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Fortnite: Map blown up and replaced with black hole

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A huge asteroid has blown up the map in Fortnite – to mark the end of season 10.

Fans have been left unable to play the game, which has been replaced by a black hole.

Fortnite has also deleted all of its tweets and is simply running a livestream of the black hole on Twitter – which has had more than 290,000 likes.

Forbes’ gaming writer Paul Tassi described the event as “the end of an era”.

For those who don’t know – Fortnite allows up to 100 players to fight individually or as part of a team to be the last standing on a virtual battlefield.

On Sunday, the island in which the gamers play was destroyed by an asteroid.

Fans had been predicting a dramatic finale of season 10 which kicked off in August.

Epic Games – which owns Fortnite – had confirmed “The End” event would take place on Sunday 13 October.

A countdown timer appeared in the game, above the rocket at Dusty Depot.

Players who were online during “The End” saw an in-game meteor shower which appeared to wipe out the Fornite map.

These players were then sucked into a rift and the screen was replaced with a black hole in the centre.

Some players were pretty shocked.

Some were getting withdrawal symptoms.

Others were mourning the Fortnite map – which had stood strong for 10 seasons.

While some were left wondering how long it would take for Fortnite to return.

The black hole which has replaced the map appears to be showing up numbers at random points.

And it’s got people thinking.

Tech boss Elon Musk even got in on the act.

In October last year, he tweeted out a fake article which suggested he had bought Fortnite only to delete it.

And he made a joke of it when the black hole appeared on Sunday.

Fans have since been left wondering when they can expect season 11 to launch.

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‘I don’t look at myself as British number one’ – Evans on his new ranking

Dan Evans is setting his sights on breaking into the world’s top 40 for the first time – and going higher

Dan Evans will become the British number one for the first time on Monday and he thinks his world ranking of 43 “can get a lot higher”.

Evans, 29, takes over from Kyle Edmund, 18 months after being unranked as he returned from a drugs ban.

The Lawn Tennis Association says 13 men, including Andy Murray and Tim Henman, have been British number one since rankings were introduced in 1973.

“It’s a privilege to be part of those sort of conversations,” said Evans.

In April 2018, Evans returned to the sport from a one-year ban after testing positive for cocaine, climbing back to the verge of the world’s top 100 by reaching the second ATP final of his career in February.

After being denied a first title in an agonising defeat by Moldovan Radu Albot at the Delray Beach Open in February, he continued to climb the rankings and reached the third round of both Wimbledon and the US Open this year.

That form, coupled with Murray’s injury problems and Edmund’s recent struggles, has seen him rise to become the country’s top male player.

“I don’t look at myself as British number one. I think Andy is British number one, and then there’s me, Cameron [Norrie] and Kyle [Edmund] behind him,” Evans told BBC Sport.

“But obviously it’s great. It means I’m playing good tennis, and I’ve had a good year.”

Evans’ career path resembles the chart of a particularly volatile stock market.

In 2013, he reached the third round of the US Open as a qualifier, and broke into the top 200 for the first time. But less than two years later, he had slumped to 772 in the world.

“I let a lot of people down,” he would later admit.

And then having reached a career best 41 in the world, as well as the fourth round of the 2017 Australian Open, Evans tested positive for cocaine. When he returned to the tour in April 2018 he was unranked, but extra motivated.

“When I wasn’t playing I didn’t feel part of what I had felt part of for a long time,” Evans added.

“Rightly or wrongly, you have resentment. It was my own fault – but you resent what you are seeing [others doing].”

He played a lot of golf during his 12-month ban, and left his tennis gear at his parents’ house so he did not have to look at it.

“There were some terrible moments,” he said in April 2018. “I was heartbroken not to be playing tennis.

“There isn’t that much you can do in the day when other people are working. I was living in Cheltenham, away from anybody else, so I was just on my own until 5.30pm or 6pm.”

But now he is the British number one, and just two places shy of his best world ranking.

“I don’t think I’m finished at where I am,” he said. “I think I can get a lot higher.

“I want to be in the later rounds of the Grand Slams, and I always say I think anything can happen once you reach the quarter-finals.

“My goal is to play until my mid-thirties and see where I’m at. If my level is still good enough to win matches week in, week out, I’ll carry on playing.”

Dan Evans factfile
Born 23 May 1990, Birmingham
Turned professional 2006
Best Grand Slam performances Australian Open: 4R (2017); French Open: 1R (2017, 2019); Wimbledon: 3R (2016, 2019); US Open: 3R (2013, 2016, 2019)
ATP Tour titles 0
ATP Tour finals 2 (Sydney 2017, Delray Beach 2019)
Career prize money £1,790,360
2019 prize money £617,555
Highest world ranking 41 – March 2017

Evans’ first match as British number one will be against Australian Bernard Tomic – a player once ranked 17th in the world but hampered by discipline problems – at the Stockholm Open, which starts on Monday.

Evans will then play at the Swiss Indoors tournament in Basel, before trying to qualify for the final Masters event of the season in Paris.

He has resumed his partnership with former coach Mark Hilton, initially on a trial basis, and is not defending any ranking points from 2018 over the last few weeks of the season.

If all goes very well, he could even be among the 32 seeds for January’s Australian Open.

He can also expect to play a significant role for Great Britain when the week-long Davis Cup Finals take place in Madrid in November.

Evans is back where his talent suggests he should belong. And, irrespective of how long it lasts, he can reflect on a year in which he has been Britain’s top male player.

That was never a goal when he was a child, and you sense he is most proud of just being an established top 100 player once again, having seen many talented teens fall by the wayside.

“I always thought I was pretty good,” Evans said.

“I thought I had a good chance, and then from 17 through to 23, I didn’t think I really knew how to get to being a professional.

“When you are growing up, you just want to be a tennis player – you don’t really know what it entails to get to the top 100 in the world. I’m not sure in Britain how easy it is to explain to the guys how you have to do it, because none of the coaches who are explaining it have ever done it.

“It’s mentally challenging, and so difficult to get to the top 100.”

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‘That point could be vital’ – Wales boss Giggs on Croatia draw

By Michael Pearlman

BBC Sport Wales at Cardiff City Stadium

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Ryan Giggs: Wales ‘relying on Croatia to beat Slovakia’

Wales manager Ryan Giggs says the hard-fought point earned against Croatia could “prove vital” to his side’s bid to qualify for Euro 2020.

Gareth’s Bale’s excellent equaliser just before half-time held the group leaders to a draw in a bad-tempered game which saw eight players booked.

Wales remain fourth in Group E and they are relying on Slovakia to drop points if they are to qualify.

“I am pleased with the performance and the character we showed,” said Giggs.

“It was a very physical game.

“We were against a very good side who are talented, street-wise. They have a lot of caps between them and are World Cup finalists, but we showed great character coming back from 1-0 down, we didn’t panic.

“You want to be greedy and win these games – but I am more than happy with a point.”

While Wales’ hopes of qualifying are no longer entirely in their own hands, they would still finish second and qualify for Euro 2020 if they win both of their remaining qualifiers – in Azerbaijan and at home to Hungary – and Croatia beat Slovakia in November.

Giggs felt the performance against Croatia in Cardiff, alongside the good display in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with Slovakia in Trnava, meant the camp was the most successful since he took charge of the national side in January 2018.

He was able to name an unchanged starting XI for on the second time in 17 matches, though Wales were without Aaron Ramsey, Chris Mepham and David Brooks – three of their key performers.

By holding the World Cup finalists, Wales also maintained their eight-year, 10-game unbeaten home run in European Championship qualifiers.

“In Slovakia we showed quality. Tonight was different and we had to dig in, work hard and show concentration. The lads put a shift in,” said Giggs told BBC Sport Wales.

“That point could be vital. We are relying on Croatia to beat Slovakia, but we must win our two games, that’s what we are concentrating on and that won’t be easy.

“It is the first time I’ve been near naming the same team, which is good as everyone knows their jobs – but the physical aspect is tough, especially as not everyone is playing regularly for their clubs.

“I am delighted we could do that. In terms of the philosophy, you need to find a balance and you can’t go toe-to-toe with certain teams.”

Good news for club bosses

Giggs had largely good news for concerned club managers after a bruising encounter for his side.

Goalscorer Gareth Bale was limping at the end of the match but was only suffering from cramp, while Giggs said Manchester United winger Daniel James passed half-time concussion tests after receiving a hefty challenge in the first half.

Giggs said James was being “streetwise,” in staying down after his collision with Domagoj Vida.

“He stayed down, he was a bit streetwise, he told the doctors ‘I am just not moving and sitting still’ not to get anyone sent off, but just using his nous. We did all the tests at half time and he was fine.”

Ethan Ampadu, who was forced of after a heavy collision, will be assessed.

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David Eastman: Australian wrongfully jailed for 19 years wins payout

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David Eastman was acquitted of murder last year, after a retrial

A man who was wrongfully jailed for 19 years over the murder of a senior Australian policeman has received A$7m (£3.7m; $4.8m) in compensation.

David Eastman received a life term in 1995 for the killing six years earlier of Colin Winchester, an Australian Federal Police assistant commissioner.

He was later freed after a court ruled he had had an unfair trial. He was acquitted in a second trial last year.

Mr Winchester’s murder remains unsolved.

His killing rocked the legal and political establishment and sparked one of the nation’s largest-ever criminal investigations.

Mr Eastman, 74, had earlier rejected A$3.8m compensation offer from the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government.

In earlier hearings, the ACT Supreme Court heard that Mr Eastman had lost the opportunity to have a family and a career because of his imprisonment. His mother and two younger siblings had also died during that time.

“He has lost a significant chunk of his life,” his lawyer, Sam Tierney, said outside the ACT Supreme Court on Monday.

Long battle for freedom

Mr Winchester was shot twice in the head outside his family home in Canberra, the nation’s capital. He remains the most senior police officer to have been murdered in Australia.

Mr Eastman, then a public servant, was identified early on as a suspect because he had allegedly sent threats to police over the handling of an earlier criminal matter.

After being imprisoned, Mr Eastman spent 19 years fighting his conviction – launching appeals in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2008, all of which failed.

But he successfully argued to be released in 2014 after a judicial inquiry ruled that he had suffered a “substantial miscarriage of justice” due to flaws in police evidence that was used at his trial.

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A second trial held last year, involving more than 100 witnesses, led to Mr Eastman being acquitted.

He launched his compensation claim shortly afterwards.

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Day in ‘extremely critical condition’ after Conwell knockout

Patrick Day (right) has won 17 of his 22 fights

Boxer Patrick Day is in an “extremely critical condition” after his defeat by Charles Conwell in Chicago.

The 27-year-old American is in a coma with “a traumatic brain injury”, said his promoter.

Day was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after being knocked out in the 10th round of his super welterweight bout on the undercard of the Oleksandr Usyk-Chazz Witherspoon fight in the US.

“Pat makes any room he is in a better place,” said promoter Lou DiBella.

“I’ve never met anyone who’s met Patrick and not liked him. Never heard him utter a mean word. Never seen him greet someone without a big smile. Life doesn’t seem fair sometimes.

“Please keep Pat in your prayers, thoughts and hearts.”

Day was taken from the ring on a stretcher on Saturday.

British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn wrote on social media: “Deepest prayers with Patrick right now.”

His company, Matchroom Boxing, which organised the event, also posted to say Day had “been taken directly to hospital”.

Speaking after the fight, 21-year-old American Conwell told IFL TV: “I give my blessings and concerns to him and his team. I hope he is OK. I know he is a great person.”

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Cooking gas cylinder blast kills 10 in India

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The two-storey building collapsed due to the blast

At least 10 people died after a cooking gas cylinder exploded in a house in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials say.

The building collapsed due to the blast, which took place in a two-storey building in Mau district on Monday.

Rescue efforts are ongoing as officials fear that more people could be trapped in the debris of the building.

Neighbours told local media that they heard a loud explosion and the building was engulfed in fire soon after.

Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

“Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognizance of the blast in a house in Walidpur in Mau, where 10 persons have died. He has expressed his deepest condolences to the family of the deceased and directed… all officers to immediately provide all possible relief and medical help to the injured persons,” Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi told PTI news agency.

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‘We should cherish Japan’s history-making moment – they deserve it’

2019 Rugby World Cup
Hosts: Japan Dates: 20 September to 2 November
Coverage: Full commentary on every game across BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, plus text updates on the BBC Sport website and app.

Japan reaching the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time is a major step forward for world rugby and we have to cherish this history-making moment.

The Brave Blossoms’ 28-21 victory over Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday was such an epic game.

They play with such intensity and their ability to handle the ball at such pace takes an incredible amount of accuracy.

In that first half, there would have been few sides able to stop Japan scoring a couple of tries.

I don’t think they’re going to win the tournament, but I don’t think anybody will want to play Japan.

Japan celebrate beating Scotland to reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time

I am so pleased for everybody involved that the hosts have qualified from their pool. Not just the team and the squad, but everyone in the country.

I’m pleased for World Rugby. The governing body made exactly the right decision to wait until Typhoon Hagibis had passed to confirm the game was on.

The tournament has been top drawer – one of the most exciting World Cups, if not the most exciting ever – and Japan are putting on an amazing event.

I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a little bit of raw emotion coming out in the players during the win over Scotland, and perhaps individually they were hurt by a lot of the media coverage this week.

The focus all of a sudden was whether the tournament would be remembered for the games that were cancelled.

I found it insane that people were trying to belittle the enormity of what was going on. The reality is people have unfortunately died and been injured in a natural disaster and that takes precedence over any kind of sport or game.

It’s a game of rugby, get over yourselves and focus on what’s important.

Canada’s game against Namibia was called off on Sunday morning because of safety concerns, but the players weren’t whinging and moaning.

They did something about it and helped with the recovery efforts in Kamaishi.

Sometimes in sport, because of the commerciality and the enormity of it all, we slightly get ahead of ourselves.

Japan deserve it both on and off the pitch to be in the knockout stages.

It would have taken a monumental amount of effort from the players to convince themselves Sunday’s game was going to be on when they were sat in the middle of a super typhoon.

The passion and emotion at the game was heightened because the press are asking them constant questions, their friends at home are asking ‘have you heard, is it on, is it off?’.

You’re going to be told in all the team meetings, ‘right, let’s focus like the game is going to be on. If it changes fine, but we are preparing this week for the game to be on’.

Off the pitch, it should be a huge inspiration for millions of people watching the way Japan as a country have held themselves.

They have the infrastructure and ability to fix things very quickly after a typhoon. You can only imagine the whole of Yokohama and Tokyo pulling together and saying ‘we are going to do whatever it takes to make sure when the world is watching, we are going to deliver’.

Japan will give South Africa a run for their money in the quarter-finals because they play a unique style. Not even the All Blacks play at some of the speed they do.

The way they transition from short-side to wide is phenomenal. They get the ball out wide really quickly from lots of different situations and run on to the ball at pace.

It’s very difficult to stop when you have Kenki Fukuoka and Kotaro Matsushima on the wing. They’re just electric, not only in the way they finish their tries but with their support lines and the footwork in the forwards, the likes of Isileli Nakajima coming on and picking up the intensity up front.

The players are oozing confidence. Scrum-half Yutaka Nagare ran the show against Scotland. He knew where his team were supposed to play and where the opposition were weak.

Japan are creating their own unique style of rugby that is very difficult to play against, but it takes a monumental amount of fitness and that is probably why they looked a little bit tired in that last 15-20 minutes on Sunday.

They’re going to have to rest up and get themselves rehabbed and ready for the weekend.

Expect an upset in the quarter-finals

Japan getting in the quarter-final mix is the story of the tournament so far, but historically at this stage there is an upset.

We remember when Japan shocked South Africa in the pool stage in 2015, but the Springboks were pretty poor and Japan capitalised on an average performance from their opposition.

I don’t think South Africa will lose this time because for Japan it is back-to-back massive Test matches after that game against Scotland.

Well-rested and on good form, South Africa will probably be a little bit too strong.

I can’t see New Zealand losing against Ireland but it is hard to call Wales versus France and England against Australia.

The Wallabies are yet to perform at this tournament but have plenty in their locker and England, after not playing for two weeks because their pool decider against France was cancelled, could be caught a little bit cold.

If you haven’t been involved for two weeks it’s quite tricky. England have got a real tough ask to get up to match pace straight away.

You do lots of stuff in training but you haven’t necessarily gone through that whole mental preparation as well as the physical preparation.

It’s knockout rugby so everything is at stake.

The referees are going to be under more pressure, they’ll be a little bit nervous, the players will be a little bit nervous and so will the coaches.

What decisions are going to be made? What will the atmosphere be like? Who is going to feel like they’re playing at home? What are the match conditions and the pitch going to be like?

There are so many mitigating circumstances as to whether you win or lose.

It won’t just be as simple as saying it will be Wales v South Africa and England v New Zealand in the semi-finals – I think there will be an upset before then.

We have to take World Cup to tier-two nations

USA coach Gary Gold said this week that World Rugby should take the tournament to America in 2027

There are no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ here, we have to take the World Cup to other countries.

It is not going to be a smooth ride, there are going to be hiccups along the way, but if we want to move rugby into a truly global game and continue to make it great, we are going to have to do it.

Japan have got more of an infrastructure and ability to hold a world tournament than somewhere like New Zealand.

Why are we not thinking about taking it to Argentina or Canada? Or the USA? Give it to these places. Now we’ve had a go at Asia, why don’t we try somewhere else in Europe? Maybe take it to Germany.

Let’s absolutely knock it out of the park by making some big decisions that are long-term decisions for the game, like World Rugby did 10 years ago when they gave it to Japan.

This should be just the start, the stepping stone to seriously ramping it up.

Matt Dawson was speaking to BBC Sport’s Alex Bysouth.

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Facebook’s digital currency dealt another blow

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Facebook had said it hoped to launch Libra in 2020

Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency must not go ahead until the company proves it is safe and secure, according to a report by the world biggest economies.

In a blow to the social media giant, the report by the G7 group of nations warns cryptocurrencies like Libra pose a risk to the global financial system.

The draft report outlines nine major risks posed by such digital currencies.

It warns that even if Libra’s backers address concerns, the project may not get approval from regulators.

The warning comes just days after payments giants Mastercard and Visa pulled out of the Libra project, citing regulatory uncertainty.

The G7 taskforce that produced the report includes senior officials from central banks, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Financial Stability Board, which coordinates rules for the G20 economies.

It says backers of digital currencies like Libra must be legally sound, protect consumers and ensure coins are not used to launder money or fund terrorism.

While the report, which will be presented to finance ministers at the IMF annual meetings this week, does not single out Libra, it says “global stablecoins” with the potential to “scale rapidly” pose a range of potential problems.

Stablecoins like Libra are different to other cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, because they are pegged to established currencies such as the dollar and euro.

Stifle competition

While this is designed to limit big swings in their value, the report says global cryptocurrencies like Libra can pose problems, including for policymakers setting interest rates.

The report also warns that Libra could stifle competition among other providers and even threaten financial stability if users suddenly suffer a “loss of confidence” in the digital currency.

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So-called stablecoins like Libra are supposed to be less volatile than Bitcoin

The draft report says: “The G7 believe that no stablecoin project should begin operation until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks are adequately addressed”.

It also cast doubt over the viability of the project even if Libra’s backers satisfy concerns raised by governments and central banks.

“Addressing such risks is not necessarily a guarantee of regulatory approval for a stablecoin arrangement,” the report says.

Facebook is facing intensifying international scrutiny of its cryptocurrency project.

A separate FSB report, published on Sunday, warned that the introduction of “global stablecoins” poses a host of regulatory challenges.

Launch delay

In a letter to G20 finance ministers, Randal Quarles, FSB chairman, warns that these challenges “should be assessed and addressed as a matter of priority”.

The FSB is working with officials around the world to identify potential regulatory gaps, and will publish a report next summer.

Facebook has already warned that regulatory scrutiny may delay or even impede the launch of Libra.

Libra is not the only digital currency that faces scrutiny.

JP Morgan’s JPM Coin, which is backed by US dollars, is a stablecoin that is also likely to be examined.

‘Pressure builds’

The Libra Association, including Facebook, will hold its first board meeting in Geneva on Monday.

As well as Mastercard and Visa, Stripe, eBay and Paypal have also withdrawn from the scheme, which is also backed by ride hailing companies Uber and Lyft.

The G7 report acknowledges that cryptocurrencies potentially provide a faster and cheaper way to move money and make payments and says the current system is often “slow, expensive and opaque”.

There are currently 1.7 billion unbanked and underserved consumers who could benefit from wider access to financial services, it adds.

Facebook and the Libra Association declined to comment. A G7 spokesman could not be reached for comment.

However, Facebook’s executive in charge of the Libra project said earlier this month that losing the backing of major firms was “liberating”. David Marcus added: “You know you’re on to something when so much pressure builds up.”