MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 11: A general view of TCF Bank Stadium during the game between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Northwestern Wildcats on October 11, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)College football is only two weeks into the 2018 season. Already, we’ve seen some devastating injuries.This weekend, Oklahoma lost star running back Rodney Anderson for the year due to a torn ACL. Minnesota reportedly lost its star back as well.According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski, Minnesota running back Rodney Smith is out for the reason. Smith suffered a leg injury during Saturday’s win over Fresno State.BREAKING: Star @GopherFootball running back Rodney Smith out for the season, @JonKrawczynski reports. Details here:https://t.co/11NjkjVoa5— The Athletic (@TheAthleticMIN) September 10, 2018Golden Gopher head coach P.J. Fleck did not specify the extent of Smith’s injury today, saying he would address it in full tomorrow. Fleck called it a “lower extremity” issue.Per Krawczynski, it is a left knee injury.Sources tell @TheAthleticMIN that Gophers star RB Rodney Smith will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury. Tough blow for a very young team.— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 10, 2018Smith has rushed for 2,959 yards in his career, good for seventh on Minnesota’s all-time list. He topped 1,000 yards in 2016 and narrowly missed doing so again last year.With Smith out, freshman Bryce Williams ran for 87 yards against Fresno. He will be expected to carry more of the load moving forward.
Rabat – Moroccan F16s had undertaken around 20 missions against the Islamic State, according to a British magazine.Moroccan F16 warplanes in the US-led coalition against the terrorist organization the Islamic State (IS) for missions in Iraq and Syria had reportedly undertaken at least 20 missions.According to British magazine Air Forces monthly, the six Royal Air Force F16s deployed to the United Arab Emirates by early December and by early January had undertken around 20 missions against Islamic State targets in both Syria and Iraq. According to the New York Times, Morocco was the latest Arab nation to respond to an American appeal for more power, sending several F-16s to the fight against the so-called the Islamic State.The Moroccan F-16 fighters will be targeting fixed sites like military headquarters, communications centers, oil refineries, training camps, troop barracks and weapon depots, added the NY Times.