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Redknapp seeks late surge to save QPR

first_img Press Association Pompey looked destined for the drop at this stage of the 2005-06 season, but under Redknapp’s guidance they strung together a tremendous sequence of results to take 20 points from their last 10 games and retain their top-flight status. QPR are six points from safety with 12 games left, but Redknapp said: “I am confident we can survive. I know it is going to be hard, and I think it will go to the wire but it is not impossible.” Harry Redknapp believes QPR’s Premier League survival hopes hinge on them being able to repeat the late-season form that saw him keep Portsmouth in the top-flight seven years ago.center_img He added: “It is very similar to the situation I had with Portsmouth, it is much the same if you look at the stats. “I think that was down to the last 10 games that we got out at Pompey with 20-odd points. That is what we need here, it’s not impossible.” The Rs have not scored twice in a Premier League game since mid-December, and have scored just 19 in total from 26 games, the lowest tally in the top-flight. Redknapp admits he is short of striking options, with the hip problem hindering Bobby Zamora a particular concern, while France striker Loic Remy has missed the last two games with a groin strain. “We have a chance if Remy can come in and score some goals and show what he can do, and we can get Bobby out on the pitch,” he said. “The problem with Bobby is we have to stop him at half-time. If we played straight through he could probably manage 70 minutes, but stopping at half-time he seizes up then he can’t move. “When he plays he’s different, he can move, hold the ball up, he is someone we can play up to. Without him we don’t have someone who can lead the line.” last_img read more

Bosch advice boosts North

first_imgDutch sprint coach Frans Bosch will take a slice of the credit if George North plays another starring role for the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. North added: “I was just a schoolboy when I met him and I just used to run over the b******, but now I know how to angle my runs. I have a lot more confidence now. I think I showed that with my try (last Saturday). I gathered the ball and I thought about setting up the ruck, but it just opened up for me and I was able to finish it off. “You do a lot of work on phase play, but sometimes it’s nice when something like that just comes off.” If North breaches the Wallabies defence again on Saturday, one thing he will not be doing is repeating a finger-wagging celebration – scrum-half Will Genia was Australia’s final defender on the receiving end – however much it might mean to him. Lions tour manager Andy Irvine was among those who offered a few words in North’s ear once the dust had settled on a memorable win. “I’ve apologised,” North added. “I can’t really explain what I did. I just got caught up in the whole emotion of it all. Looking back, I do feel horrendous for doing it, and I will need to live with that. I will take it on the chin.” North expects no let-up in the pace and ferocity on Saturday, especially as Australia know they have to win or see their series hopes evaporate. “For them this weekend it is do-or-die, so we know they are going to come at us. The pace is going to be higher again,” he added. “We are just focusing on the rugby, it’s not our job to talk it up. We came here with one common goal, and that was to win the Test series.” Press Associationcenter_img North lit up the Test series against Australia with a blistering 60-metre solo try in last Saturday’s opener, which underpinned a 23-21 Lions victory. Wales wing North will again be a key component in the Lions’ attacking armoury at the Etihad Stadium, where victory would secure Test series glory one game inside the distance. And the 21-year-old has put much of his rapid progress down to biomechanics expert Bosch, whose varied roles include being sprint consultant to the Wales rugby squad. “Frans is a speed man, and while it doesn’t happen overnight I have got faster since meeting him,” North said. “I am getting the rewards now.” last_img read more

Jol remaining confident

first_img “You can’t change the world in two weeks or one week.” The likes of Adel Taarabt and Kieron Richardson praised Fulham’s decision to bring in Meulensteen before the match, while Jol said he masterminded the appointment after some suggested he is the club’s manager in waiting. The former Anzhi boss’ appointment would certainly be welcomed by many Fulham fans, who not only turned on their manager against Swansea but also some players. Bryan Ruiz, Jol’s only big-money signing, took the brunt of the criticism and was jeered off the pitch when substituted for the second home match in a row. The Costa Rica international made no mention of that reception after the match, saying those connected with Fulham “must not despair” and should keep a “cool head”. Despite such philosophical comments, Jol revealed the constant criticism is impacting Ruiz’s confidence and pleaded with Fulham fans to lay off him. “You will see in Brazil [at the World Cup] that Bryan is a very good player,” Jol said. “But he needs a little bit of confidence and that is what I would like to tell the crowd. “For me, I don’t have to play but for him it is probably a problem if they get on his back and he can’t produce what he is capable of.” Ruiz and his Fulham team-mates will get a chance to stop the rot when they travel to fellow strugglers West Ham next weekend. Swansea, meanwhile, face an unenviable trip to title-chasing Manchester City after facing Spanish giants Valencia in the Europa League. With such tough fixtures coming up, the 2-1 win at Fulham proved a timely boost for Michael Laudrup’s side. Swansea had not won for over a month before Saturday, when an Aaron Hughes own goal and Jonjo Shelvey strike ensured Scott Parker’s fortuitous strike counted for nothing. “We needed the three points,” Shelvey, on as a second-half substitute, told Swans Player after his fantastic winner. “It’s important that we beat teams like Fulham because they are around us in the table. I think it will kickstart us for a good season now. “I was disappointed not to start, but that’s football. It was important to get on and show the manager why I think I should start.” The highly rated Dutch coach was a key member of the Manchester United backroom staff under Sir Alex Ferguson and his appointment represented quite a coup for the west Londoners. However, hopes that Meulensteen’s arrival would prove a timely shot in the arm quickly faded as Fulham fell to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea in a match they started so brightly. Fulham fell to a fifth successive defeat on Saturday despite the much-publicised arrival of Rene Meulensteen as head coach – an appointment under-fire boss Martin Jol believes will soon pay dividends. The loss was the Whites’ fifth on the bounce in all competitions and resulted in the bookmakers shortening odds on Jol becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his post. The under-fire Dutchman felt the full force of Fulham supporters’ anger on Saturday, trudging off to a chorus of “Jol out”, yet he remains confident of turning things around alongside Meulensteen. “Before the games against Man United, Liverpool and Southampton, we had a very good spell,” Jol said. “We played some good football against Stoke and Crystal Palace, we had a good tempo, a good rhythm. “But after the three games and three defeats, he called me and told me that he would like to come. “After a couple of tries, he said he would come and that is good because it is a different mouth. “It gives you different things in training and on the pitch, but it is the same thing. “He said he would like to get the best out of [Dimitar] Berbatov, for example, which is what I always try to do and it didn’t pay off against Swansea. That’s the only thing. Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Mayank Agarwal approved by ICC as replacement for Vijay Shankar in India cricket team World Cup squad

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Vijay Shankar sustained a toe injury.India lost to England by 31 runs in Edgbaston.India need only one win to reach 2019 World Cup semifinal.center_img New Delhi: Mayank Agarwal has been appproved as a replacement for Vijay Shankar in the Indian cricket team squad for 2019 World Cup by the International Cricket Council. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).Shankar was ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a toe injury prior to the encounter against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Agarwal is considered as a good bet to play in his first World Cup game during the clash against Bangladesh. Agarwal blasted 442 runs at an average of 88.42 in six games with three centuries.The Tamil Nadu all-rounder featured in three games for India and managed to score 58 runs at an average of 29. He also scalped two important wickets against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Mayank Agarwal, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Mayank Agarwal will feature in the games to come.In press statement released by BCCI said, “Vijay Shankar sustained a non displaced fracture of the left big toe, which will require a minimum of three weeks to heal. The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup. The Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement.”Earlier in the tournament, Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a thumb injury. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who featured in five one-day Internationals for India, replaced him into the side and also played his first World Cup game against England. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian team is currently placed at the second position with 11 points and need one win in their remaining two games to secure a semi-final berth.last_img read more

NFF Electoral Committee Amends 2018 Electoral Timetable

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Electoral Committee has rolled out a new timetable for elections into the NFF Executive Committee 2018-2022, with intending candidates now able to buy and return forms within a fresh grace period of Friday, 17th and Friday, 24th August 2018.According to the new timetable, screening of candidates will now be done between 27th and 29th August, with names of candidates to be published on Thursday, 30th August.Protests and appeals will be heard and treated between 4th and 6th September, after same must have been submitted between 31st August and 3rd September. Publication of final list of candidates will be done on Friday, 7th September. Elections into the NFF Executive Committee 2018-2022 will hold on Thursday, 20th September 2018.“Consequent upon the resolutions of the NFF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly held in Benin City on Thursday, 2nd August 2018, the amendments to the 2018 Nigeria Football Federation Elections Time Table have been adopted by the Electoral Committee, as the statutory provisions of the 2010 NFF Statutes, NFF Electoral Code 2009 and Guidelines of Elections into the NFF 2018 have been suspended by the Congress,” the NFF statement concluded.THE AMENDED 2018 NFF ELECTIONS TIME TABLE1. Continuation of Sales, Endorsements and Return of Nomination Forms, Friday 17th – Friday, 24th August, 2018, by 9.00am-6:00pm daily.2. Screening of Candidature, Monday, 27th – Wednesday, 29th August, 2018, by 10:00am-5;00pm daily.3. Release of the names of candidates, Thursday, 30th August, 2018.4. Submission of Protests/Appeals Friday, 31st August – Monday, 3rd September, 2018.5. Hearing of Protests/Appeals, Tuesday, 4th – Thursday, 6th September, 2018.6. Release/Publication of the final list of Candidates, Friday, 7th September, 2018.7. 2018 NFF Elections, Thursday, 20th September, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hughes: Musings on Packers’ super season

first_imgIndianapolis gave Edgerrin James a ring when it won four years ago even though he left the team in the offseason before. Harris was cut midseason. The Packers can honor him with the same gesture.6. I hope A.J. Hawk returns next season in a Packer uniform. He may not be the big name linebacker he was believed to become when he was drafted No. 5 overall, but the five-year pro has been dependably solid over that time and he’s coming off his best year yet, posting 134 tackles and three interceptions en route to earning a Pro-Bowl alternate tag. He’s also never missed a game in his career. It was an ugly defeat, but it exposed the fact that the Packers had the two bare essentials for a title: (1) They had a phenomenal defense and (2) they had a phenomenal quarterback.The Packers lost that game because the offense shriveled up without Aaron Rodgers. As admirable as Matt Flynn was the next week against New England, the offense floundered in Detroit.Because of the defense, Green Bay never trailed by more than seven points this year and never lost by more than four points. They were always in the game. A ground attack, even for a team that plays in the northern winter like Green Bay, is not a necessity when you have a great quarterback. Five out of the last 10 Super Bowl winners did not have a running game that finished in the top half of the league. Only four were in the top 10.But if there’s no ground game, the defense and quarterback need to be extraordinary to deliver the Lombardi trophy, like the Packers’ were.4. Desmond Bishop, Howard Green, Charlie Peprah and Frank Zombo - how many Packer fans knew those names during training camp (Hell, Green wasn’t even on the team until Week 8)? Both spent the majority of their careers elsewhere before spending a good amount of time in Green Bay late in their careers. Neither player slowed down with the Packers and neither player had a Super Bowl title among their repertoire of accomplishments. Both felt they were running out of time to earn a championship.For their teams, both stood for the best kinds of football players. The ones that were humble, beloved, worked hard their entire careers, never gave up and deserved everything they hadn’t yet received. They were pillars of inspiration and played important roles in their championships.2. Super Bowl XLV represented the Packers’ entire season in a nutshell. Green Bay overcame 15 players on injured reserve to reach the grand stage and when they finally got there, the injuries did not halt. More than that, the injuries claimed two of Green Bay’s biggest emotional leaders in Donald Driver and Woodson. If you’re a fan of sports teams in the state of Wisconsin, days like Sunday are about as rare as “””?ice storms in Texas.It’s not awful to be a fan of Wisconsin-based sports teams. It’s not a relationship rife with despair. Cleveland fans have it much worse, as do others.But Green Bay’s Super Bowl victory is just the second time a Wisconsin professional sports team has won a title since Lew Alcindor and Oscar Robertson led the Milwaukee Bucks past the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Finals.So, basically, winning Super Bowl XLV tastes better than every cheese curd, brat and beer I’ve ever had.I don’t know how else to describe the happiness other than “being pregnant with joy.” After the game, I could only marvel at the season and the team. One random thought sporadically entered my head one after another. I could hardly string them all together into one cogent thought.So here’s a tidbit of the musings that rushed through my skull Sunday night:1. When looking at the leaders of the last two Packer Super Bowl teams, it’s easy to spot the similarities between Charles Woodson and the late, great Reggie White. Although their games may have been up and down, Jordy Nelson (nine catches, 140 yards) and Jarrett Bush (four solo tackles, one interception), kept the season-long drumbeat going without stutter.3. It was in the unlikeliest of places I realized the Packers had a legitimate chance of winning in Dallas this year, but it came after the embarrassing 7-3 loss to Detroit.center_img Maybe it was the extra lighting that comes with a dome, but I swear those green jerseys never looked more beautiful and the yellow never looked so bright.Yeah, the Packers were a true road team, but they embraced the Super Bowl as their home. Being the second-youngest team in the NFL, don’t be surprised if they get comfortable there for the next couple years.Elliot is a junior majoring in journalism and sweet, sweet glory. What thoughts do you have on Green Bay’s achievement? Email them in written form to Hawk has a $10 million dollar pay stub coming soon, and Green Bay likely won’t pay it. He’ll have to restructure his deal or find a new team. With the emergence of Bishop and the likes of Brandon Chillar and Nick Barnett returning from injury, it’ll be interesting to watch.7. I’m glad the Packers wore their green jerseys for the Super Bowl. As the home team, they had a choice to revert to the white, like the Steelers did six years ago when they traversed three away games in the postseason to the Super Bowl. The Steelers wanted to keep the theme of winning on the road going and the Packers could have done the same. Bishop had eight tackles – three for loss – and a fumble recovery. Green helped force Nick Collins’ pick-six. Peprah led the team with 10 tackles – nine solo – and didn’t get beat in coverage. Zombo had a sack, another tackle for loss and has the coolest name I’ve ever heard.All of them capped off superb season-long play with the above stats in the biggest game. Here’s to hopefully seeing more from them in the coming years.5. I hope the Packers give a ring to Al Harris. Why not? For seven seasons he was a big reason why the Packers were a playoff team. After his devastating injury and subsequent departure from the team, he left thanking the Packer nation for the time he spent there.last_img read more

West proves reliable deep-ball threat for Syracuse passing game in loss to Notre Dame

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — It wasn’t quite the connection Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson had with wide receiver Will Fuller, but Terrel Hunt and Jarrod West were on the same page, too.Trailing for all but about 15 minutes of the game against Notre Dame, Syracuse had to drop the running game and attack the Fighting Irish through the air. If there were any positives from Hunt’s outing against Maryland on Sept. 20, it was the rapport he’s continuing to develop with West. The same could be said of SU’s 31-15 loss to No. 8 Notre Dame at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.West became the 11th receiver in program history with 100 career receptions and eclipsed 100 receiving yards in a game for the second time in his career.He finished with a career-high eight catches for 103 yards — no other Syracuse receiver logged more than 58 — after having just three receptions for 9 yards at halftime.“I’m not a selfish player, so it’s not frustrating,” West said of not getting involved until late in the game. “I just try to go out and whatever comes my way, I try to make my plays.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn SU’s first play of the second half, Hunt found West for a gain of 33. That moved the Orange into UND territory before Hunt threw a drive-killing interception four plays later.Late in the third quarter, Hunt dropped in a well-placed pass for West, who brought it in for a gain of 28 and again moved Syracuse past midfield. The senior wideout added a 19-yard reception in the fourth quarter to convert a third down and set SU up in the red zone.“They did a great job of slowing down the run and making us pass,” West said.Against the Terrapins on Sept. 20, West recorded 74 receiving yards, the bulk of which came on a 51-yard reception down the left sideline.As Syracuse looks to rebound from an off performance in the running game, the offense can only benefit from Hunt and West stretching out defenses and taking what it’s given.“Jarrod’s becoming a big-play threat down the field and it’s very encouraging to see,” left tackle Sean Hickey said. “It’s good to have a vertical passing game working like that. It helps out the running game a lot.” Comments Published on September 30, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Professor writes book on medicine

first_imgWith the release of his first book, The End of Illness, on Tuesday, Dr. David Agus, a professor in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Keck School of Medicine, hopes to make strides in understanding health and in calling for health care reform.The End of Illness calls for increasing preventative medicine. Agus said this concept comes from his dual training, which allows him to view health problems from the perspective of the body as a whole, rather than looking at specific systems.“I am a cancer doctor, so I look at people in the face every day and I say, ‘I don’t have any more drugs to treat you’ … and so we really brought the idea that we have to push to prevent disease,” Agus said.Agus calls his book a comprehensive new look at health.“[The book goes] through all the data and complications of vitamins,” Agus said. “It talks about … going from aspirin to statin to how they can dramatically lower your rate of inflammation and thereby heart disease and cancer.”As a professor of medicine and engineering, Agus gauges his two specialties to provide a unique insight to health.“Biologists try to understand one single pathway and then try to understand everything, whereas engineers realize [there are] complex systems you can’t always understand,” Agus said. “So, thinking like an engineer about medicine really is a whole new way of approaching it.”Aside from continuing to run the USC Westside Prostate Cancer Center in Beverly Hills, Agus has begun looking toward his next project.“The modeling that we talk about in the book, we have received a large grant from the National Cancer Institute to really apply that to cancer; to use the principles — the physics and math — to approach cancer,” Agus said.Since the release of the book, Agus has made appearances on Nightline and Good Morning America.“The Nightline reporter came to USC to see me last Friday, and he was a 34-year-old guy … healthy, skinny and exercises all the time,” Agus said. “We looked at his genetics, and it [turned] out he was at higher risk for heart disease. So, we did a heart scan, and it turned out he had heart disease.”The lack of Americans who proactively try to prevent disease is a problem, Agus said.“The problem with most health care is that you wait until you’re sick before you seek it,” Agus said. “I want to move health care to the prevention mode; I want to prevent people from getting illnesses.”In his laboratory on the Health Sciences Campus, Agus and his team are working on developing a more comparable marker from one person to the next.“Right now, we don’t have a universal marker for health — that’s a problem,” Agus said.last_img read more

Folklórico group enciende USC Village

first_img“In a lot of cultures, death is something that’s almost feared, and I think Día de los Muertos is something that embraces it,” said Ada Marys Lorenzana, a member of the group. “I think the best thing we did with this performance is try to honor that culture and try to honor our loved ones.”  Moises Iniguez, Adrian Bercerra and German Monroy (from left to right) perform a traditional Mexican folk dance to community members at USC Village. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) “And then we’re pretty much in the dark. When we’re preparing, especially for this showcase, we’re using our flashlights on our phones just to try to see what we’re doing,” Diaz said. “And every now and then cars will have to pass by so we have to pause a rehearsal and allow them to pass just for safety.” Paola Morales, a junior majoring in political science, said she was impressed with the effort the group put into the showcase and was particularly fond of the Sinaloa performance that expressed the vibrant garments of the region.  Grupo Folklórico de USC hosted its inaugural Día del los Muertos showcase Saturday at USC Village. The group performed regional dances from Guerrero, Yucatán, Sinaloa and Chihuahua. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) “What made me come out [to the showcase] is being able to see my culture represented in a space that is predominantly white people and being right here in the middle of campus [where] everyone can see and that my culture is so vibrant and beautiful,” Morales said.  “[Latinx students] are a very small percentage on campus,” said Evelyn Lopez, a 2019 alumna who led the effort to reestablish Grupo Folklórico de USC last year. “We’re about [15%] right now … We just want to represent that little portion of campus and the fact that we are in [a community that USC resides in] which is primarily minorities.” “It made me feel good that I saw President Folt made an appearance,” Morales said. “She actually stayed here to interact with students and see the work that the students put in — I think that shows her commitment to students of color and to diversity on this campus.”  “I just think this is a beautiful cultural event,” Folt said. “I love that it is designed to both celebrate the culture by the people whose culture it is and teach everybody else about it. So I’d love to see every single USC student here because it’s wonderful.”  Coming in one by one in their vibrant, vestuarios flowing onto the makeshift stage set in the USC Village Plaza, members of Grupo Folklórico de USC began their inaugural Día de los Muertos Showcase by performing Flor de Piña, a regional song from Oaxaca, Mexico. Folt arrived toward the beginning of the event, standing in the back of the audience to not steer attention away from the performance. At the end of the event, Folkórico members invited her to the altar where they explained the personal significance of the event to the Latinx community.  The group performed Mexican regional dances from Guerrero, Yucatán, Sinaloa and Chihuahua to songs such as “La Iguana,” “El Coyote” and “Las Aguas de Río Nonoava.” Each dance tells a story about the region displayed through their varying choreography with each number and outfit changes. center_img Grupo Folklórico de USC, which students reestablished in 2018 following a hiatus that lasted several years, practices in the Jefferson Boulevard Parking Structure two nights a week under the lighting of Dedeaux Field, which the group’s president Linda Diaz said often turns off by 7:30 p.m.   Morales, who noticed Folt at the event, was happy to see that Folt was making an effort to be involved in cultural events that pertain to underrepresented groups on campus.  Off to one side of the stage, a Día de los Muertos altar honoring friends and family members who have passed away decorated with marigold flowers, pan de muerto, candles and photos. The spiritual holiday is typically celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 and is rooted in indigenous and mestizo culture in Mexico.  By celebrating Día de los Muertos, Grupo Folklórico de USC hopes to educate community members on Mexican culture and represent the Latinx community through song and dance. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) Belen Espinoza (right) dances with her aunt Patricia Hernandez at USC Village. (Andrea Diaz | Daily Trojan) An audience of more than 200 people, including President Carol Folt, watched the dancers sway and dance back and forth across the stage while balancing pineapples on their shoulders.   Although the group hoped for better circumstances to prepare for its showcase, Mia Islas, a freshman majoring in communication, said the show helped her feel represented on campus. There is no current update to the fate of the group’s practice area for next semester, however the group has arranged a meeting with Student Affairs to resolve this issue for dance groups on campus.  By hosting the event, the club wanted to represent Mexican culture and the Latinx community on campus by taking up such a large and prominent space frequented by students and neighbors daily.  “It’s like a part of our culture that we grew up seeing, so seeing it where we’re living and like in a city that we could see ourselves living in for the rest of our lives is comforting,” Islas said. “It’s like going back home or like making a new home.”last_img read more