Son of former NFL player arrested on charges for parents’ murders

first_imgAuthorities have arrested the son of a former NFL player who was found dead with his wife at the couple’s home last week in Long Prairie, Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Sunday.Dylan Bennett, 22, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his parents, Barry Bennett and Carol Bennett. A four-day manhunt ended Saturday in Cancun, Mexico, after his phone and credit card purchases were tracked. “It’s incomprehensible,” said Dave Gibson, Barry’s longtime friend and former high school teammate. “I don’t know what the demons were stirring around in his mind and heart that would drive him to this point.” Andrew Luck retires: Colts quarterback’s NFL career in numbers Lamar Miller injury update: Texans running back (knee) believed to have torn ACL Andrew Luck retires: ‘Injuries have taken my joy of the NFL away’ Barry was 63 and his wife was 66.According to the report, Dylan had contacted Todd County (Minnesota) Sheriff Steve Och and disclosed his intention to turn himself in to the FBI before Mexican law enforcement captured him first. Related News According to Gibson, Dylan struggled with confidence and mental health issues.Barry, who was a defensive lineman during his 11-year NFL career, and his wife were found dead Wednesday afternoon by a friend who went to check on them after calls and texts went unanswered. An autopsy indicated they had been shot to death Monday.Barry played mostly for the Saints (1978-81), who drafted him in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft, and Jets (1982-88). He played one game with the Vikings in 1988. His best season was with the Jets in 1985, when he recorded 7.5 sacks in 16 starts.last_img read more

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Fantasy Rankings Tiers, Draft Strategy: Tight ends

first_img27. Tyler Eifert, Bengals28. Mike Gesicki29. Josh Oliver, Jaguars30. Hayden Hurst, Ravens31. Noah Fant, Broncos32. Cameron Brate, Buccaneers33. Charles Clay, Cardinals34. Dallas Goedert, Eagles35. Geoff Swaim, Jaguars36. Darren Waller, RaidersMORE: Dollar values | IDP rankings | Best ball tips | Team namesFantasy Tight End Tiers: Do-Not-Draft TEsIf your fantasy team has slotted one of these players into a starting TE spot at any point in 2019, your leaguemates may kick you out for tanking. Either that or Jordan Thomas and Jordan Akins, both in Houston, find a way to combine themselves into super Jordan and take the league by storm.37. Gerald Everett, Rams38. Matt LaCosse, Patriots39. Nick O’Leary, Dolphins40. Tyler Kroft, Bills41. Will Dissly, Seahawks42. Jacob Hollister, Seahawks43. Jordan Thomas, Texans44. Nick Boyle, Ravens45. Jordan Akins, Texans46. Tyler Higbee, Rams DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY TE PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWTE Rankings Tiers: Who are the best fantasy TEs?”Top heavy” — we keep saying it, so we might as well just get right to it. If you want one of the best options at tight end, look no further than our three Tier 1 guys. After them, there’s a noticeable dropoff before anyone else is worth drafting. Within this tier, Travis Kelce is the obvious top dog. With the best quarterback in fantasy football (Patrick Mahomes II) throwing to probably the most gifted TE, you’ve got a connection impossible to look past. 2019 STANDARD RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back |  Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | Kicker | Top 200Zach Ertz and George Kittle aren’t quite as automatic, but they’re’ not far off. Kittle actually finished ahead of Ertz in fantasy points in 2018. The biggest source of Kittle’s production comes from yards after the catch, and it seems likely he’ll regress after a historic season in that category. Ertz provides a more prolific pass-catcher as Carson Wentz’s favorite target. Then again, Kittle should get a fuller season of Jimmy Garoppolo throwing to him.Based on FantasyPros’ composite average draft position (ADP), you’d have to pick Ertz or Kittle in the third or fourth round of 12-team standard leagues. Kelce will cost you a second-round pick. That’s a steep price to pay for a TE, but given the level of production and dropoff further down the list, all three appear worth it.1. Travis Kelce, Chiefs2. Zach Ertz, Eagles3. George Kittle, 49ersFANTASY SLEEPERS: 8 QBs | 14 RBs | 11 WRs | 11 TEs | 6 D/STs | One from each teamFantasy Football Draft Strategy: When should you take a second-tier tight end?Tier 2 of the TE pool is kind of like driving through a torrential downpour and trying to get off at the right exit. First off, it’s just plain annoying because you can barely see in front of you and there’s inevitably a car trying to go way-too-fast in the left lane. It’s not clear at all which TE in this tier is the way to go, and a few will probably be selected too early.And, oh yeah, you can barely see in front of you. Is that Exit 36 or 38? Is the right choice Hunter Henry or Trey Burton? You can probably take solace in the fact that unlike with driving, there’s no expectation that you’ll pick the perfect player out of this tier. That won’t really help when you select a guy who finishes as the No. 20 TE this year will it, though?Just put your windshield wipers on super fast, maybe click on your hazard lights, and cross your fingers that the name you land on leads to a relatively happy ending rather than further annoyance. All of these guys have talent, and it’s possible one of them (O.J. Howard? Evan Engram? Hunter Henry?) will be in Tier 1 next season, but the relative unproveness/inconsistency are worries.Many of these players will likely be overdrafted, but the fact is someone has to draft them. Ideally, you’d get them in the seventh round or later, but they’ll likely start coming off the board in the fifth.4. Evan Engram, Giants5. O.J. Howard, Buccaneers6. Jared Cook, Saints7. Hunter Henry, Chargers8. Trey Burton, Bears9. Eric Ebron, Colts2019 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | Top 200Fantasy TE Tiers: Borderline StartersBecause of how murky the second tier is, Tier 3 presents itself as a just-as-unclear alternative to filling your tight end slot. Some of these names will probably finish the season as worthy starters. Others might deserve to sit on the waiver wire all season but will keep getting picked up by an owner who simply can’t find the right answer at TE. The name worth singling out here is Jordan Reed, who had the highest PPR-scoring average among tight ends in 2015. Yeah, that’s a long time ago. The Mets and Royals played in the World Series that year. Reed staying healthy in 2019 and having a stellar season is certainly more likely than a repeat of that World Series anytime soon (although that’s not saying much).Tier 3 offers a classic example of how rankings can be misleading. We have Vance McDonald 14th, while other sites have him in the top 10. We really don’t see much of a difference between 10 and 18, so expect these names to go off the board in any order. Some will fall too far while others will get wildly overdrafted. It’s all about staying patient and having a game plan. There isn’t a huge difference between these players on paper, and it’s not a bad idea to grab two back-to-back in the middle rounds to give yourself options.10. Delanie Walker, Titans11. Jimmy Graham, Packers12. David Njoku, Browns13. Greg Olsen, Panthers14. Vance McDonald, Steelers15. Jack Doyle, Colts16. Kyle Rudolph, Vikings17. Jordan Reed, Redskins18. Austin Hooper, FalconsDOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2019 Fantasy Cheat SheetFantasy Tight End SleepersThis tier might as well be renamed the sleeper tier. The majority of these names are features in our TE sleepers article. For semantic reasons, it’s still Tier 4, But if you’re down here looking for a tight end to add to your roster late in your drafts, know that most of these guys have some upside.Benjamin Watson and Chris Herndon will both be overlooked because of their four-game suspensions to open the season. C.J. Uzomah and Ian Thomas both have questions about their potential offensive opportunity, but they could end up with big enough roles to perform. T.J. Hockenson might be overdrafted like he was in real life, but the Lions took him in the top 10 for a reason, so he could produce more than most rookie TEs. Jason Witten is…Jason Witten. We’re not expecting big numbers, but he has PPR upside as a short-yardage security blanket for Dak Prescott. Also: What if Gronk comes back?A few of these players might not even be drafted in your league, but all make for worthwhile backups/stashes if you have the space, particularly Herndon. They’re the first names to know if your team is dealt an unfortunate hand of injuries or busts. 19. T.J. Hockenson, Lions20. Jason Witten, Cowboys21. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots22. Benjamin Watson, Patriots23. Chris Herndon, Jets24. Mark Andrews25. C.J. Uzomah, Bengals26. Ian Thomas, PanthersDRAFT STRATEGY AND RANKINGS TIERS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/STFantasy Football Draft Strategy: Should you draft a backup TE?Tier 5 is the final grouping of TEs with even a passable chance of becoming standard-league fantasy relevant in 2019. Most likely won’t be drafted, but it doesn’t hurt to hurt to know they exist. Especially with the younger guys in this section, there’s always a chance they break out sooner rather than later and are worthy of your attention.If you’re in a deep league you can take a shot on one of these guys, but you should get your backup from the tier above. You don’t necessarily need to draft a backup TE, especially if your starter has a late bye, but given the fickleness of this position, it’s usually a good idea to have a high-upside backup waiting in the wings — as long as you don’t overdraft. Tight end rankings might be the easiest to separate into tiers in all of fantasy football. One reason for making tiers is an uncertainty within a grouping of players of who will emerge as the best. That’s definitely how tight end feels, with players who could just as easily be sleepers as busts littering cheat sheets and causing varying draft strategies depending on your personal projections and preferences. Since even the separation within tiers can be so confusing at the TE position, we attempt to clear some of that up in our analysis. But it also leaves some of the decision-making up to you, the drafter. Wade into each grouping on this list and figure out which players suit your preferred drafting style. last_img read more

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Dak Prescott contract negotiations: Cowboys hope for extension with quarterback by Sunday

first_imgCould the Cowboys’ contract talks with quarterback Dak Prescott be nearing a deal?Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Friday on Dallas radio station 105.3 The Fan he’s hoping the two sides can reach a deal by Sunday’s opener against the Giants. But negotiations with Prescott appeared to hit a snag in August, after reports the quarterback had turned down a $30 million per year offer from the team, and was seeking a record $40 million per season. A subsequent report shot down that $40 million figure as false. Jones also said the team is having “very limited” negotiations with wide receiver Amari Cooper, “for a range of reasons that will eventually get worked out.”Unlike some other teams that do not conduct negotiations once the NFL season begins, Jones said talks will continue with Prescott if no deal is reached by Sunday.“We’re open for business,” Jones said. “I know sometimes the players don’t care to do that. But we can obviously juggle that and do that. We would be fine with doing that. It’s really up to the player and their representatives to determine what their deadlines are and their timelines. It doesn’t seem to bother us, and I don’t know that we’ve given those type of deadlines or timelines.” Cowboys’ Stephen Jones on Amari Cooper’s contract: ‘There haven’t been a lot of negotiations’center_img “I’d say the dialogue has been good, and we’re still holding out hope we can figure out how to come up with a deal by the game on Sunday,” Jones said (via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk).This has been a summer of big-money contract negotiations between the Cowboys and some of their young stars. Running back Ezekiel Elliott ended his preseason holdout earlier this week after signing a six-year, $90 million extension. Dallas also signed right tackle La’el Collins to a five-year extension this week, and inked linebacker Jaylon Smith to a five-year, $64.5 million deal a couple of weeks ago. Related News Ezekiel Elliott’s Week 1 workload undecided, Jason Garrett says; Cowboys star: ‘We Ready’last_img read more

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Cowboys vs. Dolphins odds: Dallas early three-touchdown favorite over Miami in Week 3

first_imgMORE: Get the latest NFL odds at Sportsbook Review The NFL betting public has been given another enormous point spread to ponder; this one is for the Week 3 matchup between the Cowboys and the Dolphins on Sept. 22 in Arlington, Texas.Online sportsbooks such as Pinnacle, 5Dimes and Bookmaker pushed Dallas to about a three-touchdown favorite over Miami not long after the initial lines were posted Sunday, per Sportsbook Review. The spread had jumped to as high as 21.5 points as of 8:45 p.m. ET after being around 16.5 during the late afternoon games. Games involving the rebuilding Dolphins will be seen as huge mismatches until further notice. Miami closed as an 18-point underdog at home vs. the Patriots in Week 2, only to lose 43-0. The Dolphins were seven-point underdogs at home vs. the Ravens in Week 1; Baltimore easily covered that spread, to say the least, in a 59-10 rout.The Cowboys are 2-0 overall and 2-0 against the spread after season-opening victories over the Giants and Redskins, two NFC East rivals.Miami’s next opponent after Dallas will be the Chargers at home; that game has big-spread potential, too. The first chance for a reasonable number could come in Week 6, a home game vs. Washington (the Dolphins have a bye in Week 5).last_img read more

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Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. praises Rams’ Aaron Donald before Week 3 matchup

first_imgOdell on Aaron Donald: “He’s probably the best player in the league.” pic.twitter.com/TA9B0mTJjd— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 18, 2019Donald has made five Pro Bowls and won two Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year awards since being drafted by the Rams in the first round of the 2014 draft. During that span he has 59 1/2 sacks, 98 tackles for loss and 151 quarterback hits.There is no disputing his success on the field, and for the Browns, the offensive line players know they have their hands full. Related News “He does everything well,” lineman Joel Bitonio said. “People (said) coming out he was undersized slightly, things like that, but he has all the power you need to play that position, all the leverage you need. He has speed and when you think he’s going to try to show off the speed move he can counter with his power move.”That first step has people panic and if you panic you overset him or move to quick and he moves inside you, you know, and he kind of plays everywhere. He’s on the left, he’s on the right, he lines up outside sometimes, they move him around and you can kind of tell with their defense he’s definitely the focal point of a lot of teams and so sometimes he doesn’t have the stats, like, I think he only has two tackles this year maybe, but if you watch the film, he’s making plays.”#Browns Joel Bitonio on facing Aaron Donald and the Rams front 7 pic.twitter.com/hF7vPEZk0A— Fred Greetham (@FredGreetham) September 18, 2019Donald does only have two tackles this season, but both are for losses. He has two quarterback hits and his team is 2-0. He might not be making a statement to win a Defensive Player of the Year award yet, but he has been more than effective for a very good team already.The Browns absolutely have their hands full and in a spot where they have struggled this year. After trading guard Kevin Zeitler to the Giants this offseason, the line has struggled to find consistency early in the year.Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been sacked eight times in two games, which is tied for the third most in the league, and his performance has suffered as a result. His 38.7 QBR is 21st in the league behind quarterbacks like Jacoby Brissett and Gardner Minshew. When Mayfield was sacked less than twice a game as a rookie, his QBR was 53.2. There is a consensus among Browns players and coaches ahead of Sunday’s matchup that Rams’ Aaron Donald is as good as it gets in the NFL.”He’s probably the best player in the league, he’s been since he came out and was drafted, it’s just been that way,” Odell Beckham Jr. told reporters Wednesday. “If he’s not the best player in the league, [he’s] one of the most disruptive players I’ve ever seen.” Odell Beckham Jr. takes shots at Gregg Williams, Giants after Browns win Cleveland will have to account for a man Bitonio also calls “the best player in the league.” Coach Freddie Kitchens also drove home that fact in his press conference on Wednesday.“Everybody knows this is a big challenge this week,” Kitchens said. “(Donald) is probably the most premier defensive player in the NFL.”The Browns face off against the Rams on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. ET in Cleveland.last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic ‘very frustrated’ with lack of playing time

first_img“He said to keep working and I have to improve myself in training and try to get back in the line-up.”It is not going to be easy here, but it was never going to be easy.”Pulisic has made six appearances in all competitions, with the American star yet to open his account for Chelsea, who are sixth 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool. Pulisic moved to Chelsea from Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the offseason amid plenty of hype following a $73 million transfer.However, the United States international has only appeared in one of the club’s last five matches — the 7-1 EFL Cup rout of Grimsby Town on Wednesday.Full-time: Chelsea 2-0 Brighton!Three points and a clean sheet, with goals from Jorginho (p) and Willian! #CHEBHA pic.twitter.com/LcEy2Ife7E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 28, 2019″Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play,” Pulisic told NBC Sports after Saturday’s game.Asked if he has received advice from head coach Lampard, Pulisic added: “Not so much. Christian Pulisic admitted he is “very frustrated” with his lack of playing time under Frank Lampard at the Premier League giants.Pulisic, 21, was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.last_img read more

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College football updated polls: AP Top 25, Coaches Poll rankings after Week 5

first_imgSN RANKINGS: Close calls, statement games shuffle top 25Several other teams moved up and down — and out of — the rankings after several statement games over the weekend. Here are the full college football rankings from the AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll after Week 5:College football polls updated after Week 5Coaches PollRankTeamNo. 1 votesW-L1Alabama295-02Clemson305-03Georgia14-04Oklahoma04-05Ohio State45-06LSU04-07Auburn05-08Florida05-09Wisconsin04-010Notre Dame03-111Penn State04-012Texas03-113Oregon03-114Iowa04-015Boise State04-016Washington04-117Utah04-118Michigan03-119Central Florida04-120Wake Forest05-021Texas A&M03-222Virginia04-123Michigan State04-124Memphis04-025Oklahoma State04-1(Dropped out: No. 16 Cal; No. 22 Kansas State; No. 25 USC)(Others receiving votes: Cal 125; SMU 118; Arizona State 96; Army 47; Minnesota 34; Baylor 34; Appalachian State 28; Colorado 18; Duke 17; Tulane 16; Utah State 15; Kansas State 13; Hawaii 10; USC 9; TCU 6; Washington State 3; Mississippi State 3; Air Force 3; Wyoming 2)AP Top 25RankTeamTotal pointsW-L1Alabama1,4785-02Clemson1,4265-03Georgia1,3754-04Ohio State1,3245-05LSU1,3224-06Oklahoma1,2644-07Auburn1,1865-08Wisconsin1,0464-09Notre Dame9963-110Florida9865-011Texas9193-112Penn State8784-013Oregon8173-114Iowa7314-015Washington6034-116Boise State5594-017Utah5344-118Central Florida3524-119Michigan3503-120Arizona State2494-121Oklahoma State2154-122Wake Forest1905-023Virginia1864-124SMU1515-025Texas A&M1473-2(Others receiving votes: Michigan State 147; Cal 141; Memphis 71; Appalachian State 50; Army 44; Missouri 26; Baylor 19; Colorado 19; Minnesota 15; USC 7; Tulane 1; Kansas State 1) A new team sits atop the college football rankings.Clemson fell to No. 2 in both the Coaches Poll and AP Top 25 after the Tigers’ close call against unranked North Carolina on Saturday, making way for Alabama as the new No. 1 team after Week 5.last_img read more

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Things to look out for in this weekend’s Currie Cup action

first_img‘Bossie’ back in the ‘Bosveld’Marnitz Boshoff of the Blue Bulls during the Currie Cup match between Vodacom Blue Bulls and Steval Pumas at Loftus Versfeld on October 13, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)There are still a number of Lions fans who reflect fondly on Marnitz Boshoff’s time at Ellis Park.The 30-year-old pivot didn’t always seem a natural fit in the team’s expansive template, but learnt to adapt quite quickly and became a stalwart, particularly as a reliable goal-kicker.On Friday evening, Boshoff returns to his hometown, Mbombela, with a brief of recalling and execution all the attacking skills he acquired against the gritty Pumas.It’s a must-win game for both teams, who have lost both their opening games of the shortened tournament.“The backline was a bit flat (last week against the Cheetahs),” said Bulls mentor Pote Human.“It’s an area where I feel Marnitz can make a big difference.”But to do that, he needs a platform from his forwards and that’s no easy task against a home team whose loose trio has a balanced look to it.Pumas: Devon Williams, Morne Joubert, Ryan Nell (c), Henko Marais, Etienne Taljaard, Chris Smith, Ashlon Davids, Jeandre Rudolph, Willie Engelbrecht, Francois Kleinhans, Stefan Willemse, Le Roux Roets, Marne Coetzee, Marko Janse van Rensburg, Andrew Beerwinkel. Bench: Simon Westraadt, De-Jay Terblanche, Hilton Lobberts, Phumzile Maqondwana, Reynier van Rooyen, Kobus Marais, Alwayno Visagie, Morgan Naude.Blue Bulls: Divan Rossouw, Cornal Hendricks, Johnny Kotze, Dylan Sage, Rosko Specman, Marnitz Boshoff, Embrose Papier, Tim Agaba, Marco van Staden, Ruan Steenkamp (c), Ruan Nortje, Andries Ferreira, Wiehahn Herbst, Jaco Visagie, Simphiwe Matanzima. Bench: Johan Grobbelaar, Dayan van der Westhuizen, Conraad van Vuuren, Adre Smit, Wian Vosloo, Andre Warner, Manie Libbok, Jade Stighling.Bloemfontein is an appropriate top-of-the-table clashGeorge Whitehead of the Tafel Lager Griquas during the Currie Cup match between Cell C Sharks XV and Tafel Lager Griquas at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on July 12, 2019 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)When this year’s tournament started, there probably weren’t a lot of observers who would’ve thought the best sides in the competition to date would be the central franchises.But, with the benefit of hindsight, it’s not really surprising.Griquas have stability and came off an excellent SuperSport Challenge title win, while the Cheetahs are rested and revitalised as new Pro14 coach Hawies Fourie builds depth, which in turn seems to have set the stage for Franco Smith to have a nice swansong before departing for Italy.Griquas’ ecosystem might be a bit disrupted with the injured sustained by dynamic fullback Anthony Volmink, though it must also be said that last weekend’s escape against the Pumas would’ve shaken them from any complacency.As a result, they’ll be keen to show their prowess, while the Cheetahs wouldn’t want to show last week’s sterling showing at Loftus was a fluke.Real top-flight stuff should be expected on Saturday.Free State Cheetahs: Darron Adonis, William Small-Smith, Benhard Janse van Rensburg, Dries Swanepoel, Rabz Maxwane, Tian Schoeman, Tian Meyer (c), Henco Venter, Abongile Nonkontwana, Junior Pokomela, Walt Steenkamp, Sintu Manjezi, Aranos Coetzee, Joseph Dweba, Ox Nche. Bench: Jacques du Toit, Charles Marais, Reinach Venter, JP du Preez, Marnus van der Merwe, Gerhard Olivier, Dian Badenhorst, Louis Fouche.Griquas: George Whitehead (c), Ederies Arendse, Eduan Keyter, Andre Swarts, Bjorn Basson, Tinus de Beer, Zak Burger, Niell Jordaan, Sias Koen, Gideon van der Merwe, Johan Momsen, Ian Groenewald, Ewald van der Westhuizen, AJ le Roux, Khwezi Mona. Bench: Wilmar Arnoldi, Mox Mxoli, Victor Sekekete, Zandre Jordaan, Chriswill September, Michal Haznar, Grant Hermanus, Ruan Kramer.The divergent paths of two No 8sDillyn Leyds of the DHL WP lunges on the tackle to Hacjivah Dayimani of the Xerox Golden Lions during the Currie Cup match between Xerox Golden Lions and DHL Western Province at Emirates Airline Park on September 15, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gordon Arons/Gallo Images)Province coach John Dobson probably had few people startled by reminding them that, yes, Sikhumbuzo Notshe is still around.It’s been a bit of a fall from grace for the eighthman, who less than a year ago was starting for the Springboks against the Wallabies.Form and injuries have combined in a toxic way in making him fall way down the pecking order.Strikingly, Jaco Coetzee has seized his chance and become a household name at the Stormers and Province, which makes Dobson’s decision to grant Notshe a reprieve at Newlands against the Lions on Saturday significantHe needs to take his chance.His direct opponent is Hacjivah Dayimani, a youngster who’s career is also at a crossroad.The lanky loose forward was superb in last year’s tournament, but that success came at a price as the Lions hierarchy believes he might be better suited to a backline role.Yet now he’s back in his more familiar position, which does nothing to alleviate the limbo.Western Province: Dillyn Leyds, Seabelo Senatla, Ruhan Nel, Dan Kriel, SP Marais, Josh Stander, Paul de Wet, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, JD Schickerling, Ernst van Rhyn, Chris van Zyl (c), Salmaan Moerat, Carlu Sadie, Scarra Ntubeni, Corne Fourie. Bench: Chad Solomon, Kwenzo Blose, Wilco Louw, David Meihuizen, Jaco Coetzee, Godlen Masimla, Edwill van der Merwe, Sergeal Petersen.Lions: Tyrone Green, Madosh Tambwe, Wandi Simelane, Jan-Louis la Grange, Stean Pienaar, Shaun Reynolds, Ross Cronje (c), Hacjivah Dayimani, Vince Tshituka, Marnus Schoeman, Marvin Orie, Ruben Schoeman, Johannes Jonker, Pieter Jansen, Sti Sithole. Bench: PJ Botha, Leo Kruger, Jacobie Adriaanse, Wilhelm van der Sluys, James Venter, Len Massyn, Dillon Smit, Manny Rass.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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‘The Tank’ called up as unlucky Nyakane receives devastating blow

first_imgThomas du Toit is en route from France to Nagoya, Japan, on Monday after being called up as an injury replacement to the Springbok Rugby World Cup squad.The 24-year-old Sharks prop, nicknamed “The Tank”, replaces the unfortunate Trevor Nyakane who tore his right calf in the 23-13 defeat by New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday night.Du Toit, who was on a short-term loan to Toulouse, was on standby and had been involved in preparations right up until the team’s departure for Japan.Thomas du Toit of the Springboks during the Farewell Test match between South Africa and Argentina at Loftus Versfeld on August 17, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)He is expected to join the squad in Nagoya on Tuesday afternoon.“It’s very tough on Trevor,” said Rassie Erasmus, director of rugby.“He has had a great season and added value whenever he took the field. It’s a blow to him and the team, but it’s also an opportunity for Thomas and for Vincent [Koch] who now have the chance to step up.”The unlucky Nyakane was in tears after coming off and had just managed to recover from a leg injury sustained in the warm-up against Japan to take up his place.The 30-year-old has been considered one of South Africa’s best props this season.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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Blitzboks own up to under-par performances in NZ

first_imgThe Springbok Sevens management and players took full responsibility for their 10 th  place finish at the New Zealand Sevens on Sunday, admitting that it was a very disappointing performance and way below their regular and proud standards.The Blitzboks lost 36-14 to Kenya in their final Pool B match and then went down 12-5 to Fiji in the 9th  place playoff at FMG Stadium Waikato.Kenya’s victory over the Blitzboks came after 14 consecutive wins for the South Africans, and two tries in the last two minutes by Fiji meant the Hamilton tournament ended in misery for Neil Powell and his squad.These results, coupled with New Zealand winning their home tournament, saw the Blitzboks drop to joint-second spot on the overall World Rugby Sevens Series standings after three tournaments of 10 played.The Kiwis, who beat France by 27-5 in the final, top the log with 63 points, followed by South Africa and France (48 points each).For Powell, it was a frustrating weekend in which the Blitzboks lost three matches in a row, a statistic that will hurt the squad, who came into the tournament on the back of 11 wins from their last 12 matches.“We were just poor against Kenya, with our basics not on par,” said Powell about the performance that saw the Blitzboks go down 19-0 in the opening half.“If you can’t even win kick-offs you are in trouble. We were also playing catch-up rugby from early on and forced the game a bit, which again created mistakes they capitalised on.”A late Muller du Plessis try saw the halftime gap close, but despite a late Zain Davids try, Kenya scored two quick tries, including an intercept, and it was all over.“The unpredictability of sevens again showed. Sometimes you have a good week and a poor tournament, like this one, other times a bad week resulted in a good tournament,” Powell reflected.Against Fiji, an early Angelo Davids try had the South Africans in control for all but the last two minutes, when Fiji scored twice.For Powell, there was some silver linings in the match against Fiji.“Yes, there were some positives from that match, and we can take that into Australia,” said Powell.“We managed to improve our control and it gave us some momentum to take to Sydney. The lack of finishing was still present though, but that was sort of the theme of our weekend. We could not finish the numerous opportunities we created and that was clearly not good enough.”They have no choice but to improve next week, Powell insisted: “We will have to plan this coming week accordingly. We will review what and why happened here and take it from there.”The Blitzboks depart for Australia on Monday, where they will start their preparations for the Sydney Sevens.For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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