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first_imgRoush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a Daytona Beach hospital Wednesday holding the hands of his two young daughters. The announcement came just a few hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.The 42-year-old Indiana native was taken by ambulance directly from the track in serious condition following the crash Monday night. Doctors said two hours after the accident that Newman’s injuries were not life-threatening, but no details have been released.Roush Fenway said Ross Chastain will pilot the No. 6 Ford beginning this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and that a timetable for Newman’s return has yet to be determined.TENNIS-DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPTop-seeded Simona Halep advances at Dubai Championships — The Baltimore Orioles have claimed infielder Andrew Velazquez on waivers from the Cleveland Indians. The 25-year-old Velazquez joins a crowded competition for infield spots with Baltimore. The Orioles designated infielder Richard Urena for assignment.— Major league players could be punished for future sign-stealing violations in the wake of the Houston Astros’ scandal that only resulted in discipline for managers, coaches and executives. No players were punished by MLB, and opponents from other teams have expressed dismay over that fact since spring training opened last week. Many have also called for Houston to be of its 2017 World Series title.— The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition.Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday. The “Win Pack’’ lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99. If the Rays win all four, the fan gets a voucher redeemable for a free ticket to another game.LITTLE LEAGUE-ASTROS BANAstros name barred by Little Leagues near Williamsport UNDATED (AP) — Just 60 miles east of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, one Little League director is sending a clear message to his 4,000 players that the Houston Astros and their sign-stealing scam aren’t to be emulated.  He is recommending that no teams in the 23 leagues he oversees use the Astros as a team name this season after it was discovered Houston used a live camera feed to steal signs en route to a 2017 World Series title. Little League International, the Williamsport-based governing body for youth leagues around the world, said in a statement it won’t restrict districts or leagues from banning the Astros name.NHL-GOLDEN KNIGHTS-KINGS TRADELA Kings trade Cup-winning goal scorer Martinez to VegasLOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have traded Stanley Cup-winning goal scorer Alec Martinez to the Vegas Golden Knights for two second-round draft picks. Martinez has spent his entire career with the Kings, who drafted him in 2007. Although he has never scored more than 11 goals in a regular season, he earned a permanent place in franchise lore by scoring the series-winning overtime goals in both the Western Conference finals and the Stanley Cup Final six years ago. Martinez also was a member of the Kings’ first championship team in 2012. He has 62 goals and 136 assists in 597 career games, and he has six goals and 10 assists in 64 career postseason games.In other NHL news: — Mike Fiers is scheduled to start a split-squad game for Oakland on Sunday in his first game action since revealing the Houston Astros’ cheating scheme. It has not been determined whether Fiers’ spring training debut will come in the home game versus San Francisco or against Arizona on the road. In a story published by The Athletic in November, Fiers said the Astros had stolen signs using a camera in center field during their run to the 2017 World Series championship. Fiers played on that team.— Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi expects catcher J.T. Realmuto to be back in spring training in Clearwater, Florida this week and does not believe there will be any fallout from his arbitration hearing in Arizona. Realmuto is seeking a salary of $12.4 million for 2020 after making $6.05 million last year. The Phillies have offered $10 million. Girardi said he expects Realmuto’s focus to be on baseball when he returns from the hearing in Phoenix— Houston infielder Aledmys Díaz, Miami first baseman Jesús Aguilar and Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin all won their salary arbitration cases, cutting the teams’ advantage to 6-4 in decisions this year with three cases remaining. Díaz was awarded $2.6 million rather than $2 million, Aguilar $2,575,000 instead of $2,325,000 and Goodwin $2.2 million rather than $1.85 million. A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Two players remain scheduled for hearings this week: Philadelphia catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) and reliever Héctor Neris.— Max Scherzer is scheduled to start the Washington Nationals’ exhibition opener Saturday against the Houston Astros in a rematch of last year’s World Series. Scherzer’s last start came in Game 7 of the Fall Classic at Houston. The Nationals won that one for the first championship in franchise history. Since then, the Astros have become embroiled in a sign-stealing scandal dating to their 2017 title. Scherzer threw his first live batting practice of spring training Wednesday and declared that his shoulder felt tired — which the three-time Cy Young Award winner said is a good thing.— Ultilityman Brock Holt and the Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a one-year contract. The deal includes a team option for 2021. The 31-year-old left-handed batter had spent his first eight major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox and was an All-Star in 2015. He hit a career-high .297 last year with three homers and 31 RBIs in 295 plate appearances while playing every position except pitcher, catcher and center field. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLSeton Hall beats ButlerNEWARK, N.J. (AP) — No. 16 Seton Hall eked out a win after over-coming a halftime deficit to beat No. 21 ranked Butler 74-72. — The Washington Capitals hope a trade for defenseman Brenden Dillon plus a few adjustments will shake them out of some midseason doldrums. They’ve lost six of their past nine games. Defensive lapses and a lack of structure have contributed to their struggles and Dillon brings some of the things Washington has been lacking. General manager Brian MacLellan doesn’t think the Capitals are playing the right way and understands that needs to change quickly. Washington is not in first place for the first time since October.NBA-CAVALIERS-BEILEINReports: Cavaliers, Beilein splitting after just 54 gamesCLEVELAND (AP) — John Beilein is out as Cleveland’s coach after just 54 games. The 67-year-old resigned before the struggling team returned from the All-Star break. The Cavs have the NBA’s second-worst record at 14-40. Beilein had a difficult time transitioning to the pro game after 12 successful seasons at Michigan and decided to move on. He signed a five-year contract in May. The Cavs have had seven coaches since 2013. He’s being reassigned to a different role in the organization. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff will take Beilein’s spot on an interim basis. Bickerstaff previously coached in Memphis and Houston.In other NBA news: DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep’s (HAL’-ehp) first match since losing to Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) in the Australian Open semifinals was a tough three-set win over Ons Jabeur at the Dubai Championships. Halep saved a match point in the two-hour match against Jabeur, who lost to eventual champion Sofia Kenin at the Australian Open. Halep will meet Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals after Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens in straight sets. Anett Kontaveit beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and will play Petra Martic, who defeated Barbora Strycova in straight sets. Jennifer Brady will play Muguruza in the quarterfinal after Brady beat Marketa Vondrousova and Muguruza defeated Veronika Kudermetova, both in three sets.UNIVERSITY-OF-MICHIGAN-DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — An investigation has found several former patients who allege that a deceased University of Michigan physician sexually abused them during exams going back decades.The Ann Arbor school said Wednesday that it’s set up a hotline for others to come forward with information about Robert E. Anderson, the former director of University Health Service and athletic team physician, who worked at the school from 1968 to 2003. He died in 2008. A former student contacted the university’s athletic director in 2018 alleging misconduct during medical exams. Several others have since alleged similar abuse from the 1970s to the 1990s. Update on the latest sports MLB-NEWSPirates’ Pablo Reyes banned 80 games for positive drug testUNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games under the major league drug program following a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone. He became the second player in three days suspended for Boldenone, which is sold under the brand name Equipose and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes also was suspended. Reyes is a 26-year-old outfielder and infielder who made his major league debut in September 2018 and hit .293 with three homers and seven RBIs. He hit .203 with two homers and 19 RBIs for the Pirates last year.Three players have been suspended this year under the big-league program. Colorado pitcher Justin Lawrence was suspended for 80 games following a positive test for the performance-enhancing substance Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). Lawrence has yet to make his big-league debut.In other baseball news: February 19, 2020 — The Washington Redskins have exercised their 2020 option on running back Adrian Peterson. This will be Peterson’s 14th NFL season. Washington’s leading rusher last season turns 35 in March. Peterson ran for 898 yards and five touchdowns on 211 carries in 2019. He currently ranks fifth on the NFL’s career rushing list and is less than 1,100 yards from catching Barry Sanders for fourth. Peterson returns to Washington for a third season and first under new coach Ron Rivera.— Tight end Michael Roberts has signed with the Miami Dolphins, his fourth NFL team since he entered the league in 2017 as a fourth-round draft pick. Roberts caught 13 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons with the Detroit Lions. He was out of the league last year.NASCAR-DAYTONA-NEWMANNewman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las VegasCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Ryan Newman has been released from a Florida hospital, about 42 hours after his frightening crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500. — A federal judge has dismissed Charles Oakley’s lawsuit against executive chairman James Dolan and Madison Square Garden. The suit stemmed from the former forward for the New York Knicks ejection from a game and ensuing arrest three years ago. The judge ruled today that the case “had the feel of a public relations campaign” and Oakley had not alleged a plausible legal claim under federal pleading standards. Oakley was sitting near Dolan at a game in February 2017. He was approached by security soon after arriving and began to scuffle with them before he was removed from his seat and arrested. Oakley had alleged assault, battery and false imprisonment, along with defamation after Dolan and the Knicks implied he had a problem with alcohol.NFL-NEWSNFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot chargeUNDATED (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson have been jailed in West Texas after federal officials said they found 157 pounds of marijuana in a car in which he and another man were riding. El Paso County jail records show that the 27-year-old was booked Tuesday. The complaint says the pair were driving from Los Angeles to Louisiana when the Border Patrol stopped them Monday night and found several large duffel bags of marijuana in their sport utility vehicle. Robinson was a standout at Auburn University and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018. The Browns recently informed Robinson’s representatives they did not intend to re-sign him as a free agent.Elsewhere in the NFL: Associated Press A Washington, D.C.-based law firm is investigating.TOKYO OLYMPICS-CHINA OUTBREAKVirologist: Tokyo Olympics probably couldn’t be held nowTOKYO (AP) — A respected Japanese virologist said Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics were tomorrow, the games probably couldn’t be held because of the fast-spreading virus from Wuhan, China.Dr. Hitoshi Oshitani said the right now they don’t have an effective strategy but by the end of July it may be a different situation. The local Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have repeatedly said over the last few weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will go on.The modern Olympics dating from 1896 have only been canceled during wartime.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUERory McIlroy delivers strong rejection to proposed new tourMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the first player to publicly reject the idea of the Premier Golf League. The proposed new world tour is promising big money to players. It also would force them to choose which tour to play. McIlroy says he wants to be on the right side of history. He says he doesn’t see it working, and that right now players are split on whether to join. The proposed tour has been talked about for some six years but only recently picked up momentum with an influx of new money. McIlroy says players would lose independence by joining.last_img read more

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GFF hails Extraordinary Congress a success

first_imgTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) deemed its Extraordinary Congress a success, according to a press release. The Extraordinary Congress was hosted on Saturday last at the National Sports Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue.The Congress, GFF said, saw the circulation and approval of an unqualified or clean, audited financial report in accordance with the Constitutional timeline. “The GFF’s Executive Committee is committed to transparency and good governance and thus, in keeping with the Constitution, each member of the GFF was given the opportunity to honour their constitutional responsibility and obligation to scrutinise the Audited financial report and raise their concerns at the Congress,” said GFF president Wayne Forde, in an invited comment.The audited financial report will be published on the GFF’s website and will be shared with sponsors, partners, Government of Guyana and other key stakeholders.last_img read more

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Irish in Paralympic action today

first_imgJason Smyth can secure a third Paralympic 100-metre medal this afternoon. The Derry sprinter goes in his final at 3.09 this afternoon, Irish time. Smyth won his heat last night in a time of 10-point-7-6 seconds.  In the pool today, Nicole Turner goes in the heats of the S-6 50-metre butterfly. While in track cycling, Colin Lynch competes in the qualifiers of the C2 Individual PursuitAnd Eoghan Clifford goes in the C-3 qualifiers. Katie-George Dunleavy and Eve McCrystal are first into action in the final of the Individual 1000-metre time trial. And Rena McCarron Rooney is in qualifier action in table tennis.last_img read more

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Players, referee flee as a swarm of bees invades football pitch [VIDEO]

first_imgLike something straight out of a 90s movie, a one-sided football match was interrupted when a swarm of bees invaded the field, forcing players, fans and officials to flee.The match between two Tanzanian teams, Young Africans and Iringa United at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam appeared to be heading to a comfortable victory for the former, as they had built up a 3-0 lead.However, in the 53rd minute with the ball still in play, players from both sides began to drop to the floor one after the other, with almost all of them face down on the pitch in a matter of seconds.It became clear that a swarm of bees had just made their way onto the pitch, with the players ducking and diving to try to avoid them.It appeared even that could not deter the bees as some of the players jumped back up and bolted off the pitch to avoid the stingy invaders, followed closely by the referee.The fans could also be seen sprinting away from the pitch to avoid being stung.The players who were not so lucky received treatment for stings but the match was able to continue, with Young Africans adding one more goal to complete a 4-0 win.We guess they might be buzzed by that victory…See a video of the incident from the BBC below:last_img read more

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Akonnor wants to add more quality to Black Stars team

first_imgNew Black Stars head coach, C.K. Akonnor, has stated that he is open to giving opportunities to all Ghanaian players in Europe if they will add value to the team.Following his appointment this month, Akonnor has flown to Europe to scout and monitor players ahead of a busy 2020 calendar year that will see Ghana playing in the AFCON 2021 and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.Akonnor added that he would keep an eye on the Ghana Premier League and choose players who would show promise and the ability to meet the demands of playing for the Black Stars.“I think we have to dig deep and look all over for Europe who have had the chance to play for Ghana and those who have not had the chance to do so.We have about 15 names of players who are playing at different levels and it is important to talk to them and gauge their interests in playing for Ghana.I believe it is time we slowly changed the face of the team in terms of energy and pace. I look forward to getting some of these young, dynamic and energetic players.In terms of players based in Ghana, there is a setup of four scouts who will watch the league and so, once we are interested in a player, we will watch for a period of about four or five matches and see his performance.We have put together a lot of things to help bring out good talent from the Ghana Premier League.”Akonnor’s first assignment with the Black Stars will be in March when the AFCON 2021 qualifiers resume. Ghana recorded victories over South Africa and Sao Tome in the first two matches in the series.last_img read more

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Photos: Barca lift 2015 Asempa FM/Multi TV Fire for Fire Soccer Gala

first_imgBarcelona lifted the second edition of the Asempa FM and Multi TV Fire for Fire Soccer Gala 2015 tournament played at the Wembley Sports Complex on Saturday.It was an exciting finale as hundreds of fans of Ghana’s most listened to sports programme, Fire for Fire, gathered at the arena in Kotobabi.They were there not only to celebrate the uniqueness of the show and its passionate host, Countryman Songo, but to show love for their most cherished European clubs as well.It is no doubt that Ghana abounds in great football talents but the exhilarating skills by football fans shown on the day was a beautiful sight.In a round-robin format, fans of eight European clubs and two local clubs – Kotoko, Hearts of Oak, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munchen, Real Madrid, Barcelona, and AC Milan – competed for the coveted trophy and cash prize at stake.The final game was fiercely contested between Barcelona and Manchester United with fans of the Spanish side scoring two goals in regulation to win the coveted trophy and cash prize. Captain of Barcelona Vincent Agbenyegah was adjudged the overall best player of the tournament.Head of Sports of the Multimedia Group, Sammy Yirenkyi said the objective of the tournament was to increase bonding between the Fire for Fire brand and its listeners. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Fortnite Deadpool challenges: Where to deface posters and find big black marker

first_imgIt’s really that simple.Deface GHOST or SHADOW posters If you need to deface every single poster, then this challenge could take a while. But thankfully you only need to deface three.This challenge is fairly simple as there are GHOST and SHADOW posters spreaded throughout the map. There are actually 25 posters that you can deface. But if you’re looking for easy, then just head over to Frenzy Farm where there are three recruitment posters in a small area. Below, we’ll help you accomplish both Deadpool challenges so you can get the Merc wrap.MORE: Destroy Dog Houses | Dance at Lake Canoe, Camp Cod, Rainbow Rentals Fortnite’s Week 6 Deadpool challenges are now live, and they’re fairly simple to accomplish.You’ll need to find the big black marker as well as deface GHOST or SHADOW posters throughout the map. You’ve likely spotted GHOST and SHADOW recruitment posters throughout playing Fortnite, but don’t worry if you can’t directly remember where they all are. That’s what we’re here for. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/52/b1/deadpool-big-black-marker_n7vh9lv4r6yr1ul03rzuqolv2.png?t=476514473&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/12/ce/merc-wrap-fortnite-deadpool_bu9oiv8ngeaa1ry42cp0zqofd.png?t=476434473&w=500&quality=80 https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2a/5/deadpool-map_1wuu722xhf6lq1t190u9c51cag.png?t=477240505&w=500&quality=80 Deadpool challenge: Find the big black markerThis challenge is extremely easy.All you need to do is:Go to the main menuGo to the agents center in the top leftGo to Brutus’ room in HQLocate the big black marker The three posters can be found roughly where those three dots are located. However, there is one slight issue with his challenge. There’s a chance someone in the game already defaced the posters. So then you need to find some others. In case that happens, here’s a YouTube video from HarryNinetyFour that shows some extra locations.Again, you only need to deface three so this challenge shouldn’t take too long.last_img read more

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Lewis runs for 129 in 1st start, Pitt wins 38-3

first_imgIMPRESSIVE START—Freshman running back Dion Lewis rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for another touchdown in the Pitt’s 38-3 win over Youngstown State. One of Pitt’s unanswered questions going into the season was whether it could quickly replace running back LeSean McCoy, who left for the NFL after rushing for 2,816 yards and scoring 35 touchdowns in two seasons. Only former Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett was as productive at Pitt during his freshman and sophomore seasons.For at least one game, Lewis—a freshman who was playing prep school football in New Jersey a year ago—was a more than adequate replacement. He scored on a 16-yard run on his fifth college carry, then set up his own 1-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter with gains of 28 and 25 yards on successive carries against a Penguins defense overmatched by Pitt’s size and speed.Later in the quarter, Lewis scored on a 3-yard swing pass from Stull. Lewis sat out most of the second half, carrying five times for minus-3 yards after having 15 carries for 132 yards at halftime.Stull, who slumped badly during the second half of last season after getting a concussion against Rutgers, was booed on his first incompletion and had only 44 yards passing at halftime but finished 11 of 16 for 123 yards and an interception.Tino Sunseri, a redshirt freshman who pushed Stull for the starting job during preseason camp, found Jonathan Baldwin on a 42-yard completion immediately after replacing Stull in the third quarter and later hooked up with Aundre Wright on a 6-yard scoring pass play. Sunseri was 5 of 8 for 80 yards as the Panthers outgained the Penguins 390-159.Youngstown State generated little offense except for Stephen Blose’s 48-yard field goal in the second quarter. Brandon Summers was 11 of 22 for 113 yards and two interceptions while Donald Jones, who had five TD catches in his final four games last season, was held to four catches for 34 yards.The game was only the second between schools located about 60 miles apart. The Panthers beat the Penguins 41-0 in a 2005 opener. PITTSBURGH (AP)—Dion Lewis scored three touchdowns by halftime while running for 129 yards in his first college start, and Pittsburgh showed off a balanced offense while cruising to a season-opening 38-3 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. Pitt made certain there was no repeat of last season’s 27-17 opening day loss to Bowling Green that ranks among the biggest upsets in school history, taking a 21-3 lead at halftime. Not that the opponent was as good—Youngstown State lost eight of its first 10 while going 4-8 last season and hasn’t scored a touchdown in its last five games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents.last_img read more

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Bombers can’t seal the deal after strong start at Ok-kan-aqen tourney

first_imgAfter knocking off the defending AA Boy’s champs, the L.V. Rogers Bombers slipped a couple of notches on the basketball season building program.
The Bombers dropped two straight — the final a 54-36 loss to Mt Boucherie of Kelowna — to finish in the middle of the pack at the 51st annual Ok-kan-aqen Invitational Boy’s Basketball tournament Saturday in Osoyoos.The tournament is hosted by the South Okanagan Hornets but was moved to Osoyoos after fire destroyed the Oliver-based high school earlier this year.The Bombers entered the eight-team tourney on a high after blasting Rossland Royals 87-18 in a West Kootenay High School game earlier in the week.LVR kept on rolling against the defending AA champion from South Okanagan in the tourney opener in front of the Oliver student body.Senior shooting guard John Zak sank a three-pointer in the final minute of the game to spark the Bombers to a 71-67 victory.The Hornets, starting the season ranked ninth in the recent AA poll, opened the game much like the squad finished the 2011 season in Kamloops, sinking seven three-pointers in the first quarter.But the Bombers, 2-2 on the season, stuck around against the home side as Matt Zukowski and senior Adam Grace each scored 16 points.Zak, finishing with 14 points, then dropped a three to put the Bombers ahead for good.However, LVR could not sustain the momentum against Similkameen Sparks of Keremeos in championship round action, falling to 64-59 to the third-ranked A school.The Bomber coaching staff was not pleased with the result feeling LVR played down to the Sparks level.The Bombers finished the tournament losing to the AAA Bears in the bronze-medal contest.LVR returns to action this week in Penticton at the Pen-Hi Classic.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Injury ends Panthers’ Isaac John’s season

first_imgLittle more than a week after making his Test debut for New Zealand, Penrith’s Isaac John has had his season cut short by injury.John, who played at five-eighth in the Kiwis’ loss to Australia earlier this month, ruptured his achilles in the Panthers’ NSW Cup win over Newcastle on Saturday.The 25-year-old had to be carried off the field after going down awkwardly in a tackle just two minutes into the match.He will have surgery to repair the tendon, forcing him out of the remainder of the 2014 campaign.”Ruptured Achilles. Operation needed out for the season. Gutted won’t be wearing the panthers jersey again. 😀 be there riding them home,” John tweeted on Monday.John has played three first-grade matches for Penrith this season, scoring a try in his last appearance against Parramatta on March 29. – NRL.comlast_img read more

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