How badly will the Lions be hit by their latest casualty list?

How badly will the Lions be hit by their latest casualty list?

first_imgWhen Lions team doctor Rob Collins was asked on Tuesday how concerned he is about the team’s latest list of walking wounded, his response was rather surprising.“The number of guys out now compared to most seasons is about the same.”In other words, there’s no need for panic as the men from Ellis Park prepare to leave for Singapore on Wednesday to face the Sunwolves this weekend.“We’ve almost just cleared our injury list and now we have a few more injuries. It is a normal amount of injuries. It is not a huge concern for me,” said Collins.Yet, in the short term, to what extent will these injuries affect South Africa’s three-time finalists?KWAGGA SMITH (Out for six weeks)The former Blitzboks star has had an outstanding campaign to date, spearheading a loose trio lacking in size and oozing with skill.His versatility is becoming the stuff of legend and his ability to find space has ignited numerous attacking moves in 2019.“He’s a quick healer. It might be quicker than that,” said Collins.Likely replacement: 22-year-old James Venter, another nippy flanker who might not quite possess Smith’s skill, but is hard-working and a very keen tackler.The hole he leaves: Creativity and leadership might nosedive, but physicality won’t be affected.DYLAN SMITH (Out for eight to 12 weeks)He’s been the mainstay of the Lions’ scrum and really stepped up with several more experienced props moving on.Except for his scrumming, Smith has been prominent in broken play.“His injury involves bone that has to heal on the outside. The soft piece of the cheek is broken,” said Collins.Likely replacement: Veteran Jacobie Adriaanse, whose been around the block, but 20-year-old Nathan McBeth might also come into the reckoning.The hole he leaves: Probably the biggest one of all the injured players given Adriaanse’s fitness concerns and McBeth’s inexperience.VINCE TSHITUKA (Out for four weeks)The jury’s still out on his ability to win the collisions as a blindsider, but he’s certainly made his mark.Tshituka has shown a willingness to be a link in attack and certainly doesn’t shy away from defence, which he says he wants to become known for.Likely replacement: Hacjivah Dayimani is thought to be a like-for-like though he doesn’t seem to be as physical-inclined, while Robert Kruger has been around the block.The hole he leaves: Rising form and enthusiasm is never something a team wants to miss out on. Dayimani will arguably add more of a X-factor.Others out of contention: Andries Coetzee (back next week), Dillon Smit (hamstring, four weeks), Warren Whiteley (pectoralis, mid-April), Cyle Brink (knee, 4 April), Johannes Jonker (4 April).For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

Tiger, Koepka, McIlroy among exempt golfers for US Open

first_imgWoods, a 15-time major champion, and Koepka, seeking a third consecutive PGA Championship victory in August, will join defending champion Gary Woodland among 11 US Open winners set to compete in the 120th US Open on September 17-20 at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.World number one Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland, Britain’s Justin Rose and Germany’s Martin Kaymer will join fellow US Open winners Woods, Koepka, Woodland, Lucas Glover, Dustin Johnson, Webb Simpson and Jordan Spieth.The coronavirus pandemic forced a postponement of the US Open from its traditional June dates and wiped out all qualifying for the tournament, forcing the USGA to determine exempt categories for entry into the major championship.“The decision to cancel local and final qualifying for this year’s US Open was deeply disappointing, but we are pleased to still provide the world’s best professional and amateur players the opportunity to compete for this historic and coveted championship,” said USGA senior managing director of championships John Bodenhamer said.“The exemption categories for this year’s championship at Winged Foot Golf Club were carefully developed to mirror a representative US Open field and we are excited that players will still have an opportunity to earn a place in the field through a variety of categories.”The US Open will be played following the scheduled conclusion of the 2019-20 US PGA Tour season and as the second major event of the year after the PGA, with the British Open having been canceled and the Masters pushed back from April to November due to the deadly virus outbreak.Entries will be accepted from July 15 through August 26.The USGA has not given up on having at least a limited number of spectators at the event, to be staged in what had been the first major US epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak.– Mickelson makes it in –This year’s US Open will include the top 70 players in the world golf rankings as of March 15 instead of the usual top 60.That expansion will allow 50-year-old Phil Mickelson, who was 61st in the March 15 edition of the rankings, to compete in the event. The six-time US Open runner-up needs a victory in the event to complete a career Grand Slam.Players can also earn a berth in the lineup through performances in the last six scheduled US PGA events of the current season, which resumed two weeks ago after a three-month hiatus.The top five players on the final US PGA FedEx Cup season points list, the top 10 in aggregate points from the first five events on the European Tour’s UK Swing and the top five on the developmental Korn Ferry Tour’s regular season points and finals lists will be exempt into the US Open.The final 2019 Order of Merit categories for the Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and Australasia Tour will help to complete a field of 144 players at the suburban New York layout.Six amateurs are currently exempt and the top seven World Amateur Golf Rankings point leaders from August 19 not otherwise exempt will be added to the field.An average of 15 amateurs have competed in the past five US Opens, including 2018 US Amateur winner Viktor Hovland, a Norwegian who shared 12th last year at Pebble Beach.Exemptions remain unchanged for winners in several USGA events as well as for winners of the other majors, the Players Championship and BMW PGA Championship.Other spots to fill the field will be taken from the August 23 edition of the world golf rankings.last_img read more

Hoffenheim appoint Sebastian Hoeness as coach

first_imgHoffenheim said the 38-year-old, who is also the son of former Hertha Berlin boss Dieter, has signed until June 2023.Sebastian Hoeness led Bayern’s reserves to an unexpected third division title this season.“Sebastian has impressively proved that he can train young players into a powerful unit and develop them individually. He chose an offensive approach that was not only attractive but also extraordinarily successful,” Hoffenheim sports director Alexander Rosen said in a statement.Hoeness succeeds Dutchman Alfred Schreuder, who was sacked in June after a series of poor performances for the club owned by billionaire Dietmar Hopp.Under a six-man interim coaching staff, Hoffenheim won their last three games to grab sixth place and a place in the Europa League.Hoeness, who played three games for Hoffenheim when the club was still in the third division, will begin working with the squad when they start pre-season training on August 2.“Working at Hoffenheim is a great challenge, which I look forward to. The basic philosophy of the club is the same as my idea of football: offensive, courageous, flexible and always active,” said the new coach, who is bringing in another Bayern coach David Krecidlo as his assistant.last_img read more

Bruce Arians rips NFL officials for ‘baffling’ calls after loss to Saints

first_img Redskins fire coach Jay Gruden after 0-5 start Bruce Arians voiced his displeasure with the officials’ performance in the Buccaneers’ 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.The Tampa Bay coach called the officiating “baffling” and lost two challenges that should have been overturned. The first challenge came at 2:20 in the first quarter when Saints punt returner Deonte Harris lost the ball after he was tackled by T.J. Logan. Harris fell on Logan, which prevented him from hitting the turf, as the ball came out. Tampa Bay’s Antony Auclair jumped on the ball and said he had it, but the officials called it a muffed punt and Harris recovered.Arians challenged the call, but officials said Harris was down by contact and the ball remained in the Saints’ possession. Related News NFL Week 5 Sunday Huddle: Aaron Jones helps Packers run over Cowboys; Eagles rout winless Jets The next play that upset Arians was in the third quarter, when Saints receiver Michael Thomas ran for 42 yards, but Arians said there was offensive pass interference. He challenged that play, but the refs declined to call a foul on Thomas.LOLThis was challenged and deemed NOT OPI pic.twitter.com/GwWeZHHGRB— Ashlie (@EMT_Ashlie) October 6, 2019″If that’s not (pass interference), I don’t know what the hell is,” Arians said. “A two-handed shove that knocked the guy backwards. They said they were hand-fighting. Yeah they were hand-fighting, but that doesn’t knock the guy backwards.”Arians likely will be fined for his comments on officiating. Last season, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was hit with a $25,000 fine when he publicly criticized the officials after a game. “They blew the call. It’s simple,” Arians said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “It was a clear recovery on the fumble. (Auclair) came running out of the pile with (the ball), and they knew it. … It’s all coming from New York.” Cowboys’ Jerry Jones rips ‘little darling’ referee who threw flag on Jason Garrettlast_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: James Conner, David Johnson, Chase Edmonds, more RBs impact Week 9 RB waiver pickups

first_imgJames Conner and David Johnson have spent a lot of time in our injury updates together this season, and heading into Week 9, they’re paired off again after Conner left Monday Night Football with an injury. Johnson’s handcuff might not be the usual Chase Edmonds, because he’s hurt as well, which might press the newly acquired Kenyan Drake into immediate duty. On the positive side of RB injuries, Derrius Guice should be on track to return when he’s eligible in Week 11.For updates on banged-up WRs Davante Adams, Adam Thielen, DeSean Jackson, and more, go here; for the latest on injured TEs O.J. Howard, Delanie Walker, and Chris Herndon, click here. Follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for more news and updates. WEEK 9 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerJames Conner injury updateConner exited Monday Night Football with what the Steelers termed afterward as a “shoulder, AC” injury. The worst outcome here would be a broken clavicle, which would most likely knock Conner out for the remainder of the season. Tyreek Hill missed four games with a milder clavicle injury sustained in Week 1.Benny Snell Jr. (knee) also got hurt on Monday, and Jaylen Samuels (knee) hasn’t played since Week 5 because (though he did practice in full leading up to this week’s game). That left Trey Edmunds as the only healthy back late in Monday’s game. We should know more about the severity of Conner’s injury soon, but if it’s bad, expect Pittsburgh to tap into the veteran free agent RB market. Samuels would be a top free agent add this week if Conner is out an extended period.WEEK 9: Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsAre David Johnson, Chase Edmonds playing Thursday night?Reports expect both Johnson (ankle, back) and Edmonds (hamstring) to sit out Thursday Night Football against the 49ers. The Cardinals acquired Kenyan Drake from the Dolphins on Monday, and he’ll probably have to play a lead back role ahead of Zach Zenner and Alfred Morris.Drake isn’t exactly an attractive fantasy play against a stout defense with his workload really a mystery, but if you’re backed into a corner and need to play an Arizona RB, you’ll play him over Zenner and Morris. If Drake couldn’t get up to speed and was held out, too, Zenner would probably start. WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWhen will Derrius Guice be back?Guice (knee) was back at Redskins practice Monday. He’s not eligible to come off Injured Reserve until Week 11, but Bill Callahan told reporters Monday that Guice is on track to return that week.Guice will most likely step into the lead back role for Washington, although they might not push him too heavily to try and prevent further injury. If someone dropped Guice in your league, it’s time to pick up and stash the talented second-year running back.last_img read more

Despite an overtime loss to Rice, Utes have overtime-success history

first_imgE-mail: sor@desnews.com Saturday’s triple-overtime loss to Rice, on the heels of an overtime win over Weber State a week earlier, brought to mind Utah’s history in overtime games.It’s actually very good and comparable to the Utes’ overall winning percentage since 1908.According to results compiled in the Utah media guide, the Utes have won 46-of-71 overtime games, which is 64.8 percent. That’s very close to Utah’s all-time winning percentage of 66.3.The first listed overtime game was a Ute victory over BYU in 1913, 29-26 in Salt Lake. But keep in mind that there may be some overtime games through the years that weren’t reported as overtimes.Not surprisingly, Utah has played most of its overtime games against its top rival BYU. The Utes hold a 10-4 edge over the Cougars, including two triple-overtime wins in 1983 and 1985 and a double-overtime loss in Provo in 1984. Eight of the OT games with BYU were played in Provo and two were at neutral sites.Aside from schools with a 1-0 edge over the Utes in OT games, the one school with an edge over Utah in overtime games is Utah State with a 6-5 advantage.The Ute coach with the best overtime record is Jerry Pimm, whose teams were 12-2 during his nine-year career (1974-83). Next best was Vadal Peterson at 7-3, followed by Rick Majerus at 11-6.Jack Gardner, the second-winningest coach at Utah behind Peterson, only managed a 6-6 mark in OT games.All-time, the Utes are 4-2 in triple-overtime games and played one four-overtime game, the 127-120 loss to St. Joseph’s in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in 1961, still the longest game in NCAA Tournament history.FRESHMEN OVER SENIORS: In Utah’s loss to Rice, coach Ray Giacoletti opted to go with the same lineup through most of the three overtime periods. Freshmen Luke Nevill and Lawrence Borha got the edge over seniors Chris Jackson, who didn’t play in the overtimes, and Tim Drisdom, who played just three minutes in the three overtimes.Nevill played very well, getting 13 of his 19 points and eight of his 13 rebounds in the extra periods. Borha, on the other hand, had just one rebound, one turnover and one missed shot in his 15 extra minutes.Afterward, Giacoletti said defense was the reason he went with his freshmen.”It was a better fit defensively,” he said. “As the flow of the game went, (Borha) looked to be a better fit. And I think he did a pretty good job on (Lorenzo) Williams.”Jackson had an excellent first half, scoring 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 14 minutes. However he only played four minutes in the second half and none in overtime, even after Nevill fouled out in the third OT.UTE NOTES: The Utes travel to Colorado this afternoon after practicing in the morning for Wednesday night’s game at 7 (KJZZ-TV). The Utes have a 15-18 all-time record against Colorado, but have won the past two years by scores of 77-57 in Boulder and 80-48 last year in Salt Lake . . . Against Rice, the Utes had 21 fouls compared to 17 for the Owls. Last year, the Utes were one of the least-fouling teams in the nation and in the four games they had more fouls than their opponents, they lost all four . . . Jackson (70.4 percent) and Nevill (63.6 percent) are both shooting well from the field, but the rest of the team is hitting just 42.7 percent from the field . . . The Utes are also struggling from the line at just 67.6 percent . . . Bryant Markson leads the team in scoring at 17.2 ppg, followed by Johnnie Bryant at 15.4 . . . After Wednesday’s game the Utes come home to play Southern Utah Saturday night. last_img read more

Bizarre day at State Amateur ends with one golfer going to the hospital

first_img Scary scene at State Amateur reminiscent of 1974 tourney at Alpine HIGHLAND — At almost the exact moment that Patrick Fishburn ended his State Amateur semifinal match with a 3 and 2 victory over Ryan Barber at Alpine Country Club’s 16th green Friday afternoon, the other semifinal match between Aaron Smith and Kyler Dearden was ending for an entirely different reason back on hole No. 11.The 40-year-old Smith, a dental technician from Draper, had struggled to play throughout his afternoon match, grimacing as he hit each shot. After sinking a putt at 11, he wobbled off the green and suddenly went to the ground, where he lay on the grass on his back. He was complaining of severe pain in his back and numbness in his arms and legs and also sweating and having a difficult time breathing.He was surrounded by several people, including his wife, Jennica, and an ambulance was called. When it arrived 10 minutes later, navigating down the 11th fairway, Smith was treated and given an IV before being transported to American Fork Hospital.It was a bizarre end to the third day of matches at the annual State Am tourney, which is being played for the 118th consecutive year.It turned out Smith had heat exhaustion, caused by a 95-degree, humid day and more golf this week than he’d played in two decades since he took up competitive golf a year ago.Thankfully, Smith turned out to be OK and only spent a couple of hours in the hospital before returning to Alpine in the evening to talk to Utah Golf Association officials about whether to continuing playing Saturday morning.Earlier, UGA Director of Rules and Competition Jacob Miller had said under the rules, the match could continue before the next scheduled match if the “opponent is agreeable.” Because Dearden was agreeable, the match will be completed Saturday at 7 a.m.Remarkably, Smith had just sunk a 10-foot par putt to take a 1 up lead before he was unable to continue. Dearden, a 22-year-old Weber State golfer, appeared shaken by the whole scene with Smith moaning in pain and breathing heavily as he lay next to the green.“I had my worst round of the tournament today and I think that shook me up because I saw him struggling and I felt bad,” said Dearden. “I saw him struggling, letting go of the club and I knew something was wrong. At hole 10 he could barely stand over a putt.”Dearden and Smith will continue their match on hole No. 12 Saturday and the winner will come back after a short break to play Fishburn at approximately 9:30 a.m. The question is, how much will Smith have left after playing 109 holes already this week, if he prevails.Friday’s disconcerting events in the second match overshadowed another fine day for Fishburn, the 23-year-old BYU junior, who came into the tournament as one of the favorites, if not THE favorite based on his fine play of late, which includes four tournament wins since late May.In the morning quarterfinal, Fishburn dispatched former State Am champ Carl Jensen 3 and 2 and he had to face 18-year-old Ryan Barber, who knocked off University of Utah golfer Jose Pelayo 3 and 2.The lithe Barber, all of 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, is a member at Alpine and he stuck with the bigger and more experienced Fishburn much of the afternoon. Fishburn was just two up when he made two of his finest shots of the week, blasting out of a fairway bunker at 11 onto the green and halving the hole and then making a “half-swing” from under a pine tree at 13 onto the green and sinking a curving 18-foot putt for birdie.“I’ve kind of struggled with match play in the past,” said Fishburn, who has never made it past the second round of the State Am before. “This time I took a little different approach. Before, I tried to play my opponent instead of the golf course. This year, I’ve just tried to play aggressive like I always do and try to make as many birdies as I can rather than play a little too tentative.”Barber was perhaps the biggest surprise of the tournament. Although he knew the course well, being a member for several years, he had only played No. 3 on the Lone Peak golf team this past year. He just graduated and is leaving on an LDS mission in a month.“It was awesome,” said Barber, who will play at Utah Valley after his mission. “I was in the final four out of 800, so I’m really happy.”If Dearden makes the finals, he’ll be a familiar opponent for Fishburn since the two played against each other in high school golf when Fishburn played for Fremont and Dearden for Northridge. In fact the two finished 1-2 in the state tournament five years ago with Fishburn coming out on top.Dearden, who knocked off medalist Carson Lundell on Thursday, defeated 34-year-old Brady Stanger in Friday’s quarterfinals, while Smith beat Reed Nielsen 1 up. Relatedlast_img read more

Utes honor Jon M. Huntsman with pregame, halftime ceremonies — and a victory

first_img Utes aiming to power ball inside more, earn more free throws as they prepare for Cal Utes get defensive and offense follows in decisive win over Stanford Related 3 keys: Utah vs. Stanford It’s more than a one-game deal for us. This season is dedicated to him and beyond that for me personally. – Utah coach Larry KrystkowiakSALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s game with Stanford Thursday night had a bit of somberness to it since it was the Utes’ first home game since Jon M. Huntsman passed away last week. Huntsman has been a big part of Utah athletics for decades and the Ute arena was named after him 30 years ago after one of his many generous donations.Prior to the game, a brief video tribute of Huntsman was shown before his memory was honored with a moment of silence. The Ute players and coaches wore patches on their jerseys, a red “JH” in a circle with “1937-2018” below it.Huntsman’s familiar front-row seat was draped with a white Utah jersey 1 along with a ribbon and a framed picture of Huntsman below it.At halftime, the lights were dimmed for a “Huntsman Strong” presentation after which there was a Teddy Bear Toss centered around Cancer Awareness with hundreds of teddy bears tossed on the floor.“It’s more than a one-game deal for us,” said coach Larry Krystkowiak. “This season is dedicated to him and beyond that for me personally. I mean this from the bottom of my heart — I’ve been around 53 years, I’ve looked up to a lot of people and I’ve been fortunate to meet a lot of people and I don’t think there anybody that’s had more of an impact on me.”Krystkowiak rattled off a bunch of positive traits of Huntsman and added, “I know he’s not here physically, but I know this was the house that Jon built and we’re going to try to pass a lot of those positive traits forward.”Senior David Collette said Huntsman had “an unconditional love for everybody” and that the team enjoyed having dinner at his home each year and seeing him cheering them on.“He was such a great guy, it’s hard to lose him and see him go,” Collette said. “We did it for him tonight and for the rest of the season.”TILLMAN SITS OUT: Freshman forward Donnie Tillman, who had started four games earlier this year, sat out the game in street clothes on the bench. Tillman had missed six games in the middle of the season with a leg injury, but according to his coach, it was a combination of reasons he didn’t play Thursday.“He needs a little getaway, a break,” said Krystkowiak “He’s got a lot going on and I’ve said many times, for a freshman it’s not easy. A combination of getting some classwork squared away and his body squared away and hopefully he’ll be back here with us pretty quick.”Krystkowiak emphasized that it wasn’t a disciplinary issue with Tillman at all.“It’s somewhat of a private issue and I’m not going to get into it,” he said. “We’re going to get through it together. Everybody needs to pray for Donnie and pull for him and know that we’ve all got challenges. We’re here to help him and get him through it.”UTE NOTES: The Utes come back Saturday night for a game against Cal at 7:30 p.m. . . . Most members of the 1997-98 Ute team will be on hand to be honored in a halftime ceremony. The players will also be available before the game to sign autographs from 6 to 7 p.m. . . . The home games this weekend are the only regular-season game against Stanford and Cal with no road games to northern California this season because of the 18-game Pac-12 schedule. The two teams the Utes played on the road, but won’t face at home are Oregon and Oregon State . . . The Pac-12 tournament begins on March 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas . . . Utah is now 6-5 all-time against the Cardinal and 5-1 at home since the school joined the league in 2011. Overall, Utah is 20-13 against Stanford.last_img read more

Help Wanted: Sumner County Farm Service Agency Program Technician

first_imgHelp wanted: The Sumner County Farm Service Agency has a permanent full-time Program Technician position available.  Salary ranges from $28,886 to $36,025 (CO-4 to CO-6), depending on experience/education. Benefits include health, life, retirement, annual and sick leave.  Must be a US citizen. High school graduate or GED. See full vacancy announcement at: http://www.usajobs.gov (type Farm Service Agency in the “Keyword” box and Kansas in the “Location” box) for details and instructions to apply on-line. Complete application packages must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT, Thursday, November 17, 2016.   PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS ON “HOW TO APPLY” and “REQUIRED DOCUMENTS”!  Person selected will be subject to background investigation.  USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.last_img read more

Cowley College meeting at economic development office tonight

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The Cowley College Board of Trustees will hold its next board meeting in Wellington, on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Sumner County Economic Development office (314 N. Washington). Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more