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Eagles shut down Cowboys with 23-9 NFL Sunday win

After a tough Sunday night face-off in the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles soared over the Dallas Cowboys. The Eagles took the game 23-9 in a frustrating night for Dallas, whose offense was unable to trouble the opposition’s defense. Philly effectively shut down the Cowboys, securing their #1 spot in the NFC East.

Both teams gave it their best effort, with the Cowboys seeing an impressive 59-yard field goal (in windy conditions, no less) from Greg Zuerlein. However, their offensive team never managed to make things happen. Meanwhile, the Eagles capitalized on the Cowboys’ errors relentlessly.

The Philly defense was absolutely stellar, harassing Ben DiNucci with sacks and forced throws as he threw several near-interceptions and two fumbles. Carson Wentz meanwhile also had an unremarkable night, but he was far more consistent, ultimately leading the team to victory.

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Wolff weighs in on Hamilton’s F1 future at Mercedes

Mercedes F1 team chief Toto Wolff has recently weighed in on Lewis Hamilton’s future in the sport. Recently, Hamilton mentioned his uncertainty regarding next season, with his contract with the Mercedes-Benz F1 team set to expire at the end of the current campaign.

Hamilton told the press that he doesn’t know if he’ll be around next year, and that he remains unconcerned. Much speculation followed, with reporters and analysts wondering if Hamilton is considering retirement. Wolff’s contract also expires at the end of the 2020 season.

The 48-year-old Austrian investor and former racecar driver said he doesn’t believe Hamilton will quit. He chalked up the champion driver’s ambivalence to the fatigue and emotions brought about by a difficult season. Wolff said the team’s (and Hamilton’s) journey will continue.

Africa sports betting news

Dobson under fire as Bulls dominate Stormers in Super Rugby

Last Saturday, the Pretoria Bulls bested the Cape Town Stormers 39-6 in a Super Rugby match cut short by lightning. Despite the shortened game, the Bulls managed to score five tries in a mere 64 minutes. The Stormers were almost completely shut out of the clash, with the Bulls dominating almost every aspect of the match.

Now, Bulls coach Jake White has questioned Stormers coach John Dobson’s decision-making. Specifically, the former Springboks coach queried why Dobson took so long to use his team’s substitutes. 

The Stormers had six forwards on the bench and went on to introduce four players throughout the match. However, the first of these subs came on after 46 minutes, which is rather late in the game. White believes these players could have made a difference earlier on in the game. The coach also praised his team’s performance and adaptability.

Europe sports betting news

Real Madrid’s Militão test positive for coronavirus

Eder Militão, center-back for Real Madrid, has tested positive for COVID-19. The team shared the news ahead of Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League match against Inter Milan, dealing a major blow to the Spanish side as Militão has been a staple of Zinedine Zidane’s defense so far this season.

The 22-year-old defender will now undertake a period of self-isolation, as per official guidelines. Militão’s absence is likely to affect Champions League betting odds for Madrid’s clash with Inter.

Fortunately for Madrid, no other team member has tested positive for the virus this week, meaning sports betting lines are unlikely to move too harshly. 

South America sports betting news

Independiente’s González in doubt for Copa Sudamericana clash

Lucas González, midfielder for Club Atlético Independiente, had to be subbed off in Sunday’s match against Central Córdoba. The young player slowly limped off the field, showing severe pain in his right ankle as his injury put a stain on a match that Independiente went on to win1-0.

Team coach Lucas Pusineri saw González after the game, noting that his ankle seemed swollen, with league officials then confirming that González had suffered a sprain. He is now likely to miss this Thursday’s match against Atlético Tucumán for the Copa Sudamericana.

He was originally scheduled to travel to San Miguel de Tucumán ahead of the game, and the team is now waiting to see how his injury develops.

Australia sports betting news

Experts weigh in with Melbourne Cup betting predictions

The 2020 Melbourne Cup is just around the corner, and Australia’s most renowned racing experts are weighing in on the likely winners of the event. For Damien Ratcliffe, Tiger Moth is looking like a winner, but he also likes Verry Elleegant.

Adam Pengilly has his money on Surprise Baby, with Anthony Van Dyck and Prince Of Arran trailing. Meanwhile, Andrew Wu likes Russian Camelot to win (Ratcliffe’s third pick), with Prince Of Arran second and Sir Dragonet third.

Michael Lynch sees Russian Camelot winning too. He gives the second spot to Anthony Van Dyck, agreeing with Pengilly. For third place, he likes Ratcliffe’s winner, Tiger Moth. Peter Ryan also sees Russian Camelot coming in first, followed by Anthony Van Dyck and Prince Of Arran.

NZ sports betting news

Sprint star Osei-Nketia breaks arm in crash

Edward Osei-Nketia, a New Zealand sprinter, has broken his arm in an accident, with the 19-year-old athlete and Olympic hopeful reportedly injuring himself after falling off his bicycle.

The boarding director at Osei-Nketia’s school said he’s unhappy about the injury, which he deemed “unnecessary”. He believes the incident could’ve been avoided, as Osei-Nketia was riding his bike in the dark when he “went over the handlebars”.

The young sprinter won New Zealand’s national 100m-200m double back in March. His coach, Gary Henley-Smith, estimates that this injury will set him back at least six weeks. New Zealand is making considerable efforts to qualify sprinters for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

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