Marcello Trotta scored a hat-trick as Fulham’s reserves thrashed an inexperienced Newcastle side 5-0 at Motspur Park.Simon Davies featured as part of his comeback from injury and the Whites’ strong line-up also included Kerim Frei, Matthew Briggs, Pajtim Kasami and Marcel Gecov.Frei hit the woodwork twice before captain Alex Smith put Fulham ahead on the half-hour mark.It was a fortuitous goal as Patrick Nzuzi’s clearance hit Smith and rebounded into the net.But Smith knew exactly what he was doing when he created the second for Trotta, who then tapped in the third after being set up by Frei.Kasami made it four and Trotta completed his hat-trick six minutes from the end.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Punjab police on Thursday sought the help of the National Investigation Agency and the National Security Guard to ascertain the nature of the explosion in Tarn Taran district that left two people dead and one injured, saying terror links could not be ruled out at this stage. The explosion took place in an agricultural field near Kaler village in Tarn Taran on Wednesday evening. Police approached the NIA and the NSG to examine the explosion site and ascertain the nature and the cause of the blast, officers said. “At this stage, we are not ruling out anything, including terror angle,” Punjab Director General of Police Dinkar Gupta said on Thursday evening. It has to be ascertained if it was “sophisticated explosive material, low grade or high grade material” that caused the blast, he said. In the initial investigations, it was indicated that there was no use of any Improvised Explosive Device in this incident. A team of the NIA reached the blast site earlier in the day and carried out an investigation.Pits found Police has found two pits in the field where the explosion took place. Two persons were killed and one was seriously injured in the incident and all of them were in their twenties. Police are also looking into the background of the victims, the DGP said. “We will question the injured once his condition improves,” he added. A post-blast investigation team of the NSG was yet to reach the site, Mr. Gupta said. He had called up the D-G of the NSG, seeking assistance. Counter-terror unitsExpert teams of counter-terror and forensic units of the Punjab Police were also dispatched, the police said. It is suspected that the trio was digging in the field when the explosion took place. Sniffer dog squads have been deployed in the area, they said. Notably, in November 2018, a grenade attack took place at the Nirankari Bhawan in Adliwal village of Amritsar that left three people dead and several injured.
Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Venus, who won her only Rome title 20 years ago, defeated Elise Mertens 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4) after more than three hours, requiring nine match points before eliminating her Belgian opponent.The Williams sisters’ last match on red clay came in the 2002 French Open final won by Serena. In their last match in Rome, Venus won their second career meeting way back in the 1998 quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That’s crazy,” Serena said. “I vaguely remember that, so I don’t really remember. … We play each other a lot. Seems like every tournament nowadays we meet early. It is what it is.”Serena is now a 37-year-old mother and Venus is 38. 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(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — Serena Williams looked sharper than in her previous match two months ago as she opened her clay-court season with a routine 6-4, 6-2 win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson on Monday.Next up at the Italian Open: Sister Venus Williams in the siblings’ first meeting on European clay in nearly 17 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena fell behind 3-1 in the first set but then began to take control with her baseline power on a windy day at the Foro Italico.When Serena ran down a passing attempt from Peterson and replied with a cross-court winner to break for 5-2 in the second set, she let out a scream and bent over as she pumped both of her fists.In the final game, Serena served two aces and saved two break points before closing out the first-round match.Serena finished with 28 winners to Peterson’s eight, and committed only two more unforced errors than the 58th-ranked Swede, 22-20.Serena was playing for the first time since withdrawing ahead of her third-round match in Miami because of a left knee injury. The last time Serena played in Rome was in 2016 when she won the last of her four Italian Open trophies.Serena is playing only her fourth tournament of the season and was unable to finish her last two due to physical ailments.“I haven’t been able to train or practice a lot. I was out much longer than I expected,” Serena said. “But I did everything I could to stay fit and to keep my cardio up. I knew that I love the clay season and I wanted to be a part of it.”In men’s action, Italy’s top player Fabio Fognini wore a shirt featuring a design of Rome’s skyline during a 6-3, 6-4 win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; and Borna Coric rallied past Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in a matchup of two of the top young players on tour. Auger-Aliassime struggled with his serve, hitting seven double-faults to Coric’s one.Also, Karen Khachanov overcame a partisan crowd to beat Italian wild card Lorenzo Sonego 6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-3; while last year’s French Open semifinalist Marco Cecchinato was inspired by the home fans to beat Alex Di Minaur 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas eliminated Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-1; and Denis Shapovalov beat Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (5). “It doesn’t change at all. We’re just as fierce, Venus is just as fierce,” Serena said. “We both really want to get some match play. We’ll both do the best that we can.Serena leads the career series 18-12.“I know that she’s going to play really well and compete really well,” Venus said. “That’s a given.”In March at the Miami Open, Serena needed three sets to beat Peterson.“It’s been a while. I haven’t played a ton of matches this year,” Serena said. “Not my choice, just by force. I really, really actually desperately wanted to be on the tour and to be playing. It felt good to finally be back out. Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep it up.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid
Former OSU guard James Anderson has signed with the Turkish club Dogus Darussafaka in Istanbul, Turkey, and will play under former Cleveland head coach David Blatt.Anderson, who played for Sacramento this past season, signed a two-year deal with Darussafaka; Anderson opted out of his deal with the Kings in May. The 27-year-old has an NBA opt-out option in the offseason of 2017, should he wish to return.While the numbers of his contract are not known, it is expected to be one of the “biggest salaries in Europe,” according to eurohoops.net.The last time that Anderson played in the Euroleague was in 2014, when he played for Zalgiris Kaunas and averaged almost 15 points per game and earned Round 4 MVP honors. This production shines in comparison to his numbers in the NBA, where he averaged just 3.5 points per game in 2015 with the Kings.Darussafaka went 22-13 last year and finished the season as Turkish Cup runners-up. The 2016-2017 Eurolegue schedule is yet to be announced. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!