first_imgNewcastle striker Papiss Cisse is facing several months on the sidelines following an operation on a fractured kneecap. The Senegalese frontman sustained the injury during Newcastle’s 2-1 home defeat by Swansea last month, ending his season, and the 28-year-old travelled to Paris for surgery on Thursday. A statement on the club’s official website said: “He is expected to be sidelined for a number of months.” The news will come as a blow for Cisse, who would have been hoping to hit the ground running next season after a forgettable 2013-14 campaign. He has often found himself as the third-choice striker behind on-loan QPR forward Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi. Reduced to cameo roles off the bench, Cisse has netted just twice in the Barclays Premier League this season and appears a shadow of the player that scored 13 goals in his first 12 appearances when he swapped Freiburg for St James’ Park in January 2012. He did net a crucial winner against Crystal Palace in March, but suffered his injury midway through the first half against the Swans. Cisse will spend his rehabilitation period at the Clairefontaine Medical Centre just outside of Paris before returning to the club to be assessed by medical staff. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_imgFormer Syracuse defensive end Amir Ealey pleaded not guilty to charges of rape linked to two incidents in July 2015, according to Syracuse.com.Ealey was arrested in March and charged with two counts of rape in the third degree for incidents that allegedly occurred in the Ernie Davis residence hall, according to the Syracuse Police Department. The victims of the incidents were acquaintances of Ealey’s, per SPD.The charges were upgraded on Sept. 23 to one count of first-degree rape and two counts of third-degree rape. New York state law considers first-degree rape as engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by ‘forcible compulsion,’ through physical force or a threat. It is punishable up to 25 years in prison.According to Syracuse.com, his attorney, Chuck Keller, said there is no forensic or physical evidence in the case given the months-long gap between the time the incident allegedly occurred and when it was reported.Ealey is currently living in Pennsylvania and drove up to Syracuse for Tuesday’s court appearance with his mother, per Syracuse.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEaley, 19, played in seven games as a freshman in 2015. He was dismissed from SU’s football team on Feb. 4 after being suspended indefinitely in November in an unrelated incident. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2016 at 1:29 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more