Roberts admitted at the end of last month that he had no time-frame on a return and that the club’s medical staff had “exhausted everything they can to try and make it right”. Royals boss Brian McDermott had a more positive outlook on the player’s situation and had been hopeful of having him back available for the Barclays Premier League run-in. “I think Jason said himself that we have to wait and see day to day,” McDermott said last week. “He was out on the training pitch with the physios the other day and was kicking a few balls around, so he is in a much better place than he was a couple of weeks ago.” Second-bottom Reading have won just five times in the league this season heading into tomorrow’s crucial home clash with third-bottom Aston Villa. The experienced forward spent six years with Blackburn before joining the Royals in January 2012. He was a key player for the Berkshire club last term, netted six goals as the Berkshire club won the npower Championship title. Press Association The 35-year-old announced on Twitter on Friday evening that his recovery had not gone to plan and that going under the knife looked to be his only choice. “Injury Update…Rehabilitation has not been successful…seems at this point Surgery is our only option..meaning my Season is over! #gutted”, he posted. “Everything that could have been done has been done..but..the most important thing is P.L. Football for Reading FC next Season…”. Veteran Reading striker Jason Roberts expects to undergo hip surgery which will rule him out for the rest of the season.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and Gamadev Nigeria Limited have sealed a partnership on the World Martial Arts Championship to be hosted in Nigeria this year.The event will be held at the National Stadium, Lagos, from November 21-27. It will be the first World Martial Arts Championship in Africa.The international body appointed Gamadev, led by Godstime Omadevue, as the sole promoter of the championship. At the courtesy visit by the event Local Organising Committee, FRSC agreed to provide technical support in traffic control for the event.The FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Opeyemi, represented at the ocassion by Deputy Corps Marshall Kabiru A. Lawal, said the agency would affiliate with Gamadev in the training of its personnel in martial arts and combat sports. Boboye attributed the fitness of FRSC personnel manning Nigerian roads to their involvement in sports, particularly the martial arts. He noted that the agency is already affiliated to the Taekwondo Association of Nigeria.A Nigerian, Ogaga Jesse, is a Black Belt holder in world martial arts, who boasts of 267 worldwide awards in the arts. Omadevue disclosed of the plan to build a martial world academy in Nigeria, the first in Africa and the second of its kind in the world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
BRYAN FAUST/Herald photoAfter nearly a month of fine-tuning in early-season tournaments, the Wisconsin Badgers volleyball team is ready to tip off the real season with the start of conference play.Wisconsin will travel to the Land of Lincoln this weekend for a match against Illinois Friday and Northwestern Saturday as Big Ten action gets underway.The Badgers have stressed the need for improvement ever since opening the season at home with the AVCA Volleyball Showcase. After dropping a match to top-ranked Texas and squeaking by unranked teams in later tournaments, several key areas to develop were exposed, such as passing and defense.”I think we’ve definitely picked up our serving,” senior floor captain Maria Carlini said. “We’ve been working really hard on our defense as well and it shows. We’ve been outdigging teams that we haven’t in the past.”Head coach Pete Waite, on the other hand, is still looking for his team to get better in a different facet of the game — one that doesn’t involve skill so much as energy.”We’ve definitely improved since the AVCA Showcase, but there are still things we need to work on,” Waite said. “We need to try to push hard right away to get the jump on teams. This is a very good come-from-behind team, but it’s not a situation I’d like us to be in.”This weekend will provide the Badgers with a test to see where they are in their progression since the start of the year as both Illinois and Northwestern have drastically improved since last year.In 2005, the Fighting Illini and Wildcats finished in the middle of the conference at seventh and sixth, respectively. Despite being predicted to finish at just about the same spots, the two figure to be the conference dark horses.Illinois acquired two transfers in the off-season — outside hitters Stephanie Alde from Northwestern and Amy Palash from Valparaiso — something Waite believes makes the Illini a respectable team instantly.”Illinois has two transfers coming so they automatically have two veteran players stepping into their lineup that would’ve been holes with inexperienced players,” Waite said. “That alone makes them stronger already.”Illinois also has a very balanced team with two players hitting more than four kills per game — middle blocker Vikki Brown and outside hitter Kayani Turner.Freshman Ashley Edinger, ranked as the No. 1 incoming libero in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, has stepped in for Illinois and provided the team with some much-needed defense, averaging 5.03 digs per game.The toughest part about traveling to Champaign, Ill., will undoubtedly be adjusting to Huff Hall. Its student section is one of the largest in the nation, as 1,682 students packed in for one of last weekend’s games, more than half of the 3,129 total fans in the arena. Furthermore, Huff Hall’s court is a tad bit shorter than most others so there is much less space to serve.”Their crowd has gotten stronger every year, so it’s a tough place to play,” Waite said.As for Northwestern, the Wildcats are coming off an upset win over then-No. 24 Arizona at home, going on to win its Wildcat Classic last weekend in dramatic five-game fashion. NU is undefeated at home so far this season.”Northwestern definitely has improved from last year,” UW outside hitter Audra Jeffers said. “They’re doing a lot more out of the back row with three hitters out of the back, so that’s going to be huge with our blocking.”We’re really going to have to seal up the block across the net, get all three blockers in to stop that.”Defensively, Northwestern is somewhat similar to Illinois.”Both Illinois and Northwestern are really good defensive teams,” said Carlini. “The main thing with those teams is they’re really scrappy, they play great defense so we need to outdig them.”Either way, starting the Big Ten season out on the road will be difficult, but the Badgers are used to traveling lately. After opening the season at home with the AVCA Volleyball Showcase and the following InnTowner Invitational, Wisconsin has been away from the Field House ever since, going as far as San Diego last weekend.”You’ve got to start somewhere,” Waite said. “We’ve been on the road the last two weekends so this will be three in a row for us, and in ways I think we’re prepared for it because we’re just packing up the suitcases again and hitting the road. We’re ready to go.”
Uruguay snatched a late winner as they began their World Cup campaign with a dramatic victory over Egypt, who without star player Mohamed Salah. Jose Gimenez headed powerfully into the net in the 90th minute as he met Carlos Sanchez’s free-kick to give the South Americans a winning start in Russia.Here are five things we learned. THE PHAROAHS HAVE FORGOTTEN HOW TO WIN A GAMEIt has been 630 minutes since Egypt won a game. The last game they won was against Congo in the qualifiers when they won 2-1. The loss against Uruguay now leaves Egypt in a very precarious situation as they have to win their remaining games to be able to qualify. This means that Hector Cuper will need to find a way around this winless streak if the Pharaohs want to qualify to the next round in their first appearance at global showpiece since 1990. SUAREZ IS STILL ON A VACATION Suarez provided 5 goals and 2 assists during the qualification stages. However, Suarez looked like a stranger against Egypt. He seems to have lost his connection with Cavani. His match was summarised into misplaced passes, poor control and missed chances. The nature of the chances he missed was worrying because he was clean on goal on three occasions. Suarez will need to find his shooting boots if Uruguay have any hope of going far in the tournament.SHENAWY MAY HAVE JUST CLAIMED THE NUMBER ONE SPOTA few eyebrows were raised when Shenawi was picked ahead of veteran goalkeeper El Hadary. El Hadary was poised to make history by becoming the oldest player ever to play at a World Cup. He is currently 45 and he still has a chance to break this record as Egypt still have at least two games left. Shenawi will stand in El Haddary’s way as he had a very commanding performance today. A point-blank save to deny Suarez and an athletic save to deny Cavani in the second half wasn’t enough to keep a clean sheet but it was an inspiring performance by the Zamalek SC shot-stopper. He was also voted as Man of the Match.FAIRYTALE STORY CONTINUES FOR MORSYIf you had told Sam Morsy that he would be playing in the World Cup two years ago I am sure he would have laughed in disbelief. Well fast forward two years and he has made his debut in a World Cup with Egypt. Morsy has had an incredible year contributing immensely to Wigan’s promotion from league one. The story of Sam Morsy is indeed a fairy tale because he was recommended to the Egyptian FA by a journalist. Would it be too much of a fairy tale if Sam Morsy ended up as a World champion? URUGUAY’S OLD WARRIORS ARE STILL CAPABLEOscar Tabarez admitted that he would be giving the next generation of Uruguayan players a chance. He started with Bentacur, Vecino, Nandez and Arrascaeta – all of which are 25 years. Uruguay looked flat and dull until the introduction of C. Sanchez and C. Rodriguez. Both wingers replaced Arrascaeta and Nandez. The game changed completely after the introduction of these veteran wingers. Perhaps, Oscar Tabarez may need to hold on to his next generation experiment and stick to his old formula.— Follow the World Cup with the Multimedia Group! With live English radio commentary on Joy 99.7 FM radio, Akan radio commentary on Asempa 94.7 FM and live streaming on Myjoyonline.com, we’ve got you covered all-tournament long.
Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Hill said his throwing session “felt like a typical second day after you pitched in a game.” His start in Baltimore on Thursday was his first since June 19 when he suffered a strained flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He didn’t make it out of the first inning against the Orioles due to the injury to the same knee ligament he injured in spring training, forcing him to miss the first four weeks of this season.“I’ll probably do that again tomorrow — play some catch and long toss and hopefully continue to get the symptoms down and feel good about getting off a mound,” he said.Hill acknowledged that one possibility is finding a way to manage the knee issue long enough for him to be effective in a relief role if not as a starter.“Possibly. We haven’t really discussed that,” Hill said. “But I think that’s something we can talk about as we try to figure out bypassing this mechanically, try to figure out a way to get around that symptom mechanically.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he had not spoken with Hill about any of his mechanical schemes to get around the knee injury. While calling Hill “determined,” Roberts sounded skeptical about the possibility. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “I would never underestimate Rich and I haven’t talked to him about his delivery adjustment,” Roberts said. “But where you’re at right now and you’re already compensating something to change your delivery to mask or appease another part of your body — I haven’t wrapped my head around that concept. So like I said, Rich, you can never underestimate. But I’ll adhere to the MRI once we get it.“I think he’s going to do what he’s going to do. But right now it’s in the training staff’s court, medical and training staff. Once they come to me and tell me he’s ready to pitch then there will be a conversation.”PreviousNew York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) forces Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty out during the first inning of their baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsNew York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo scores on a three-run double pinch hit by Rajai Davis during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, left, chases the ball as New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom runs to first after bunting during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson reacts after striking out during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom delivers against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock hits a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager watches the ball after hitting a single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)New York Mets’ Michael Conforto (30) and Brandon Nimmo celebrate after the team defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu delivers against the New York Mets during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)ExpandBELLINGER BATTLEOn May 21, Cody Bellinger was batting .404 with a 1.271 OPS 49 games into the Dodgers’ schedule. But his average and OPS dipped in each of the next three months and he entered Saturday’s game batting .306.The idea that he would maintain those early numbers for a full season was unrealistic, Bellinger said.“I mean, I think people that expected me to maintain that all year aren’t real baseball fans and don’t understand how hard this game is and how long the season is,” Bellinger said earlier this week. “For some people that don’t know the game and how hard it is, yeah, maybe (that was unrealistic).”Bellinger hit .256 though with a robust .945 OPS through June, July and August His numbers have rebounded recently. In 14 games before Saturday, he was 14 for 48 (.292) with 10 walks.“There’s been an adjustment this last month where I think teams are crowding him more,” Roberts said of opposing pitchers. “He’s just got to continue to stay in the strike zone, because as you get to playing playoff teams and in the postseason, they’re going to pitch around him. You have to really be stubborn in the strike zone, and it’s going to challenge Cody from here on out.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler 13-3, 3.14 ERA) at Mets (RHP Zack Wheeler 11-7, 4.21 ERA), 4:05 p.m. ESPN, AM 570Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start NEW YORK — The way Rich Hill sees it — his season isn’t over until he says it’s over.The knee brace Hill wore for his first three starts this season was shipped to New York, and he wore it Saturday afternoon while throwing on flat ground at Citi Field.The extent of the injury to Hill’s medial collateral ligament won’t be fully known until an MRI in Los Angeles on Monday. But Hill has an idea — that the combination of that brace and an adjustment in his delivery (primarily related to his foot placement) that puts less stress on his left knee when pushing off the rubber might allow him to pitch again before the end of the regular season despite the injury.“If this is something that works, then I want to see it, and then I’ll believe it,” Hill said. “But for right now, I think it’s a good step in the right direction as far as trying to come up with some kind of answer and move forward.”