    Tottenham 1-3 Wolverhampton

    Watford 1-1 Newcastle United

    Liverpool 5-1 Arsenal

    Sunday

    Crystal Palace 0-1 Chelsea

    Burnley 2-0 West Ham United

    Southampton 1-3 Manchester City

    Manchester United 4-1 Bournemouth

    WEEKEND'S THREE STARS

    Neil Etherridge, Cardiff City

    If Cardiff stays up, the Bluebirds may look back to this performance from Etheridge. He had seven saves in a 1-0 win, and was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.26 rating.

    Roberto Firmino, Liverpool

    The hat-trick hero continued Liverpool's title charge, in a 5-1 demolition of Arsenal. He was the Who.scored.com Man of the Match with a 9.79 rating.

    Paul Pogba, Manchester United

    It is amazing what Pogba has looked like since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given him the freedom of expression. Pogba scored twice, had another assist, and dropped another perfect 10 rating to win the Whoscored.com Man of the Match.

    State of the Premier League at the halfway pole

    MIDWEEK SCHEDULE

    Tuesday

    Everton vs. Leicester City, 7:30 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Arsenal vs. Fulham, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Cardiff City vs. Tottenham, 12:30 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Wednesday 

    Bournemouth vs. Watford, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Chelsea vs.Southampton, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Huddersfield Town vs. Burnley, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    West Ham United vs. Brighton, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Newcastle United vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Thursday 

    Manchester City vs. Liverpool, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR MIDWEEK

    While there are some intriguing matches, all eyes will be on the Etihad Thursday.

    The title race may boil down to one match in January; unless Manchester City can win, and cut the lead at the top of the table down to four points, Liverpool may as well be handed the trophy this week. A Liverpool win would extend the lead to 10 points, which would look insurmountable.

    The two teams drew last time they played, and the set-up is the opposite of last season, when Manchester City came into this contest on a long unbeaten run. This year, it is the Reds who have not lost in the Premier League.

    Can Pep pull out a victory to get City back into the title race? 

    It may be a moot point, unless Liverpool starts slipping up against mid-table and bottom of the table sides.

    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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    But for the others, there is the F.A. Cup, which will see the 20 Premier League clubs enter the fray in the third round this weekend.

    The end of the festive period is upon us.

    But the matches will continue at a furious pace until the next international break in March, especially for the teams that are in the European competitions.

    But for the others, there is the F.A. Cup, which will see the 20 Premier League clubs enter the fray in the third round this weekend. 

    Next week will also bring the first leg matches of the Carabao Cup semifinals.

    Which teams will make their seasons that much brighter with a cup run or two?

    MIDWEEK PREMIER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

    Tuesday

    Everton vs. Leicester City, 7:30 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Arsenal vs. Fulham, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Cardiff City vs. Tottenham, 12:30 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Wednesday 

    Bournemouth vs. Watford, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Chelsea vs.Southampton, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Huddersfield Town vs. Burnley, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    West Ham United vs. Brighton, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Wolverhampton vs. Crystal Palace, 2:45 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Newcastle United vs. Manchester United, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Thursday 

    Manchester City vs. Liverpool, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Tottenham bottles it (again); Fulham, Cardiff get massive wins

    F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND SCHEDULE

    (All games can be seen on ESPN+)

    Friday, January 4

    Tranmere Rovers vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45 p.m EST

    Saturday, January 5

    Manchester United vs. Reading, 7:30 a.m. EST 

    Sheffield Wednesday vs. Luton, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Shrewsbury Town vs. Stoke City, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Bournemouth vs. Brighton, 7:30 a.m. EST

    West Ham United vs. Birmingham, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Burnley vs. Barnsley, 7:30 a.m. EST 

    West Brom vs. Wigan, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Bolton vs. Walsall, 10 a.m. EST

    Gillingham vs. Cardiff, 10 a.m. EST

    Brentford vs. Oxford, 10 a.m. EST

    Everton vs. Lincoln, 10 a.m. EST

    Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest, 10 a.m. EST

    Derby vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. EST

    Accrington Stanley vs. Ipswich, 10 a.m. EST

    Fleetwood Town vs. AFC Wimbledon 10 a.m. EST

    Middlesbrough vs. Peterborough, 10 a.m. EST

    Aston Villa vs. Swansea, 10 a.m. EST

    Newcastle vs. Blackburn, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Crystal Palace vs. Grimsby, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Bristol City vs. Huddersfield, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Blackpool vs. Arsenal, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Norwich City vs. Portsmouth, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Sunday, January 6

    Millwall vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. EST

    Preston vs. Doncaster, 9 a.m. EST

    Fulham vs. Oldham, 9 a.m. EST

    Manchester City vs. Rotherham, 9 a.m. EST

    Woking vs. Watford, 9 a.m. EST

    QPR vs. Leeds United, 9 a.m. EST

    Sheffield United vs. Barnet, 9 a.m. EST

    Newport County vs. Leicester City, 11:30 a.m. EST 

    Monday, January 7

    Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool, 2:45 p.m. EST

    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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    This year's Kwanzaa365 celebrated unity of community, family, nation and race

    When the Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey (SFFNJ) began celebrating community Kwanzaa two years ago, they did not realize it would grow like it has. 

    After attaining national attention as New Jersey Powerball lottery winners in 2016, the family formed SFFNJ, and decided to give back to the Trenton community where they're from. 

    On Saturday, the SFFNJ hosted their 2ndAnnual Community Kwanzaa 365  (Umoja) Celebration at the Trenton War Memorial for about seven hours starting at 11 a.m.  

    "There were about 1,000 people," said Kimberly Clark-Bryant, event coordinator of CM Event Planners. "It doubled" from the previous year at the Trenton YMCA, she said. 

    In the mix at the new location were Trenton police officers, and Trenton Mayor Reed Gusicora, who applauded the SFFNJ and their hosts of corporate and community partners for a daylong of events that focused on unity, or Umoja, which is one of the seven Kwanzaa principles

    "If we are going to progress as a City we have to work together," Gusciora said. "Smith Foundation is really instrumental in bringing people together," he said. 

    The mayor commented that the event was a great celebration of Kwanzaa, and also mentioned other events going on in the City at that time such as the Battle of Trenton re-enactment. He said the City is lively and it celebrates life, and that it was a great day to celebrate unity as well. 

    Katherine Nunnally, executive director of SFFNJ, was excited to have the mayor to represent the Trenton community for the purpose of unity.

    "I am excited that the mayor is here today, because we really wanted to reach out to the entire Trenton community, so we'll be able to celebrate together; so we can tell a great story about what's happening in Trenton, and show the wonderful things that Trenton has to offer."

    She explained that Kwanzaa is a seven-day African-American holiday that "celebrates the entire diaspora of the African people all over the world," and that by celebrating one of its principles name Umoja, they wanted to involve all Trenton's residents.

    The daylong event Saturday featured a marketplace of fun activities and local talents. 

    Wowing the audience, were performers from Trenton Circus Squad, Youth Turn Performing Arts Company, and Watson & Johnson Dance Theatre.

    There were also activities in The House of Zawadi where Trenton Artist Kenneth Lewis Sr. taught the children how to create African-styled masks, Romare Beardon style collages, and quilt making.

    In another room, lecturers told tales of the diaspora that included the history and principles of Kwanzaa by Harold Smith; dance movements throughout the diaspora by Patricia Matos; and "The cultural relevance of holiday celebrations,'' by Nwasha Edu. 

    At the end of the day, Sprout U Performing Arts School of Trenton entertained the crowd with "The Lion King Jr." performance.

    For more information about Kwanzaa365 2019, or the SFFNJ, please visit www.sffnj.org.

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    Pulisic has found himself on the bench lately, as 18-year-old Jadon Sancho has taken his spot on the right wing.

    Christian Pulisic grew up in Hershey, Pennsylvania as a Manchester United fan.

    But the 20-year-old USA international winger will have to switch his Premier League allegiance.

    Pulisic officially became the most expensive American player in football Wednesday, when German side Borussia Dortmund sold him to Chelsea for 58 million pounds. He will be loaned back to the current Bundesliga leaders for the rest of the 2018-19 campaign, before joining up with the Blues in the summer.

    Tottenham bottles it (again); Fulham, Cardiff get massive wins

    Pulisic has found himself on the bench lately, as 18-year-old Jadon Sancho has taken his spot on the right wing. The American has made five starts in the Bundesliga this season, with another six substitute appearances. He has 18 goals in his career in 115 appearances.

    Pulisic may be a replacement for Eden Hazard, who has been linked for years with a move to Real Madrid. But for now, Pulisic will try to help Dortmund lift multiple pieces of silverware.

    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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    With the F.A. Cup third round this weekend, teams will get a chance to breathe in the league until next weekend.

    What a difference a month makes.

    A fourth straight win for Manchester United has the Red Devils clawing their way back towards the top four. With the way Chelsea and Arsenal are playing, it might be that Manchester United can haul the London duo in over the next month.

    But it gets tougher for the Red Devils after the F.A. Cup break; United will make a trip to London to take on Tottenham, in the first top four test under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    In the middle of the table, teams have started to solidify their Premier League spots for next year. Crystal Palace moved up to 14th, with 22 points, thanks to its win over Wolverhampton. It gets muddled from 13th up to eighth, with just three points separating Brighton (13th, 26 points) from Watford (eighth, 29 points).

    With the F.A. Cup third round this weekend, teams will get a chance to breathe in the league until next weekend. With just two all Premier League matchups, which teams will take advantage of the chance to rest some players and come out next week firing on all cylinders?

    It could make all the difference.

    MIDWEEK RESULTS

    Tuesday

    Everton 0-1 Leicester City

    Arsenal 4-1 Fulham

    Cardiff City 0-3 Tottenham

    Wednesday

    Bournemouth 3-3 Watford

    Chelsea 0-0 Southampton

    Huddersfield 1-2 Burnley

    West Ham United 2-2 Brighton

    Wolverhampton 0-2 Crystal Palace

    Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester United

    MIDWEEK"S THREE STARS

    Jordan Ayew, Crystal Palace

    A massive goal in the 83rd minute gave the Eagles the lead, and all three points. Ayew was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.07 rating.

    Troy Deeney, Watford

    A first half brace, with an assist, was not enough to guarantee all three points in a 3-3 draw. Deeney was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with a 9.36 rating.

    Angus Gunn, Southampton

    The keeper got his chance to play under the new Southampton coach, and made the most of his chance. Gunn made six saves and kept a clean sheet. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.26 rating.

    Chelsea signs USA international Christian Pulisic

    HUDDERSFIELD RISKS GETTING CUT ADRIFT

    While all the teams around it were getting results over the last two weeks, Huddersfield Town found different ways to lose. 

    Wednesday, center back Christopher Schindler was sent off in the first half for two bookable offenses, the second of which came in the 41st minute and was completely unneeded. The red card put his team under pressure for the rest of the contest, and Burnley eventually made the Terriers pay when Ashley Barnes scored the winner in the 74th minute. 

    Huddersfield sits on 10 points at the foot of the table, four points behind Fulham, and eight behind Cardiff City in 17th.

    The win was Burnley's second in a row, and moved it out of the relegation zone.

    THURSDAY SCHEDULE

    Manchester City vs. Liverpool, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    WHAT TO WATCH FOR THURSDAY

    Will there be a Premier League race to the finish, or will it it effectively be over Thursday?

    That is what is at stake. Manchester City has to win at home against 20-game unbeaten Liverpool, to cut the lead at the top of the Premier League table back to four points. A draw or a Liverpool victory would all but hand the title to the Reds.

    Can the Cityzens shake off their mid-season funk and get the result needed?

    F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND SCHEDULE

    (All games can be seen on ESPN+)

    Friday, January 4

    Tranmere Rovers vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45 p.m EST

    Saturday, January 5

    Manchester United vs. Reading, 7:30 a.m. EST 

    Sheffield Wednesday vs. Luton, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Shrewsbury Town vs. Stoke City, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Bournemouth vs. Brighton, 7:30 a.m. EST

    West Ham United vs. Birmingham, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Burnley vs. Barnsley, 7:30 a.m. EST 

    West Brom vs. Wigan, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Bolton vs. Walsall, 10 a.m. EST

    Gillingham vs. Cardiff, 10 a.m. EST

    Brentford vs. Oxford, 10 a.m. EST

    Everton vs. Lincoln, 10 a.m. EST

    Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest, 10 a.m. EST

    Derby vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. EST

    Accrington Stanley vs. Ipswich, 10 a.m. EST

    Fleetwood Town vs. AFC Wimbledon 10 a.m. EST

    Middlesbrough vs. Peterborough, 10 a.m. EST

    Aston Villa vs. Swansea, 10 a.m. EST

    Newcastle vs. Blackburn, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Crystal Palace vs. Grimsby, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Bristol City vs. Huddersfield, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Blackpool vs. Arsenal, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Norwich City vs. Portsmouth, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Sunday, January 6

    Millwall vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. EST

    Preston vs. Doncaster, 9 a.m. EST

    Fulham vs. Oldham, 9 a.m. EST

    Manchester City vs. Rotherham, 9 a.m. EST

    Woking vs. Watford, 9 a.m. EST

    QPR vs. Leeds United, 9 a.m. EST

    Sheffield United vs. Barnet, 9 a.m. EST

    Newport County vs. Leicester City, 11:30 a.m. EST 

    Monday, January 7

    Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool, 2:45 p.m. EST

    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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    "Get your motor runnin', head out on the highway."

    Asphalt is a naturally occurring building material found in both asphalt lakes and in rock asphalt (a mixture of sand, limestone, and asphalt).

    According to the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the first recorded use of asphalt as a road building material was in Babylon around 615 BC, in the reign of King Nabopolassar. Its first appearance as a historical marvel in popular literature might be in Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House on the Prairie" when she wrote about arriving in Topeka, Kansas:

    "In the very midst of the city, the ground was covered by some dark stuff that silenced all the wheels and muffled the sound of hoofs. It was like tar, but Papa was sure it was not tar, and it was something like rubber, but it could not be rubber because rubber cost too much. We saw ladies all in silks and carrying ruffled parasols, walking with their escorts across the street. Their heels dented the street, and while we watched, these dents slowly filled up and smoothed themselves out. It was as if that stuff were alive. It was like magic."

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    New Jersey, first in so many things when it comes to things we sometimes take for granted, was also part of a first for asphalt. In 1870, Belgian chemist Edmund DeSmedt laid the first true asphalt pavement in the Unites States in front of the City Hall in Newark.

    NAPA notes that today asphalt covers more than 94 percent of the paved roads in the United States.

    Here's a look at street scenes from throughout New Jersey, many on roads paved in asphalt. And here are links to other galleries you might enjoy.

    More vintage photos of N.J. street scenes

    More vintage photos of streets and roads in N.J.

    More vintage photos of street scenes in N.J.

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


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    "I tried to just take everything to be honest," Stones said. "I've heard it was quite tight. I'm just happy it didn't go over the line.

    The Premier League title race may have come down to 1.12 centimeters.

    Knowing it came in trailing by seven points, Manchester City needed to get a win Thursday over first place Liverpool. In a match that was akin to a heavyweight title fight, the Cityzens dug deep to pull out a 2-1 win, and close the gap at the top of the table to just four points, with 17 matches left in the season.

    The visitors could have taken the lead early in the contest, but John Stones' goal-line clearance, with the ball just millimeters from crossing, allowed Manchester City to regroup. 

    Sergio Aguero gave the hosts a halftime lead with a near-post rocket. The Reds came back into it in the second half, as Roberto Firmino headed in a cross from Andy Robertson in the 64th minute to draw Liverpool even. 

    But it was a brilliant goal from Leroy Sane in the 72nd minute, which bounced in off the far post, that proved to be the winner.

    While Liverpool is still a slight betting favorite to win the league (5/6 for Liverpool, 6/5 for City), the tide of the race may have turned now. With both teams still involved in the UEFA Champions League and F.A. Cup, and the Cityzens in the Carabao Cup semifinals, it may come down to May 12th to see which team will hoist the Premier League trophy.

    THURSDAY RESULT

    Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool

    THURSDAY'S STAR

    Raheem Sterling, Manchester City

    The best attacker on the pitch Thursday, Sterling created the most chances, and had the assist on the game-winner from Sane. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.03 rating.

    Manchester United, Burnley, turn it around quickly in Premier League

    EVERYTHING GOES CITY'S WAY, AS TITLE RACE IS BACK ON

    Here were some of the moments that could have changed the contest.

    * John Stones clearance: With the ball bouncing back into play off the post, Stones' first attempted clearance hit City keeper Ederson, and the ball ricocheted toward the goal line. With the ball just 1.12 centimeters from crossing the line, Stones scrambled back to somehow clear the ball, megging Mo Salah on the way.

    "I tried to just take everything to be honest," Stones said. "I've heard it was quite tight. I'm just happy it didn't go over the line.

    "It's one of those things where the keeper's shouting and the defender wants to clear it. I tried to take him and the ball and it's come back off him. I just reacted quickly."

    Vincent Kompany's 31st minute tackle on Salah: There are many (especially fans wearing red Thursday) who thought that the tackle was a red card. But Anthony Taylor made the correct call, and handed out a yellow.

    Late goal mouth scrambles: The City defense, which has struggled at times of late, held its nerve under late pressure from the visitors.

    F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND SCHEDULE

    (All games can be seen on ESPN+)

    Friday, January 4

    Tranmere Rovers vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 2:45 p.m EST

    Saturday, January 5

    Manchester United vs. Reading, 7:30 a.m. EST 

    Sheffield Wednesday vs. Luton, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Shrewsbury Town vs. Stoke City, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Bournemouth vs. Brighton, 7:30 a.m. EST

    West Ham United vs. Birmingham, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Burnley vs. Barnsley, 7:30 a.m. EST 

    West Brom vs. Wigan, 7:30 a.m. EST

    Bolton vs. Walsall, 10 a.m. EST

    Gillingham vs. Cardiff, 10 a.m. EST

    Brentford vs. Oxford, 10 a.m. EST

    Everton vs. Lincoln, 10 a.m. EST

    Chelsea vs. Nottingham Forest, 10 a.m. EST

    Derby vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. EST

    Accrington Stanley vs. Ipswich, 10 a.m. EST

    Fleetwood Town vs. AFC Wimbledon 10 a.m. EST

    Middlesbrough vs. Peterborough, 10 a.m. EST

    Aston Villa vs. Swansea, 10 a.m. EST

    Newcastle vs. Blackburn, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Crystal Palace vs. Grimsby, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Bristol City vs. Huddersfield, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Blackpool vs. Arsenal, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Norwich City vs. Portsmouth, 12:30 p.m. EST

    Sunday, January 6

    Millwall vs. Hull City, 9 a.m. EST

    Preston vs. Doncaster, 9 a.m. EST

    Fulham vs. Oldham, 9 a.m. EST

    Manchester City vs. Rotherham, 9 a.m. EST

    Woking vs. Watford, 9 a.m. EST

    QPR vs. Leeds United, 9 a.m. EST

    Sheffield United vs. Barnet, 9 a.m. EST

    Newport County vs. Leicester City, 11:30 a.m. EST 

    Monday, January 7

    Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Liverpool, 2:45 p.m. EST

    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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    Dogs and cats throughout New Jersey await adoption.

    The year 2018 is over, but the drive to 'Clear the Shelters' goes on.

    'Clear the Shelters' is an annual pet adoption drive sponsored by NBC- and Telemundo-owned television stations across the country. More than 91,900 pets were adopted since the 2018 event was launched in July, over 26,000 on August 18 alone. By year's end, a total of 102,686 pets found homes as part of the drive.

    The program began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

    The need remains great to find homes for the millions of homeless animals in the United States. The number of animals entering shelters each year is about 6.5 million, 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Though the number has declined from about 7.2 million in 2011, with the biggest drop in the number of dogs, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals end up being euthanized each year.

    On the happier side, about 3.2 million shelter animals are adopted annually and another 710,000 are returned to their owners.

    Clear the Shelters began in North Texas in 2014 as a partnership among the NBC and Telemundo stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and dozens of North Texas animal shelters. More than 2,200 homeless animals were adopted that first year, the most in a single day in North Texas.

    For more information, go to cleartheshelters.com.

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


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    There were plenty more lower league sides to advance into Monday's fourth round draw, and four replays set for next Tuesday and Wednesday.

    It was not a good weekend to be a lower league team facing a top six side in the third round of the F.A. Cup.

    But for other minnows going against top flight teams, there was joy as the final whistle sounded.

    Manchester City and Tottenham were each on the good side of 7-0 victories, while Chelsea and Manchester United both recorded 2-0 wins while some of their regulars got some much needed rest after the festive fixture period.

    But for Fulham and Leicester City, Sunday turned into a disaster. Oldham Athletic and Newport County, two League Two mid-table sides, both found late goals to be Premier League opposition. In the early match, Sam Surridge scored from the spot in the 76th minute to draw Oldham level with Fulham, then Callum Lang struck in the 88th minute to stun the Cottagers at Craven Cottage.

    Playing at home, Newport County's Padraig Amond stepped up to his spot kick in the 85th minute and buried it, to give his side a win over Leicester City.

    There were plenty more lower league sides to advance into Monday's fourth round draw, and four replays set for next Tuesday and Wednesday.

    The third round concluded Monday with Premier League leader Liverpool losing to Wolverhampton, as Jurgen Klopp decided to play a weakened side.

    Which sides will keep their hope of making a run to Wembley Stadium alive for another round?

    F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND RESULTS

    Friday

    Tranmere Rovers 0-7 Tottenham

    Saturday

    Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton

    Burnley 1-0 Barnsley

    Manchester United 2-0 Reading

    Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Luton Town

    Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Stoke City

    West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Wigan Athletic

    West Ham United 2-0 Birmingham City 

    Accrington Stanley 1-0 Ipswich Town

    Aston Villa 0-3 Swansea City

    Bolton 5-2 Walsall

    Brentford 1-0 Oxford United

    Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest

    Derby County 2-2 Southampton

    Everton 2-1 Lincoln City

    Fleetwood Town 2-3 AFC Wimbledon

    Gillingham 1-0 Cardiff City

    Middlesborough 5-0 Peterborough United

    Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal

    Bristol City 1-0 Huddersfield Town

    Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town

    Newcastle United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

    Norwich City 0-1 Portsmouth

    Sunday

    Fulham 1-2 Oldham Athletic 

    Manchester City 7-0 Rotherham United

    Millwall 2-1 Hull City

    Preston North End 1-3 Doncaster Rovers

    Queens Park Rangers 2-1 Leeds United

    Sheffield United 0-1 Barnet

    Woking 0-2 Watford 

    Newport County 2-1 Leicester City 

    Monday

    Wolverhampton vs. Liverpool

    Sane's sensational strike gives Man. City huge win over Liverpool

    F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAYS

    (All matches on ESPN+)

    Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Luton Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Blackburn vs. Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Stole City vs. Shrewsbury Town, 3 p.m EST

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Southampton vs. Derby County, 2:45 p.m. EST

    F.A. CUP FOURTH ROUND DRAW RESULTS

    (Times and dates TBA)

    Swansea City v Gillingham

    AFC Wimbledon v West Ham

    Shrewsbury or Stoke v Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Millwall v Everton

    Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion

    Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

    Accrington Stanley v Derby County or Southampton

    Doncaster Rovers v Oldham Athletic

    Chelsea v Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town

    Newcastle United or Blackburn Rovers v Watford

    Middlesbrough v Newport County

    Manchester City v Burnley

    Barnet v Brentford

    Portsmouth v QPR

    Arsenal v Manchester United

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur

    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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    When you least expect it ....

    What's a "candid" photo? Pretty much anything that hasn't been staged. By "staged," I can mean anything from a publicity photo to a group shot of family all standing in the same pose.

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    Why do we like candid photos so much? A friend of mine explained it, and I can't possibly do any better:

    "There is something compelling about pictures where the subjects don't know they are being photographed. A sort of invitation into a moment in time unfettered by vanity or awareness that just captures a split second of life."

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    And even when the subjects are aware of the camera, simply going about living and enjoying life make these photos priceless.

    Always one of our most popular galleries, here are split seconds of life from New Jersey's past, with a few classic photobombs thrown in for good measure.

    And here are link to other similar galleries you'll enjoy.

    Vintage candid photos from N.J.

    Vintage N.J. candid photos

    Vintage candid photos in N.J.

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


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    Expect the latter to happen, as cup runs and added fixtures start to wreak havoc with certain sides.

    After a weekend off for the F.A. Cup third round, the Premier League returns Saturday.

    The match of the week will see Tottenham "host" Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, in a huge test for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's rejuvenated Red Devils.

    The contest pits the two managers most heavily linked currently with the full time job in charge of Manchester United.

    This game was supposed to be at the new Tottenham Stadium, but more delays have pushed back that opening until at least March 16, when the Spurs are set to host Crystal Palace. But a run to the quarterfinals of the F.A. Cup could derail that plan as well.

    With Liverpool's lead at the top of the table shrunk to four points, and Manchester City running riot over the last week to the tune of 16-0 in two cup fixtures, can it be long before the race for the title gets even closer?

    At the other end of the table, there are two enormous six-pointers taking place this weekend. Burnley (16th on goal difference) hosts Fulham (19th), while Cardiff City (17th on goal difference) hosts Huddersfield Town (20th). 

    Will there start to be some more separation outside the relegation zone, or will the picture become more muddled?

    Expect the latter to happen, as cup runs and added fixtures start to wreak havoc with certain sides.

    PREMIER LEAGUE WEEKEND SCHEDULE

    Saturday

    West Ham United vs. Arsenal, 7:30 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Brighton vs. Liverpool, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Burnley vs. Fulham, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Cardiff City vs. Huddersfield Town, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Crystal Palace vs. Watford, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Leicester City vs. Southampton, 10 a.m. EST (NBC Sports Gold)

    Chelsea vs. Newcastle United, 12:30 p.m. EST (NBC and Fubo.tv)

    Sunday

    Everton vs. Bournemouth, 9:15 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Tottenham vs. Manchester United, 11:30 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Monday

    Manchester City vs. Wolverhampton, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    F.A. Cup 3rd round craziness sets stage for Monday's 4th round draw

    F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAYS

    (All matches on ESPN+)

    Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Luton Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Blackburn vs. Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Stole City vs. Shrewsbury Town, 3 p.m EST

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Southampton vs. Derby County, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Contact Sean Miller at seanmillertrentontimes@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @TheProdigalSean His 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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    The Cowboys picked up Win No. 1 on their two-day excursion to New Jersey to take on a pair of ranked teams. Princeton fell a day after beating No. 15 North Carolina. Watch video

    A day after knocking off No. 15 North Carolina, 23-16, the No. 25 Princeton University wrestling team couldn't pull off an even bigger victory when it fell to No. 3 Oklahoma State, 27-12. 

    A slow start doomed the Tigers, who fell into a 12-0 hole before battling back, and Jacobe Smith's pin of Kevin Parker in a match at 184 essentially sealed the outcome. Oklahoma State won six of the 10 matchups but scored two pins, a technical fall and a major decision. 

    Oklahoma State makes the ride to North Jersey on Sunday for a showdown with No. 24 Rutgers. 

    Turning point: Oklahoma State All-American Nick Piccininni started the match with a 9-4 win over Princeton's Pat Glory, who scored both of the bout's takedowns. Piccininni scored six back points in the second period to secure the victory and an obviously frustrated Princeton coach Chris Ayres slapped his hands together at the final tone, knowing an opportunity was lost to set the tone and for Glory to pick up a statement win. 

    Piccininni likes wrestling in Jadwin Gym. Last year he defeated defending national champion Darian Cruz of Lehigh in the NWCA All-Star Classic here. 

    Suriano ready for Fix

    Still No. 1: No. 1-ranked Matt Kolodzik scored his second win in two days over a ranked wrestler with a dominating 8-2 decision against No. 6 Kaden Gfeller. Kolodzik defeated No. 5 Austin O'Connor, 3-2, on Friday night. 

    Gfeller has a challenging weekend. He will face No. 2 Anthony Ashnault of Rutgers Sunday. 

    Merkin's moment: Princeton coach Chris Ayres inserted Lenny Merkin into the lineup at 165 pounds to give regular starter Dale Tiongson a break because he thought Tiongson was wrestling tight. 

    Merkin picked up an upset win when he defeated No. 18 Andrew Shomers, 9-8. Oklahoma State challenged Shomers scored a late takedown but the non-call was upheld. 

    Monday's moment: Quincy Monday was the only one of Princeton's four freshmen starters to pick up a victory. 

    Monday, who lost several close matches late earlier in the year and had looked far superior in neutral than on the mat, used a riding time point to defeat Jonce Blaylock, 6-5. 

    In addition to Glory's loss, Marshall Keller, an 141-pounder who picked up a ranked win over A.C. Headlee on Friday, stumbled to a 16-2 major-decision loss against Kaid Brock. Travis Stefanik battled No. 5 Joe Green before falling 11-8 at 174. 

    The Fix is in N.J.: Undefeated redshirt freshman Daton Fix rolled to a 22-7 technical fall over Princeton's Jonathan Gomez at 133 pounds. 

    Next up for Fix is Rutgers' undefeated national runner-up Nick Suriano, who held up two fingers and yelled "Two days" following his win against Wisconsin on Friday night, adding more buildup to an individual matchup that already had plenty.

    Match results:

    125: Nick Piccininni (Oklahoma State) dec. Pat Glory 9-4.
    133: Daton Fix (Oklahoma State) tf. Jonathan Gomez, 22-7 (6:38)
    141: Kaid Brock (Oklahoma State) md. Marshall Keller, 16-2
    149: Matt Kolodzik (Princeton) dec. Kaden Gfeller, 8-3
    157: Quincy Monday (Princeton) dec. Jonce Blaylock, 6-5
    165: Lenny Merkin (Princeton) dec. Andrew Shomers, 9-8
    174: Joe Smith (Princeton) dec. Travis Stefanik, 11-8
    184: Jacobe Smith (Oklahoma State) pinned Kevin Parker, 1:32
    197: Patrick Brucki (Princeton) dec. Dakota Geer, 8-4
    285: Derek White pinned Obinna Ajah, 2:09

    Bill Evans can be reached at bevans@njadvancemedia.com or by leaving a note in the comments below. Follow him on Twitter @BEvansSports. Like our NJ.com High School Wrestling Facebook Page.


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    Burnley has won three matches on the bounce to move up to 15th, one point behind Crystal Palace, while Southampton has won three of six and into 16th.

    It seems like the whole landscape of the Premier League has changed over the last month, which can happen during the festive period.

    Since the beginning of December, West Ham United has won six of its nine matches, to rocket up the table. The Hammers are now one point behind seventh place Watford, another team that has been a surprise.

    It should mean that the race for a potential seventh place Europa League spot, which is all but assured now with one of Manchester City and either Tottenham or Chelsea guaranteed to win the Carabao Cup, will go to the last weekend of the season, much like the relegation battle.

    Watford rallied in the second half for two goals to beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. While the Hornets now sit on 32 points, Roy Hodgson's Palace side has slowly sunk back toward the bottom three, due to the sudden resurgence of Burnley and Southampton.

    Burnley has won three matches on the bounce to move up to 15th, one point behind Crystal Palace, while Southampton has won three of six and into 16th.

    That is bad news for Newcastle United, which is now inside of the relegation zone in 18th place. With no reinforcements on the way, will the Magpies beat the drop, or will they be back in the Championship for the third time since Mike Ashley bought the team?

    PREMIER LEAGUE RESULTS

    Saturday

    West Ham United 1-0 Arsenal

    Brighton 0-1 Liverpool

    Burnley 2-1 Fulham

    Cardiff City 0-0 Huddersfield Town

    Crystal Palace 1-2 Watford 

    Leicester City 1-2 Southampton

    Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United

    MIDWEEK CARABAO CUP RESULTS

    Tuesday

    Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea

    Wednesday 

    Manchester City 9-0 Burton Albion

    SATURDAY'S THREE STARS 

    Jan Bednarek, Southampton

    After Yan Valery was sent off in the first half, the Southampton defense was always going to be put to the test. Bednarek helped the Saints hold out for a huge 2-1 win; he was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.08 rating.

    Pedro, Chelsea

    The winger had the Blues ahead after nine minutes, as they tightened their hold on a top four spot. He was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.29 rating. 

    Declan Rice, West Ham United

    The teenager continues to improve, and was instrumental in the Hammers 1-0 win Saturday over Arsenal. Rice had the only goal, and was the Whoscored.com Man of the Match with an 8.30 rating.

    F.A. Cup 3rd round craziness sets stage for Monday's 4th round draw

    ARSENAL FALTERING AGAIN IN DEC/JAN; SALAH DIVING CONTROVERSY

    It would not be a winter in the Premier League without Arsenal's yearly nose dive.

    The Gunners, who went unbeaten for two months, are now six points behind fourth place Chelsea, with Manchester United breathing down their neck. Arsenal hosts Chelsea next Saturday in the late game (NBC and Fubo.tv), which now becomes a must-win contest for the Gunners.

    At the top of the table, Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0, after Mo Salah was "tackled" in the box and put away the ensuing penalty.

    It is the second time in weeks that Salah has been accused of diving to win a penalty in a close win. 

    PREMIER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

    Sunday

    Everton vs. Bournemouth, 9:15 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Tottenham vs. Manchester United, 11:30 a.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    Monday

    Manchester City vs. Wolverhampton, 3 p.m. EST (NBC Sports and Fubo.tv)

    F.A. CUP THIRD ROUND REPLAYS

    (All matches on ESPN+)

    Tuesday, Jan. 15

    Luton Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Blackburn vs. Newcastle United, 2:45 p.m. EST

    Stole City vs. Shrewsbury Town, 3 p.m EST

    Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Southampton vs. Derby County, 2:45 p.m. EST

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