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first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed captain Steven Gerrard will miss the next four to six weeks with a hamstring injury. The England skipper limped out of Saturday’s 4-1 win over West Ham with the problem and Rodgers on Thursday confirmed that the 33-year-old will not play again until the new year. “Steven is, as reported, probably going to be up to about four weeks or so,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s official website. Press Associationcenter_img “So he’ll go through an extensive treatment programme over the next numbers of weeks and hopefully we can get him back that little bit sooner. “But certainly at this stage, it was a four to six-week injury and we’ll see how we look with that.” If Gerrard misses the minimum four weeks then Liverpool will be without his services for clashes against Tottenham, Cardiff, Manchester City, Chelsea, Hull and Stoke, as well as their FA Cup clash against either Oldham or Mansfield. Rodgers did add that Jordan Henderson, who hurt his ankle in a Kevin Nolan challenge last weekend, had been training without problem. last_img read more

first_imgPISCATAWAY, N.J. — Long-stick midfielder Jared Fernandez will miss the rest of the 2018 season, Syracuse head coach John Desko confirmed Sunday afternoon following the Orange’s 14-10 loss to Rutgers.The freshman dropped to the ground in the final minute of SU’s (3-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) win against Virginia on March 4 and tried dragging himself off the field before being attended to by trainers. Though the injury is unknown, Fernandez was seen grabbing at his knee.Fernandez stepped up into the backup LSM role before his injury, taking over for the then-injured Andrew Helmer. Though expected to be out for a while, Helmer returned to action last week against Johns Hopkins.Both Army’s and Virginia’s head coaches noted Fernandez’s performance after SU had beaten both teams. Fernandez had given the opposing midfielders problems because of his aggressiveness and quickness, Desko said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFernandez has also become a key cog on the faceoff unit as a wing. Before his injury, he was often paired alongside defender Brett Kennedy.“(Fernandez) gave them a lot of energy as the second pole,” Army head coach Joe Alberici said after SU’s triple-overtime win. “… He got into some people’s gloves, made some plays.”Fernandez finished the year with seven ground balls and three caused turnovers in four games. Comments Published on March 18, 2018 at 6:56 pm Contact Charlie: [email protected] | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_img EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon ESSA has announced figures detailing a total of 266 cases of suspicious betting being reported to relevant authorities in 2017, following a Q4 tally 114 alerts.The international betting integrity body has published its annual integrity report for 2017, in which it lauds the year as its “most challenging and yet productive to date.”Tennis and football continue to constitute the large part of the suspicious alerts during the course of the year, with 160 and 45 respectively, representing a total of 77%.However, alerts covering all other sports saw a marked increase, spiking from 8% in 2016 and to 23% last year.On a geographic basis, Europe continues to lead the location of where sporting events have generated alerts, with a total of 144, equating to 54%, generated. Asia, 50 alerts, continues to fill the second spot, with 19% in total.   Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General, stated: “ The effectiveness of the association’s alert system, bolstered by an expanding membership, continues to be publicly recognised by key stakeholders. New information sharing agreements have also been put in place so that we can react more readily to changing trends and challenges to both our members’ businesses and our partners around the world.“To complement this, the association is to engage in a total of four anti-match-fixing projects during 2018, part of our ongoing policy to participate in and promote integrity efforts on behalf of our members. “There is a growing focus on betting integrity in existing and potential new markets and ESSA has sought to reflect this in its responses to policy consultations and in its wider engagement.“The coming year is set to be another important period for the betting sector and integrity will again be high on the agenda. ESSA will continue to promote the adoption of proportionate and effective integrity policies and market regulations. “We invite all operators committed to defending betting markets, sports and consumers from corruption to consider joining us in promoting those actions.” Share IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

first_imgAt the same time, Taylor can’t go with 2019 fourth-rounder Ryan Finley as Burrow’s backup. Cincinnati needs to find an experienced No. 2 who can serve as an extra offensive coach.The Chiefs’ Matt Moore, who worked with Taylor in Miami, is a free agent. On the lowest level of the open market, there’s also the Vikings’ Sean Mannion, who worked under Taylor and Sean McVay behind Jared Goff in Los Angeles.2. Extend Joe Mixon and get him more involved in the passing gameMixon was the lifeblood of the Bengals’ offense in 2019. Taylor was slow to give his dynamic feature back big workloads early in the season, but Mixon averaged 24 touches per game in the second half, ending up with 313 touches for 1,424 yards when the passing game was hit-or-miss with Finley and Dalton.​Mixon was effective as a receiver, consistently explosive with his 35 catches on 45 targets. There was room to use Mixon even more in that capacity. Meanwhile, Burrow at LSU was boosted by Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who caught 55 passes for the Tigers.MORE: 9 absurd records Burrow set in 2019Burrow is a few months older than Mixon, who will be 24 entering the 2020 season and the final year of his rookie contract. He is a vital piece to what the Bengals need to do offensively going forward. It makes a lot of sense for them to take care of his long-term contract so he can be in lockstep with Burrow in the critical early years.3. Try to keep A.J. Green, but also get Burrow a rookie go-to guy outsideGreen ideally would stay with the Bengals to finish his career and keep working on the franchise’s career receiving marks. But he is entering his age-32 season and didn’t play at all in 2019 with his ankle injury.Those things can add up to a team friendly-deal that would keep his venerable presence in the receiving corps. The Bengals’ most productive receiver over the past two seasons has been Tyler Boyd, who at 26 is already signed through 2023. A strong route runner with good hands, though, Boyd would be more effective as a slot security blanket for Burrow. Whether or not Green stays, given his age, it wouldn’t be smart for the Bengals to settle for 2017 speedy first-rounder John Ross and 2018 big seventh-rounder Auden Tate. The 2020 wide receiver draft class is deep enough that the Bengals can get a well-rounded prospect with starting potential in the second or third round.4. Keep addressing pass protection and get Jonah Williams healthyThe Bengals didn’t get to see what Williams, their 2019 first-round pick (No. 11 overall from Alabama), could do at left tackle after he suffered a torn labrum in the offseason. He should be fully recovered from the shoulder injury to play in 2020, and at 6-4, 305 pounds, he has the potential to be the rock for Burrow the way Andrew Whitworth was for Dalton.Cincinnati decided to re-sign shaky right tackle Bobby Hart to a three-year, $21 million extension last March, so it can be assumed Williams and Hart will be Burrow’s initial edge blockers. But the Bengals should be more interested in upgrading the interior given 2018 first-round center Billy Price looks like an all-out bust.Burrow, who is tough and elusive, has good footwork and pocket presence to sidestep pressure, but he also benefited from sturdy LSU line play. Note that Cincinnati was in the bottom 10 in sacks allowed (48) but was No. 22 in QB hits allowed (83) in 2019. NFL MOCK DRAFT 2020:Burrow first of three QBs taken in Round 1With LSU, Burrow won back-to-back College Football Playoff games. The Bengals have not won an NFL playoff game in 29 years. Burrow will be the centerpiece of Cincinnati’s latest rebuild after a 2-14 season. With offensive-minded head coach Zac Taylor entering his second year, that’s a good start for Burrow to get favorable pro coaching after working so well with the braintrust of Ed Orgeron, Joe Brady and Steve Ensminger.To keep Burrow on the right track, here is the Bengals’ must-do immediate groundwork with the soon-to-be rookie quarterback.1. Move Andy Dalton and sign a willing veteran backup QBFirst things first, the Bengals need to commit to starting Burrow right away so he doesn’t have to worry about a pseudo training camp competition. Dalton has given the Bengals his best, but the 32-year-old is not built to be a mentoring backup.There are plenty of NFL teams with QB concerns and/or pending free agents at the position for Dalton to find a new home, either as a starter for a team that gives him strong support or as a bridge option. Dalton is the past, and Burrow is the future — the Bengals shouldn’t try to blend that and create mixed messages. (SN/Getty) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3/c8/tyler-eifert-082619-getty-ftr_qrupsgb8m0i16no0vx5rnxod.jpg?t=-813563380&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cf/ce/joe-burrow-011420-getty-ftr_1gsb6xaguioax1bjrolrr24e33.jpg?t=-1529200753&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/79/45/aj-green-102519-getty-ftrjpg_wh8d0ybqmrck1n18oii7baxci.jpg?t=64471014&w=500&quality=80 Joe Burrow just finished his Heisman Trophy-winning senior season at LSU with a national championship. In putting up the greatest individual season by a college quarterback ever, he cemented his status as the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 NFL Draft.That means Burrow, 23, is trading the Bayou Bengals for the Cincinnati Bengals, who hold the top pick and a need a new franchise quarterback. Let’s hope he enjoyed that victory cigar after beating Clemson, because he is literally stepping into the next-level challenge of trying to get his new team to a Super Bowl. BENDER: Burrow arrived at the perfect timeBurrow was awesome to close his LSU career, but he had a lot of help from coaching, scheming, blocking and supporting skill players to make him an elite QB prospect.Now the Bengals need to make the 2020 season all about accelerating his pro development and potential. 5. Think about re-signing Tyler Eifert — or get a big-time tight end in free agencyMany thought Eifert, after being re-signed to a one-year deal for the beginning of the Taylor era, would return to a sizable role in the passing game. That was somewhat the case, as he stayed healthy all season to catch 43 of 65 targets for 436 yards and 3 TDs for a team that averaged fewer than 18 points per game.​However, Eifert is entering his age-30 season as a pending free agent. Some elite young receiving tight ends also are set to become free agents in 25-year-olds Austin Hooper and Hunter Henry. Given Burrow’s connection with Thaddeus Moss (Randy’s son) at LSU, it would make sense for Cincinnati to keep what it has at the position. But it would make even more sense for the Bengals to get younger and better at tight end to help Burrow as a rookie.last_img read more

first_imgAndreescu won on her fourth match point when Kerber netted a backhand. She broke Kerber three times in the third set, rallying from a 3-2 deficit to take four of the final five games.Andreescu dropped her racket near the baseline and fell on her back, her legs in the air as she covered her face in disbelief. After getting up and exchanging kisses with Kerber, the teen bent down and kissed the sunbaked hard court and dropped to her back again, her arms and legs splayed, before grabbing her head.Born in Canada, she later moved with her parents to Romania, where she first started playing tennis.Kerber was the last of five seeded players that Andreescu knocked off in her seven matches.“When she had the chances, she just go for it,” Kerber said.The Canadian followed in the footsteps of Naomi Osaka, who was a little-known 20-year-old when she won the title last year. Osaka used it as a springboard to win titles at the U.S. and Australian opens while ascending to the No. 1 ranking in January.“No pressure,” Andreescu said, joking.She’s projected to rise 36 spots to No. 24 in the WTA Tour rankings on Monday.Kerber, ranked eighth, remains without a title since winning Wimbledon last year.She was a crowd favorite, with fans waving Canadian flags and chanting “Let’s go, Bianca! Let’s go” in the second set. “The way he was playing the first set was unreal,” Thiem said. “I had to get used to it.”Thiem earned the only break of the second set in the fourth game, going up 3-1. Federer won just two more games in the set.Both players were on serve in the third set until Thiem collected the only break. Federer tried consecutive drop shots that Thiem retrieved for crosscourt forehand winners before the Austrian hit a winning forehand to lead 6-5.“He did very well when he got up to the ball, stayed calm, made the shot,” Federer said.Federer won just one point on Thiem’s serve in the final game.“Just came up against somebody who was on the day a bit better when it really mattered,” Federer said. “I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly.”Federer advanced to the final after rival Rafael Nadal withdrew before their semifinal match because of knee pain. Thiem also benefited from a walkover, reaching the semis when Gael Monfils withdrew with an Achilles injury.Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, became the first wild-card winner and second-youngest to claim the title in tournament history.“The fricking champion of Indian Wells,” Andreescu said. “It’s crazy.”She overcame nerves, fatigue, arm and leg issues in the final set to earn the first title of her fledgling career. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Thiem was broken just four times out of 61 service games in the tournament. He didn’t lose serve during his semifinal win over Milos Raonic, facing only one break point in that match.Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu upset Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the women’s title.Thiem and Andreescu earned $1.3 million each.Federer and Thiem had split their four previous meetings, but Federer had won both of their hard-court matches without dropping a set.He cruised through the first set in 36 minutes while getting broken for just the second time during his run to his ninth appearance in the final. But Federer broke back in the next game and served out the set.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View comments Dominic Thiem, of Austria, celebrates after defeating Roger Federer, of Switzerland, in the men’s final at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. Thiem won 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer came out playing like his legendary self. Dominic Thiem needed a set to adjust to what he was seeing across the net.Thiem went on to beat Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and win the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert.ADVERTISEMENT Joel Embiid’s 40 help Sixers overcome Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52, Bucks Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “It just feels unreal what happened,” Thiem said. “He’s such a legend.”Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem served out the two-hour match that ended with yet another error from Federer, a forehand dumped into the net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFederer was in the final for the third straight year and lost for the second year in a row. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro last year. Federer won his 100th career title in Dubai recently.Thiem had lost in his previous two ATP Masters 1000 finals. But the 25-year-old Austrian’s solid serve held up against Federer as it had throughout the tournament. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title They clearly enjoyed Andreescu’s fearless style of play. She alternately outpunched opponents from the baseline, tossed up high-arching shots and unleashed well-time drop shots — usually during the same point.A smiling Andreescu was quick to correct a reporter.“It’s not moonballing,” she said. “It’s just hitting heavy to her backhand with more spin. We’re not under 12 here.”Her most dominant win during the 12-day tournament came in the quarterfinals, a 6-0, 6-1 rout of two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza. In all, the teen knocked out four Top 20 players.Leading 2-1 in the third, Andreescu took a medical timeout and had a trainer massage her tight right shoulder and arm.Kerber won the next two games, breaking Andreescu to go up 3-2.Appearing tired and nervous, Andreescu called for her coach, who urged her to make Kerber play every point.She did just that.Andreescu won the next three games, ripping off powerful forehands while winning nine straight points during one stretch, including a 40-love service game.“I just fought till the end because physically I wasn’t feeling too well,” she said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more