QPR disappoint in loss to Everton

first_imgIf their display at Goodison Park is anything to go by then QPR’s return to the npower Championship appears a mere formality as a performance lacking in attitude, endeavour and invention got its just desserts as Everton won 2-0. A deflected strike from Darron Gibson – Everton’s 50th goal in the Premier League this season – and a smart finish from Victor Anichebe five minutes either side of half-time secured a victory the hosts were just not made to work hard enough for. With five matches remaining the west Londoners are seven points from safety and they simply have to win their next two games against Stoke and Reading to even stand a chance of surviving. Press Associationcenter_img Junior Hoilett’s curling effort in the fourth minute after Andros Townsend’s 40-yard run at the centre of the defence was bettered in the first half only by Loic Remy’s powerful effort which Tim Howard parried for a corner. Everton were also not their usual busy selves, although the tempo of the match may have changed had referee Lee Mason felt Clint Hill’s challenge on Seamus Coleman warranted a penalty. He did not and it was to the hosts’ detriment as they toiled for 40 minutes without really opening up a side second-bottom in the table. Anichebe was inches away from connecting with Leighton Baines’ cross while Phil Jagielka failed to get his head onto the England left-back’s inswinging corner. Baines again provided an opportunity when he cut back a right-sided free-kick to Gibson outside the box. The Republic of Ireland international rolled a pass intended for Marouane Fellaini, Everton’s top scorer returning after suspension, only for Sylvain Distin to get there first but bundle his shot hopelessly wide from eight yards out. When the home side eventually took the lead it was through a stroke of luck as Gibson’s long-range strike took a significant deflection off Hill to leave goalkeeper Julio Cesar helpless. If Hoops boss Harry Redknapp expected a response from his players after the break he would have been disappointed as it was Everton who came out more determined, but with not the slightest attacking intent or invention visible it was no surprise when QPR conceded again. Distin headed goalwards and Anichebe neatly hooked home a close-range shot in the 56th minute. The introduction of the mercurial Adel Taarabt injected some life into the visitors lacklustre approach but even then they tested Howard just once in the final half-hour when full-back Nedum Onuoha forced the American into a save. last_img read more

Marmion targeting regular run-out

first_imgNew Ireland international Kieran Marmion wants to nail down a permanent place in the squad having made his debut against Argentina on Saturday. Press Association Marmion, who was an unused replacement in last year’s summer tour to Canada and the United States, said it was a dream come true to make his international bow. “It’s great to get the opportunity and all the hard work to pay off,” he said. “I was delighted to get out on the pitch. center_img “Obviously after last year not getting on, I was just happy to get out there to get a run-out.” He started 26 of Connacht’s competitive games this season and came off the bench in the other two – it was the second straight season in which he has played in every league game. The target now for the 22-year-old is to maintain that consistency and remain part of Joe Schmidt’s plans for the Rugby World Cup. “Obviously, that’s what we all want so to do that, we have got to go back and work hard with our regions and to try and push on from where we are now,” he added. “I’m just going to keep working as hard as I can and keep putting the training in and see where it goes from there.” Marmion immediately noticed the increase in intensity at international level and is now hoping Ireland can wrap up the series against the Pumas in Tucuman on Saturday. He said: “It was obviously a step up, even in training and stuff, it’s all a step up so it’s a great experience and something to take on board for when we go back and play with our regions. “We are going to try and get the win again on Saturday It’s the first time that an Irish team have won in Argentina so to take the series would be even better.” last_img read more

`We are a good team, good teams always fight hard’ – coach Chanderpaul

first_img… Jaguars didn’t bat well in last roundBy Clifton RossGUYANA Jaguars batting coach Shivnarine Chanderpaul credited the fighting spirit of the defending champions despite their narrow loss to the Jamaican Scorpions last Sunday, as they prepare for a possible rebound in Round 5 against Windwards Volcanoes tomorrow in Antigua.The Guyana and West Indies batting icon, following the end to Sunday’s dramatic 7-run loss in a topsy-turvy Round 3 encounter against the last-placed Scorpions, was still in high spirits despite the Jaguars batting not clicking at all this previous round.Chanderpaul, despite the horrific loss lauded his boys for their courage and heart shown especially by the lower-order, who almost pulled off one of the most daring heists in the Professional Cricket League (PCL).“It was a great effort from the last two guys (Keon Joseph and Veerasammy Permaul). It shows we still have fight and it doesn’t matter if we are down to the last guy or not, we are going to fight all the way,” said the Jags batting coach.Going by the Jaguars’ natural instincts to rebound from such losses, Chanderpaul who has been in many gruelling battles during his playing years, said what he saw by Guyana even in an uphill situation was just a reminder of the team’s never-say-die spirit which they have embodied ever since giving birth to the championship dynasty.“We are a good team and good teams always fight hard. Thinking about international teams like Australia this is the way they play. Those teams would never give up until you are all out, so you have to fight all the way to the end because those are the signs of a good team.”In a match where bowlers, most notably the spinners, took centre stage and Jermaine Blackwood’s 81 was the top-score overall, no batsman in the Guyana team seemed set for a big score in either innings, prompting the batting coach to rue the shoddy batting returns.“We didn’t bat as well as we needed to bat. We needed to bat a little better. It was probably difficult to bat on the pitch because if you look at the scores no team reached 200 on the surface. So it’s difficult on a pitch like that, but with that being said both teams had the same opportunities to bat on it and we came out at the backend of it,” admitted the ex-Guyana captain.With no hundreds in the camp, despite a number of half-centuries Chanderpaul said he wants to stick to the initial team plan when it comes to their approach, especially with the tournament now officially reaching the half-way mark.“As I said it was not an easy pitch to bat on, because some of the guys had starts but were never able to carry on. We have a lot of 50s but no hundreds yet. We have some plans and goals that we have set for ourselves. It’s still early in the tournament so hopefully coming down to the next couple of game we could start hitting them,” added the 45-year-old.Guyana’s attention will now shift to tomorrow’s start to Round 5 where they seek to get back on top of the points table when they clash with Volcanoes in Antigua. Wrapping up his interview, the ex-West Indies captain said the champs will be looking to get acclimatised and assess conditions before knowing exactly what their plans will be for the next battle.“When we get there (Antigua) we will see what the conditions are like. We have to look at that and what we are going to do and what our plans are going to be, because we have our team goals in terms of batting fielding and bowling which are also personal goals that we carry. When we get there we will see the conditions and see how we can adjust ahead of the match,” Chanderpaul ended.last_img read more

Wisconsin readies for Stanford’s suffocating D

first_imgSenior running back Montee Ball\’s final collegiate game is now just days away.[/media-credit]LOS ANGELES – One of the most intriguing and important battles of the 2013 Rose Bowl will come in a part of the field that the casual fan often overlooks: the battle in the trenches.Lining up across from a typically oversized Wisconsin offensive line on which the five linemen average 326 pounds will be the nation’s third-ranked rushing defense. Heading into its third straight BCS Bowl game, Stanford has surrendered just 87.7 yards on the ground per game and leads the nation with 56 sacks this year.“We like to compare them to Penn State because they play smart, they play with a lot of heart, and they play together, they play for each other, which is a very difficult defense to defeat,” senior running back Montee Ball said. ” … They do a great job of attacking the run.”A trio of linebackers in Shayne Skov, Chase Thomas and Trent Murphy anchor the Pac-12 champions’ 3-4 defense. Wisconsin native and Homestead High School graduate Ben Gardner – who boasts 7.5 sacks on the year, tied for second on the team – will likely be a constant nuisance for Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips.What the Cardinal give up in size to Wisconsin’s O-line they make up for in technique, using speedy footwork and block-shedding moves to quickly break through anyone in their path.“They’re very technique-sound and obviously fundamentally sound,” left guard Ryan Groy said. “And it’s something [where] we have to get great movement and have to get up to the second level.”On the opposite side of the ball, Stanford will face a difficult test in trying to temper Ball’s bulldozing runs up the middle and the speed of James White and Melvin Gordon around the edge. Phillips has yet to prove he can be a consistent threat through the air, meaning just how much space the offensive line can open up for its three running backs could very well decide if Wisconsin can build an offensive rhythm. “They definitely move guys off the ball and re-create the line of scrimmage, and it’s a tough challenge for our guys up front,” Thomas said at Saturday’s Rose Bowl Media Day. “We have to dump blocks, we have to make sure we don’t get pushed back and open up those creases for Ball and those other running backs. It’s definitely going to be a big challenge for the defensive line.”As Athletic Director and Rose Bowl head coach Barry Alvarez noted, the skill on both sides of the line of scrimmage may increase the importance of other areas of the game. “I think the special teams could play a big part in this game,” Alvarez said Saturday. “Watching Stanford, they’re similar to us. They very physical, they’re not going to make a lot of mistakes – you have to beat them.”Ball approaches final chapterWhen the final seconds tick off the play clock at the Rose Bowl Tuesday, the final chapter of Montee Ball’s collegiate football career will be officially sealed. The Doak Walker Award winner who ranks second in Wisconsin history (behind only Ron Dayne) with 5,040 career rushing yards said that he is starting to realize his name will soon be limited to record books rather than box scores. One of those moments came when Gordon mentioned they should record UW’s recent trip to Disneyland since this is the senior’s last call.“This week it has [sunk in] because you start to realize this is the last time that you’ll be around all these players at the same time,” Ball said. “Coaches, as well, so it’s starting to hit me, and I’ve made sure that I really cherish this a lot.”The one achievement missing from the senior tailback’s resume is a Rose Bowl victory, as Ball has weathered back-to-back losses in Pasadena to TCU and Oregon over the last two years.“Very, very excited, grateful for everything I’ve accomplished, very fortunate,” he said. “But I want the Rose Bowl. I want the Rose Bowl victory more than anything because that’s something I can share with everybody.”Another record will be up for grabs Saturday as Ball sits just 150 yards away from Dayne’s Rose Bowl record of 446 career rushing yards.Phillips to finally see field in PasadenaThe first two times Curt Phillips traveled to the Rose Bowl, he wasn’t even dressed for the game.After tearing his ACL three separate times, the oft-sidelined quarterback made a surprising surge into the starting role after Joel Stave’s season-ending injury against Michigan State and Danny O’Brien’s underwhelming performance filling in for the remainder of the overtime loss to the Spartans.“I saw my parents … they were joking around that, saying it’s so much better not seeing you limping through this hotel,” said Phillips, who will make just his fifth career start at the Rose Bowl. “So it does make it that much more fun.“I’m just trying to live in the moment and have fun with it.”Alvarez also did not rule out the potential of Stave returning to the field Tuesday, as the redshirt freshman who made six starts earlier this season has been cleared to play.“He’s definitely in the gameplan,” Alvarez said. “(Offensive coordinator) Matt Canada and I talked about that, Stave brings a little more to the table. He can throw the ball downfield; he brings a little more ammo.”last_img read more

Bauman’s career night spoiled as Badgers lose fourth straight game

first_imgA career night for Wisconsin junior guard Nicole Bauman was spoiled Thursday night against Ohio State as her 31-point effort for the Badgers was no match for an unstoppable Buckeye scoring attack in a 85-73 defeat at the Kohl Center.A three pointer in the opening seconds of the game by Ohio State’s (14-7, 6-3 Big Ten) freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, the nations leading scorer with 25.9 points per game, set the tone for a half that would be mostly dominated by a Buckeye offense that dropped 46 points in the opening 20 minutes compared to Wisconsin’s 33.Starting just 1 of 7 from the field with a lone jumper from Nicole Bauman in the first minute, Wisconsin (7-13, 3-7 Big Ten) found themselves in an early 15-2 hole just four minutes into action. With Wisconsin’s defense looking out of sync, the Buckeyes consistently found themselves with wide-open jump shots, which were quickly taken advantage of. Leading the opening surge was Mitchell who contributed seven points during the stretch.While it looked like the game might get away from Wisconsin early, a surge by the Badgers in the mid-minutes of the first half gave the Kohl’s Center crowd some energy. Bauman and Cassie Rochel combined for 12 points in a 16-9 run which cut the Buckeye lead down to 24-18 after 12 minutes played.Even with Ohio State’s Mitchell spending the majority of the closing minutes of the half on the bench, Ohio State’s offense didn’t miss a beat, as sophomore forward Shayla Cooper and junior guard Ameryst Alston responded with a run of their own against at an overmatched Badgers defense to close out the half.Ohio State’s head coach Kevin McGuff credited a well-rounded offensive attack to his team’s performance, as the Buckeyes shot 50 percent (33-for-66) from the field by the end of the night.“We had four players in double figures, and that’s why I think we’re at our best,” McGuff said. “Overall, I thought we were really good on offense. We had stretches where we were good on defense and stretches where we weren’t. When we weren’t, Wisconsin really made us pay.”A recurring theme in the first half was Ohio State’s ability to grab offensive rebounds and dominate points in the paint, a category the Buckeyes led 14-6. Ohio State’s Alston had a commanding jump shot, which helped her score 11 first half points. Ohio State as a whole shot 18-for-35 from the field going into halftime.For the Badgers in the first half, Bauman was the lone bright spot offensively for the Badgers, accounting for nearly half of the team’s 33 total points, including a 3-for-6 performance behind the three-point stripe that kept Wisconsin in the game. The rest of the Badgers combined for just 6 of 23 from the field (26 percent) and looking for answers as they trailed the Buckeye’s by 13 heading into break.Bauman, who appeared noticeably disappointed despite one of the best performances in school history, put it bluntly when reflecting on her gameplay.“When I was open, my teammates were able to get me the ball, because they knew that my shot was going in,” Bauman said.The offensive clinic continued for Ohio State in the second half, but Wisconsin managed to keep pace in the opening minutes, matching their opponents shot-for-shot and exchanging nine points each through four minutes.Similar to the first half, the Badgers scored eight unanswered points on a run that found them down just eight points with a little under eight minutes to play. The Wisconsin run was led by two 3-point baskets by Bauman to make the score 59-67 OSU.Unfortunately for Wisconsin, even a team-record 12 three-pointers couldn’t stop the momentum-killing efforts of Mitchell, who immediately knocked down a three of her own to end Wisconsin’s surge on a night where the Buckeyes were simply on fire from start to finish.Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey credited the talent on Ohio State’s side for being able to shut down any momentum the Badgers tried to generate.“You have All-Americans over there. We don’t have All-Americans on our side,” Kelsey said. “Not to say our kids can’t score, but we needed another scorer tonight. They’re very athletic and when they catch it, they are ready to shoot. There’s not thinking about it. And they can all handle the ball and create a shot for themselves or others.Bauman’s eight 3-pointers individually were a school record for both the men’s and the women’s team at the Kohl Center. A major contributor to Bauman’s success was junior guard Tessa Cichy, whose 10 assists were a career high. In terms of scoring, the team’s performance could be considered a one-player effort, as senior forward Annemarie Brown was the only other Badger in double figures with 10 points.The Badgers will look to bring their four-game slide to a halt against Illinois this Sunday, Feb. 1, with tip-off at 2:00 p.m.last_img read more

Guyana to host CFATF conference

first_imgOver 150 participants from twenty-six member countries are expected in Guyana for the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) conference to be held from November 12 to 16.The Caribbean Financial Action Task Force is an organization of countries within the Caribbean region that has agreed to implement common counter-measures to stomp out money laundering and terrorism financing.The conference is being held at a time when Guyana has made significant progress in improving its Anti-Money Laundering efforts, and is Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) regime.In November 2016, the CFATF Plenary agreed that Guyana should be removed from the CFATF /International Cooperation Review Group (ICRG) process.That removal meant Guyana would no longer be subject to monitoring by CFATF/ICRG, since the country has been removed from the its former backlisted status.Guyana was originally “blacklisted” by the the conference in 2013 after that country failed to make any significant progress in implementing required legislative reforms which would have aided in the international combat against money laundering and financing of terrorism.For recent news on Guyana, visit the link: Guyana reports increased tax revenue from oillast_img read more

Smarkets lists second on The Sunday Times ‘Tech Track 100’ index

first_img Share Submit StumbleUpon The Sunday Times has ranked online betting exchange Smarkets as the second fastest growing UK private technology enterprise for its ‘2017 Tech Track 100’ index.The company which reported a 280% annual sales rise over three years was beaten to the top of the Sunday Times tech index by children’s ‘digital personalised book publisher Wonderbly.Led by CEO and Founder Jason Trost, the Smarkets exchange platform which has bridged financial trading dynamics with sports betting, has hit £5 billion in wagers with a reported £25 million in group revenues for full-year 2016.The fast growth trajectory of Smarkets (officially founded in 2008), has seen the company recognised as one of the UK’s brightest technology prospects. In 2016, The Sunday Times ranked Smakerts fifth in its Tech Track 100 index, furthermore, the betting exchange has been recognised by global tech publisher Wired as one of Europe’s ‘100 Hottest Start-ups’.Speaking to the media a pleased Jason Trost, Smarkets CEO, commented on the recognition: “The Tech Track 100 is a prestigious ranking of rapidly-growing tech companies, so it’s great to see our name so high up and above last year’s position.“2016 was another great year of growth for us as we pursue our goal of disrupting the betting industry with a tech-first focus.” Sharelast_img read more

WWE Superstar Shakeup: Miz joins ‘Raw’; introducing The Viking Experience

first_imgWWE didn’t waste any time making moves during “Raw.” The Miz switched to the red brand during the show’s opening segment, attacking Shane McMahon, who was mocking his father. This seemed to mark the end of their monthslong feud, with McMahon still part of “SmackDown.”The #SuperstarShakeUp is officially AWWWEEEESOOOMMMMEEEE!@mikethemiz is taking it to @shanemcmahon on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/4j6g25ykq7— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019The most talked-about move of the night — for the wrong reasons — was the “Raw” debut of the NXT tag team champions, War Raiders, who have been renamed The Viking Experience. The absurd name changes extended to the wrestlers, too: Hanson is now going by Ivar and Rowe is going by Erik.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThe heavyweights teamed with The Revival to score a win over the team of Ricochet and Aleister Black — who are officially “Raw” members now after floating between the two main roster brands for months — and Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder in an eight-man tag match.IVAR. ERIK. The reigning @WWENXT #TagTeamChampions THE VIKING EXPERIENCE is here on #RAW! #SuperstarShakeUp pic.twitter.com/IDiiKhRKgB— WWE (@WWE) April 16, 2019Elsewhere . . .Andrade and his valet, Zelina Vega, switched to “Raw:” after spending the past year on “SmackDown” and made an immediate impact, beating intercontinental champion Finn Balor in a non-title match.Andrade’s fellow Lucha Libre star Rey Mysterio came over from the blue brand and interrupted Elias before getting beaten up by Lars Sullivan, who made his “Raw” debut the previous week.The Usos will give a big boost to the brand’s tag team division, which had already become much deeper with The Viking Experience, Black and Ricochet, The Revival, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, and reigning “Raw” champions Hawkins and Ryder. Of course, all that could change Tuesday on “SmackDown.” Now that WrestleMania in the rearview mirror, the WWE has begun its new year. That also means it’s time for the annual Superstar Shakeup, which shuffles the rosters for “Raw” and “SmackDown” and provides new storylines and matchups.The two-night affair began Monday with a dozen stars making “Raw” their new home. The shakeup will conclude Tuesday on “SmackDown.” The red brand added more star power with two-time women’s champion Naomi and two-time WWE champion AJ Styles. Styles should thrive under the change, given the possibility of big-time rivalries with Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and Universal champion Seth Rollins.WWE Superstar Shakeup: ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown’The wresters who moved to “Raw” on Monday during the first night of the Superstar Shakeup:— AJ Styles— The Miz— Ricochet— Aleister Black— The Viking Experience— Cedric Alexander— Andrade with Zelina Vega— Rey Mysterio— The Usos— Naomi— Eric Young— Lacey Evanslast_img read more

Gatorade apologizes over LeBron-related tweets

first_imgMiami Heat forward LeBron James watches action against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball finals on Thursday, June 5, 2014 in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Gatorade apologized Friday for comments posted to the company’s Twitter feed after Miami Heat star LeBron James cramped up and had to leave Game 1 of the NBA Finals.The tweets were also deleted.James needed intravenous fluids after the game, during which temperatures inside San Antonio’s AT&T Center were measured at nearly 90 degrees afteer the arena’s air-conditioning system failed. The Spurs won the game 110-95, pulling away in the final 3:59 after James left the game for good with cramps ravaging his left leg.“Our apologies for our response to fans’ tweets during (Thursday) night’s Heat vs. Spurs game,” Gatorade said in a release. “We got caught up in the heat of the battle. As a longtime partner of the Miami Heat, we support the entire team.”Gatorade has a long business relationship with the NBA. James is an endorser of Powerade, a Gatorade rival.One of the now-deleted tweets, in response to someone who directed a message toward the sports drink’s feed, read that, “We were waiting on the sidelines, but he prefers to drink something else.”He may be paid by Powerade, but it appeared James was drinking Gatorade at least once during Game 1 of the finals. Video and photos taken of James on the Heat bench during the second half showed him holding what appeared to be a Gatorade bottle with the label removed, as has been the case on many other occasions.The only tweet that Gatorade left on its feed related to the matter Friday had been posted late in Game 1, saying, “With a game this hot, we’re right at home.”The Spurs said a power outage was to blame for the air-conditioning failure.last_img read more

Santa Anita’s Dynamic Horn Blower Jay Cohen To Host First-Ever ‘That’s A Stretch’ Comedy Show In Chandelier Room Saturday, Feb. 15

first_imgSANTA ANITA’S DYNAMIC HORN BLOWER JAY COHEN TO HOST FIRST-EVER ‘THAT’S A STRETCH’ COMEDY SHOW IN CHANDELIER ROOM SATURDAY, FEB. 15NEXT EDITION OF MONTHLY COMEDY SERIES TO TAKE PLACE SATURDAY, MARCH 21ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 9, 2020)–Spend more than a few minutes around Santa Anita’s popular Horn Blower, Jay Cohen, and you’re as likely to hear a corny joke or witness a magic trick as you are to hear a call to the post–any one of which will leave you and your family smiling.  The multi-talented Cohen, who doubles and triples as a professional magician, comic and world class musician, will host Santa Anita’s first-ever “That’s a Stretch” comedy show in the track’s legendary Chandelier Room this Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.The show will feature a collection of dynamic young comedians, with Cohen “stirring the comedic pot” throughout the evening.“Look, everybody’s looking for a laugh, right?” said Cohen between races on Sunday. “The Chandelier Room is a terrific venue and I know everybody will enjoy it. If you skip a good laugh on a day, that day is ruined. Even when everything goes wrong, we need to find some humor in it. I know I do and it’s saved my life.”Attendees will be entertained throughout the two-hour performance by Cohen and comedians Mary Gallagher, Eddie Pence and Jamie Kaler.A stand-up comedian, writer and actor, Gallagher had her national stand-up television debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in 2018 and she’s also appeared on Amazon Prime’s “Laugh After Dark,” as well as a hidden camera horror show from “Stanger Things,” entitled “Prank Encounters.”“That’s a Stretch” will also showcase comedian Eddie Pence, who was named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top faces of the Montreal Comedy Festival.  A finalist in 2010’s Seattle International Comedy Competition, Pence’s credits include “The Late Show with David Ferguson,” “Gotham Live” and “Comics Unleashed.”  Pence can also be heard on two daily podcasts, “The Ralph Report” and “Swings and Mrs.”Attendees will also be treated to the comedic talents of Jamie Kaler.  An accomplished actor, comic, host, voice-over artist and podcaster, Kaler is the founder of “Dadlands” and is best known for his starring role as Mike on the hit TBS show, “My Boys.”  His prolific career also includes appearances on “Friends,” “Will and Grace,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parenthood,” “King of Queens,” “The Middle,” “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “NCIS,” as well as numerous films and commercials.To purchase tickets for the “That’s a Stretch” comedy show this Saturday at 6 p.m., please visit santaanita.com/events, or call (626) 574-RACE.  Attendees must be 21 years of age.  The first in a monthly series, the next “That’s a Stretch” event will be Saturday, March 21.last_img read more