Casey Voss to join Lions pre-season for a month

After missing out on finding his way on to an AFL list during the recent trade period, Casey Voss has been invited to train with the Brisbane Lions for two weeks either side of Christmas to assist his football development.

The son of Lions legend Michael, who captained the club to three flags between 2001-2003 and is now an assistant coach at Port Adelaide, played for Sturt under-18s and reserves during 2018 and was granted permission to play one game for the Lions in the NEAFL in the middle of the season, picking up 12 disposals.

Michael Voss with his son Casey, then 1, at the Gabba.Credit:Angela Wylie

The teenager then attended the South Australian state combine on October 13 but was overlooked in the recent national draft.

The Lions do not have rookie spots available so the invitation is not expected to lead to Voss playing for the club in 2019, but the Lions are understood to be keen to monitor his progress and support his football development with the AFL granting him permission to train.

Michael played 289 games for the Lions, leading the team to three flags and winning a Brownlow Medal and five club best and fairests.

He was senior coach of the Lions from 2009 to 2013 before moving to be an assistant to Ken Hinkley at Port Adelaide.

There were six father-sons drafted in this year's national draft and retired Hawthorn premiership player Will Langford was re-rookied in the rookie draft despite the fact he will not play in 2019.

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Chelsea player ratings: Morata's a dud, Kante sloppy, Fabregas lacks legs, Azpilicueta too slow

Here are the player-by-player ratings from a disappointing night at Molineux.

Chelsea's goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga had a night to forget

KEPA ARRIZABALAGA

Had very little to do all night until Wolves sparked into life. Should possibly have saved Raul Jimenez’s low drive but isn’t helped by a fragile defence.

CESAR AZPILICUETA

Looks uncomfortable out on the right, having been central under Antonio Conte. Lacked pace and was troubled by Wolves speed of attack.

ANDREAS CHRISTENSEN

Begun well in his first start of the season but lacked the leadership skills Chelsea need and was at fault for Jimenez’s goal.

ANTONIO RUDIGER

Lacks the assurance in defence without a leader alongside him. The centre-back was bullied by the presence of Raul Jimenez most of the night and wavered under it.

MARCOS ALONSO

The Spaniard’s best work is always going forward and he is lacking defensively.

As with the rest of the back four, struggled with Wolves’ physicality.

CESC FABREGAS

Lacks the legs needed in the pace of the Premier League now in what was his first start of the Premier League season.

Expect Jorginho to come back quickly.

N’GOLO KANTE

Continues to look uncomfortable on the right of midfield, lacking the required creative quality in the final third and uncharacteristically sloppy in possession.


RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK

An element of fortune in his 18th minute goal but that’s two in two for the 22-year-old as he took the opportunity to impress in his first league start for Chelsea in 33 months.

EDEN HAZARD

As usual, the Belgian was a class above the rest. Terrified Wolves with his dribbling and created the best chances, showing why the Blues HAVE to keep hold of him.

WILLIAN

Should have had a hat-trick but for the fingertips of Rui Patricio, the last-ditch defending of Conor Coady and some erratic finishing.

ALVARO MORATA

A bruising night for the struggling Spaniard, both physically and mentally.

Never looked like scoring and spent most of the game on the ground in what was a physical encounter.

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Kareem Hunt assault incident renews scrutiny on the Cleveland Police Department

A person was arrested at a hotel and luxury apartment building in Cleveland on the night Kareem Hunt was caught on surveillance video assaulting a woman.

But it wasn't the former Kansas City Chiefs running back.

Instead Derek Szeto, a guest at The Metropolitan at the 9, was put in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct after he filmed police officers in the lobby.

Szeto had allowed the woman who was assaulted by Hunt to use his phone to call 911 after an employee at the front desk told her she couldn't use the phone there.

The actions of Cleveland police that night have drawn renewed scrutiny on the department, as well as questions as to why Hunt was not charged with assault and disrupting public service, both misdemeanors.

“I was scratched right here, I have a wound right here, I have a wound right here” the woman told officers as she pointed to parts of her body in bodycam footage released by the Cleveland Police Department. “He plays in the NFL. He’s an abusive person.”

The bodycam footage showed that an officer responded that he would “take photos or whatever you want to do,” although Cleveland Police Department spokesperson Jennifer Ciaccia told USA TODAY Sports nobody within the agency viewed the footage from the night of Feb. 10 before it was published by TMZ last week. 

“Watching the surveillance footage would be the easiest thing in the world for them to do,” former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Dan Margolis told USA TODAY Sports. “In the footage that I’ve seen, the police were a lot more engaged with the (friends of Hunt's) than they were interviewing (the victim). There’s a backstory here when it comes to women who are victims of crime not being taken seriously by Cleveland police.”

Hunt was not arrested and the City of Cleveland said in a statement to USA TODAY Sports the woman would need to seek charges against Hunt on her own with the city prosecutor. Hunt was released by the Chiefs on Friday, minutes after the NFL announced he was put on the commissioner's exempt list following publication of the video by TMZ.

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On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Police Department said in a statement it was "conducting an internal investigation regarding the overall response" to the Hunt investigation. Ciaccia previously said its detectives only handle felony cases, so the department hasn't investigated the incident since the night it occurred.

National Organization for Women president Toni Van Pelt urged the Ohio legislature to address that by making such incidents felonies. The woman, a college student, had just met Hunt that night and, as such, domestic violence charges didn't apply. 

"There's a big hole when it comes to violence against women," Van Pelt said. "The laws don't protect date violence or violence against women outside the home."

City of Cleveland spokesperson Dan Williams did not return multiple messages left by USA TODAY Sports for this story. 

The woman had not sought charges as of Wednesday, although Margolis said it’s within the purview of the city prosecutor — led by Department of Law Director Barbara A. Langhenry — to take action against Hunt.

“It’s certainly possible Hunt could be charged without the victim’s cooperation,” Margolis said. “I don’t know what efforts have been made to secure the testimony of the victim. There’s already probable cause to charge him. The case could proceed and they could subpoena the victim to testify.”

Messages left with Langhenry by USA TODAY Sports were not returned. 

Szeto doesn't understand why he was arrested and charged after being what he thought was a good Samaritan. 

He pulled up to the building in an Uber and found the woman whom he did not know frantically asking to borrow his phone to call 911.

As police officers arrived and interviewed the woman and Hunt's friends, Szeto started to take video of the scene on his phone. 

"Can you ask him to delete that footage?" a hotel worker told police in a conversation caught on bodycam. "He did not have permission whatsoever."

Officers asked Szeto, 29, for his iPhone.

"You have to have their permission," an officer told Szeto, according to the bodycam footage. "Gentleman, may I see your phone? I am going to ask you nicely."

Szeto responded: "I did nothing wrong. I am not going to relinquish my phone unless you have a warrant. You can arrest me, but you are not taking my property. I know my rights."

The officer placed Szeto in handcuffs and put him in a squad car.

"A woman gets beat up, I call police and I'm the one gets arrested," Szeto told police before he signed the citation and was released from custody. 

Nearly half of the 3½ hours of video footage released by the Cleveland police from that night dealt with Szeto's arrest. 

"I feel vindicated this came out," Szeto told USA TODAY Sports. "I hope people are held accountable."

Szeto, who is from Massachusetts, pleaded out to the misdemeanor arrest and paid a $182 fine. 

"It was both emotional and disheartening," Szeto said. "I didn't have the time or money to fly back and fight this. I'm a prideful person. I didn't want to have anything on my record. I wanted to fight what the cops did to me that night. I struggled for weeks with what to do before I ended up pleading to it."

ACLU spokesperson Jocelyn Rosnick said in an email to USA TODAY Sports: "Confiscating an individual’s phone simply because they were in the vicinity of an alleged crime or recording the area, raises serious privacy concerns, and these types of cases are actively moving through the courts." 

This is not the first time Cleveland's police tactics have been criticized.

The department entered into a consent decree with the Department of Justice in 2015 after the federal agency initiated an excessive force investigation. Part of that agreement called for “bias-free training” of patrol officers, detectives and supervisors. 

Prior to that, Cleveland police did not heed witness reports in two high-profile cases: the 2009 arrest of Anthony Sowell as authorities found 11 dead women decomposing in his home, and the three women missing for years found in the home of Ariel Castro in 2003. 

Margolis said the actions by police at the hotel the night of the incident indicate more work needs to be done to ensure officers take witness and victim statements more seriously. 

“There’s been a lot of hand wringing by police over the years,” Margolis said. “They have new procedures that are supposed to address gender bias in crimes. … It’s part of systematic problem in Cleveland. They have yet to clearly and effectively address gender bias.”

Follow USA TODAY Sports' A.J. Perez on Twitter @byajperez.

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Granada in 'cheat' storm after being caught with cameras hidden in smoke alarms to spy on opponents

The Spanish side, who have allegedly blamed the club's former director, were said to be using the devices to spy on their opponents.

According to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, police found cameras hidden in the tunnel and at the entrance of the changing rooms for players and referees.

Five were found between Granada's Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes and the club's Sport City training centre.

A complaint filed by the club in October states that former Director of Operations, Angel Gonzalez Segura, was responsible for having them installed.

But he has since been sacked by the Spanish club.

The complaint reportedly read: "Mr Gonzalez Segura, in conversations held in a bar, bragged about having installed a camera in the Director General's office and recording private conversations with it."

In the report, the club's Director of Security was allegedly asked for the images that had been recorded with the cameras.

It is reported that he said an outside company had been asked to hold onto the data for them.

The report reads: "These images were requested from the security company andt he club was told they had been deleted, without further explanation."

No arrests have been made ahead of Granada's showdown with Gimnastic on Saturday.

Diego Martinez's side are third in the Spanish second-tier with 31 points from 16 games.

 

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Thousands of empty seats around Wembley as Spurs fans stay home for Southampton

Only 33.012 turned up as supporters took advantage of a refund offer and left large pockets of the national stadium empty.

Spurs told season-ticket holders they could get their money back on games if the long-awaited return to White Hart Lane in a new stadium did not go through this season.

And just three days after 59,973 saw Tottenham tumble to a 4-2 loss at the Emirates, the size of the crowd plummeted just as dramatically.

So it appears fans chose a clash with the struggling Saints to cash in.

Before kick-off, though, new Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl beamed in the stands as he prepared to watch his struggling team.


But within nine minutes he might have realised the size of his task as Harry Kane pounced inside the six-yard box to put Tottenham in front.

Just last week it was suggested Spurs could be losing £1million a game by playing at Wembley rather than the new ground that was supposed to have been ready earlier this season

Richard Peters, co-CEO of Stadia Solutions, which works with clubs to help run stadiums, made the claim to SunSport.

He said:  "Spurs will obviously have to pay the rent to Wembley and they’ll be losing their concourse and hospitality lounge advertising revenue.

"Together that will be costing them between £600,000 and £650,000 per game.

"And on top of that they may have to pay Wembley part of the ticket revenue, and hand over the food and beverage revenue.

He told SunSport: "Spurs will obviously have to pay the rent to Wembley and they’ll be losing their concourse and hospitality lounge advertising revenue.

"All that could easily add up to £1million per game."

And Spurs are missing out on all the extra sales they would be getting at the new White Hart Lane.

Peters said: "Take food and drinks, for example.

"Even if Spurs just aimed to get an extra £5 or £10 from every fan on a match day, that’s somewhere between £300,000 and £600,000 of additional revenue every match which they’re not getting at Wembley."

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Indiana high school basketball player with epilepsy mocked during game

An Indiana high school student was seen flailing on the floor at a basketball game last week, apparently mocking an opposing player who suffers from epileptic seizures. A video shared on Twitter showed the student from Center Grove High School (outside of Indianapolis) flopping on the ground when Cathedral High School’s James Franklin Jr., who suffers from seizures, was at the free-throw line.

Franklin, a senior point guard, has endured epilepsy since he suffered a stroke at birth, according to The Washington Post, and doctors initially predicted he wouldn’t live more than 24 hours. His mother, Tamieka Franklin, told the Post her son has had several severe seizures since then, too, going fully unconscious in sixth grade and requiring brain surgery after another incident in 10th grade. As a result, Franklin has promoted epilepsy awareness on social media and played a “Sink Seizures” game to help reduce the stigma surrounding such disorders, according to Indianapolis’ WTTV.

Franklin shared video of the mockery afterward, tweeting “he thought it was coo to act as me having a seizure smh.”

Franklin’s mother told the Post that the Center Grove student apologized to her son after the game, but that student wasn’t the only person making light of Franklin’s uncontrollable seizures on Friday night. The senior added on Twitter that he heard statements like, “Have another seizure for us!” coming from the stands during the game.

Center Grove has publicly stated that it does not condone “any behavior intended to mock, disparage or humiliate any player or student,” and Franklin has taken to Twitter and the media to speak out about his condition.

“If they knew what it is like to not be able to drive, not to be able to go anywhere by yourself, be left alone, can’t even use the restroom without closing the door,” Franklin told the Post, “you wouldn’t make a mockery of such a thing.”

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Singer Tom Cochrane to invest in Halifax CFL bid, ownership group says

The group trying to land a CFL franchise for Halifax says singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has confirmed his intention to invest in the newly named Atlantic Schooners.

A short statement from the ownership group says the Manitoba-born Cochrane, a multiple Juno Award winner, has been a long-time friend of Bruce Bowser, one of the group’s founding partners.

The statement followed an earlier tweet by CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

A photo shows Ambrosie with his arms around Cochrane and Bowser with the caption: “With TWO members of the Atlantic Schooners ownership group.”

The drive to land a team cleared a major hurdle in October after Halifax Regional Council directed city staff to do a business case analysis of the group’s stadium proposal.

A fan contest that was part of a season ticket drive chose the name Atlantic Schooners, which was revealed during an event held at last month’s Grey Cup festivities in Edmonton.

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Is Wolves vs Chelsea on TV? Channel, live stream, kick-off time and team news

Nuno Santo's side have lost five of their last six Premier League games, with the last two coming against relegation favourites Cardiff and Huddersfield.

Chelsea arrive on the back of a comfortable 2-0 derby win over Fulham and are looking to get their title challenge back on track.

They've lost just once on the road this season and have won on four of their last five visits to this ground.

What time is kick-off?

THIS game will take place on Wednesday, December 5.

Kick-off at Molineux is at 7.45pm.

The last league game between the sides was in 2012, where goals from Ramires and Frank Lampard gave Chelsea a 2-1 win.

Is Wolves vs Chelsea on TV and can I live stream it?

UNFORTUNATELY this one isn't going to be broadcast in the UK. 

So stay with us here on SunSport, where we will be running a comprehensive LIVE BLOG from the West Midlands.

What is the team news?

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Ronnie O’Sullivan rejected I’m a Celebrity for UK Snooker Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan has revealed he rejected a lucrative offer to appear on I’m a Celebrity in order to focus on his quest to claim a seventh UK Championship.

O’Sullivan celebrated his 43rd birthday in style as he stormed into the quarter-finals with a 6-1 win over Jack Lisowski in York on Wednesday.

But he could have been thousands of miles away if he had taken up the offer from ITV to become the third snooker player to appear on the reality show, after Jimmy White and Steve Davis.

O’Sullivan said: “I was invited this year but I decided to put it on the back-burner. I’m sure in time I’ll give it a go.

“Maybe they can move this tournament. I’ll come flying in like Tarzan from Australia to York with my thong on.”

O’Sullivan would have been one of the top-earning stars on this year’s series but it is a mark of his continued appetite for the sport that he prioritised chasing the £170,000 on offer to this year’s UK winner.

O’Sullivan added: “It was never about the money or I would have gone into the Jungle. I would really like to do it but (not) when you think you can still win tournaments. It was about snooker first.”

When I went to Sheffield last year I knew I wasn’t going to do anything. I thought, now’s the time to reinvent myself. I’m 43 today and I need to find a game that’s capable of competing with these guys.

Ronnie O’Sullivan

Successive hundred breaks in the fifth and sixth frames helped O’Sullivan punish Lisowski for a series of errors after the 27-year-old had won the first frame of the match.

After frequently admitting to falling out with the sport in the past, O’Sullivan has stressed his commitment to continued improvement, including working on new methods to maintain his place at the top of the sport.

“I’ve played better but my consistency is better and I’m going through a transitional period at the moment,” added O’Sullivan. “I’ve got to wait until I’m 100 per cent confident in what I’m doing.

“When I went to Sheffield last year I knew I wasn’t going to do anything. I thought, now’s the time to reinvent myself. I’m 43 today and I need to find a game that’s capable of competing with these guys.”

O’Sullivan is scheduled to return for his quarter-final match on Friday, and in the meantime insisted he will continue to keep up to date with events Down Under.

“I’ll go for a nice meal tonight and watch a bit of the Jungle,” he added: “Harry (Redknapp) and John (Barrowman) are nice, but I really like Anne (Hegerty) – she really seems to have gained some confidence.”

Stephen Maguire scored three consecutive centuries as he staged a remarkable comeback to beat reigning world champion Mark Williams 6-5.

Maguire trailed 4-0 but responded with breaks of 122, 120 and 109, later following with a 97 to edge ahead.

The Scot missed the simplest yellow to effectively wrap up victory in the 10th frame, but recovered his poise to win the decider largely due to an outrageous double on the last red.

“That’s the best comeback I’ve ever made,” said Maguire. “At the interval I told my dad to get the car ready and we could be back in Glasgow by 7.30. I just decided to pull the cue back and hope for the best.”

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Tyson Fury to make first appearance in UK since Deontay Wilder clash at Manchester United match against Arsenal

The Gypsy King has returned home after a controversial bout in Los Angeles for the WBC World Heavyweight title which ended in a draw.

Fury dominated his fight against champion Wilder, but two knockdowns – including a brutal one in the final round – convinced the judges to call it a stalemate.

However, Fury’s return from the brink has won over a new legion of fans.

And they will be able to give him their full appreciation during United’s Premier League battle against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Promoter Frank Warren tweeted: “The most talked about man in Britain, the people’s Champion and Lineal Heavyweight World Cup Tyson Fury will be at Man Utd v Arsenal tonight alongside BT Sport.”

And the announcement provided a flurry of responses, with one fan writing: “Gypsy king is back.”

Another said: “Any chance of a team talk before United go out, they need it.”

One tweeted: “The king is back in the UK!”

Another cheekily added: “Got draw written all over it.”



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