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US police killer manhunt continues

A Pennsylvania state trooper enters a wooded area during the funeral of slain officer


Police searching for a man accused of killing an state trooper say they have limited the area in which he can hide, as the manhunt enters a seventh day.

More than 200 officers were searching for Eric Frein, 31, in Pennsylvania’s dense north-east woodlands.

He is accused of killing Capt Bryon Dickson outside a barracks, and critically wounded another officer.

“We have now made the world where he could hide a very, very small place,” said FBI special agent Edward Hanko.

Pennsylvania police and federal officers were focusing on the area around Mr Frein’s parents’ home, searching hunting cabins, campsites and other temporary shelters in the Pocono mountains.

The search has been hampered by rugged terrain and forest canopy heavy enough in places to block police helicopters’ view of the ground.

Schools in the area were closed again on Friday as the search continued.

Mr Frein has been added to the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List and $175,000 (£107,000) has been offered for information leading to his capture.

On 12 September, a sniper opened fire outside the Blooming Grove state police barracks during an evening shift change.

In addition to the death of Capt Dickson, State Trooper Alex Douglass was wounded in the attack.

Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Mr Frein had survivalist training and had “made statements about killing law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder”, according to the Wilkes-Barr Times-Leader newspaper.

Police said he also took part in a re-enactment group whose members play the role of soldiers from eastern Europe.

On Thursday, thousands of law enforcement office came to pay their respects to their slain comrade.

Friends and colleagues and called Dickson a devoted officer.

During a eulogy, fellow officer Derek Felsman remember Dickson as “impeccable” in both his work and family life, saying he regularly worked past his regular hours to get drink-drivers off roadways.

“He held himself to the highest standards as evidenced in every aspect of his life,” he said.

Wozniacki beats Sharapova in US Open

Caroline Wozniacki thrilled the New York crowd with a stunning win over fifth seed Maria Sharapova at the US Open.

The Dane, seeded 10th, won 6-4 2-6 6-2 on a stiflingly hot afternoon at Flushing Meadows.

Wozniacki, 24, is through to her first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2012, and plays Italy’s Sara Errani next.

It means so much to me – it’s been a bit up and down for me this year, said Wozniacki.

It’s a new year and I’ve gotten older, and hopefully a little wiser. I feel good. I feel comfortable when I play out there.

The crowd was amazing today. It’s just so much fun to play out there again on the big court

Roared on by the majority of spectators on Arthur Ashe Stadium, the 2009 finalist looked back to her best as her superb defensive ability proved too much for Sharapova in a pulsating final set.

And she said that training to run the New York Marathon in November was aiding her game, adding: “I think it will help me a lot. Today was a tough battle out there. It was humid; it was hot; I had to change my dress.

That rarely happens. It was just soaked. Definitely it’s helping, because I felt fresh out there and I felt like I could keep going

Wozniacki has slipped from the very top of the game after finishing as year-end world number one in 2010 and 2011, but in recent months there have been signs of a resurgence

A title in Istanbul, a first top-five scalp in three years against Agnieszka Radwanska and twice taking Serena Williams to three sets suggested the Dane could again be a major threat, and beating Sharapova at a Grand Slam is confirmation of that.

Match time: 2hr 37min

4

Aces

3

8

Double faults

2

70

1st serve %

62

65

1st serve win %

64

35

2nd serve win %

54

39

Winners

22

43

Unforced errors

17

3/7

Break points won

4/11

The Dane made a terrific start, serving well and attacking the net as she moved 3-0 clear, but when Sharapova hauled her way back to 4-4 it seemed her heavier hitting would hold sway.

Sharapova has not been at her best in New York, however, and two wild forehand errors gave Wozniacki the first set.

It was hardly a crisis for the French Open champion, who leads the standings for three-set wins in 2014 with 17, and she dominated the second set with two breaks to level after nearly two hours.

With the temperature soaring, the heat rule was brought into effect and the players given a 10-minute break to leave the court.

Sharapova received a time violation on her return as umpire Marija Cicak said she had taken “way too much time”, and early in the final set it was Wozniacki who complained that the Russian was too slow between serves.

Fired up and moving brilliantly behind the baseline, Wozniacki grabbed control of the match when she broke to love in a stunning rally at 2-1, chasing down everything Sharapova could throw at her until the Russian dumped a volley in the net.

The momentum was with the Dane and she would not flinch as her biggest win in recent memory loomed

Attacking the Sharapova serve once more, Wozniacki stepped in and hammered a backhand winner to convert her first match point.

I thought she played really well, said Sharapova. She made me hit a lot of balls. That’s always been her strength. But she did extremely well today.

She’s a great retriever, especially in these types of conditions. I just felt like I maybe went for a little too much

US soccer moms sue over concussion

Football is growing in popularity as a youth sport in the United States


A group of young American footballers and their parents have sued Fifa and US football groups over the risks from concussions.

The California class-action lawsuit accuses the sport’s governing bodies of acting carelessly and negligently and failing to protect young players.

The filing also calls for new safety rules, including limiting the number of headers for young players

The US collegiate sports authority settled a similar suit last month.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) agreed to toughen rules over how long players have to rest after a head injury, and to create a multi-million dollar fund to test athletes for brain trauma.

The Fifa suit, filed by two former youth football players and parents of current young players, does not seek monetary damages, but calls for a medical monitoring programme for those who played football as children and young adults and may have suffered concussions.

The filing argues there is an epidemic of concussion injuries in soccer at all levels around the world” and that Fifa presides over this epidemic and is one of its primary causes through its ability to set the rules of the game.

The US Soccer Federation, US Youth Soccer Associations and several other football groups are also named as defendants.

A Fifa spokeswoman told US media they had no comment as they had not yet seen the lawsuit.

The spokeswoman, Delia Fischer, told the Bloomberg website the association has assigned a high priority” to prevention and treatment of head injuries, and has “clear recommendations” for team doctors.

The lawsuit particularly focuses on heading, citing research that the practice is more damaging for young people because their neck muscles are weaker and cannot slow the impact of the ball on the head.

Among the changes sought are limiting the number of times a player under 17 can head the ball and allowing temporary substitutions in professional leagues if a player has received a head injury.