The St. Louis Rams handed the Falcons their first shutout defeat since 1993 when they thumped Atlanta 36-0 on Monday. \nSt. Louis (3-2) won its ninth consecutive home game while the Falcons suffered their fifth loss in a row and desperately need the injured Michael Vick back on the side. \nThe Falcons (1-5) contributed to their own downfall with an interception, a fumble and a blocked field goal in the opening half, after which they trailed 10-0 on a Jeff Wilkens field goal and Marc Bulger's three-yard quarterback keeper. \nBulger, subbing for former MVP Kurt Warner, went untouched up the middle with 1:22 left in the half. \nTwo and a half minutes into the second half, Bulger found Torry Holt in the right corner of the end zone to make it 17-0. \nAtlanta's troubles continued when running back TJ Duckett was hauled down in his own end zone for a safety, the fourth conceded by Atlanta this season. \nThe 1999 Pittsburgh Steelers allowed five to set the NFL record. \nBulger again hooked up with Holt, who was surrounded by three defenders in the end zone, with 10:44 to play. \n"We're trying to put together some wins," said Holt, who snagged 11 balls for 161 yards. \n"We're just trying to play great football." \nBulger, who wound up with 352 yards passing, gave credit to his blockers.
‘CRIMINAL ACT’: The UCI said it ‘strongly condemns’ Dylan Groenewegen’s ‘dangerous behavior,’ which left Jakobsen in critical condition and injured other cyclists Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen was in a coma on Wednesday, in “serious” condition, after he was thrown into and over a barrier at 80kph in the conclusion to the opening stage of the Tour de Pologne. Footage showed 23-year-old Jakobsen, of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, racing elbow-to-elbow with fellow Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen of Jumbo-Visma as both men frantically tussled in a tight sprint to the line in Katowice. However, Jakobsen came off worst, somersaulting over the barriers before colliding with a photographer after Groenewegen had veered suddenly to the right, squeezing his rival into the security wall. “His condition is very serious. His life is
WEEKEND MATCHES: While Tatung FC made good on their chances early on, Taiwan Steel rallied to win the game 2-3 and move to the top with Taichung Futuro Sunday’s action saw Taichung Futuro, Taipower FC and Taiwan Steel tied for first place on 30 points in the Taiwan Football Premier League, while Hang Yuan FC picked up a point to take the No. 4 spot on 25 points after holding Taipower to a scoreless draw. In Taoyuan, Tatung FC hosted Taiwan Steel. It was an exciting matchup, as the visitors rallied from 2-0 down to take the game with three goals. Tatung made good on their chances early on. Honduran midfielder Elias Argueta opened the account 15 minutes into the game with a low shot from the right. Three minutes
Ronnie O’Sullivan delivered a scathing attack on the next generation of snooker players after he made the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship on Sunday, ending Chinese star Ding Junhui’s world championship dream. The mercurial 44-year-old Englishman won an enthralling high-quality second-round encounter 13-10 to set up a quarter-final clash with three-time champion Mark Williams. When asked by the BBC whether he thought he would remain at the top of the game for this long, the Briton, who turned professional in 1992, said the poor quality of younger players had secured his position and that something drastic would have to happen
Max Verstappen informed his Red Bull team that he would not be driving “like a grandma” in Formula One’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix on Sunday — and he was as good as his word. The Dutch 22-year-old seized his opportunity at Silverstone, ending dominant Mercedes’ run of four successive wins this season and moving up to second place overall, 30 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen’s confidence shone through early on, after slotting into third place behind the two Mercedes, when he was told by race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase to take care of his tires. “Mate, this is the only chance of being