(Update: Doug Marrone told reporters Chark is “week-to-week.”)MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsJacksonville doesn’t have anything to play for, so they might play it safe with Chark. If he misses time, both Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley can be used at least as FLEX options in PPR leagues and probably in standard formats too against a WR-friendly Raiders’ secondary in Week 15. Calvin Ridley, Mike Evans and DeVante Parker were all forced from their games Sunday with injuries and did not return. Heading into Week 15 and more fantasy playoff matchups, owners will be hoping their starting fantasy wide receivers can make quick recoveries. But if they don’t our WR rankings, sleepers and waiver wire suggestions will include each of their replacements.For updates on injured QBs Patrick Mahomes, Jameis Winston, and Tom Brady, click here; for the latest on injured RBs Derrius Guice, Derrick Henry, and more, go here; for the latest on ailing TEs Noah Fant, Ryan Griffin, Mark Andrews, and Jared Cook, click here; for updates on injured TEs Gerald Everett, Evan Engram, and Greg Olsen, go here; for updates on WRs Adam Thielen, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller, and T.Y. Hilton, go here; for news on RBs James Conner, Josh Jacobs, Le’Veon Bell, and more, click here. Follow us on Twitter for more news and updates @ SN_Fantasy. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerCalvin Ridley injury updateRidley sustained what was termed an abdominal injury Sunday that was at least visually scary. He came out of the medical tent during the third quarter, then collapsed to the ground and had to be carted off, according to the Gwinnett Daily Post. The team did not provide a further update after the game.(Update: Ridley announced on his Instagram that he’s done for the season.)This didn’t appear to be some standard football injury, so it’s hard to anticipate potential time Ridley may miss. His absence would probably elevate Russell Gage back into the WR3/FLEX consideration he had with Julio Jones out, although Gage saw only four targets Sunday, perhaps because the Falcons were winning big by the time Ridley exited. Don’t rush to pick up Olamide Zaccheaus after his 93-yard TD — he’s still well down the depth chart in Atlanta. WEEK 15: Top Waiver PickupsMike Evans injury newsEvans appeared to injure his left hamstring on his touchdown catch Sunday, not fully celebrating as he limped off to the sideline. He headed to the locker room and didn’t return to the game. In his absence, both Breshad Perriman and Justin Watson caught touchdowns.We’d claim Perriman before Watson based on their usage before Evans was hurt, although Tampa Bay runs enough three-wide sets for them both to have some appeal against the Lions in Week 15. WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endDeVante Parker concussion updateParker’s head was slammed to the ground Sunday after a catch, forcing him from the game with a concussion. Miami’s Albert Wilson left the game shortly after with a concussion of his own, depleting the Dolphins’ receiving corps further.A matchup with the Giants in Week 15 makes having a piece of this passing attack a worthwhile pursuit. We’d bet on Allen Hurns being the de facto No. 1 if Parker is out, but youngster Isaiah Ford could also play a role after catching six-of-nine targets Sunday. Hurns is worth a waiver claim, especially for Parker owners.WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPDJ Chark injury updateChark limped off the field late in Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. He was deemed questionable to return but didn’t come back in the blowout loss. He left the stadium with a protective boot on his left foot.
Tommaso Ciampa was so close to winning back the NXT championship, only to be stopped by, of all people, Johnny Gargano. When NXT TakeOver: Portland was over, Adam Cole escaped with the title after scoring the win in the main event.Ciampa had the match won in the closing minutes but the referee was nowhere in sight to count the pin. Then Gargano came down to the ring to cheer on his once-again friend, or so it seemed. Instead, he hit Ciampa with the title and cost him the championship that he has fought so hard to win back following neck surgery that nearly ended his career. This marks the latest chapter in what has been a long feud between the former DIY teammates. It looked like the two were once again on-screen friends following Ciampa’s surgery and Gargano winning the title last year. Instead, the bitter feud will continue two years after it began.It was a strong night from top to bottom of the six-match NXT TakeOver: Portland card. Both Keith Lee and Rhea Ripley successfully defended their championships while the Broserweights (Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne) upended Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly to win the NXT tag team titles in a wild back and forth match. NXT TakeOver events seem to always deliver but this one went above and beyond expectations and is a strong early contender for the show of the year. Check out Sporting News’ complete coverage of NXT TakeOver: Portland below.(All times Eastern.)Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year NXT TakeOver: Portland live updatesAdam Cole defeats Tommaso Ciampa to retain the NXT championship10:05 p.m.: Ref bump and he goes flying out of the ring. Ciampa has Cole down and out but there’s no referee to make the count. Johnny Gargano is at ringside cheering Ciampa on. The champ reaches for the title, which was in the ring, and Gargano grabs it. He then smashes Ciampa in the head with it. Cole makes the cover as the referee recovers and he gets the three count. An incredible match to cap off an awesome night of wrestling. WHAT HAVE YOU DONE, @JohnnyGargano?!?!?!?!#NXTTakeOver #NXTChampionship pic.twitter.com/Ss5nOLM9Yy— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 17, 202010:02 p.m.: Roderick Strong is on the apron distracting the referee while Fish and O’Reilly attack Ciampa. Ciampa won’t be denied though and he throws Cole over the top onto all of UE and then he hits a dive onto all of them. It’s him and Cole in the ring again and Cole comes back again with another Last Shot but Ciampa kicks out at the last second. 10:00 p.m.: Cole jumps on top of the announcer’s table and finally connects with the Panama Sunrise. He puts Ciampa in the ring and looks to finish him off but instead, it’s Ciampa who goes on the offensive and drops Cole. He makes the cover but the champ somehow kicks out. Cole then with a crossface but Ciampa gets out and slaps it on himself. Cole almost taps out but somehow gets to the ropes.9:57 p.m.: Cole with a pair of strikes to the head sends Ciampa outside the ring. Cole goes for a dive but Ciampa nails him and the champion goes crashing into the floor. They go back in the ring where Cole hits a ushigoroshi but can’t put Ciampa away. They exchange shots and then Cole with the Last Shot but Ciampa rolls to the apron before he can be pinned. Cole to the top rope and goes for Panama Sunrise on the apron but Ciampa catches him and gives him another Air Raid Crash on the apron. This is wild, wild stuff.9:52 p.m.: They’re fighting on the top rope and Cole sets him up for the Panama Sunrise again but instead it’s Ciampa with the Air Raid Crash. Cole kicks out of the pin attempt. They go outside the ring again and Cole goes for a powerbomb but instead is on the receiving end of one on the announcer’s table. Ciampa gives him a second one as Cole goes crashing through the table. He tosses Cole in the ring and goes for a running knee but instead, it’s Cole with a superkick. Ciampa comes back with Project Ciampa and makes the cover but Cole survives again. The crowd is on its feet. 9:45 p.m.: Ciampa is hung up in the corner and Cole takes advantage with a Backstabber, again targeting Ciampa’s back and neck. He goes for a neckbreaker but can’t get it. Instead, Cole with a kick to the head and goes for Panama Sunrise but instead its Ciampa connecting with a knee to the head.9:42 p.m.: They’re fighting outside the ring again and Ciampa connects with a running knee that levels Cole. He stares at the championship, allowing Cole time to recover. Ciampa misses a kick to the head and Cole whips his surgically repaired neck into the announcer’s table. The tide has turned.9:37 p.m.: A methodical pace early on as they exchange moves. They go outside the ring and Cole drops Ciampa with a boot to the face and then mocks Ciampa by patting himself on the back. Now the challenger is ticked off as he throws Cole face-first into the post and then drives him into the barricade with a hard knee. 👏👏👏 @NXTCiampa 👏👏👏➡️ https://t.co/NsQTgz3q4X pic.twitter.com/JHgC9orW4l— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) February 17, 20209:32 p.m.: Even before they touch, the crowd chants “Psycho Killer” and “Adam Cole”. You can feel the tension and excitement already.9:27 p.m.: Main event time. This show has been fantastic and these two will no doubt have their working shoes on to try and properly cap off this show. The BroserWeights (Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne) defeat The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) to become NXT tag team champions9:22 p.m. FINISH: Riddle and Dunne come back with simultaneous kicks to the head of O’Reilly. Then stereo strikes to Fish and the Broserweights are the new NXT tag team champions. That was ridiculously insane – a crazy good tag team match from beginning to end.The #BroserWeights out here collecting alllll that gold.@PeteDunneYxB & @SuperKingofBros are your new NXT Tag Team Champions!!!! #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/yT37wxmhHi— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 17, 20209:19 p.m.: This match is quite insane with the back and forth strikes and suplexes. O’Reilly wipes on Dunne outside the ring with a flying knee. He then drops a knee off the top rope onto Riddle’s knee and puts him in a kneebar but Dunne finally gets back to the ring and breaks it up. He gets pushed into his corner and accidentally knocks Riddle to the floor. Riddle then gets in the ring and goes for a spear but O’Reilly sidesteps him and he wipes out Dunne. UE hit Enter the Dragon but somehow Dunne kicks out. 9:14 p.m.: Out on the floor, Dunne tries to kick Fish in the head but misses and instead kicks the post. Meanwhile, in the ring, O’Reilly and Riddle exchange moves including Riddle with a knee to the head. He sets up O’Reilly for a suplex but Fish from behind with a chop block. UE double teams Riddle but he connects with a knee to both of them and finally makes the tag to Dunne. 9:10 p.m.: UE is keeping Dunne trapped in the ring including a Dragon Screw leg whip across the ropes. O’Reilly goes for a running boot in the corner but misses and hits his own partner, allowing Dunne to tag in Riddle. He goes wild with an exploder suplex and each of his opponents and then a GTS into a German suplex on O’Reilly. He’s a machine.9:05 p.m.: Pete Dunne is amusing himself by stomping on Fish’s left hand and then twisting his arm in an awkward position. Fish makes the tag and O’Reilly hits a flurry of kicks and knees. 9:00 p.m.: The Broserweights drive down to the ring in the BroMobile with the Dusty Rhodes tag team trophy in tow. Riddle decides to start a sing-along of “how much Fish could Bobby Fish fry if Bobby Fish could fry fish?” including the words coming on the screen with a bouncing fish going across the words. Fish and O’Reilly are not amused and attack them. Here we go!Rhea Ripley defeats Bianca Belair for the NXT women’s championship8:55 p.m. FINISH: Belair with a huge body drop that sends Ripley hard to the floor and then she lands a tope. Ripley gets to her feet and drops Belair onto the steel steps and they go back in the ring. Ripley goes to the top rope but Belair fights her off and tries to hit a superplex but it’s Ripley who lands a Riptide and scores the win. Good match and both worked really hard. As Ripley is posing with the title, she gets attacked from behind by Charlotte Flair. She grabs a mic and says that she’ll see Ripley at WrestleMania so it’s official: Ripley vs. Flair for the NXT women’s championship at WrestleMania 36. Before Flair leaves, she tosses Belair into the steel steps. 8:48 p.m.: Belair goes for a suplex but awkwardly drops Ripley down on the side of her leg. The champ comes back with a backdrop and then simply picks Ripley up and drops her face-first. Ripley then with a modified Cloverleaf submission but Belair gets out. Ripley goes to the top rope and two exchange hard slaps to the face before Belair whips the champion in the midsection with her hair and then press slams her to the mat.8:41 p.m.: Ripley uses her power early on as she attacks Ripley’s left arm. Belair with a backflip out of the corner but then runs into a pair of boots to the chest and then with a nasty chop that drops the challenger.8:35 p.m.: Second championship of the night up for grabs in this one. Big opportunity for Belair who continues to impress. Finn Balor defeats Johnny Gargano8:28 p.m. FINISH: Balor with a Sling Blade and Gargano then goes for a superkick but misses and he eats another Sling Blade and then gets dropkicked into the turnbuckles. Balor goes to the top for the Coup de Grace but Gargano moves and slaps on the Gargano Escape. Balor gets out but Gargano puts it on again before Balor slithers out of the ring. Gargano then connects with a shotgun dropkick that sends Balor into the barricade and then wants to put him into the announcer’s table but instead, Balor picks him up and drops him onto the table. Then he runs across multiple tables and hits a flying dropkick. He puts Gargano back in the ring, hits the Coup de Grace and then finishes him off with the 1916 DDT. Awesome, awesome match. When you come at @FinnBalor, you best not miss!➡️ https://t.co/NsQTgz3q4X pic.twitter.com/QPpN0w2lzU— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) February 17, 20208:24 p.m.: Balor with some nasty stomps to Gargano’s face before he goes out of the ring. He avoids a dive as Balor lands on his feet but Gargano drops him with a superkick. They go back in the ring with Balor hitting a kick to the face but Gargano comes back with a big shot of his own and then Balor with a Pele kick. The action is definitely picking up as they stand toe-to-toe and exchange punches. Balor misses a stomp and Gargano turns it into a DDT but cannot get the win. 8:20 p.m.: Gargano comes back and knocks Balor outside the ring. He goes for a dive but Balor catches him and tries to hit the 1916 DDT but Gargano shoves him into the ring steps. Gargano then goes to the apron and connects with a cannonball dive. Back in the ring, it’s Gargano hitting a slingshot spear but he can’t get the three count.8:15 p.m: Gargano is focused on Balor’s left arm while Balor is going after his left knee including a stomp to the back of his knee. It’s back to a methodic pace before Balor ties up Gargano’s knee and tries to make him submit.8:10 p.m.: They exchange chops and the Gargano hops the ropes and connects with a spear on the apron. Gargano lines him up for a dropkick on the floor but Instead Balor hits a Sling Blade. These guys are so smooth.8:05 p.m.: Some back and forth mat wrestling to start this one. They’re slowing down the pace following the previous match but it probably won’t take long before the pace picks up. They exchange rollups before Gargano connects with a kick to the jaw.8:00 p.m.: This should be a fun grudge match. Even before the match, it’s an amazing battle of abs as both guys are ripped.Dakota Kai defeats Tegan Nox in a Street Fight7:52 p.m. FINISH: Nox uses a big steel chain and a chair on Kai’s knee and she’s hobbling around now. Nox then sets up a table in the ring and puts Kai on it as well as a chair around her neck. Nox goes to the top rope but NXT newcomer Racquel Gonzalez comes from out of nowhere to stop her. She then pushes Nox off the top rope onto the table — which didn’t break — and Kai then gets the pin. Afterward, Gonzalez helps up Kai and then holds her hand up in victory although Kai isn’t sure what is going on. Good match but a curious ending.MAMMA MIA!!!!!#RaquelGonzalez just OBLITERATED @TeganNoxWWE_!!!@DakotaKai_WWE #NXTTakeOver #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/ydsicxYOpB— WWE (@WWE) February 17, 20207:47 p.m.: This is very intense and physical including Kai whacking Nox in the head hard with a trash can lid and later Nox connecting with a German suplex onto a trash can. Nox puts Kai’s head on a chair and tries to kick it but Kai moves out of the way and ends up kicking the chair into Nox’s face. Outside the ring tapes Nox to the ring post and blasts her with a few kicks before trying to hit her with a laptop she took from the broadcast table. Instead, Nox gets it drills her in the knee.7:42 p.m.: They’ve got trash cans out from under the ring and Nox puts one on her head and then delivers a kick but takes a bad landing.Yikes. #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/Vyz059PTcg— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) February 17, 20207:37 p.m.: Nox is first to out and as she’s posing walking down to the ring, Kai attacks her from behind. They brawl in the crowd and Nox comes back with a spear through a ringside barricade sign before Kai hits a DDT on the same sign. They finally get in the ring and the bell rings.Keith Lee defeats Dominik Dijakovic to retain the NXT North American championship7:30 p.m. FINISH: This match is officially crazy as Lee hits two Spirit Bombs and both times, Dijakovic kicks out of pinfalls. The crowd is eating this up and can’t believe Lee didn’t score a win yet. Lee goes to the top rope but Dijakovic tosses him off to the floor. Lee gets up and gets back to the top but goes down hard as Dijakovic lands an avalanche Spanish Fly. WHAT? Lee survives and connects with the Big Bang Catastrophe and finally gets the victory. That was nuts. I’d say it was too much for the opening match on a show but this is NXT: TakeOver and the bar is really, really high.7:26 p.m.: Lee with some devastating double-handed chops outside the ring. He puts Lee in a chair and kicks him in the face before returning to the ring and goes flying with a somersault flip. Whoa!.@DijakovicWWE ARE YOU SERIOUS?!➡️ https://t.co/NsQTgz3q4X pic.twitter.com/4i43PdtBLz— TDE Wrestling (@tde_wrestling) February 17, 20207:21 p.m.: They fight up on the top rope and Dijakovic connects with an avalanche Feast Your Eyes but again cannot get the pin. Not only does Lee survive but he comes back with a big pounce that launches Dijakovic head-first into the turnbuckles.7:16 p.m.: Dijakovic hits a Cyclone Kick and then a corkscrew moonsault off the top but Lee kicks out of the pin. Amazing athleticism on display..@DijakovicWWE with a damn Corkscrew. #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/R8Lqmix3iF— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) February 17, 20207:11 p.m.: Dijakovic is a very good big man but Lee is a freak of nature for his size as he breaks out a hurricanrana early on. Dijakovic goes for a Fosbury Flop to the outside but Lee catches him. The challenger escapes and then connects with a suplex on the apron.7:05 p.m.: Poppy starts the show off with a song and now it’s a battle of the big boys. 6;56 p.m.: Quick predictions before the show gets underway: Ciampa, Ripley, Balor, Kai, Broserweights, and Lee. 6:48 p.m.: I was just about to guess what match would start the show but I don’t have to anymore as it was just announced that Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic for the NXT North American championship will get things going. It’s the continuation of a long-running feud between the big men that precedes their time with NXT. 6:42 p.m.: Dijakovic is planning a special entrance tonight and for a great cause.https://t.co/wF9XW9VBsC pic.twitter.com/vzbo4YvGyP— Dominik Dijakovic (@DijakovicWWE) February 16, 20206:35 p.m.: Remember Mansoor who won the biggest Battle Royal in WWE history last year in Saudi Arabia? Well, WWE finally found a role for him – TakeOver pre-show co-host. It’s PRE-SHOW TIME!✨ @CharlyOnTV🎤 @notsam👊 @KSAMANNYLet’s do this. #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/rtfwwsgcq7— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) February 16, 20206:30 p.m.: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of NXT TakeOver: Portland. It should be a fantastic night of NXT action with six matches, which is the most ever for a TakeOver event. And this is an awesome card including the big Cole versus Ciampa title match on the top of the card. NXT TakeOver: Portland lineup— Adam Cole vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT championship— Rhea Ripley vs. Bianca Belair for the NXT women’s championship— Johnny Gargano vs. Finn Balor— Dakota Kai vs. Tegan Nox in a Street Fight— The Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The BroserWeights (Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne)— Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic for the North American championship
On the same call involving 80 players on Friday, Nets point guard Kyrie Irving reportedly led calls for basketball not to return while protests against racial injustice and police brutality continue across the United States.MORE: Differing views from Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers highlight NBPA’s internal struggleAnti-racism demonstrations have been held across the world following the death of George Floyd. Renewed protests have occurred in Atlanta after Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police at a drive-through on Friday, an incident that led to the resignation of the city’s police chief. On Sunday, eight-time All-Star Howard issued a statement via his agent to CNN in which he made it clear he would give up the chance to win a first NBA Championship for “the unity of my people.”Dwight Howard statement, provided by his agent, to CNN: pic.twitter.com/sk9uSSHlpp— Jill Martin (@ByJillMartin) June 14, 2020Howard’s statement in full:”I agree with Kyrie. Basketball, or entertainment period, isn’t needed at this moment, and will only be a distraction. Sure it might not distract us players, but we have resources at hand [the] majority of our community don’t have. And the smallest distraction for them can start a trickle-down effect that may never stop. Especially with the way the climate is now. I would love nothing more than to win my very first NBA Championship. But the unity of My People would be an even bigger Championship, that’s just to [sic] beautiful to pass up. What better time than now for us to be focusing on our families. This is a rare opportunity that, I believe, we as a community should be taking full advantage of. When have we ever had this amount of time to sit and be with our families. This is where our Unity starts. At home! With Family!! European Colonisation stripped us of our rich history, and we have yet to sit down and figure us out. The less distractions, the more we can put into action into rediscovering ourselves. Nations come out of families. Black/African American is not a Nation or Nationality. It’s time Our Families became their own Nations. No Basketball till we get things resolved.”The Lakers held the top spot in the Western Conference standings before the league’s suspension at 49-14. Lakers star Dwight Howard believes the return of the NBA would be an unwelcome distraction from the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.The league is still negotiating the details of a 2020 restart over three months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the season to be suspended. There are said to be plans to resume the regular season from July 30 on a modified schedule, although a handful of players reportedly expressed concerns about injury risks during a conference call this week.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa president says he’s forming a committee to address minority and other students’ allegations of systemic racism on the Cedar Falls campus.President Mark Nook took responsibility in a recent letter to the university community for the university’s failure to adequately fulfill goals set by an ad hoc student group and backed by the student government.The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Nook’s action follows a social media campaign of criticism by the student group, Racial and Ethnic Coalition.Among other things, the group posted video testimonials from minority students talking about problems they’ve had on campus, including dealing with a racist professor and trying to navigate university diversity policies.
It looked as though youngster Jake Trbojevic would assume the role on a permanent basis having already filled in at times in 2016 while Lyon was out injured. But Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett opted for the more experienced Daly Cherry-Evans; a move that has been emphatically backed by his teammates. Prop forward Brenton Lawrence – who is a member of Manly’s leadership group – told NRL.com the halfback’s elevation to skipper made perfect sense given what he had already achieved at the club, as well as the fact he was locked in for life after signing an eight-year deal in 2015. “He’s got a great head on his shoulders and a big, strong neck to support that head,” Lawrence joked. “He’s an exceptional talent and I’m glad that he’s the captain because he’s going to be around at our club for a long while. “I think with Blake Green coming in to join him in the halves, it gives him more opportunity to balance both the captaincy as well as being the halfback of the side, which are two rather large responsibilities. “He leads by example, but when it’s time to say something he’ll say the right things. He’s played Origin, he’s played for Australia and he’s won a grand final and is still relatively young. He brings that experience that a lot of people don’t have, and it’s something for the younger guys to aspire to.”Cherry-Evans will receive plenty of support from his leadership group, especially Trbojevic who was named as his deputy for 2017. The 22-year-old is seen as the future of the club, along with his brother Tom, and gained valuable experience in the captaincy role throughout 2016.Lawrence said he was impressed with how his teammate had matured over the past 12 months, paying special tribute to the swagger he brought back after his time with the Kangaroos on the Four Nations trip at the end of last season. “Jake is going to be at the club for a long time and I think that having positive people like Daly and Nate Myles and a few others is going to help Jake over the long run,” he said. “Jake came back from the Kangaroos tour a different man. He picked up a lot of experience and learnt a lot from some of the greats over there. That trip was good for Jake and I’d like to see him around more representative teams for the benefit of our team.”
PERTH, Australia (AP):Serena Williams withdrew from the Hopman Cup yesterday because of inflammation in her left knee, a setback in her preparations for the Australian Open.Williams has been replaced by Vicky Duval in the US team for the last Group A match against the Czech Republic today. Williams withdrew ahead of her season-opening match against Ukraine on Monday, with Duval filling in for her and retired in the second set against Australia’s Jarmila Wolfe on Tuesday.Hopman Cup organisers confirmed Williams’ withdrawal yesterday. The US team is 0-2 and cannot reach the final of the international mixed team competition at Perth Arena.Williams, who won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon and got within two victories of a season Grand Slam in 2015 before losing in the US Open semi-finals, had initially been confident of returning to action in Perth.”It’s not even a bump – just a really minor thing in the road and I’ll fly over it,” Williams said after retiring against Wolfe. “I just have some inflammation that’s been going away very slowly – it’s going away but it needs a little more time.”Mainly I was afraid to move and I need to get in the space where I’m not afraid to move. Maybe a day off or two will really make the world of difference.”Williams is expected to travel to Melbourne to continue preparations for the Australian Open, which begins on January 18.- AP
Hero Caribbean Premier League 2019…ꟷ Taylor seals easy win for RevellersHero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) broke another barrier with the introduction of women’s cricket to the marque tournament when the inaugural National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB) Women’s T10 Challenge was played on Thursday, October 10 at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, Trinidad and Tobago.West Indies Women’s Captain Stafanie Taylor, who was also the captain of the NLCB Revellers, won the toss after a rain delay and opted to bowl in cool afternoon conditions on the big outfield against Courts Gladiators. The game was played on the same pitch that was later used by Trinbago Knight Riders and Barbados Tridents in the men’s second qualifier and proved to be a good strip for batting.Hayley Matthew of Courts Gladiators hits four during her unbeaten innings of 46The Gladiators were off to a bad start when Sheneta Grimmond was clean bowled by seamer Caneisha Isaac at the end of the second over for a duck at 7-1. Opener Hayley Matthews was then joined by Kycia Knight for the partnership of the match. The Barbadian pair put on 54 for the second wicket before left-hander Knight was caught low down by Britany Cooper at long on for 24 (20 balls; 1 x4; 1 x6) in the ninth over with the score at 61-2.Matthews, who hit seven boundaries from 33 balls, carried her bat for a game-high 46 not out as the Gladiators ended on 74 for 2 from their 10 overs with Quiana Joseph not out on one at the end. Right-arm medium pacers, Isaac (1-13) and Chinelle Henry (1-13) were the successful bowlers while off-spinners Taylor (0-11), Anisa Mohammed (0-13) and Karishma Ramharack (0-9) and left-arm seamer Stacy-Ann King (0-15) were wicketless.Player-of-the-match Stafanie Taylor goes through the onsideIn reply, the Revellers raced to 28-1 half-way through the fourth over before King was adjudged lbw to Gladiators skipper Afy Fletcher for 15 (12 balls; 3x4s). Taylor, who was having a good day at the office, then went to work and blasted an 18-ball 36 (6×4’s) to hasten the run chase which ended at 78 for 2 in 9.2 overs. With opener Britany Cooper, Taylor put on 46 from 31 balls before she was taken at backward point by Akeira Peters off Matthews in the ninth over at 74-2 when scores were levelled.Cooper then easily dispatched medium pacer Shakiba Gajnabi for a four back over her head to end the game on 22 not out from 25 balls. It was victory for the Revellers by eight wickets with four balls to spare, but women’s cricket is the bigger winner having made its debut on the CPL stage.Off-spinner Matthews (5-1) and leg-spinner Fletcher (26-1) were the wicket-takers for the Gladiators, who will have another opportunity to level the series on Saturday when the teams meet again ahead of the men’s final.At the end of the match, Taylor welcomed women’s cricket at CPL while Fletcher is optimistic that young girls and more spectators will come out and support their game.Four of the five Guyanese players – Grimmond, Erva Giddings, Gajnabi, Kaysia Shultz made their debut while Cherry-Ann Fraser will look to break in to the team on Saturday.Saturday’s game is dubbed Courts Invitational and will bowl off at 12:30h at the same venue. (John Ramsingh)
Another suicide bomber detonated a dump truck containing a 200-gallon chlorine tank rigged with explosives at 7:13 p.m. three miles south of Fallujah in the Albu Issa tribal region, the military said. U.S. forces found about 250 local civilians, including seven children, suffering from symptoms related to chlorine exposure, according to the statement. Police said the bomb targeted the reception center of a tribal sheik who has denounced al-Qaida. Four other bombings have released chlorine gas since Jan. 28, when a suicide bomber driving a dump truck filled with explosives and a chlorine tank struck a quick-reaction force and Iraqi police in Ramadi, killing 16 people. The U.S. military has warned that insurgents are adopting new tactics in a campaign to spread panic. The most recent such attack occurred Feb. 21 in Baghdad, killing five people and sending more than 55 to hospitals, a day after a bomb planted on a chlorine tanker left more than 150 villagers stricken near Taji, 12 miles north of the capital. A previously unannounced suicide car bombing in Ramadi involving chlorine killed two Iraqi security officers and wounded 16 other people, including 13 civilians, on Feb. 19, the military said Saturday. The military said last month that U.S. troops found a car bomb factory near Fallujah with about 65 propane tanks and ordinary chemicals it believed the insurgents were going to try to mix with explosives. Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman, called it a “crude attempt to raise the terror level.” Chlorine, which irritates the respiratory system, eyes and skin at low exposure and can cause death in heavier concentrations, is easily accessible. It is used for water purification plants, bleaches and disinfectants. The primary effect of the chlorine attacks has been to spread panic. Although chlorine gas can be fatal, the heat from the explosions can render the gas nontoxic. Victims in the recent chlorine blasts died from the explosions, not effects of the gas. Friday’s strikes underscore the increasingly violent struggle for control of Anbar – a center for anti-U.S. guerrillas since the uprising in Fallujah in 2004 that galvanized the insurgency. In the past year, some major Sunni tribes have broken with the al-Qaida-linked insurgents – a move that has led to a new sense of optimism among U.S. officials in Anbar. Al-Maliki on Tuesday made his first trip to Anbar province, meeting with influential clan chiefs whom the U.S. and the Iraqi government are cultivating. He expressed optimism the violence could be stopped and promised the area would not be forgotten as U.S. and Iraqi forces focus on a security sweep to stop the sectarian violence in Baghdad. Bombings and shootings Saturday targeted police patrols elsewhere in Iraq, killing five policemen, including two who died after a suicide car bomber struck the checkpoint they were manning near a Sunni mosque in western Baghdad. At least 34 other Iraqis were killed or found dead in attacks throughout the country, including five civilians shot to death in separate attacks in Diyala province northeast of the capital. Officials also said the director of the Sunni Endowment for mosques in Diyala, Fouad Mahmoud Attaya, was abducted earlier this past week by gunmen in Baqouba and an investigation was under way. A U.S. soldier was shot to death in fighting in the provincial capital of Baqouba, the military said. On Friday, a roadside bomb killed a soldier and wounded three others on a foot patrol south of Baghdad, the military said. Gunmen abducted a radio newscaster and his driver in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood in western Baghdad, the station’s director said. Karim Manhal, a newscaster with Radio Dijla, and his driver were seized by four masked men in the Jami’a neighborhood near the station’s headquarters, director Karim Yousif said. A female staffer who was with them in the car was released, he said. Radio Dijla, named after the Arabic name for the Tigris River, was created in 2004 as Iraq’s first independent talk radio station. Meantime, Australian Prime Minister John Howard declined to commit to a timeline for withdrawing the country’s 1,400 troops from Iraq. “Great progress has been achieved, but there is still work to be done,” Howard said during a news conference with al-Maliki. “As you know, I don’t set speculative dates. There is nothing to be achieved by that.” Howard, a staunch U.S. ally, arrived in Baghdad after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing in southeastern Iraq because it filled with smoke, according to the Australian Associated Press. No one was injured. On Saturday, protesters angry about U.S. policy in Iraq marched by the thousands in Washington, D.C., and in smaller numbers in other U.S. cities and overseas. Tuesday marks the four-year anniversary of the Iraq invasion. “Too many people have died and it doesn’t solve anything,” said Ann Bonner, who drove to Washington through snow with her family from Ohio. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Three suicide bombers driving trucks rigged with tanks of toxic chlorine gas struck targets in heavily Sunni Anbar province, including the office of a Sunni tribal leader opposed to al-Qaida. The attacks killed at least two people and sickened 350 Iraqi civilians and six U.S. military personnel, the U.S. military said Saturday. A power struggle is mounting between insurgents and the growing number of Sunnis who oppose them in Anbar, the center of the Sunni insurgency, which stretches from Baghdad to the borders with Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. The Anbar assaults came three days after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite, traveled there to reach out to Sunni clan chiefs in a bid to undermine tribal support for the insurgency. The violence started about 4:11 p.m. Friday when a driver detonated explosives in a pickup truck carrying chlorine at a checkpoint northeast of the provincial capital of Ramadi, wounding one U.S. service member and one Iraqi civilian, the military said in a statement. Two hours later a dump truck exploded in Amiriyah, south of Fallujah, killing two policemen and leaving as many as 100 residents with symptoms of chlorine exposure ranging from minor skin and lung irritations to vomiting, the military said. Iraqi authorities said at least six people were killed and dozens wounded when the truck blew up in a line of cars waiting at a checkpoint. The U.S. did not confirm the Iraqi report. Ahmed Kuhdier, a 32-year-old taxi driver, said the blast sent up a plume of white smoke that turned black and blue. “Minutes later, we started to smell nasty smells. I saw people coming from the explosion site and they were coughing and having trouble breathing,” he said.
1 Marco Reus has been linked with a move to England Liverpool fans, how do you think Marco Reus could fit in at Anfield? Do you need him? Comment below… 1 It seems as though the battle for Marco Reus’ signature is set to heat up, after it was reported that he has rejected a new contract with Borussia Dortmund.The German star is currently one of the hottest properties in football, and interest in him will only increase after it was revealed that he has a £20m buy-out clause that will come into effect in the summer of 2015, despite the 25-year-old’s contract lasting until 2017.Naturally, some of the biggest clubs in the world have been linked with the attacker, but it is the potential switch to Liverpool that intrigues most.The Reds have endured a mixed start to the new season, with boss Brendan Rodgers having been shackled by injuries to his squad and trying to find formations that accommodate his star-studded squad.Should Liverpool manage to land Reus though, how would that affect the Reds’ line-up? Here’s how we think he could fit in.4-2-3-1Purely for the purposes of a team-sheet, this seems a sensible way to utilise the German, while also ensuring that Liverpool maintain balance and attacking venom.While he has shown more of a tendency to play in the centre over the past 18 months, Reus is equally threatening wherever he features, so he would theoretically thrive in an attacking three, behind a target-man striker.In this scenario, he is deployed on the right – a position he frequently played for former club Borussia Mochengladbach. This would allow Raheem Sterling the freedom he craves, and could be balanced by Adam Lallana offering a similar width on the opposite flank. 4-2-2-2By sticking with one striker, it would mean that someone would have to drop to the bench leaving Rodgers with a difficult decision. In the previous formation, that man is Mario Balotelli, but the Kop boss could always utilise a system that allowed two strikers.Taking a leaf out of Manuel Pellegrini’s book, Liverpool could quite feasibly play in a 4-2-2-2 line-up, meaning that Reus and Sterling would operate in slightly more withdrawn roles.However, Reus’ experience at playing a workman-like wide role – something he has done before with the German national team – is one that could perhaps suit Liverpool’s style, without disrupting his own game too much. 1
The first half was devoid of chances as the two teams sized each other in midfield. Wazito came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute, but Thika’s Collins Okumu made a superb goal-line clearance to thwart Piston Mutamba’s effort after the lanky forward had lifted the ball over the keeper.Three minutes later, Thika had their first chance when Dennis Odhiambo’s long ball landed behind the defense, but a chasing Eugene Mukangula had a weak connection with the keeper off his line to easily pick the ball.Two minutes later the visitors tried the same move to plant the ball behind the defense but Hansel Ochieng’s control inside the box from a Michael Mutinda pass was poor, the keeper coming off to pick the ball.Emmanuel Tienan had a great chance with 10 minutes left before halftime when Kennedy Ayacko’s freekick from the right landed on his path unmarked at the edge of the six yard box but his header was wid.Five minutes to the break the hosts thought they should have had a stone wall penalty after Mutamba was hacked into the box but the ref waved play on much to the chagrin of the players and technical bench officials.The pace picked up an inch in the second half and six minutes in but Samson Ndegwa saw his shot from the right one on one with the keeper saved and from the resultant corner, Mutamba headed wide.The hosts had another great opportunity with a free kick in the 57th minute from a good goal scoring range but Mutamba’s curling effort was fisted away by keeper Eliud Emase.On the other Thika had a chance from similar circumstances and Mukangula’s effort evaded the target by a few inches with keeper Peter Odhiambo left rooted to his spot.Wazito continued pressuring for a goal and they almost got it in the 65th minute when Marvin Onyango’s shot from range deflected off Dennis Odhiambo, but the ball came against the crossbar with the keeper beaten.Thika were soaking in the pressure and they had an opportunity 15 minutes from time when Shami Kibwana’s shot from range attracted a full stretched save from Odhiambo.They picked the all important goal in the 88th minute when Mukangula headed home from Shami Kibwana’s cross after his initial effort was saved by the keeper.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United forward Eugene Mukangula vies for the ball against Wazito FC’s Mark Odhiambo during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 6- Eugene Mukangula struck two minutes from time as Thika United picked a massive result beating Wazito FC 1-0 at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on Sunday afternoon to ease their relegation fears barely five days after their head coach Nicholas Muyoti resigned.Goalkeeper trainer Joseph Rutto picked up on interim basis and he inspired the side as they won only their second match this season.