CBA harriers extend mark to 248 straight By tim morris Staff Writer It’s been 29 years since anyone has outrun Christian Brothers Academy in a cross country dual meet. The Colts’ streak reached historic proportions last week with their 248th consecutive dual meet victory, 15-50, over Ocean Township in Lincroft Sept. 17. CBA’s cross country team now holds the state record for the most consecutive regular season victories in dual meets, matches or games in any sport. The Colts had been tied at 247 with the Columbia girls’ volleyball team whose streak went from 1977-1988. Tom Heath, who has been there for all 248 straight wins, said the streak is a tribute to the kinds of athletes who come to CBA. “We get kids who are dedicated and work hard not just at running, but in the classroom and who want to achieve something as a team,” he said. “Ability is important. But when it comes down to the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh runners, it’s who wants it more.” It was just that approach that kept the winning streak going. Back in 1981 when the streak wasn’t on the charts, the Colts squeaked out a win over St. John Vianney by the sixth runner tie-breaker. The two teams were deadlocked at 29-29, and it came down to the sixth runner. John Vickers gave CBA the edge by finishing ahead of the Lancers’ No. 6 man. “We lucked out that day,” noted Heath, whose team finished behind SJV in meets the rest of the season. That tie-breaker win was the last time the Colts have been challenged. Heath admits that on that day in October 1973 when Raritan, led by Mel Ullmeyer, now the cross country and track and field coach at Shore Regional, beat the Colts, he could never have envisioned the success his team has gained since, or that it would be the last loss his runners would absorb. Over the 29 years of the streak, dual meets have taken on a different meaning, Heath pointed out. With the rise of weekend invitationals, dual meets aren’t as important and therefore aren’t run as frequently during a season. At CBA, dual meets are where the underclassmen earn their wings. This makes the CBA record a true team effort. “Dual meets are the basic place where you first get success,” said Heath. “They are more the responsibility of our freshmen, sophomores and juniors. They allow us to save our seniors for the invitationals.” Heath said that the Colts have used the streak as a positive rather than as an albatross hanging over them. He pointed out that runners come to CBA just to be a part of that history. Their goal is to keep the streak going. They run to win, not to lose. For the record, it was junior Jake Zorski leading five other Colts across the finish line before the first Spartan in the record-setting victory over Ocean Township at CBA’s home course. Following Zorski (15:54) were Ben Klayman, Brian Keating, Connor Campanella, Chris Horel and Scott Havard. Next up for the Colts is the national boys’ cross country record of 265 held by Blackstone-Milliville (Mass.) from 1974-1992. CBA is on course to set the national record in 2004. By tim morrisStaff Writer
Month: May 2020
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Local man qualifies through wild card tournament BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Belmar Beach is open to the best volleyball players in world. This weekend, Belmar will be hosting the Association of Volleyball Players (AVP) 2005 Nissan Series Belmar Open Friday through Sunday. As always since the AVP began making its stop in Belmar 15 years ago, the best AVP players will be trading blocks, digs, kills and service winners on the beach. On the men’s side, Jake Gibb and Stein Metzger, who have two wins to their credit on tour this year, currently lead the Nissan Series standings with Dax Holden and Jeff Nygaard, who have three titles, close behind. There will be a local connection in Belmar with Freehold Township High School grad Brian Soldano, who now lives in Middletown, competing with partner Jim Walls. They qualified for Belmar through the AVP wild card tournament that was held at Point Pleasant Beach, June 24-26. Soldano gives the locals some one to cheer for. Soldano and Walls competed in Belmar last year. The men’s field is wide open, with 10 different teams having made it to the semifinals this year in just five tournaments. On the women’s side, it’s not close with the world’s best team, Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh, sitting by themselves atop the standings. They have won the first five tournaments of the season and nine straight going back to the end of the 2004 season. The streak, 39-straight matches, includes their gold medal at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. An injury to May-Treanor last year prevented them from competing in Belmar, and they will be motivated to add the popular Belmar stop to their streak. The Colorado Connection of veteran Elaine Youngs and Rachel Wachholder are the No. 2 team on the tour. They would like nothing more than to snap the May-Treanor/Walsh win streak this weekend. They have been to two finals this year and in all five tournaments were beaten by the Olympic champions. They must feel they are overdue for a win. Jennifer Kessy and veteran Holly McPeak are challenging Youngs and Wachholder for second. Brazilians Samirames Marins and Tatiana Minello bring an international flavor and the samba to Belmar. They were runners-up to May-Treanor/ Walsh in their most recent tournament in San Diego. History could be on the challengers’ side this weekend. Belmar is one tournament that May-Treanor/Walsh didn’t win last year. Of course, it took a pulled abdominal muscle that sidelined May-Treanor to break up the team. Walsh teamed up with Jennifer Meredith for the weekend on the Jersey Shore. They reached the Sunday final, but lost to Youngs and McPeak. On the men’s side, the 2004 Belmar Open was won by Casey Jennings and Matt Fuerbringer. It was the first-ever AVP win for the tandem who became a fan favorite during the tournament. Pro volleyball action will start on Friday on Fourth Avenue with qualifying matches from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday will feature Main Draw Competition from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sunday’s action will showcase the semifinals and finals with action starting at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 5 p.m.
Rockets play Marlboro this afternoon, Barnegat tomorrow With the qualification deadline for the NJISAA Central Jersey Group II and Shore Conference tournaments looming on Friday, the Raritan High School softball team needs two victories in its three games this week to get into both tourneys.The Rockets opened the season with four wins in their first five games, including a 2- 0 win over St. John Vianney. Since the triumph over Vianney, however, Raritan has won just three games and now stands at 7-7 on the year, following a 1-0 loss to Red Bank Regional on Saturday.”We just haven’t played as well as we can since the Vianney game,” coach Janet Citro said. “Still, this is a very good team and I’m confident that we’ll get it back together. There are a lot of games to be played.”The Rockets were set to visitHolmdel on Monday andMarlboro this afternoon, before traveling to Barnegat tomorrow. The prospect of three away games in such a big week does not face the coach.”It’s been one of those seasons where our team actually plays better on the road,” she said. “I’m not sure why that is, but we’re a good road team.”The pitching, thanks to junior Kerrilyn Svenson, has been fine. The junior has tossed 101 innings permitting 14 earned runs for an ERA of 0.97, while limiting opponents to 57 hits. She has 108 strikeouts and has issued 24 free passes. Svenson is also the Rockets leading hitter with a .419 batting average to go with a home run and eight RBIs and a .479 on base percentage.Alyssa Mautone is batting .297 with a homer and six RBIs and has drawn a teamleading seven bases on balls.Outfielder Sam “Goose” Helmstetter follows with a .278 mark and three RBIs.”We’re not as consistent at the plate as I’d like to be,” saidCitro,whose teamhas struck out 103 times.”Our goal is to put the ball in play and make the other team have to get us out.”Raritan has played pretty well in the field. Mancuso and first baseman Genna Pensabene,who has recorded 104 putouts at first base, have been flawless with the glove. Svenson has made one error and shortstop Shelia Sim has made only two errors.”This team is good enough to win games and do well in the tournaments,” Citro said. “We just have to fight out of it. I know they can do it, and once we get a few wins we can build on that momentum.” BY WARREN RAPPLEYEA Staff Writer
Holmdel’s Richie Bohny participated as well Metuchen’s Peter Kim didn’t let the No. 1 seed be a jinx. The 13-year-old captured the 40th Metropolitan Golf Association/MetLife Boys Championship on Friday at the Rumson Country Club, defeating Benjamin DeForest from Cottekill, N.Y., 2&1 (up two holes with one hole to play). It was the first MGA victory for Kim, who was the top seed for the match-play tournament, based on carding the lowest score in sectional qualifying (73 at the New Paltz Country Club). Kim won the match on the 17th hole when he holed a short par putt to halve the hole. It was only fitting that Kim won the match with a par, because it was par golf that got him the lead. He was two down to DeForest after five holes, but followed with 11 consecutive pars on the par-71, 6,617-yard Rumson Country Club course, to go two-up. His 12th straight par won it on the 17th hole. “I knew it was going to be a really tough match, so I had to make sure I was really consistent and made a lot of pars,” Kim said of his path to victory. The MGA/Met Life Boys Championships was held over two days in Rumson. It started with a field of 16 on Thursday and was narrowed to four by the end of the day. Kim won his first-round match against the 16th seed, Thomas Kim from Saddle River, 7&6. DeForest, the No. 7 seed, took out Alex Hayes from Easton, Conn., the 10th seed, 1-up. In the quarterfinals, Kim beat John Realie from Albertson, N.Y., 3&1, while DeForest, took out the No. 2 seed, Mark Reilly of Babylon, N.Y., 3&2. Also advancing to Friday’s semi-finals were Kirk Massie of Westport, Conn., and Stephen Pastore of Greenwich, Conn. In the semifinals, Kim beat Massie, 3&2, while DeForest topped Pastore, 4&3, setting the stage for the Kim-DeForest final in the afternoon. Among the under-16 golfers in the field last week were Rumson’s Charlie Edler and Holmdel’s Richie Bohny. Edler won the Rumson Country Club’s junior championship while Bohny was the medalist (low round) at the New Jersey qualifier at the Newton Country Club. Both lost in the Round of 16. Edler and Massie were even after 18 holes, with Massie winning it on the 19th, while Brian Tohir, New Canaan, Conn., beat Bohny, 2-up. With the victory, Kim received exemptions to both the Met Junior Championship and Carter Cup-MGA Junior Stroke Play Championship for as long as he is eligible. DeForest earned an exemption into next year’s Carter Cup. This year marked the ninth time that the Rumson Country Club has hosted the MGA/Met Life Boys Championship.
BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer For a runner who is competing in a road race, the logistics are easy. Show up on race day, register, and go out and run. For those who are putting on the event, the task is not that simple.When the Freehold Area Running Club (FARC) presents its 23rd annual St. Paddy’s Day 10-mile run and Leprechaun 5K on March 25 at Michael J. Tighe Park, Georgia Road, Freehold Township, it will be the culmination of a year’s worth of planning and work.“We start (planning) for next year right after that (year’s) race,” said Isabella Meldrum, who serves as race director and FARC treasurer. “I have a wrap-up meeting with my 20 committee heads, we critique the race for next year. I call my committee together in (the fall) and we have three committee meetings. I get the applications out in September for the race.”The 2012 St. Paddy’s 10-mile run will go off at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 9:45. Race day registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the park.The 10-mile and 5K races are quite an undertaking. In 2011 more than 1,000 runners and walkers took part in the races and Meldrum said she is looking for at least 1,000 participants in 2012.It takes more than just committees to make everything run smoothly.“We have over 200 volunteers for the race, from the water stops, to cleanup details, set-up details, [and] hospitality,” Meldrum said.The club provides post-race food and drinks, including hot dogs, soup, bagels, fruit, soda and beer.The 10-mile and 5K races start and finish in the park and both races take runners along some of Freehold Township’s scenic back roads.The 10-mile course takes runners out of the park and onto Georgia Road. The runners will turn left on Stonehill Road and right on Jackson Mills Road. The runners will then make their way alongAimee Road, Diamond Drive, Brandon Drive and Georgia Road before heading onto Pittinger Pond Road and Nomoco Road near Turkey Swamp Park. The runners will return to Georgia Road for the final mile and back into Tighe Park for the finish.The Leprechaun 5K heads out of the park to Stonehill Road and to Jackson Mills Road, where the runners will turn around and head back down Stonehill Road to the park for the finish.Because of its timing so early in the spring, the St. Paddy’s race has become one of the biggest events on the local road racing calendar. Many runners use the 10-mile race to prepare for spring marathons, including the Boston Marathon.Last year, Piscataway’s Michael Loenser won the 10-mile race in a time of 59:30. The women’s champion was Jacqui Gordon of Point Pleasant, who clocked 1:02.41 and finished sixth overall.Atrio of Marlboro High School runners, Elan Morin, Mitchell Biler and Brandon Mazzarella, tied for first place in the 5K, crossing the line together in 18:52.The women’s 5K race also had a tie as twoMarlboro girls crossed the line in a time of 21:12. Katie Vicision and Rachel Weinberger were the women’s winners and they finished 12th and 13th overall in the 5K.For additional information about the St. Paddy’sDay race or other upcoming FARC events, visit www.farcnj.com.
By Alan BaldwinMercedes’ Nico Rosberg can keep Germany on a winning roll on Sunday by becoming the first German driver in the history of the Formula One world championship to win his home grand prix with a German car.It has been 60 years since a Mercedes works team last won at home – and it was the late Argentine great Juan Manuel Fangio they had to thank for that in 1954.The historians would have to delve back to 1939, before the outbreak of World War Two, to find the last all-German home triumph – Rudolf Caracciola for Mercedes-Benz at the Nurburgring.Now, after Fangio’s compatriots failed to deny Germany victory in last Sunday’s World Cup final, Rosberg arrives at Hockenheim with the party well underway and fans keen to keep the beer flowing in the forest campsites as F1 reaches the halfway point in the season.He has plenty to celebrate himself, having signed a new multi-year contract after getting married last week and, even if his team are British based, a win for the ‘Silver Arrows’ in Germany will be something special.Rosberg knows he has a real chance, even if he may have lost some of the momentum after suffering his first retirement of the season in the previous race at Silverstone won by team-mate Lewis Hamilton.The German is still four points clear of the Briton and hungry for his first home win – if Monaco, where he grew up and lives, is excluded from the reckoning.“I lost a lot of points and the championship battle is very close but I’m feeling good,” he said this week.“Hockenheim is a crucial race for all of us, it’s the home grand prix for Mercedes-Benz and a second home race for me after Monaco, so I’m really focused on getting a top result this weekend.“It’s actually the circuit I’ve won the most races at during my career through all the junior categories so I know it suits my driving style,” he added.It also suits Hamilton, with the Briton winning there in his 2008 title season, and a repeat will see him regain the overall lead – with Hungary, where he won last year, next up.“It is always good to beat others on their home turf. It will be great to win in Germany,” he told reporters after Silverstone. “This is a fresh start, the second half of the season and this is really when it is going to be tough.”Red Bull’s quadruple champion Sebastian Vettel was a home winner last year at the Nurburgring while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso has won the last two races held at Hockenheim under the current alternation agreement.“The last 2 times we had the race in Hockenheim, 2 victories,” the Spaniard tweeted this week, before posting a mock-up of himself as Superman. “This weekend should be a bit more difficult but still, I have a good feeling.”How much competition Red Bull and Ferrari provide for Mercedes remains to be seen, with a rule change since Silverstone leaving question marks hanging over Hockenheim.Race director Charlie Whiting wrote to teams warning that the governing FIA considered their front and rear interconnected suspension (FRIC) systems to be illegal.Such systems, which stabilise the car through corners, have been in use for some years but the FIA believes they have now developed to the point where they are aerodynamic devices.While the FIA offered teams the chance to keep using them until the end of the year, the necessary unanimous agreement appears to be lacking with some smaller teams eager for any opportunity to close gaps.The question now is, if teams strip out the FRIC systems for fear of possible exclusion, who could suffer most and whether the pecking order might undergo a subtle shift.Mercedes have the dominant car, and significant resources to improve it, but rivals will be watching closely for any signs of their considerable advantage narrowing.“There are maybe a couple of teams who have been extreme and obviously who could be potentially in trouble to switch back to a non-connecting system,” McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier told reporters last week.“But for most of the teams, I think it won’t be a game-changer.”Williams have had Valtteri Bottas on the podium in the last two races and can expect to be competitive again while Alonso’s record – he has won three times at Hockenheim – means the Spaniard is always in the reckoning.Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg will be aiming to continue his record as one of only two drivers to score in every race this season while fellow-German Adrian Sutil is still seeking his first points of 2014 with Sauber.
By Martyn HermanRoger Federer produced another masterly display to beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-2 and move a step closer to the semi-finals at the ATP World Tour Finals on Tuesday.The six-times former champion was at his imperious best to subdue the 24-year-old U.S. Open runner-up and will reach the last four should Canada’s Milos Raonic defeat Andy Murray in the day’s other Group B match.Although this year’s tournament is still to witness a three-set match, the entertainment served up by world number two Federer and Asian trailblazer Nishikori kept the capacity O2 crowd enthralled for one hour and nine minutes.The 33-year-old Federer, who can still knock Novak Djokovic off the top of the rankings before the end of the year, fought off two break points in the third game and broke himself a game later with a flowing forehand pass.That was enough for the Swiss maestro to secure the opener and the quality of his play pressured Nishikori into several errors at the same stage of the second set as he forged further into the distance.There were flashes of inspiration by Nishikori, a top-spin lob here and a crunching backhand pass there, but he lacked the authority he showed in beating home favourite Murray on Sunday.Federer, who began his record 13th appearance at the ATP Tour Finals by beating Raonic in straight sets, has only once failed to survive the group stage and looks poised to take centre stage again at the weekend.
By Martyn HermanJust when it seemed safe for Rafa Nadal devotees to peer up from behind the sofa the Spaniard suffered another horror show at the hands of Ukrainian spin wizard Alexandr Dolgopolov at Queen’s Club in London on Tuesday.Former world number one Nadal looked rejuvenated last week when he won the Stuttgart grasscourt title having endured a title-less run on his beloved European claycourts and arrived at the Aegon Championships with a spring in his step.But the form the 14-time grand slam champion displayed in Stuttgart was only fleetingly in evidence as he went down 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4 to a player ranked 79th in the world.Despite a dispiriting loss in front of Spain’s former king Juan Carlos, who was sat in the front row, the 29-year-old tried to remain positive with Wimbledon a little under two weeks away.“This week I lost an opportunity, but I am playing better than before, and enjoying more on court than before,” he told reporters. “Today I lost. I accept. I keep going. I’m going to practise hard. I hope to be ready to play well in Wimbledon.”Second seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who claimed Nadal’s French Open crown this month with a memorable defeat of Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros immediately hit top gear when he swatted away Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3 6-4 in 49 minutes.Wawrinka will face big-serving South African Kevin Anderson on Wednesday.Top seed and home favourite Andy Murray got in the Wimbledon spirit by donning a pristine all-white kit in a 6-4 7-5 defeat of Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun, a player he beat on the way to winning the title at the All England Club in 2013.Also on the menu at the select west London club was defending champion Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria who completed a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over American Sam Querrey, the 2010 winner, after bad light stopped their match the day before.Fifth seed Nadal, who won the Queen’s title in 2008, but has stayed away in recent years because of gripes with the British tax system, saved two points that would have seen him trail 4-0 but he could not claw back the opening set.The Mallorcan survived a match point in the second set tiebreak with a swinging serve and levelled it when Dolgopolov missed an attempted pass, celebrating with a trademark upper-cut.Dolgopolov boasts a richer variety of spin than an election campaign manager and a curious backhand sidewinder that can bamboozle opponents but he paid for being too clever with an attempted drop shot and surrendered serve at 1-1 in the decider.Nadal looked in control but he loosened his grip at 4-3 and Dolgoplov levelled with an angled volley.Even then Nadal has an immediate chance to break again, but missed a bread and butter forehand with the court begging.Dolgopolov then pounced, belting a backhand return winner and then threading a forehand down the line to seal a second consecutive victory against Nadal.Results from the Queen’s Men’s Singles Round 1 matches on Tuesday:Andy Murray (Britain) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 6-4 7-5Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) beat Jeremy Chardy (France) 6-7(3) 6-2 6-4Gilles Simon (France) beat David Goffin (Belgium) 6-7(6) 7-5 6-2Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Rafa Nadal (Spain) 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) beat Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 6-7(5) 6-4 7-6(5)Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 7-6(4) 1-6 6-4John Isner (U.S.) beat Jared Donaldson (U.S.) 7-6(11) 6-4 6-4Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Sam Querrey (U.S.) 4-6 6-3 6-4Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) beat Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 6-3 6-4
By Tim HanlonBarcelona will be missing the lethal touch of Neymar in attack for the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on Tuesday but they can still call on an unsettled Pedro to provide reliable back-up.Pedro has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and the news that Neymar will be out for an expected two weeks with the mumps is exactly why the Catalan club are loathe to allow the homegrown talent to leave Camp Nou.He had limited chances though in the second half of last season with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar all remaining largely injury free on the way to hitting a Spanish record 122 goals among them as Barca won the treble.Neymar’s pace and trickery which he showed to good effect with a goal and his overall performance in last week’s Gamper Trophy win over Roma will be missed against Europa League champions Sevilla but coach Luis Enrique values Pedro for his dependability when given a chance.Ex-Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic is also looking sharp, hitting a 30-yard drive into the top corner against Roma, and he pointed out the strength of the team as a whole.“Everyone knows the importance that Leo and Neymar have but the other players are as well. It is important that we have confidence and show what we can do,” Rakitic told reporters.“I am a big fan of Sevilla but not in this match. I am now at this club and I will give my best for it and the fans here.”It is a big season for Rakitic who will look to consolidate his position in midfield which he took over from Barca legend Xavi.While Xavi was more of a midfield organiser, the Croat prefers to get up and down the pitch.“The team is playing differently and when you get into positions to shoot you need to take them,” said Rakitic.“It is part of my play and I like to look for openings. When I score it obviously gives me more confidence.“We are looking forward to the Sevilla game. We are working hard to be ready for the game and to start the season the best way.”
By Mike CollettChelsea’s early season slump turned into a full-blown crisis on Saturday night when they were beaten 3-1 by Southampton while Manchester City went top of the Premier League with Sergio Aguero scoring five in a 6-1 win over Newcastle United.Southampton’s win at Stamford Bridge meant Chelsea have made their worst start to a season for 37 years and ended the day in 16th place on eight points, 10 behind City who will be top at least until Manchester United play Arsenal on Sunday.City ended their own mini-slump in style, after two successive league defeats, but Chelsea’s dire run continued even though they took an early lead with Willian scoring with a 10th minute free-kick.Southampton hit back with goals from Steven Davis just before halftime, Sadio Mane after 60 minutes and a third from Graziano Pelle 12 minutes later.The defeat prompted an extraordinary response from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who spoke for seven minutes without pause in response to one question from a Sky Sports reporter after the game.Mourinho insisted Chelsea should have had a penalty before Southampton scored their second goal, and said he was not running away from his responsibilities.“I can imagine what people are thinking about what is going to happen or not going to happen,” he said.“Let me be clear: One, I do not run away. Two, if the club want to sack me they have to sack me because I am not running away from my responsibility or my team and from my conviction.“Third, even more important than the first and the second, I think this is a crucial moment in the history of this club because if the club sacks me they sack the best manager that this club has had and the message is…that if there are bad results the manager is guilty.”Mourinho strongly criticised referee Robert Madley for not awarding Chelsea a penalty when Radamel Falcao appeared to be brought down by Saints goalkeeper Martin Stekelenburg after 53 minutes.“The referees are afraid to give decisions for Chelsea,” he said, a theme he continued for several more minutes.Saints manager Ronald Koeman said the second half made all the difference after a difficult start: “We were more aggressive than Chelsea and in my opinion we totally deserved the three points today,” he told Sky.AGUERO FIVEWhile Chelsea lost an early lead, the side tipped at the start of the season to be their main title challengers came back from an early Newcastle goal to win convincingly.Aguero scored five times in 20 minutes, including an eight-minute hat-trick, after City appeared to be in danger of a third straight league defeat when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed Newcastle ahead in the 18th minute at the Etihad Stadium.The visitors, without a win so far, looked the better team for much of the first half but imploded as Aguero burst into life with goals after 42, 49, 50, 60 and 62 minutes.With Kevin De Bruyne also on target, five of City’s six goals came in a dazzling 13-minute spell.Aguero became only the fifth player in the Premier League era to score five in a game following Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov.But he was denied the chance to become the first to score six when coach Manuel Pellegrini substituted him two minutes after his fifth goal.In the other games, Crystal Palace beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to go third, Stoke City beat Aston Villa 1-0, Leicester City won 2-1 at Norwich City and Sunderland drew 2-2 with West Ham United.