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Mladenovic, Garcia and Paire Suspended by French Tennis Fed – New York Times (blog)

France plays away to Croatia in the Davis Cup semifinals from Sept. 16-18, meaning that Paire is ineligible to play.

The pair was told just before going on court that they could lose by default if they did not change their clothing, and Mladenovic had to lend Garcia some spare gear.

Mladenovic and Garcia are key players in France’s Fed Cup team that will contest the final against the Czech Republic in November.

The 27-year-old Paire, ranked 34 in the world, broke “team rules,” the FFT said in its statement Sunday. He reportedly sometimes stayed away from the village, or came back late. He also made dismissive comments about the importance of the Games because there are no ranking points.


After Keenum, only Mannion should see time for Rams – Yahoo Sports

I’d have a difficult time with a scenario where Jeff Fisher honestly believes that Goff is still in the mix for the number #2 spot. He hasn’t shown anything that would be an indicator he is in serious consideration for it. That Sean Mannion got NO playing time last week will lend to an easy explanation as to why Goff wouldn’t see the field tonight. And Fisher would be right for saying so.

Let’s be honest folks, there are three things, and only three things we should see on the offensive side of the football tonight for the Rams; much more of starter Case Keenum gaining reps, rhythm, and consistency with his receivers and running backs, Todd Gurley on the bench after a few carries, maybe, and Sean Mannion working all the second half. Nowhere, does or should Jared Goff figure into playing time tonight in Denver.

It will be interesting to see how the Los Angeles Rams split time for their quarterbacks tonight when they play the Denver Broncos in the annual preseason “dress rehearsal”. It will be a curious decision if head coach Jeff Fisher tries to justify getting Jared Goff some snaps when, in all honesty, they should go to Sean Mannion. Let Goff get some needed practice in preseason game #4 when the bulk of roster decisions have been made.


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Rutgers Football preview: How does Chris Ash measure success in Year 1? – NJ.com

You’ll have to search wide and far to find a college football pundit who has Rutgers predicted to finish anywhere but the bottom of the Big Ten East Division in Ash’s first campaign.

Ash has talked about changing the culture of a Rutgers program that went off the rails in a season that saw numerous player arrests, suspensions and expulsions. He’s pointed to the improvements Rutgers has made in every facet of its organization, whether it’s dedicating more resources to the recruiting department, appointing a top-notch strength and conditioning staff, hiring a nutritionist, and then wiping away the rest of the previous regime with the addition of new trainers and equipment-staff members.

Ash’s first press conference told you that.

Ash has remained consistent in that approach throughout his nine months overhauling a program that failed to accomplish Flood’s 1-0 goal eight times in a tumultuous 2015 campaign.


For Kentucky football, the promotion of 2014 takes center stage in 2016 – Lexington Herald Leader (blog)

The second commercial, the one that ran in 2014, made more of an impact, however, if simply for what it symbolized. In it, Stoops asks the question of “Why Kentucky?” as images of players appear on the screen. Near the end of the 60-second ad, several players, in uniform, stand steady and stern, looking into the camera. In the forefront, his arms folded, is quarterback Drew Barker.

Running back Boom Williams, who rushed for more than 800 yards as a sophomore despite missing two games, was in that class. Wide receiver Dorian Baker, who led the Cats with 55 catches a year ago, was in that class. Matt Elam, a five-star defensive line prospect who turned down Alabama in favor of his home-state school, was in that class. Wide receiver Garrett Johnson, with 68 catches his first two years, was in that class. Mikel Horton, who rushed for 624 yards, was in that class.

At the time, the former Conner High School star had not played a down for the Cats. In fact, he had just signed his national letter-of-intent and graduated from high school early so that he could enroll at UK for the spring semester. Yet the prominent presence of Barker was a clear signal about who would be the future leader of Kentucky football.

You remember the Super Bowl commercial, right?

The same goes for the new UK Football Training Facility. Back in 2014, that was merely on Stoops’ drawing board, an idea that needed administrative backing and financial support. Now, the $45 million building connected to the Nutter Field House and neighboring Commonwealth Stadium is in use, complete with new practice fields and a state-of-the-art dining hall. It’s SEC quality, which in terms of football is a full-blown compliment.

Not a commercial for the Super Bowl, mind you. This was the commercial for Kentucky football that ran to a regional audience during the Super Bowl. The school’s marketing department started the now-annual tradition in 2013, just after Mark Stoops had been hired as the new head coach. The first ad featured lightning, air raid sirens, the ringing of what sounded like a large church bell and Stoops’ voice. It made an impression.


Chelsea’s Eden Hazard ‘the Premier League’s best’ and can make title difference, says Paul Ince – Evening Standard

But Hazard has already struck twice in three games this campaign following the summer arrival of Antonio Conte and won plaudits for his goalscoring performance in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over newcomers Burnley. 

The Belgium international struggled under Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancelotti last term, scoring his first Premier League goal of the season in the victory over Bournemouth on April 23.

Ince believes the forward can reclaim his Player of the Year gong if he maintains current performances and simultaneously propel Chelsea into the title frame. 

“If you’ve got the best player in the Premier League, you’ve got a chance to win the Premier League.”

“I actually think, you know we all talk about Manchester United, Manchester City, I’m telling you now if Hazard plays like that, he’s the best player in the Premier League,’ Ince said on BT Sport Score.


Regs to remember for archery season – Grand Forks Herald

The big thing to remember here is that if you buy a bow license over the phone or on the Game and Fish website, you’ll have to wait to hunt until you receive the physical tag in the mail, which could take several days.

Tag your deer before you take a photo, and you’ll never have to worry about a misunderstanding.

I can’t emphasize this enough. I’ve seen examples and heard many stories that relate to hunters who take a photo with their phone, and even post that image online, before they put the tag on their deer. If game wardens saw such an image, how would they know the deer was ever tagged?


Hunting big game over bait is illegal in deer hunting units 3C west of the Missouri River, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1 and 3F2. Hunting big game over bait also is not allowed on all Game and Fish wildlife management areas, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl production areas, U.S. Forest Service national grasslands and all North Dakota state school, state park and state Forest Service lands.


Marcus Rashford might not be particularly happy with Jose Mourinho’s latest comments – Irish Independent

Having found himself jettisoned out onto the left flank for the denouement of a match he hitherto failed to make any meaningful impact in, Wayne Rooney skipped to the bi-line before unloading a sumptuous delivery across the Hull goalmouth and Marcus Rashford, timing his run amidst the scattered phalanx of Hull defenders to perfection, slotted home arguably the most important goal of his fledgling career.

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However, the Portuguese acknowledged Rashford’s meteoric rise as a pivotal boon for the club and the different dynamic he offers to his more established colleagues, namely unbridled pace. When the forthcoming international break is concluded, Mourinho plans to reassess his options.

Indeed, there was similar clamouring to call on Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who, strangely, has had to make do with a place on the bench since the Community Shield win over Leicester.

Mourinho added: “We are starting matches with a second man behind Zlatan, (but) we can start some matches with the player in front of Zlatan, so the kid is going to play a lot of matches for sure.”