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Jersey Journal 2016 fall previews: North, West Hudson girls volleyball — Follow @JJournalsports All the girls volleyball squads in North and West Hudson County are building toward the future. And while teams like Kearny, North Bergen and Memorial are hoping to build on last season's efforts with some key returning players, Hoboken and Union City are looking to lay down the foundation for a successful program.

Gerry Matthews, N.J.'s all-time winningest college hoops coach, to retire from Stockton — Gerry Matthews, who won a state-record 612 games over his 30-year career at Stockton College, has decided to retire. Matthews said that, with his 75th birthday approaching soon, he believed the timing was right to step aside from the job he loves.

Rio 2016: N.J. teens made this an Olympics to remember | Politi — RIO DE JANEIRO - They performed with such skill and carried themselves with such grace over the past two and a half weeks that it was easy to forget that they are still just teenagers. What were you doing when you were 16?

Rio 2016: Here's how New Jersey's Olympians performed

Rio Olympics 2016: Sugar Ray Leonard sends Shakur Stevenson a heartfelt video message — RIO DE JANEIRO - Shakur Stevenson was inconsolable after his split-decision loss in the gold medal fight against Cuban star Robeisy Ramirez. But the boxing community is rallying to support him. That includes boxing icon Sugar Ray Leonard, who sent the Newark native words of encouragement in a video on Twitter.

Rio 2016: Shakur Stevenson should hold his head high after winning Olympic silver | Politi — RIO DE JANEIRO - One after another, his family and friends tried to console Shakur Stevenson, but it was no use. Towel over his head, the 19-year-old from Newark kept sobbing and heaving. "I didn't win!" he wailed as he fell into the arms of his mother, Malikah, outside the Olympic boxing venue.

Rio 2016: N.J. boxer Shakur Stevenson's Olympic run ends with silver medal — RIO DE JANEIRO - Shakur Stevenson lost his gold-medal fight against Robeisy Ramirez on Saturday afternoon, but the Newark boxer will take home a silver medal for his overall performance here. That is the best result for an American male boxer since 2004 when Andre Ward - his idol turned mentor - won gold, even if Stevenson had his sights set on reaching the top of the medal stand.

Rio 2016: Shakur Stevenson winning gold would be Newark's crowning athletic achievement | Politi — RIO DE JANEIRO - No matter what happens in his gold-medal fight, the city that Shakur Stevenson has represented here in Brazil with class and excellence needs to plan a first-class celebration when he returns home.

Rio 2016: Jordan Burroughs experiences the cruel side of the Olympic Dream | Politi — RIO DE JANEIRO - This is how it looks when the weight of the Olympic Dream comes crashing down on a great athlete. Jordan Burroughs is sobbing, the tears mixing with the sweat that is still running down his face.

Rio Olympics stunner: N.J.'s Jordan Burroughs loses in wrestling quarterfinals — RIO DE JANEIRO - When the unthinkable happened, Jordan Burroughs climbed over a barrier at the Olympic wrestling venue and found his wife, Lauren, and their 15-month-old son, Beacon. He reached up with his powerful arms to embrace them, and then the sobbing started. His back heaved, again and again.
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Aug 24, 2016

Related: I also finished first in the company's Christ the Redeemer race in Rio! 

Aug 24, 2016

@BobbyOlivier Say, what time did he actually go on last night? Asking for a friend.

Aug 24, 2016

I might need Ryan Lochte to help me with my Olympic expenses.

Aug 23, 2016

@nursemegg @Dave_White You're not going to respond to every sarcastic tweet like this, are you Nurse M?

Aug 23, 2016

And don't get me wrong: I am exceedingly grateful that one excuse (staffing size) can be crossed off the list if Rutgers hoops fails.

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