First she bit on Public Relations Director Mark Soifer’s unapologetic attempt to get a little media attention for Ocean City in November: the annual Quiet Festival. Lisa Ryan and Skyler face off for the chomp-off title amid shreds of lettuce and cheers from the crowd who by now are really into the contest. The epic man vs. beast contest was part of Ocean City’s annual Quiet Festival.Then she bit on a big head of lettuce in a failed attempt to out-eat a Guinea Pig named Skyler.Lisa Rose, a Star-Ledger reporter whom Soifer describes as “a feisty vegan from North Jersey,” produced the above video about Ocean City’s Quiet Festival and her epic showdown with Skyler.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts__________“It came to pass that Skyler, a plumpish local Guinea Pig with lightning teeth, copped the championship. Tyler and Lisa faced off for the chomp-off before a crowd of incredulous onlookers Saturday at the Ocean City Senior Center, site of Quiet Festival activities,” Soifer reported.Tyler beat Rose by 10 seconds in the chomp-off. Rose reportedly smiled, shrugged and said, “Maybe next year,” as Tyler dozed in his comforter.See photo gallery of the event by Rose on NJ.com, and the full account of the lettuce-eating showdown.
The in-form Will Porterfield, who followed up his century against England with an innings of 62 on Friday, fell for just five after being cleaned up by Ian Wardlaw. The Scotland paceman then accounted for another opener in Paul Stirling, who feathered a catch down the leg-side. Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien put on 69 for the third wicket before the former was bowled by off-spinner Majid Haq for 39 although that failed to disrupt Ireland’s momentum. O’Brien continued to kick on and brought up his 50 off 54 balls with a clip to square-leg off Haq and it was fitting that he struck the winning run with a single down to long leg to finish on 65 not out, with Gary Wilson (35no) providing valuable support in an unbroken 75-run partnership for the fourth wicket. It was O’Brien’s younger brother Kevin who played a large part in giving Ireland a low victory target with figures of three for 31 as Scotland’s hopes of setting a large score were undermined by the steady fall of wickets. South African-born Sorensen (three for 36) started the rot when he had Freddie Coleman lbw, while Hamish Gardiner nicked Richardson behind. Matt Machan had reached a rather sedate 23 before hammering Kevin O’Brien straight to the seamer’s sibling Niall at mid-on. Scotland captain Preston Mommsen fell in Kevin O’Brien’s next over after an attempted pull was feathered behind to leave Scotland on 61 for four. Having ended Scotland’s hopes of automatic World Cup qualification on Friday, Ireland’s seamers twisted the knife further by taking all 10 wickets to restrict their opponents to a paltry 165 all out after they had won the toss. Sorensen and O’Brien took three wickets apiece, while Stuart Thompson and Eddie Richardson shared the remaining four scalps in the International Cricket Council World Cricket League Championship encounter before Ireland’s batsman chased down the target in 33 overs, with Niall O’Brien ensuring there were few alarms. Press Association Calum MacLeod and Richie Berrington led a fightback of sorts with a partnership of 66 for the fifth wicket before the latter fell for 35 after chipping O’Brien to wide mid-on. That was the start of Scotland’s collapse as they lost their last six wickets for the addition of 38 runs, MacLeod the next to fall having top-scored with 39 when he was cleaned up by a Richardson slower ball. David Murphy was unbeaten on 20, but he was let down at the other end as Sorensen and Thompson (two for 20) cleaned up the lower order as Scotland were all out in 49.3 overs. Max Sorensen and Kevin O’Brien each took three wickets as Ireland claimed their second win over Scotland in three days after easing to a seven-wicket victory in Belfast.
As well as Spurs, 19th-placed Cardiff face the daunting challenges of Liverpool and Everton, as well as a basement scrap with Fulham, in their next four games. The former Manchester United forward believes “loads of improvement” is needed to get any points from that quartet, “especially inside the two boxes, because you need to score goals to win games in football and not concede soft, easy goals”. He added: “We have to say, first half, they had two attacks (and) scored two goals.” Despite the bitter disappointment of losing so heavily to another bottom-half club – a defeat that leaves the Bluebirds three points and at least nine goals from safety – Solskjaer is confident they can get the five wins in 11 he believes should be enough to survive in the Premier League. “I still think so,” added the former Molde boss. “We need five wins. We need to find that fifth win that we were hoping was going to be today. “That means we have to get a win from maybe an away game we didn’t expect to. How often have we seen that in the Premier League, that there’s a surprise result? “All you can say is these lads, knowing the character of them; they will roll their sleeves up and work as hard as they can to get the points we need. The Norwegian had been planning to take the relegation-threatened Bluebirds out to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday to sharpen up ahead of their trip to fifth-placed Tottenham at White Hart Lane in a week’s time. But after watching his charges thrashed by the Tigers, suffering their biggest home defeat since losing 4-0 to Cambridge United in April 2000, Solskjaer confirmed he had changed his mind in favour of some intensive preparation in wintry Wales. “They’re never, ever going to lay down and give up. They have been knocked down, but luckily they’ve not landed face down. They’ve landed on their back and that way they can look up. “That’s the only way that we’re going to get out of this – work hard, work together, stick together and do the right things at the right time. At times, players wanted to do a little bit too much and that’s good. “You want that enthusiasm to want to make a difference and want to make an impression, but do your job. The enthusiasm was there, the effort was there, but the decision-making wasn’t the best.” Cardiff had plenty of chances against the Tigers, but for the third Premier League game in a row, they drew a blank. The visitors were happy to soak up the pressure and repeatedly hit them on the break. A brace from recent signing Nikica Jelavic and goals from Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore – on loan from Spurs – gave Steve Bruce’s men their biggest away win in the top flight. Bruce, who like Solskjaer was a hero at Old Trafford during his playing career, wished his counterpart all the best. He said: “I’m delighted that somebody like Ole, for a start, has gone into management and if we’re not careful – I keep saying this, week in week out – we’re going to discourage people like Ole Gunnar. “He’s had a wonderful playing career and wants to stay in the game. He’s an enthusiast of the game. You’ve got to give him time and let him manage. “That goes for everybody. When you see the ridiculous turnover of managers that we have repeatedly in this country, it’s ridiculous, and if we’re not careful we’re going to turn people away.” Press Association Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cancelled his players’ warm-weather training trip to Abu Dhabi following the 4-0 defeat at home to Hull on Saturday.