(REUTERS) – Twice former champion Maria Sharapova was surprisingly denied a wildcard into the French Open yesterday – ending intense speculation about her place in the claycourt slam since she returned from a 15-month doping ban.The 30-year-old Russian, who made her comeback last month after serving a suspension following a positive test for heart drug meldonium at last year’s Australian Open, had hoped for a favour from the French Tennis Federation (FFT) because her ranking, currently 211, does not warrant an automatic place.The decision was announced by the FFT on Facebook Live shortly before Sharapova was due to play her second round at the Italian Open in Rome.It had been expected that the FFT would hand Sharapova, who won the 2012 and 2014 titles on the Parisian clay at least a wildcard into the qualifying tournament.Sharapova’s return has been dogged by criticism with several leading players voicing their disapproval at the decision of tournament organisers in Stuttgart, Madrid and Rome to grant her a main draw wildcard.The five-time grand slam champion is also sweating on her place at Wimbledon with the cut-off for direct entries into the main draw on Monday. She needs a semi-final run in Rome to claim a main draw spot at Wimbledon by right.
Deontay Wilder was quick to blast Anthony Joshua following the British boxer’s monumental upset loss to Andy Ruiz Jr., essentially calling for the former unified world heavyweight champion a fraud who “quit.”Well, more than a month later, the WBC heavyweight champ isn’t done jabbing at AJ. Speaking with TalkSport’s Jim White, “The Bronze Bomber” doubled down on his opinion that Joshua quit during his shocking seventh-round TKO loss to Ruiz at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 1.“I think Ruiz beat him too easily,” Wilder said. “I don’t think Joshua knows how he lost right now. In my opinion, Joshua quit.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”As a fighter looking in, understanding and reading the body language, he quit. I’m sad to say, he quit, though.”Wilder proceeded to pinpoint three tell-all signs that Joshua did indeed quit, including him spitting out his mouthpiece following his fourth knockdown of the fight, blatantly ignoring the ref’s instructions to come forward and finally looking to his corner for guidance, which the WBC champ believes was a “sign like I’m looking for a way out.””I don’t think he’s a quitter,” Wilder continued, “but it’s going to sound contradicting, but he quit that night.”“In my view, Joshua quit.” ❌“As a fighter reading the body language, I’m sad to say that he quit.” 💥“Ruiz beat him too easily, he doesn’t know how he lost that fight.”@BronzeBomber says Anthony Joshua quit in his big fight with Andy Ruiz Jr. pic.twitter.com/frz1pURAHr— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) July 26, 2019MORE: The timeline that led to Ruiz’s historic upset of JoshuaWilder’s latest comments follow him ripping Joshua with a series of tweets in the immediate aftermath of him losing to Ruiz.(Warning: explicit language) He wasn’t a true champion. His whole career was consisted of lies, contradictions and gifts.Facts and now we know who was running from who!!!!#TilThisDay— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) June 2, 2019The worst thing you can do in life is Fucking Quit!!— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) June 2, 2019Wilder and Ruiz were all smiles last Saturday night during the PBC on FOX pay-per-view broadcast for the Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman fight in Las Vegas.Of course, the newly-crowned unified world heavyweight champion, Ruiz, and Joshua continue to iron out the details for their highly-anticipated rematch, where the former will look to prove that his upset wasn’t a fluke, while the latter seeks redemption.
James Conner, Jordan Howard and Devonta Freeman all have potential to be starting fantasy RBs in Week 12 if they can make it back on the field, but that looks uncertain with the latest injury news that’s come out about them. There are also injury questions about Phillip Lindsay, Matt Breida, Adrian Peterson, and Chris Thompson that are worth keeping an eye on, especially if you have Derrius Guice high on your Week 12 sleeper list. We have the latest updates ahead of start ’em, sit ’em decisions.For the latest news on banged-up TEs Evan Engram, George Kittle, Delanie Walker, and David Njoku, click here; for updates on injured WRs, such as Emmanuel Sanders, Tyler Lockett, and many more, go here. Follow us for more news and updates on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. Denver’s best chance to move the ball against Buffalo on Sunday may be on the ground, and as long as Lindsay is active, there’s no reason his increased workload wouldn’t continue and have him in the RB2 conversation. Freeman is only playable if Lindsay were to surprisingly miss out.Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson Week 12 statusPeterson missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, and while Bill Callahan referred to it as rest, Peterson was listed on the injury report as having turf toe. Pass-catching back Chris Thompson returned to practice after an extended absence, as well.The Redskins face the Lions’ league-worst rush defense against fantasy RBs Sunday, so whoever is healthy here has fantasy appeal. A Thompson return would put a slight damper on the Derrius Guice hype for this week, although a Peterson absence would only ramp the hype back up. WEEK 12 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerJames Conner injury updateConner (shoulder) missed Wednesday’s practice ahead of a Sunday matchup with Cincinnati’s terrible run defense. Benny Snell (knee) was a full participant and will compete with Trey Edmunds and Jaylen Samuels for touches Sunday.Snell becomes our favorite to lead Pittsburgh in carries as long as he’s active and Conner is out, while Samuels should lead in total touches. Samuels will remain a solid PPR play and be usable as a FLEX in standard leagues.MORE WEEK 12:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSJordan Howard injury newsAfter missing Week 11 due to a shoulder injury, Howard was limited in Wednesday’s and Thursday’s practices and has yet to be cleared for contact. The Eagles had expected him to be cleared for contact late last week, so the extended absence can’t be encouraging. Philadelphia hosts the Seahawks at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.If Howard remains out, Miles Sanders should see nearly every snap at running back for the Eagles again and be a RB2 play in fantasy. If Howard plays, Sanders is at best a boom-or-bust FLEX option while Howard moves into RB2 territory.WEEK 12 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWill Devonta Freeman play Week 12?UPDATE: Freeman missed practice again Thursday and seems unlikely to play this week.Freeman missed Wednesday’s practice after Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said his running back was “trending in the right way” earlier in the week. Freeman’s Friday practice status will probably be most telling about his availability for Sunday against the Bucs.Tampa Bay has a dominant run defense, which means Freeman wouldn’t be an exciting play even if he’s active. Brian Hill disappointed with 2.0 yards per carry last week, and although the touches would be there again this week, he’d be tough to start in fantasy if Freeman is out.WEEK 12 DFS LINEUPS: FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPIs Matt Breida playing Sunday night?Breida (ankle) missed Wednesday’s practice, and Kyle Shanahan expects a decision on his injury to come down to Sunday. The 49ers don’t play until Sunday night against the Packers, so it could be a dicey injury to wait on for fantasy owners.Tevin Coleman hasn’t been good of late, but you’ll be starting him as an RB2 regardless of Breida’s status. If Breida plays, he’s a FLEX option, while his absence would make Raheem Mostert an equivalent FLEX option.MORE WEEK 12 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderPhillip Lindsay injury newsLindsay should be fine, but he popped up as limited in Wednesday’s practice because of a foot injury that hadn’t been noted before on injury reports for him. It at least bears watching after Lindsay doubled Royce Freeman in carries, 16-8, in Week 11.