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Why Serena Williams is Not Playing at Italian Open 2020?

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Why Serena Williams is Not Playing at Italian Open 2020?

The US Open 2020 ended on a high note. Dominic Thiem and Naomi Osaka emerged as winners. What follows in the calendar is the Italian Open 2020. With Roger Federer and Osaka already withdrawing themselves from the iconic tournament, the US legendary player Serena Williams will also not be able to compete in the tournament.

Williams, who recently lost in the semis of US Open 2020 against Victoria Azarenka, has decided not to play in the Italian Open 2020. The reason for withdrawal, she cited, was an Achilles strain.

Achilles is actually the name of the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. The tendon helps in running, walking, and jumping. The strain usually occurs due to excessive work out which causes damage in the Achilles.

Serena Williams scores a winner against Victoria Azarenka at the semis of US Open 2020. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

“I look forward to making my return soon.”-Serena Williams

 

“I regretfully must withdraw from The Internazionali BNL d’Italia due to an Achilles strain,“-said the 23-time Grand Slam Winner.

Serena’s decision come at a moment when she is definitely not in her best form. The former World No.1 has not been up to the mark in terms of her fitness and agility lately. Although she is not playing in the Italian Open 2020, she has shared a special message for her fans in Rome.

“I’m so humbled by the continuous support from my fans in Rome and I look forward to making my return soon.”-said the cheerful Serena Williams.

Sep 10 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York,USA; Serena Williams of the United States hits a forehand against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in a women’s singles semi-finals match on day ten of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Since her return after becoming a mother, Williams has not won any Grand Slam. A pattern has been observed that she chokes at big matches and couldn’t handle the pressure. Former World No.1 Mats Wilander has even told in an interview that she had not been the same Serena anymore.

Serena is about to be 39 this month. Age is another factor that is acting as an obstacle in her progress at tournaments. Fans certainly expect more and more once you accomplish the unachievable in tennis.

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“I Don’t Have to Focus on Mahomes”- Lamar Jackson Hell Bent on Proving Doubters Wrong

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"I Don't Have to Focus on Mahomes"- Lamar Jackson Hell Bent on Proving Doubters Wrong

Patrick Mahomes has started the ongoing NFL season right where he left off in 2019. The 2018 NFL MVP winner has helped the Chiefs to a 2-0 record. Andy Reid’s boys will take on another high-flying outfit in Week Three in the form of the Lamar Jackson-led Baltimore Ravens.

The Ravens ran riot in Week One against Cleveland Browns. They beat the Browns by a 38-6 scoreline. The Ravens followed that up with another convincing win over Deshaun Watson’s Houston Texans in Week Two. They host the Chiefs on Monday night. This is easily the most-anticipated game of the week.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson talks about rival Patrick Mahomes

Aug 17, 2020; Owings Mills, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws during training camp at Under Armour Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Lamar Jackson is not focusing on his upcoming battle against rival Patrick Mahomes. Both these quarterbacks are at the top of their game right now. Some critics have even compared their rivalry to that of the legendary Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. However, Jackson is not taking those comparisons seriously, at least not for now.

“I don’t have to focus on Mahomes and I have to focus on their defense. I have to focus on scoring but also have to focus on my job and making my offense do our thing. But my defense has to worry about him – and their offense,” Jackson told the press on Monday.

Jackson is focused on beating the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night

The reigning NFL MVP award holder is confident heading into Monday’s blockbuster tie at the M&T Bank Stadium. He spoke about how the Ravens will not hold back when they face the Super Bowl LIV winners, Kansas City Chiefs, in Week Three.

He said, “When we go into the game, it’s always a statement. It’s any given Sunday, any given Monday, Thursday – whenever you play. When we go into the game, like I said, we’re going to focus on our assignment, focus on doing what we’re supposed to do, which is go win that game. That’s what our goal is.

“We’re focusing on winning this game. All [of] our goal is beating the Chiefs right now. They’re the only ones in our way for on and on in the season right now. We just have to focus on beating them – that’s all,” Jackson said.

The Ravens and the Chiefs are yet to taste defeat in the 2020 NFL season. Both teams have outperformed their opponents over the first two weeks of the regular season. Between the two teams, coach John Harbaugh’s side has looked more confident, both from a defensive and offensive point of view.

Mahomes and Co. will pose a threat to the Ravens’ unbeaten streak in Week Three. But if anyone can beat the red-hot Chiefs at the moment, it is Lamar Jackson’s Baltimore Ravens.

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Why was Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest postponed? COVID-19 cases alter Fighting Irish’s football schedule

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Why was Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest postponed? COVID-19 cases alter Fighting Irish's football schedule

Notre Dame and Wake Forest have postponed their Week 4 game on Saturday, both schools announced on Tuesday.

Per a release from the Fighting Irish, the team produced seven positive COVID-19 results on Monday out of 94 tests administered. Those seven players have been placed in isolation while the university begins contact tracing. The total number of players in isolation is 13, with 10 in quarantine, when combining results from this week and last.

Because of the results, Notre Dame decided to pause all football-related activities “until further testing is completed.” The school notified both Wake Forest and the ACC of its decision and is currently attempting to reschedule the game originally planned for Sept. 26.

“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” said coach Brian Kelly. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully.”

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Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson echoed Kelly’s sentiments, even while expressing disappointment of the postponed game:

“We are obviously very disappointed that we will not be able to compete this weekend,” Clawson said in a statement. “However, the health and safety of Wake Forest’s and Notre Dame’s student-athletes and staff is the highest priority. We will continue to work with the ACC and our administration on rescheduling options.”

Regardless, Tuesday’s announcement means four ACC games have been upended due to coronavirus issues among teams: Virginia Tech-N.C. State (originally scheduled for Sept. 12); Virginia-Virginia Tech (Sept. 19); North Carolina-Charlotte (Sept. 19) and Notre Dame-Wake Forest (Sept. 26).

That leaves the question of when the teams will make up the game: The likeliest option is Oct. 3, a bye date which both teams share (and which Wake Forest athletic director John Currie listed as a possible makeup date). If that comes to pass, the Fighting Irish (2-0) and Demon Deacons (0-2) will have one bye remaining in their schedules: Nov. 21 and Nov. 7, respectively.

Assuming Notre Dame can recover in time to make up the Wake Forest game in Week 5, here is what the teams’ restructured 2020 schedules will look like:

Notre Dame football schedule 2020

Game Date
at Wake Forest Saturday, Oct. 3
vs. Florida State Saturday, Oct. 10
vs. Louisville Saturday, Oct. 17
at Pitt Saturday, Oct. 24
at Georgia Tech Saturday, Oct. 31
vs. Clemson Saturday, Nov. 7
at Boston College Saturday, Nov. 14
at North Carolina Friday, Nov. 27
Syracuse Saturday, Dec. 5

Wake Forest football schedule 2020

Game Date
vs. Notre Dame Saturday, Oct. 3
vs. Campbell Friday, Oct. 9
vs. Virginia Saturday, Oct. 17
vs. Virginia Tech Saturday, Oct. 24
at Syracuse Saturday, Oct. 31
at North Carolina Saturday, Nov. 14
at Duke Saturday, Nov. 21
at North Carolina Saturday, Nov. 28
Syracuse Saturday, Dec. 5

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“Just Looking Forward to the Match-Up”- Seahawks Safety Jamal Adams Eager to Face Dallas Cowboys

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"Just Looking Forward to the Match-Up"- Seahawks Safety Jamal Adams Eager to Face Dallas Cowboys

There was a lot of buzz surrounding the former LSU man, Jamal Adams, in the 2020 offseason. He was being courted by a host of top NFL teams and ultimately ended up joining Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks.

Since joining, Adams has won both of his games with his new team over the last two weeks. The in-form Seattle-based franchise plays the Dallas Cowboys in Week Two.

Here’s what former Texas native Jamal Adams had to say about this week’s opponents.

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Seattle Seahawks’ Jamal Adams has enjoyed a strong start to his 2020 NFL season

Summer recruit Jamal Adams spoke at length ahead of the upcoming game between the Seahawks and the Cowboys. Here’s what the in-form safety had to say about Sunday’s opponents.

Adams revealed he has some friends in his hometown who’ve been giving him some inside developments on the Cowboys.

He said, “I’ve seen a couple things, they said I struggle in coverage, so I can’t wait. I got a little text from one of my buddies back home. He has the inside scoop on that. So, looking forward to it.

“I can’t tell you that, man. C’mon. I can’t give you the nuggets like that, man. I grew up with a couple guys who are still my brothers, best friends to this day. We talk every day, group messaging. What goes on in Dallas, it always comes back to me.”

Russell Wilson and Co. aiming to make the Playoffs over this season

Star quarterback Russell Wilson has been terrific for the Seahawks this year. In fact, he’s already been touted as the frontrunner for this year’s NFL MVP award. Adams is confident that his team has what it takes to overcome the Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium.

“I always find out the scoops. So just a little edge, a little chip on my shoulder to go out there and continue to do what I’m doing. Obviously, things happen. It’s part of the game. And hey, just looking forward to the matchup.

Sep 20, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a touchdown pass against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

“We’ve got our hands full. It’s going to be exciting. It reminds me of Atlanta in a sense of what type of explosion they have at receiver, if that makes sense.

“Not comparing them, but just saying that they have some explosive guys on their side that can make a lot of plays. So we have to do a good job of doing our thing and plastering them and covering them,” Adams concluded.

Seahawks start the game against the Cowboys as favorites as per NFL oddsmakers. However, Mike McCarthy’s boys must be feeling invincible post their emphatic 40-39 win over the Falcons last weekend.

This game promises to be a thriller, so make sure you tune in on Sunday.

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