Injury shatters World Cup dream for All Blacks utility McKenzie
Wellington (AFP) - Utility back Damian McKenzie was ruled out of the World Cup Monday in a blow to the All Blacks as coach Steve Hansen warned it was likely more players could miss out through injury.McKenzie suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee playing for the Waikato Chiefs against the Auckland Blues at the weekend and, given the ferocity of Super Rugby New Zealand derbies, Hansen said he could lose more players over the next few months."He could be out for eight to nine months," Hansen said of McKenzie, who has been at home playing either fullback or flyhalf in his 2...
Pentagon announces pick for new Centcom commander
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump has nominated a Marine general to head US Central Command, which oversees America's military actions in the Middle East and Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.If confirmed by the Senate, Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie would replace General Joseph Votel, who is believed to be retiring.The job would bring a fourth star to McKenzie, who currently serves as director of the Joint Staff in Pentagon and who has made multiple appearances at news briefings in recent months. America's vast military divides the globe into various commands, with Ce...