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The Airline Vikings and Benton Tigers won games Thursday on the first day of the Airline Jason Bland Memorial Tournament.The Vikings defeated Texas High 11-7 and the Tigers routed Natchitoches Central 14-4 in six innnings. Both games were played at Airline.The Haughton Bucs and Parkway Panthers both lost their openers. Haughton fell to Sulphur 6-0 at Haughton and Parkway lost to Ruston 5-4 at Parkway.The tournament continues today and runs through Saturday, weather permitting.Cameron Parikh had a home run, single and two RBI as Airline improved to 7-3.Hunter Hollis went 2-for-3 with a triple. Chase Hodges had two hits and two RBI. Peyton Jordan also had two hits. Airline led 8-7 after 5 1/2 innings and then scored three in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Lawhorne drove in two with a double and Hollis had a two-out RBI single.Starter Jake Mayfield, who went 4 1/3 innings, got the win. Anthony Mulrenin allowed one hit and one run in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Caden Jones pitched the final inning. Garrett Hable had a big game at the plate in Benton’s win. He had two triples, a double and three RBI.Conner Smith went 2-for-3 and drove in three runs. Cody Norris went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI. Coleman Nerren had two hits.Hal Gatti had a triple. Peyton Long and Sam Simmons had two RBI each.Will Hine pitched a complete six-inning game, scattering seven hits. Benton improved to 10-4.At Haughton, Sulphur’s Andrew Sheridan, an LSUE signee, pitched a four-hitter with 11 strikeouts. Haughton’s Mason Simmons tripled and Jonathan Plant doubled.Bucs starter Austin Clemmens struck out seven in five innings. Haughton dropped to 4-7.At Parkway, the Panthers led Ruston 4-2 after six innings, but the Bearcats rallied with three in the top of the seventh.Eric Williams and Matthew McKee had two hits each for Parkway (6-3). Caleb Reese had a double.Ruston’s seventh-inning rally was fueled by three singles and two walks.Here is the tournament’s remaining schedule. AT AIRLINEFRIDAYBenton vs. Texas High, 4 p.m.Sulphur vs. Airline, 7 p.mSATURDAYWest Ouachita vs. Benton, 10 a.m.Ruston vs. Airline, 12:30 p.m.Texas High vs. Natchitoches Central, 3 p.m.Neville vs. Airline, 6 p.m.AT HAUGHTONFRIDAYRuston vs. Haughton, 5 p.m.SATURDAYNatchitoches Central vs. Haughton, 11 a.m.West Ouachita vs. Haughton, 3 p.m.AT PARKWAYFRIDAYNatchitoches Central vs. Parkway, 6 p.m.SATURDAYNeville vs. Parkway, noonSulphur vs. Parkway, 3 p.m.AT BYRDFRIDAYWest Ouachita vs. Byrd, 6 p.m.SATURDAYTexas High vs. Byrd, 11 a.m.Ruston vs. Byrd, 4:30 p.m.AT CAPTAIN SHREVEFRIDAYNeville vs. Captain Shreve, 6 p.m.SATURDAYSulphur vs. Captain Shreve, 11 a.m.Benton vs. Captain Shreve, 2 p.m.— Russell Hedges, email@example.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndo
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Arsenal have started talks with Layvin Kurzawa, according to claims coming from France on Wednesday evening. It’s RMC with the report, and they explain the talks are with the idea that Kurzawa could move to the Gunners in the summer. His PSG contract expires at the end of June and there’s been mixed reports about a potential renewal and interest for the fullback.Claims of interest from elsewhere haven’t really come to anything, so there may not be a great deal of competition for Arsenal in that regard.Despite the initial idea being a summer move, RMC state it’s not excluded Kurzawa could be the subject of an offer in the winter market instead.Mikel Arteta is said to have given his approval to the potential signing, and the talks are on the basis of a five year contract for Kuzawa. The player himself is presented as being keen on a move to the Premier League.Should it be thought the need is there right now, then Arsenal could proceed with an offer for a January move.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoGrepolis – Online Free GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this Game! Already 35 Million PlayersGrepolis – Online Free GameUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undo
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“It’s probably the tie of the round really and possibly one of the ties of the year considering the kind of rivalry that’s been built up between the two clubs that has been built up over the last couple of seasons.”“A tremendous game for people to see – unfortunately too many won’t be able to go to it. We’ll have to rely on streaming and all the rest of it but it promises to be a real humdinger I would imagine.” Photo © Tipp FM The clash of the ash makes a welcome return this weekend as the County Senior Hurling Championship swings into action.Thurles Sarsfields against Kilruane McDonaghs will for many be the highlight of the weekend.Noel Dundon from the Tipperary Star says the tie would probably be worthy of a county final.
LISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 3 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWWeek 3 Fantasy WR RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.1DeAndre Hopkins, HOU @ LAC2Julio Jones, ATL @ IND3Amari Cooper, DAL vs. MIA. The Dolphins have been burned through the air by Lamar Jackson and Tom Brady already. It shouldn’t be any different for Dak Prescott, so even if you’re concerned this turns into a blowout quickly, a large part of that should stem from early production from Cooper. 4Odell Beckham Jr., CLE vs. LAR5Davante Adams, GB vs. DEN6Sammy Watkins, KC vs. BAL. While Watkins was overshadowed by DeMarcus Robinson and MeCole Hardman in Week 2, he led Kansas City with his 13 targets. Defensive attention will remain increased on Watkins while Tyreek Hill is out, but he’s still the best week-to-week play among Patrick Mahomes’ WR weapons. 7Keenan Allen, LAC vs. HOU8Adam Thielen, MIN vs. OAK9 Cooper Kupp, LAR @ CLE. Kupp led Rams wideouts in catches, receiving yards and targets in Week 2, and he was inches away from a touchdown, too. In last season’s first eight weeks, he was staking his claim as L.A.’s top receiver, and now back healthy, he’s doing it again. Cleveland might have the secondary talent to contain at least one of the Rams’ wideouts, but Kupp might be too talented to let that be him.10 JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT @ SF. Mason Rudolph looked decent in relief of Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday, and he was a second-round pick for a reason. Smith-Schuster shouldn’t take too much of a value hit as the Steelers attempt to work in the guy who’ll be their QB for the rest of the season.11Stefon Diggs, MIN vs. OAK12Mike Evans, TB vs. NYG13Kenny Golladay, DET @ PHI14Chris Godwin, TB vs. NYG. One more week like Week 2 and Godwin will surpass Mike Evans in our weekly receiver rankings. A career Thursday night led to eight catches and 121 yards with a score for Godwin, and a home meeting with the terrible Giants should allow him similar room to operate in his intermediate route tree.15T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. ATL16John Brown, BUF vs. CIN. The Bengals just allowed a 41-spot to the 49ers, and Brown has put together two productive weeks in a row as the No. 1 receiver in Buffalo. Don’t expect that trend to slow down in Week 3 in the Bills’ home opener. 17Tyler Lockett, SEA vs. NO18Michael Thomas, NO @ SEA. Of the No. 1 WRs dealing with injured quarterbacks, we’re more concerned about Thomas. Teddy Bridgewater simply looked bad on Sunday. Thomas is still a good bet to lead the Saints in targets every week, but it seems highly unlikely that he’ll replicate his 85 percent catch rate from 2018 or have the potential for many big-hitters as long as Bridgewater is quarterback. It’s only made worse by a tough road environment in Bridgewater’s first Saints start. 19Julian Edelman, NE vs. NYJ. Edelman moves up after news of Antonio Brown’s relased on Friday.20Brandin Cooks, LAR @ CLE21Robert Woods, LAR @ CLE22Tyler Boyd, CIN @ BUF23Marquise Brown, BAL @ KC. Brown’s 14 Week 1 snaps worried me amidst his big game. All concerns were answered as Brown led Ravens wideouts in snaps in Week 2, and he turned that playing time into eight catches for 86 yards on 13 targets. Hollywood is an every-week start at this point.24Calvin Ridley, ATL @ IND. Sunday Night Football may have been the breakout game Ridley needed to really get his 2019 on track – he caught eight passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. The Colts just lost cornerback Pierre Desir to injury, and Atlanta will enjoy playing indoors on turf again, allowing Ridley to use his speed to its fullest effect.25D.J. Moore, CAR @ ARZ. It looks like Kyle Allen will be the Panthers’ starter Sunday, but that’s not a bad thing for Moore. In Week 17 last year, Allen hit Moore four times for 81 yards (and targeted him a team-high eight times. Against a poor Arizona secondary, keep Moore in your lineups.26Tyrell Williams, OAK @ MIN27Larry Fitzgerald, ARZ vs. CAR. Kyler Murray has thrown for 300 yards two games in a row, and Fitzgerald looks to be his favorite target. Chris Godwin gave the Cardinals the recipe for how to burn the Panthers’ secondary on short-to-intermediate routes, so Fitzgerald could replicate the 8-121-1 line Godwin had in Week 2 in Carolina. 28Nelson Agholor, PHI vs. DET. Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson both will miss Week 2, so Agholor finds himself in a 10-target role, which he could probably turn into seven catches, 70 yards and a score.29Josh Gordon, NE vs. NYJ. Gordon received five targets in Antonio Brown’s New England debut, catching two of them for 19 yards, but with Brown now gone, expect closer to the 73 yards and a score Gordon had in Week 1.30Jamison Crowder, NYJ @ NE31Allen Robinson, CHI @ WAS32Jarvis Landry, CLE vs. LAR33DK Metcalf, SEA vs. NO. Things looked more normal in Seattle in Week 2, as Tyler Lockett looked like the clear No. 1 WR. But Metcalf should play a prominent role as the No. 2, and the Saints have shown a vulnerability to the big play to both Will Fuller V in Week 1 and to Kupp/Cooks in Week 2. Metcalf should have at least one deep ball waiting for him to give him a solid day. 34Emmanuel Sanders, DEN @ GB35John Ross, CIN @ BUF36Demarcus Robinson, KC vs. BAL. Robinson outplayed Mecole Hardman in Week 2, catching two long touchdowns and leading the NFL in receiving yards for the week. He didn’t out-target Hardman, though, as they both were thrown to six times. We’d expect both to be playable as WR3/FLEX options this week, but Robinson isn’t a sure thing to have the better production. 37Curtis Samuel, CAR @ ARZ. In Week 17 last year, Kyle Allen hit Samuel for a 53-yard touchdown. Allen looks like he’ll start Sunday, and Samuel remains an interesting FLEX play against a bad Arizona secondary.38Mike Williams, LAC vs. HOU39Will Fuller V, HOU @ LAC40Mecole Hardman, KC vs. BAL41Deebo Samuel, SF vs. PIT. A week after leading the 49ers’ WRs in snaps but not producing, Samuel led them in catches (seven), yards (87) and targets while adding a touchdown. The big-play rookie gets to face a Pittsburgh defense that just allowed Tyler Lockett to catch 10 passes in Week 2, so there should be a solid floor for Deebo in Week 3.42Randall Cobb, DAL vs. MIA. With Michael Gallup’s Week 3 absence, Cobb should get between 7-10 touches against a weak Miami defense. His odds of scoring might be as high as they’ll be all season.43Courtland Sutton, DEN @ GB44Christian Kirk, ARZ vs. CAR45Sterling Shepard, NYG @ TB46Phillip Dorsett, NE vs. NYJ47Dede Westbrook, JAX vs. TEN. This feels like a wide receiver situation that’ll fluctuate week-to-week and never present a clear starting option, as DJ Chark and Chris Conley have also made themselves notable in the early going. A game against Tennessee feels low-scoring and slow-paced, though, so all three might be sits for Week 3.48Corey Davis, TEN @ JAX49Robby Anderson, NYJ @ NE50Marvin Jones, DET @ PHI51Danny Amendola, DET @ PHI52Preston Williams, MIA @ DAL. Williams was the only Dolphins receiver to break 30 yards in Week 2 – he had 63 on four catches, all of which came in the second half. As long as Miami trails, Williams has deep-league intrigue.53DJ Chark, JAX vs. TEN54James Washington, PIT @ SF. Donte Moncrief has been brutal, and you’ve got to think it’s only a matter of time before Washington steps into a more prominent role. He’ll get to team with his former college quarterback at Oklahoma State, Mason Rudolph, now that Big Ben is done for the season with an injury, so maybe that connection which looked so strong in the preseason can translate it to the regular season.55Terry McLaurin, WAS vs. CHI56Geronimo Allison, GB vs. DEN57JJ Arcega-Whiteside, PHI vs. DET. 58Mack Hollins, PHI vs. DET. 59Marquise Goodwin, SF vs. PIT60Marquez Valdes-Scantling, GB vs. DEN61Cole Beasley, BUF vs. CIN62Willie Snead, BAL @ KC63Trey Quinn, WAS vs. CHI64Chris Conley, JAX vs. TEN65Paul Richardson, WAS vs. CHI66Bennie Fowler, NYG @ TB. New York has both Sterling Shepard and Cody Latimer dealing with concussions. If even one of them is out, Fowler is a sneaky FLEX play against a so-so Tampa Bay pass defense. If both are out, Fowler is looking at probably 12 targets, a total that gives him a solid floor if injuries have caused your lineup some issues.67DeVante Parker, MIA @ DAL68Ted Ginn Jr., NO @ SEA69A.J. Brown, TEN @ JAX70Donte Moncrief, PIT @ SF71Devin Smith, DAL vs. MIA72Parris Campbell, IND vs. ATL73Damiere Byrd, ARZ vs. CAR74Anthony Miller, CHI @ WAS75Rashard Higgins, CLE vs. LAR76DaeSean Hamilton, DEN @ GB77Taylor Gabriel, CHI @ WAS78Mohamed Sanu, ATL @ IND79Ryan Switzer, PIT @ SF WEEK 3 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAmari Cooper (vs. Dolphins) might be as high as you’ll find him in our weekly rankings all season because a matchup with the Dolphins looks like guaranteed fantasy points and a nearly guaranteed touchdown. Julio Jones (@ Colts) caught two touchdowns in Week 2, including a game-winning score when he broke a screen pass into a 54-yard touchdown. Maybe this is finally the year he reaches double-digit scores.WEEK 3 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAntonio Brown (vs. Jets) shone early in his debut with the Patriots, catching three passes and a touchdown on the first drive of the game. He only caught one pass after that, but as long as he’s active (which is still up in the air), he should grow into the offense and be a huge weapon for Tom Brady. Week 3 DFS Lineups: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPBefore getting into the rankings, one final note: We’ll have to keep an eye on Steelers and Saints WRs this week as the quarterback situations there are fluid. We know Drew Brees is out and Ben Roethlisber could miss time. It wouldn’t be enough to knock JuJu Smith-Schuster or Michael Thomas out of your starting lineups, but it maybe knocks any other receivers for those teams out of starting consideration. (Update: With both Brees and Roethlisberger out, we’ve moved Smith-Schuster and Thomas down in the rankings.)MORE WEEK 3 DFS: Stacks | Top values | Lineup BuilderReminder: These rankings will be adjusted throughout week, so check back often for the latest updates and analysis! For almost all of the preseason, we had DeMarcus Robinson ranked ahead of Mecole Hardman. We didn’t really think it would matter, though. Once Tyreek Hill got hurt in Week 1, everything changed, and for at least one week, Robinson became the man while Hardman was relevant, too. We didn’t expect to have them both in WR3/FLEX consideration in our Week 3 fantasy WR rankings, but here we are, as sleepers turn into much more at the wide receiver position (and, yes, it helps to have Patrick Mahomes II throwing you the football).The first standout performance of Week 2 came on Thursday night, when Chris Godwin set his single-game career marks for both receptions (eight) and yards (121) while catching a touchdown from Jameis Winston in a win over the Panthers. For the second-straight week, Godwin outproduced Mike Evans, and it’s getting very close to the time Godwin leapfrogs the expected Bucs’ No. 1 in our rankings. This week, they’re nearly side-by-side ahead of a matchup with a Giants defense that allowed more than 400 yards through the air in Week 1 and gave up good games to both John Brown and Cole Beasley in Week 2.
Thousands of flag-waving rugby fans cheered Japan’s national team at a celebratory parade in Tokyo on Wednesday, hailing the Brave Blossoms’ best-ever World Cup performance.The hosts reached the quarter finals for the first time at this year’s World Cup, bagging stunning wins over Six Nations sides Scotland and Ireland before a gutsy last-eight loss to South Africa.Their performance won the heart of a nation hooked on baseball and sumo — with supporters packing out fanzones and millions tuning in to watch a sport that has a relatively small fanbase in Japan.On Wednesday, excited fans cheered as the players, led by captain Michael Leitch, walked through a downtown Tokyo street fringed with yellow ginkgo trees and high-rise buildings.“I’m surprised to see so many people here, and I’m very happy to see that we were able to make such a great impact on Japan,” said Leitch.The crowds packed out the 800-metre (2,600-feet) route through the sleek Marunouchi business and shopping district.“It’s a great feeling that so many rugby fans are gathered here,” said Koji Kabuki, a 48-year-old salaryman in Tokyo, wearing the red-and-white uniform of the Brave Blossoms.“I hope to see rugby become popular among the younger generation,” said Kabuki, who himself played the sport as a university student.Masae Honma, 51, was in town from Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo.“I’m so delighted to have had a close-up look at players, now I know how tall they are.”“Honestly, I wasn’t interested in (rugby), but after watching the historic (tournament) moments I became a fan of rugby, and now I think it is a great sport,” she said.The World Cup was widely hailed as a success, and the Japan squad’s slogan “One Team” was chosen as one of most memorable buzzwords of the year in Japan.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.
Thankfully I put the item in my column last week about the Heisman Trophy vote, which allowed me to receive some e-mails besides all the lovely ones I received from unhappy BYU fans.Little did I know that last week’s column would be so popular in Florida.I thought it would be fun to get a little feedback from the readers about the upcoming Heisman Trophy selection, so last week I asked for a little advice. I put out the names of five top candidates, including Missouri’s Chase Daniel, Florida’s Tim Tebow, Arkansas’ Darren McFadden, Hawaii’s Colt Brennan and West Virginia’s Pat White.During the week I received dozens and dozens of e-mails from Florida fans, exhorting me to vote for their boy, Tebow.I even got one from a BYU student, who laid out the reasons to vote for Tebow without once mentioning his team’s victory over Utah.One person sent a compilation of all 51 of Tebow’s touchdowns on video this year. One of my favorites was from a reader who in block letters put TIM TEABOW ENOUGH SAID. Enough, I guess, except for the proper spelling of his name.Don’t all those people realize I’m just one vote out of 900?Still, I asked for it.After taking time to study the top candidates, I decided it came down to Tebow and Missouri’s Chase Daniel.I determined I would make the decision after Missouri’s Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma. If the Tigers won and Daniel played well, I was going to go with Daniel because he would have led his team to a national championship game with some gaudy numbers along the way.Alas, Daniel had just an average game Saturday and his Tigers were beaten handily by Oklahoma for the second time this year.So Tebow it is.I’m going with Colt Brennan No. 2 because of his great numbers and leading his team to an undefeated season, plus I need to give a western player some love.As for No. 3, I think I’ll choose Central Florida’s Kevin Smith, who I just discovered has rushed for 2,448 yards this year. He can break Barry Sanders’ all-time record with one more game coming up in the Liberty Bowl.I may have been one of the few people who actually stayed up to see the end of Hawaii’s exciting 35-28 victory over Washington early Sunday morning (about 1:30 a.m. as I remember).I may have also been one of the few to hear the comments of Hawaii coach June Jones, who afterward told a TV interviewer that “the good Lord blessed these kids because they’re doing the right things.”The comments sounded similar to those of Austin Collie’s the week before, about being blessed for doing the right things.You could say Jones’ weren’t the same as Collie’s because they were made in general rather than about a specific play, but what he said two weeks earlier was worse.After beating Nevada with a late field goal, Jones told the Nevada Gazette-Journal, “The good Lord blessed these kids. I think it was divine intervention.”For those who felt I was singling out a BYU player last week, let me say I’m as uncomfortable with Jones’ comments as I was with Collie’s and others such as Tony Dungy at last season’s Super Bowl.It’s fine for coaches and athletes to acknowledge and praise God, but they need to be careful how they say it when other teams and athletes are involved.It’s been an unbelievable year for upsets in college football, starting off with Appalachian State beating Michigan and continuing through Saturday night when No. 2 West Virginia was knocked off at home by a mediocre Pitt team. It would have been nice to see some new blood in the national championship game. But instead of Missouri-West Virginia, we’re getting LSU-Ohio State. Unfortunately that won’t help change the present messy system, because the BCS folks will undoubtedly say, “See, it works, because we got the best two teams after all.” E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org