Late Mane strike sinks QPR

first_img Elia and Mane continued to cause problems with their pace in behind and Green did well to parry the latter’s shot wide before Fonte smashed Ward-Prowse’s corner against the crossbar soon after. Dunne was fortunate to avoid harsher punishment when he booted Elia on the edge of the area moments before the interval and Ward-Prowse bent the resulting free-kick wide. Rangers enjoyed more possession after the break and came close to taking the lead when substitute Mauro Zarate, on for Taarabt, stretched to meet Matt Phillips’ cross but was unable to generate any power on the finish. Austin nearly found a breakthrough in the 73rd minute when he diverted Joey Barton’s shot goalward from close range but Fraser Forster did brilliantly to react and push the ball over. Both teams pushed forward in search of a winner in the latter stages but it was Southampton who stole the points as Mane wriggled his way around Steven Caulker and drilled his shot into the top corner. There was time for more late drama as QPR had the ball in the net before the final whistle blew but the linesman had his flag up and the home fans were sent home disappointed again. Press Association Sadio Mane scored an injury-time winner to give Southampton a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory and ensure QPR began life after Harry Redknapp with defeat. Chris Ramsey, who was put in joint-charge with Kevin Bond following Redknapp’s resignation on Tuesday, issued a plea for more flair from QPR before the game and duly recalled talented Moroccan Adel Taarabt for only his second start of the season. Redknapp had declared Taarabt “overweight” back in October and while the forward showed some elegant touches, he failed to make the desired impact and was replaced in the second half. Rangers were often clumsy in possession and struggled to service Charlie Austin, who once appeared the side’s trump card in the battle for survival but now has just one goal in seven matches. Southampton have also endured a dip in form of late, suffering consecutive defeats to Crystal Palace and Swansea, but this victory will revive their confidence as they sit third before Manchester United play on Sunday. QPR remain second bottom of the table and the hunt for a new manager now looks even more urgent. The first opportunity of the contest fell to the visitors as Elia was sent clear and with Rob Green rushing out to intercept, the winger shot first time but missed the target. Taarabt gave the home fans something to cheer about as he danced round James Ward-Prowse, first with a Cruyff-turn and then a neat touch through the midfielder’s legs, but Rangers failed to create any clear-cut openings early on. Instead, it was Southampton who looked the more likely and Victor Wanyama should have broken the deadlock 15 minutes in when Richard Dunne’s header dropped loose in the box, but the Kenyan skewed wide. Saints dominated the first half and could have been out of sight had Mane and Eljero Elia been more ruthless in front of goal while Jose Font hit the crossbar from close range. Rangers grew in confidence after half-time and had chances themselves but as the game looked to be heading for a goalless draw, Mane found the top corner with a strike at the death to maintain Saints’ charge for the top four. last_img read more

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Allardyce: Lack of firepower is QPR’s main problem

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce believes QPRs lack of firepower is the main reason for their poor start to life back in the Premier League.Harry Redknapp’s side are bottom of the table and their 2-0 defeat against the Hammers on Sunday means they have lost all of their away matches so far this season, scoring only one goal in the process.“For Harry, like for us all, it’s about how threatening you are in terms of goal threat,” said Allardyce.“If you’re struggling to do that then the rest of the team comes under that much pressure it ultimately cracks. We’ve suffered that ourselves in the past.“What did they have? One attempt when Charlie Austin did brilliantly to get away from James Tomkins and a couple of shots.“When you haven’t got a real goalscorer in the team it makes such a difference. Our goal threat is greater whereas I think QPR are lacking a real goal threat at the moment and that makes life difficult.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Joe Montana speaks on Warriors dynasty, shoulder surgery, U.S. Open, 49ers odds

first_imgPEBBLE BEACH — Joe Montana knows dynasties, and he knows the challenges facing the Warriors, who were dethroned Thursday night and denied a third straight NBA title and fourth in five years.“It’s hard to win that many times in a row,” Montana said Friday at the U.S. Open, where he is the honorary ambassador. “They’ve been to five straight. Eventually, physically, you wear out. I mean, playing that many extra games every year, it’s going to happen.“Hopefully you don’t see those types of …last_img

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Chelsea run riot against Everton, Stoke shock Man City at home

first_imgChelsea hammered Everton 6-3 to take the top spot in the Premier League standingsChelsea showed off its new-found attacking sparkle in a 6-3 win over Everton on a day Manchester City lost its cutting edge to slip to a surprise first defeat in its Premier League title defense.City’s 1-0 home loss to Stoke on Saturday was exacerbated by its title rival’s wild victory at Goodison Park, in which Spain striker Diego Costa scored in the first and last minutes to continue the superb start to his Chelsea career.Another big-money arrival in English football, Angel Di Maria, made a promising debut for Manchester United but its 0-0 draw at promoted Burnley left Louis van Gaal’s side with just two points from three games – despite a spending spree of 130 million pounds ($215 million) this summer.Chelsea has no such problems, with a third straight win leaving the team top of the early standings on goal difference from surprising Swansea.In Costa, Chelsea also has arguably the standout player so far this season with four goals already since joining from Atletico Madrid.”He’s literally got everything,” Chelsea captain John Terry said. “He’s been brilliant, and he’s off to a flying start.”With Costa in such electric form and Cesc Fabregas picking up two more assists, Chelsea has an attacking swagger it lacked last season.”I want the team to play the way we did, to be positive,” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. “We were killers in attack.”Goals by Costa – after just 34 seconds – and Branislav Ivanovic put Chelsea 2-0 ahead inside three minutes, only for Kevin Mirallas to reduce the deficit for Everton just before halftime.advertisementSeamus Coleman’s own goal in the 66th minute sparked a rush of five goals in a chaotic 11-minute spell during which both defenses were carved open to the dismay of the team’s managers.Steven Naismith made it 3-2, Nemanja Matic regained Chelsea’s two-goal lead in the 74th but Everton came back again through Samuel Eto’o’s header on his debut, against the club that released him in the summer. Ramires put Chelsea 5-3 ahead and Costa wrapped up a madcap second half with a low finish after a back-heel from substitute Didier Drogba.In an all-action display, Costa was booked for a tussle with Coleman, and then goaded the defender provocatively after the right back’s own goal – sparking a melee with Everton’s American goalkeeper Tim Howard.”There are certain players who come to the Premier League who need to understand the ethics and the culture,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez said.Swansea is tied on nine points with Chelsea after beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0 thanks to two goals from Nathan Dyer and another from Wayne Routledge.Also Saturday, Wilfried Zaha scored an injury-time equalizer on his second debut for Crystal Palace in a 3-3 draw at Newcastle, Southampton won 3-1 at West Ham and Queens Park Rangers also earned a first win of the season by beating Sunderland 1-0.City and United had hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of attacking talent on show in the third round of the Premier League but couldn’t muster a goal between them.A flat display by City, five days after its impressive 3-1 win over Liverpool, was punished when former United striker Mame Diouf ran 70 meters in the 58th minute in a solo effort that was capped by a finish between goalkeeper Joe Hart’s legs.Stoke City shocked the reigning champions Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad stadium”I tried just to stay on my feet and keep on going,” Diouf said. “We will enjoy this win – it is a big one.”It was Stoke’s first-ever goal at the Etihad and earned the team a first win of the season under Mark Hughes, the former City manager.City failed to score at home for only the second time in 71 Premier League games, even with Argentina striker Sergio Aguero back in the lineup after regaining full fitness.”It’s a surprising defeat because we don’t expect to lose against Stoke but these games sometimes happen,” City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “Really we were not very creative, we did not find the space and that is credit to Stoke.”Di Maria made his first start for United after his British-record move from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) and showed enough signs that he will be a success at Old Trafford.He still couldn’t inspire Van Gaal’s team to a first win in any competition this season, with United lacking a cutting edge despite fielding Di Maria, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney in an exciting front four. Van Persie was denied twice with United’s best chances.advertisement”When you have two points, that is not good enough and that is disappointing,” said Van Gaal, whose team lost 4-0 to third-tier MK Dons on Tuesday in the League Cup.”At the moment it’s certainly not a world-class team, but we have to wait, and have belief that it will come.”last_img read more

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Sweden Inaugurates Expanded Port of Kapellskäras

first_imgzoom Sweden has completed a three-year refurbishment and expansion project at the country’s port of Kapellskäras the port prepares to welcome the vessels of the future.One of Sweden’s most important freight ports, Kapellskär now features a new pier, larger logistics area and modernised port facilities.“The Port of Kapellskär is extremely important for trade along the East-West axis and for sustainable transport in the rapidly growing Stockholm region,” Stefan Hansson, Chair of the Board at Port of Stockholm, said.The reconstructed port consists of 200,000 square metres of logistics area, an entirely new pier with two quay-berths, a newly renovated pier with two quay-berths and a reconstructed quay-berth. Following the reconstruction work the Port of Kapellskär now has five modern quay-berths. There is also a new pilot harbour adjacent to the south end of the port.“Both the traffic through the port and the vessel service traffic has expanded enormously at the Port of Kapellskär and there has been a great demand to expand capacity. Now we have modern facilities that can efficiently handle vessels, cargo and passengers,” Peter Lundman, Technical Operations Manager at the Port of Kapellskär, said.The Port of Kapellskär is part of the Ports of Stockholm Group, which has ports in Stockholm, Nynäshamn and Kapellskär.last_img read more

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Fighting fire with defiance Some stay home in BC to protect homes

first_imgRise Johansen is among those in British Columbia who has decided against obeying an evacuation order because of a wildfire, choosing instead to remain behind in Takysie to help those who are remaining in their homes.On Friday, she said the sun was out and the smoke had lifted slightly.“It’s a very odd experience because sometimes you wouldn’t even hardly know there’s a fire,” said Johansen, co-owner of Takysie Lake Resort.Johansen and her husband are two of the last people left for a tiny community of about 20 homes on Takysie Lake in central British Columbia. Takysie Lake is about a 30-minute drive from Francois Lake, where others have remained in their homes despite an evacuation order.As the fires snaked through the area, people’s homes were evacuated and the Johansens also left before returning.“We just went down the road a little bit and then we’ve come back,” she said in a telephone interview on Friday. “We didn’t feel like we were in imminent danger the night they started to evacuate.”She said the couple will stay as long as they feel safe. They run a store, resort, gas station and restaurant, and have had a steady stream of people who have been coming to them for everything from a cup of coffee to gas for their vehicles.People are putting up fire guards and using sprinklers to protect a number of homes.The Wildfire Service said more than 550 fires were burning Friday in all areas of the province. Sixty were considered fires of note, meaning they either posed a threat to people and property or were highly visible. Most were in the southeast part of B.C.Winds complicated the battle against many fires, including two with a combined area of more than 1,000 square kilometres southwest of Burns Lake and along the south shore of Francois Lake, where some people have defied an evacuation order to protect their land.Rodney Holland, chief administrative officer at nearby Fraser Lake, said evacuation orders are based on personal safety although adults have the option of defying the orders. He said he understands why people would defy them, based on an underlying belief that nobody will protect their property as diligently as they would.Johansen was also critical of the response to the fires by government agencies.“The boots on the ground are all awesome. The guys and the gals are working their asses off,” she said. “But the system of how this is being taken care of is immensely flawed. And that’s why so many people have stayed here. And I hate to use the word defied, but defied the evacuation order because we don’t have enough faith in the people making the decisions.”Holland said it is “frustrating” that some people are not happy with the government’s handling of the fires.“From everything that we’ve seen, everybody’s who’s responding to this fire is doing the very best possible,” he said. “We can’t control Mother Nature — Mother Nature is much bigger than us and the first responders and it’s sad that these people … are sitting back and criticizing. It’s just sad.”Some members of the Nadleh Whut’en have also defied evacuation orders and have stayed behind to protect their homes.Dana Glanville, who wrote a letter to the government following a public meeting in Grassy Plains, said she’s frustrated that authorities aren’t using valuable local knowledge to fight the fires and dismissed suggestions that local residents are naive or unprepared.“These are seasoned people who are farm people and loggers and contractors and many of them have had extensive experience fighting fires of all sizes and types for many many years,” she said Thursday. “They’re not wet behind the ears by any stroke of the imagination.”Glanville said between 100 and 150 residents on the south side of Francois Lake stayed behind to protect the land.“It’s home. It’s a beautiful little corner of the province,’ said Glanville, a former forestry technician. “It’s wild, it’s free. It’s filled with probably some of the last very, very self-reliant, hard-working, honest people.”— With files from Amy Smart in Vancouverlast_img read more

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Humble beginnings remember for Hon Dr Rosita Butterfield

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 09 Feb 2015 – The Hon Dr. Rosita Butterfield is laid to rest now, the country’s first woman elected to parliament on the PNP ticket for the constituency of Kew in North Caicos. She was and is a woman who many now know grew through education and politics and business and philanthropic endeavors to be considered a wealthy Turks and Caicos Islander. Current House Speaker, Hon Robert Hall reminded us at the State Funeral last week that it was not always the case; Rosie came from very humble beginnings. “Even after she was married, you may have heard the son speak about coming to Turks and Caicos, living in a trailer – a number of them – and living in a one bedroom. So when one looks at the vast empire they have today, some people think it was always that way, but with their sweat, blood, tears, dedication they really achieved great heights.”Dr. Rosita Butterfield was 78 years old when died on January 10, 2015. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Recommended for you TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:Dr. Rosita Butterfield, Kew, North caicos, pnp, robert hall, state funral Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more

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Shanahan Issues Directive for Ending of Military Sexual Assaults Gillibrand Expresses Frustration

first_imgActing Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan issued a sharp memo to top Pentagon commanders Wednesday calling for an end to sexual assault and harassment in the military, Politico reported.“To put it bluntly, we are not performing to the standards and expectations we have for ourselves or for each other,” Shanahan wrote. “This is unacceptable.”The memo included a call to make sexual harassment a stand-alone military crime.A biennial survey of military personnel issued Thursday documented 20,500 incidents of unwanted sexual contact in 2018, an increase over 2016. Enlisted female troops aged 17-24 were at the highest risk of assault, according to a USA Today report.The problem has been a focus for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a presidential contender, and Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), who announced this spring she had been raped in the Air Force.During a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing for Army Chief of Staff Nominee Gen. James McConville, Gillebrand bristled about the new survey results, The Hill reported.“I am tired of excuses,” Gillibrand said. “I am tired of statements from commanders that say, ‘zero tolerance.’ I am tired of the statement I get over and over from the chain of command: ‘We got this, ma’am. We got this.’ You don’t have it. You’re failing us.”Army photo by Senior Airman Christopher Muncy ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

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