Teenage boys appear to shoot dead 25 men at Unesco world heritage site, in footage linked to Islamic State accounts
A video purportedly showing Islamic State militants shooting dead 25 men in the amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria has been posted online.
The footage apparently shows the murder of soldiers fighting for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, who were captured in Homs. It was distributed by accounts known to be linked with Islamic State militants. Stills from the video show the killers to be young, possibly in their early teens. They are pictured holding guns and dressed in desert camouflage and brown bandanas.
A source reports Ben’s mom, Christine, has been steady for him through tough times in the past, and is continuing that support now that he and Garner have split:
“While Jen is turning to her family and friends, the person in Ben’s life is his mother. She is a constant rock for him. She had remained close to the family as well. She’s been there for him through this extremely difficult time.”
That’s important for Ben, of course, but also the couple’s children — nine-year-old Violet, six-year-old Seraphina, and three-year-old Samuel — who have been spending time with Christine in El Lay recently.
The source continued:
“He is really leaning on his mother for support. Ben and his mom have always been very close.”
Divorces are tough, no matter who you are — and especially tough on the kids. Here’s to Ben, Jen, and the kids all getting the emotional support they need during this tough time!
Seems like every bat Bryce Harper uses this season provides fireworks for the Washington Nationals. The patriotic version he used on July 4 against Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants was no exception. Harper homered, Tyler Moore drove in four runs and the Washington Nationals defeated the San Francisco Giants 9-3 on Saturday despite Stephen Strasburg exiting in the fourth inning with tightness in his left side.
Jelena Jankovic sent shockwaves through the women’s draw at the 2015 Wimbledon Championships on Saturday with an upset of No. 2 seed and defending champion Petra Kvitova. The result means there will be at least one surprise finalist next weekend.
Things held more true to form on the men’s side in the second half of Round 3. Roger Federer and Andy Murray both advanced and, barring a significant upset early next week, are on a collision course to face off in the semifinals.
Let’s check out the complete results from the sixth day of play at the All England Club. That’s followed by a recap of the day’s top storylines from each draw.
Day 6 Recap
The magnitude of Jankovic’s upset won’t be fully realized because she’s a seeded player. But when you combine her lack of previous success at Wimbledon (never making it past the fourth round, eliminated in the first round three times in the past four years) with Kvitova’s strong play, it’s a shocker.
Her lack of success on grass is mostly due to her playing style. She’s a strong defender whose best offense is counterattacking. Typically, that doesn’t play well on the fast courts, especially when playing a powerful opponent like the Czech lefty.
On Saturday, Kvitova just left the door open for too long, and once Jankovic started to rally, the two-time Wimbledon champion wasn’t able to regain control.
The No. 28 seed seemed almost as surprised as everybody else after the match, as Live Tennis highlighted:
Another big winner from the upset is top seed and Grand Slam hopeful Serena Williams. Kvitova represented her toughest potential foe, and now things are beginning to open up, which freelance journalist Chris Goldsmith explored further:
Williams does face her sister, Venus Williams, in the next round, though. That’s always difficult from both a physical and mental standpoint.
Kvitova following Simona Halep out in the first week suddenly leaves Caroline Wozniacki as the top-ranked played in the bottom half of the draw. She made quick work of No. 31 seed Camila Giorgi, dropping just four games.
Like Jankovic, the 24-year-old Dane isn’t the type of player who usually excels at Wimbledon. She’s never reached the quarterfinals in the season’s third major. With the way the draw has fallen, however, she has to feel this is her best chance to make a serious run toward the title.
Saturday’s win was a truly impressive display, and Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated summed it up:
That said, the player to watch now on the bottom half is 20-year-old American Madison Keys. Her aggressive game fits the All England Club well, and she couldn’t have asked for the draw to fall more favorably during the opening week.
She showcased her potential en route to the Australian Open semifinals earlier in the year. She’s now got a golden opportunity to match or exceed that career-best major result.
Now the question is how she will handle the pressure of being expected to win on one of the sport’s biggest stages. Howard Bryant of ESPN spotlighted the changing role:
On the men’s side, Federer was pushed to a fourth set for the first time in the tournament by Sam Groth. The match itself wasn’t as competitive as the scoreline would suggest, though. The Aussie’s monster serve simply helped him keep it close. The No. 2 seed was never in serious danger.
He’s played at a very high level throughout the first week. His movement after the extra week between Grand Slam tournaments has been terrific, and he’s hitting his shots with a lot of depth, which will be necessary against his fellow top players.
Wimbledon showcased the celebration after closing out his latest Wimbledon triumph:
Murray moved through the third round by dispatching Andreas Seppi. He’s reached the second week without being seriously pushed and, like Federer, is certainly playing the type of tennis that can win him a title if he maintains it into the second week.
That’s exactly what he’s hoping for, per Wimbledon:
Tomas Berdych was the other top-10 seed to reach the fourth round Saturday. He lost the first set to Pablo Andujar before battling back to win the next three, coming up with some clutch shots in the fourth-set tiebreak to avoid a grueling deciding set.
Getting to this point in majors isn’t an issue for Berdych, but this is where his runs often stall out, as illustrated by Jack Cunniff of Tennis Panorama:
Looking ahead, the middle Sunday is always an off day at the All England Club. It’s a rare chance for everybody in both draws to get some much-needed rest before what’s setting up to become a highly entertaining fight to the finish.
When play resumes on Manic Monday, the round of 16 will take center stage. Some of the most notable encounters include Novak Djokovic against Kevin Anderson, Murray taking on Ivo Karlovic and Jankovic battling Agnieszka Radwanska.
The main event, however, is the Williams sisters’ 26th career meeting. While Serena holds a 14-11 edge, Venus won the most recent matchup in Montreal last year.
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NEWRAK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Queens man has been sentenced to prison time for his role in a scheme to transport more than 20 kilograms of cocaine from California to New Jersey.
According to federal prosecutors in New Jersey, Robert Crawford, of Long Island City, was sentenced to 10 years in prison earlier this week.
He will also have to serve five years of supervised release once he’s freed.
The 40-year-old, along with two New Jersey, men pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
The trio admitted conspiring from January 2011 through March 2014 to buy cocaine for distribution in New Jersey. In October 2012, police said they gave a courier $549,950 to buy roughly 20 kilograms of cocaine in California.
The currency was ultimately seized by authorities in California.
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