Jarrod Wallace, and partner Courtney Thorpe, announced on Instagram that they had bought their first home.JARROD Wallace has almost two weeks before he returns from suspension to the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans, but he has been making good use of his time away from the field.Wallace, and partner Courtney Thorpe, announced on Instagram last night that they had bought their first home and are looking forward to renovating it. Jarrod Wallace and Courtney Thorpe have bought their first house.“I am absolutely over the moon to say that we have bought our very own house together,” Thorpe, who was crowned Miss World Australia 2014, wrote.“We are renovating this baby and have wasted no time getting started — four days after we got the keys actually.“Get ready for a whole lot of renovating snaps.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt’s understood the pair bought on the Gold Coast.Friends, fans and family jumped online to congratulate the duo.One Insta-friend asked if there was a room free for him, and Thorpe replied: “You can even choose between the “pink ballerina” or the “purple mermaid” rooms.” Jarrod Wallace and Courtney Thorpe have bought their first house on the Gold Coast.Nrl.com.au have reported that Wallace’s Titans’ team mate Jai Arrow helped him move into the home.“Last Friday and Saturday he helped me move house and we were sitting in the truck outside our new place talking footy and I said ‘to tell you the truth, the biggest disappointment is not being there to lace up the boots with you in your debut game’,” he told the website in a preview to last weekend’s season opener. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTitans stars go toe-to-toe in boxing00:41 Wallace watched the match from the sideline, with his team mates digging deep to secure a 30-28 win over the Canberra Raiders at Cbus Stadium.The Queensland Origin player received a three-game ban for a shoulder charge on Bulldogs half Moses Mbye in Round 25 last season.He will be unavailable to play the Warriors this Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium, but should be ready to return for the round three match-up against St George-Illawarra Dragons.
Press Association Dominic Solanke’s first-half strike earned Chelsea a slender 1-0 friendly win over Thailand All-Stars on Saturday. Chelsea now travel to Australia where they will take on Sydney FC, beaten by Tottenham earlier today, at the ANZ Stadium on Tuesday. Solanke, who made his senior debut for Chelsea in their 6-0 Champions League win over Maribor in October, scored the only goal of the game after 13 minutes to hand Jose Mourinho’s Premier League champions victory in Bangkok. The 17-year-old swept Loic Remy’s low right-wing cross into the left-hand bottom corner to ensure the Blues began their post-season tour in successful fashion at the Rajamangala National Stadium.
The Latest: Bucks shut practice facility after virus testing ___The UK government says selected sports stars are to be exempt from quarantine requirements when competing in England.However, those involved will instead live and work in “bubbled” environments behind closed doors, UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden announced on Sunday.The new measures will allow Formula One, international soccer, golf and snooker events to take place. Competitors involved in these events will be granted quarantine exemptions.International cricketers are also now formally exempt, although individual special arrangements have already been made for the touring West Indies and Pakistan teams this summer. Associated Press ___Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez says two players out of 60 tested turned up positive for the novel coronavirus.Martinez says the two players took their tests Wednesday before reporting to Nationals Park and that some are still awaiting their results. Reliever Sean Doolittle minutes earlier lamented not having his COVID-19 test results back from Friday and implored baseball to “clean this up.”Doolittle, who was part of Washington’s World Series-winning team last season, said he’s still debating whether to play this season, weighing safety concerns and physical and mental health. The 33-year-old said the Nationals still haven’t received the respirator masks they were told were coming and expressed concerns about the situation.— Stephen Whyno reporting from Washington Bucks officials confirmed Sunday that they had closed the facility and that they aren’t planning to reopen it before leaving for Florida on Thursday to prepare for the NBA’s resumption of the season at Walt Disney World.The news of the closing was first reported by ESPN, which said the Bucks closed the facility after receiving results from Friday’s testing.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Their magic number for clinching the Eastern Conference’s top seed in the playoffs is two as they chase their first NBA title since 1971.Milwaukee is scheduled to resume play July 31 against the Boston Celtics, its first of eight games to close the regular season.___ Lone Star Park, a horse track about 15 miles west of downtown Dallas that has been allowing fans to attend races, canceled eight of its nine scheduled races Sunday because of coronavirus concerns.“Due to an abundance of caution, all racing operations at Lone Star Park have been suspended due to (COVID-19),” read a statement on the track’s Twitter account. “Racing will resume at a date to be determined.”The announcement was made about 45 minutes after the first race was completed. Racing had been scheduled to resume Monday. There was no immediate announcement on a specific restart date or if the rest of the season, scheduled to run three or four days a week through Aug. 11, will be called off.Lone Star Park had been mandating that fans attending all must wear masks, except when eating or drinking.Texas reported a record daily increase of 8,258 confirmed coronavirus cases Saturday and has been retreating from what had been one of the country’s swiftest reopenings. Some officials in major cities such as Austin and Houston have been asking state leaders to restore previous stay-at-home orders. ___The Chicago White Sox say two players have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation.The team said Sunday that the two unidentified players are asymptomatic, and contact tracing for both was conducted. They are being monitored by team medical staff and will receive follow-up testing in the coming days.They will be allowed to return to baseball activities after they test negative twice and pass other appropriate COVID-19 protocols.The White Sox say both players requested privacy, meaning the team isn’t able to comment further. Other people essential to the staging of events such as officials, coaches, medics, mechanics and incoming members of the media will also be permitted to travel without quarantine.In return, sporting authorities and event organizers must put in place stringent protocols to ensure that they have a minimal impact on public health during the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The Oakland Athletics’ first full-squad workout was pushed back from Sunday following the July 4 holiday given the club hadn’t received results from position player intake testing done Friday, according to general manager David Forst. “We all know that being flexible and adjusting to the unknowns is going to be part of everything we do this season,” Forst said. Manager Bob Melvin is eager to get everybody on the field together at the Coliseum while understanding he must be flexible during this fluid time. ‘“It feels like we’re five days behind with position players,” said Melvin, who has slated the first live batting practice during a longer workout Tuesday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Milwaukee Bucks have closed their practice facility following the team’s Friday round of testing for the coronavirus. July 5, 2020
Sam Arslanian | Daily TrojanIn the 2017 MLB season, baseball fans witnessed the most home runs hit in a single season in the modern era. With 6,105 dingers tallied between April 2 and Nov. 1, the players shattered the previous season’s total by nearly 500 home runs. But that magnitude of an increase isn’t the first of its kind. The 2016 season saw roughly 700 more homers than the 2015 season, which recorded about 700 more home runs than its preceding season. There are a lot of variables that come into play when discussing trends in baseball. The game has a unique way of naturally balancing itself out. Pitchers discover new methods of pitching that batters aren’t comfortable with, or they find a new technique to add a bit more heat to their fastball. At this point it becomes a pitching-dominant game. It isn’t until the hitters adapt to these new forms that we see the game shift back to a more hitting-dominant game.Another element, one that the players can’t control, can have a significant impact on the game of baseball: Rule changes. In 2015 — the year we started seeing these massive increases in home run totals — the MLB’s “Pace of Play” rules were introduced. These rules limited the amount of time pitchers had between innings in an attempt to combat the increasing length of baseball games. While their intention is clear, perhaps the implementation resulted in the increase in home runs. Pitching at the MLB level is no easy task. For many pitchers the break between innings is tough — their arm gets cold or they can get off rhythm. Rushing a proper warm-up at the start of an inning, via the Pace of Play rules, can definitely have a negative effect on pitchers.At the end of the 2017 season, pitchers like Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish made headlines — not for their performances but for their grievances over the baseballs the MLB provided. “I think the main complaint is that the balls seem a little bit different in the postseason,” Verlander told USA Today. “And even from the postseason to the World Series balls. They’re a little slick. You just deal with it.”At first, I was skeptical about this claim (and as a Tigers fan, when Verlander speaks, it’s the truth). Why would the MLB alter the balls for the postseason? It didn’t make sense. Then I watched a World Series with 22 home runs. That is ludicrous. Then, like wildfire, a slew of conspiracy theories overwhelmed the internet claiming that the MLB made the balls slicker to increase the home run count. At the time, I believed there was some weight to this claim. After all, historically, World Series ratings have been on the decline and home runs are fun to watch. I partially believed this theory until a couple of days ago when I read an intriguing article from Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci titled “Countdown to Liftoff: How Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson Embody Baseball’s New Era.” The article focuses on a few select players who are beginning to break the norm and introduce a new approach when down in the count. “Hitting concepts were once passed down like stories at the Thanksgiving table, generation to generation,” Verducci said. “These outsiders have instead used technology not just to educate themselves but also to disseminate their message, guiding the celebrated midcareer breakthroughs of J.D. Martinez, Justin Turner, Josh Donaldson and Jake Marisnick — to name just a few.”I’ve experienced this phenomenon of passed-down techniques firsthand. Every coach I’ve ever played under has told me the same words when I faced a dreaded 1-2 count: “Choke up, shorten your swing, crowd the plate and put the ball in play.” I listened to those directions. Why? Since every coach was telling me the same thing, I assumed it was just how the game is played.Completely flipping the traditional approach, the early adopters, Donaldson, Gallo and Martinez, are now doing away with the passive approach and instead opting for a more aggressive two-strike approach. Someone else who has adopted this method is the Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner. Verducci quotes Turner’s frustration with the traditional method and decision to adopt a more aggressive approach from his teammate at the time, Marlon Byrd, saying, “‘Screw it. I’m going to start hitting the way [Byrd] told me.’ I go into Cleveland and I hit a home run off [Cody] Allen. Two days later, off [Danny] Salazar, I hit another homer. We go back home, and I hit some ropes off the wall in centerfield. I was feeling really good.”Game 1 of the 2017 World Series was a thriller. The score was tied at 1 entering the sixth inning when Turner launched a 2-run bomb over the left field wall to ultimately grant the Dodgers the 3-1 win. But what separates this from any other game winning dinger is that Turner was down in the count 1-2. If you look at his swing, you can tell he wasn’t thinking “put the ball in play,” he was looking to send a missile to the outfield and he did just that. All the aforementioned theories could be coincidence, perhaps even a perfect storm of variables that has led to this massive increase in home runs per year. But I think there is just too much that lines up to argue against this new hitting approach. With opening day just three days away, I am eager to enter the season as a spectator with an eye out for this new approach. If this proves to be the factor that has been the catalyst for this home run increase, it will be up to the pitchers to find a solution to restore the game of baseball to its balanced state. Sam Arslanian is a freshman majoring in journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Mondays.
FOREST CITY- A Lake Mills man has pled not guilty to multiple drug charges. 30 year old Caleb Robert Angel has pleaded not guilty to possession of meth with intent to deliver, sponsoring a gathering where illegal drugs are used, possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of a prescription drug. Police say that as they arrested two other people on felony warrants on July 18 in the 700 block of N Lake Street in Lake Mills, another man walked by with a drug pipe in his mouth with that man being Angel. A search of Angel’s home found 6.79 grams of methamphetamine, multiple plastic baggies, a digital scale, meth pipes, marijuana, and a prescription medication.His trial is scheduled to start on September 23.
Germany’s Selina Dantzler won the shot put with a 17.64m heave while sprinter Tshenolo Lemao delivered a historic performance in the boys’ 100m final ( 10.61), becoming the first South African athlete to earn a medal over the distance at a world championship in any age division. Share on: WhatsApp Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsewo celebrates here 3000M win. PHOTO IAAFNairobi, Kenya| THE INDEPENDENT REPORTER | There was no medal, but three Ugandans advanced into finals as half of the country’s team of 12 started action on the opening day of the IAAF World U18 Championships Nairobi 2017 on Wednesday.Two of Uganda’s athletes advanced from the 1500m heats to the semis. Hosea Kiplangat (3:56.44) finished 4th in heat one, while Daniel Kiprop (3:58.68) came third in heat 2 to advance.Joshua Kibet advanced in the opening round of the 800m after finishing 4th in his heat, but Bekele Apenyo was knocked out after finishing 5th. Melese Nberet of Ethiopia (1:52.53) was the fastest of the qualifiers for the semifinals on Thursday.In the 400m, Uganda’s pair of Eric Layeng and Emmanuel Goni were disqualified in the heats.Expected in action Thursday, together with Kibet (800m), are Titus Given Kwemoi and Oscar Chelimo in the 3ooom.Three titles were decided on day one of the IAAF U-18 event at Kasarani Stadium on Wednesday.Sarah Chelangat (9:40.18) and Esther Yeko Chekwemoi (9:40.21) finished 5th and 6th respectively in the girls 3000m, one of the three final events Wednesday. The girls’ 3000m final was won by Ethiopia’s Abersh Minsewo.
London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United eased the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho by seeing off Everton 2-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday, as Chelsea leapfrogged Manchester City into second with a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley.Arsenal’s 11-game winning run was finally ended, though, as two Luka Milivojevic penalties earned Crystal Palace a much-needed point in a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.Sunday’s action on the field was overshadowed by the ongoing investigation into the helicopter crash on Saturday evening that is feared to have killed Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.Players wore black armbands and a minute’s reflection was held before kick-off at all three matches.There was an even more poignant scene at Old Trafford as the 12 Thai boys rescued from an underground cave in July were in attendance and given a rousing reception by supporters.United’s fifth defeat of the season to Juventus in the Champions League on Tuesday had put Mourinho’s position in peril once more.But he got the slice of luck he needed when Paul Pogba’s penalty was saved by England number one Jordan Pickford, but rolled kindly back into the Frenchman’s path to slot home the opener.“I am happy again,” said Mourinho. “It was a game we didn’t need to suffer as much in the last few minutes.” Share on: WhatsApp The Gunners’ winning run had raised hopes of an unexpected title challenge from Arsenal.However, their defensive deficiencies were shown up in rash challenges by Shkodran Mustafi and Granit Xhaka to give Milivojevic the chance to earn Palace a share of the spoils.In between the Serbian’s spot-kicks, a brilliant Xhaka free-kick and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s controversial ninth goal of the season, after he pounced on a knockdown from Alexandre Lacazette’s hand, had put Arsenal in front.And Emery admitted his side still have plenty to learn if they are to compete with the Premier League elite.“We can make mistakes on the pitch,” said the Spaniard. “Every day I am making mistakes in my decisions. Mistakes are to learn from.” The United fans still weren’t happy with Pogba, though, as he received jeers for his laboured run-up to the spot-kick.“I always try and destabilize the keeper, maybe they know how I take penalties, maybe I should practice to change it, if the keepers know my step,” said Pogba.But it was from Pogba’s pass that Anthony Martial curled home a fine second four minutes into the second half.However, another sloppy ball from Pogba helped get Everton back in the game as Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot after Chris Smalling chopped down Richarlison.“Sometimes I have to clear the ball. I always try to improve and play, find solutions, we have the ability to play,” added Pogba. – Chelsea fill Hazard void –Chelsea enjoyed a far more comfortable afternoon to close to within two points of Liverpool at the top of the table despite the absence of top scorer Eden Hazard with a back injury.Alvaro Morata, Ross Barkley, Willian and Ruben Loftus-Cheek were all on target to ease concerns over who could carry the goalscoring burden without the Belgian for Maurizio Sarri’s side.The Italian remains unbeaten since taking charge at Stamford Bridge, and Sarri was also happy with a better defensive display than in recent weeks.“We were in trouble for the first 10 minutes because Burnley started very aggressively and we were in trouble,” said Sarri.“Then we started to move the ball very well and we also defended better than in the last three matches so we’re very happy with the result.”