Derby v QPR player ratings

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR, still without an away win this season and having now lost their last three games, were soundly beaten by Derby. Here’s how we rated each Rangers player in the 2-0 defeat at Pride Park. Alex Smithies: 7Produced second-half saves to keep the score down – something he has had to do all too often during his Rangers career.AdChoices广告Alex Baptiste: 6Embed from Getty ImagesPlayed his part in a decent defensive performance by the team in the first half and produced a last-ditch challenge to prevent a third Derby goal.Joel Lynch: 6Looked fairly comfortable at the back before being withdrawn at half-time.Jack Robinson: 6Embed from Getty ImagesThe stand-in skipper had a reasonable game both on the left of the back three and after replacing Lynch in the middle.Pawel Wszolek: 5Willing, but totally lacking any end product. Squandered a very good chance for Rangers with a woefully over-hit ball into the box, where Jamie Mackie was unmarked.Josh Scowen: 6Worked hard in midfield and came up with his team’s only shot on target, albeit a 90th-minute effort which was comfortably saved by keeper Scott Carson.Luke Freeman: 7Rangers’ stand-out player and by far their most creative. Sent a volley wide, delivered some dangerous set-pieces and managed to find space in a congested midfield, but to no avail.Jake Bidwell: 5Embed from Getty ImagesCaught out on occasions on the flank and offered nothing going forward.Yeni Ngbakoto: 5Will it ever happen for Ngbakoto at QPR? He again produced very little on his latest recall to the side and was taken off early in the second half.Jamie Mackie: 5Made little impact and missed a decent chance in the second half when he was unable to hit the target following Freeman’s corner.David Wheeler: 5Embed from Getty ImagesWith three strikers having been left on the bench, Wheeler was asked to perform an extremely difficult job up front and had zero success before being substituted in the second half.Ryan Manning: 5A tough second half for the youngster after he was brought on at half-time. Unlucky when he won a challenge only for the ricochet to lead to Derby’s second goal.Conor Washington: 5Aside from a header towards Mackie, made no impact whatsoever after coming on in the second half.Matt Smith: 6Headed over. Also struggled to make an impact after coming on. See also:Struggling QPR suffer third straight defeatHolloway insists changes frustrated DerbyQPR injury crisis ‘critical’ after Lynch rejoins casualty listHolloway bullish ahead of Brentford clashlast_img read more

Fournette just had carries limited

first_imgBATON ROUGE – LSU freshman tailback Leonard Fournette is not injured, but he has clearly not been running as hard as he was as recently as the Ole Miss game on Oct. 25 and through the first half of the Alabama game a week ago.Fournette gained a season-low nine yards on a season-low five carries in the 17-0 loss at Arkansas on Saturday. In the second half, he had one carry for one yard.“The runs for him were not working,” LSU coach Les Miles said after the game.Fournette seemed a bit off from the outset against Arkansas when he did get the ball. After gaining no yards on LSU’s first play of the game, freshman tailback Darrel Wiliams replaced him two plays later and rushed for five yards. Then senior Terrence Magee opened the next drive, but gained only three yards on two rushes. Fournette had runs of three, one and four yards in the second quarter.Running backs coach Frank Wilson had apparently seen enough for the first half out of Fournette, who has not seemed to run the same since a very hard tackle by safety Landon Collins for no gain appeared to shake him up with just under four minutes to go in the fourth quarter against Alabama.Fournette was replaced by Magee and carried just once more in that game at tailback two series later. Then he was hit very hard again on the kickoff return against Alabama after the Tide tied it 13-13 with :03 remaining in regulation. Reuben Foster nailed Fournette on the return at the 20 to end regulation.Before the tackle by Collins, Fournette had gained 191 yards on 42 carries against Ole Miss and Alabama for a 4.5-yard average. Since that tackle by Collins, Fournette has rushed six times for 10 yards for a 1.6-yard average.“Coach Frank has his reasons for who gets in and who rotates,” LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings said.“Coach was trying to find the hot guy,” said Magee, who led the Tigers’ tailbacks with 24 yards on seven carries. “None of us – me, Leonard or Darrel – could get it done.”Williams finished with 16 yards on six carries. Jennings gained 45 yards on eight rushes, but he was sacked four times for -37 yards.LSU (7-4, 3-4 SEC) finished with just 36 yards on 32 carries, counting a 27-yard loss when center Elliott Porter snapped the ball over Jennings head in the shotgun formation on the Tigers’ second play of the game. That followed a timeout by LSU when it was about to get a delay of game penalty on its second play.The Tigers played much of the game with a jumbled offensive line. Senior Evan Washington replaced starter Vadal Alexander at left guard to start the night as Alexander suffered a hand injury against Alabama. When Elliott Porter left the Arkansas game with an injured ankle in the second quarter, starting sophomore right guard Ethan Pocic moved to center, where he started the first two games of the season when Porter was suspended. Then senior Hoko Fanaika, who has played little since starting LSU’s first three games this season at right guard, replaced Pocic at right guard.“That starting five had a cohesiveness that they built throughout the season,” Jennings said. “So having the two guys go down, it was big.”LSU OFFENSIVE LOWS: LSU’s 123 yards of total offense at Arkansas marked its lowest output in 459 regular season games going back 39 years to Sept. 20, 1975, when the Tigers were held to 114 total yards in a 39-8 loss to Texas A&M. The Tigers gained 92 total net yards in the 21-0 loss to Alabama in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 9, 2012.LSU’s 36 rushing yards on 32 attempts marked the Tigers’ worst performance in that category since gaining 30 on 31 rushes in a 30-26 win over Mississippi State on Sept. 26, 2009.SHUTOUT TRIVIA: LSU’s 17-0 shutout loss at Arkansas was the Tigers’ first in the regular season or postseason against a team other than Alabama since a 24-0 loss at Texas A&M to open the 1993 season.INJURY REPORT: Starting center Elliott Porter (ankle) and starting left guard Vadal Alexander (hand) are both questionable for LSU’s regular season finale at Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4) at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27. Tailback Kenny Hilliard (shoulder) is not expected to play.last_img read more

Scott declares state of emergency as Tropical Storm Erika nears Florida

first_imgGovernor Rick Scott of Florida issued a state of emergency Friday as Tropical Storm Erika headed toward the state after killing at least four and causing devastating floods in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica.Scott used a brief press conference to remind locals to stock up on supplies, including at least three days’ worth of food and water.The storm is expected to hit southern Florida on Monday after battering the Dominican Republic and Haiti with “life-threatening floods” over the weekend, the US National Hurricane Centre said on Friday.Governor Rick Scott made his declaration that Erika “poses a severe threat to the entire state” shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it is predicted to go through the middle of the state.last_img

William Hill to pay National Living Wage to Under-25s

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill PLC has committed to extend the Government’s National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour to all employees including those in the 18-25 bracket from April 1st 2016.James Henderson, William HillThe company currently employs over 12,500 people in its UK retail business and while the majority are currently above the national minimum wage around 4,500 will benefit from the new National Living Wage. The voluntary application to 18-25s will benefit 2,000 colleagues in that age group.William Hill Chief Executive Officer James Henderson started out working in a betting shop in 1985.He said of the company’s decision: “I am pleased to announce that William Hill will commit to paying the National Living Wage to all our employees, including under-25 year olds from April 1st. Our shop colleagues are key to providing an enjoyable, responsible environment for customers in all our 2,370 locations and therefore think it only fair to extend it.”last_img read more

AFCON Winner Emenike Urges Youngsters To Aspire For Laurels (AUDIO)

first_imgFormer Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike has advised young footballers to always aspire to win laurels with the national team because the ‘great deal’ of trophies is often the only thing that makes international careers worthwhile.The former Fenerbahce and Spartak Moscow forward spear-headed Nigeria’s attack as the Super Eagles claimed a 3rd Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa, seven years ago, under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi.Looking back at the glorious moment, as well as the euphoria, paparazzi and fame that followed it, the 32-year-old, who retired from international football in 2015, said: “Winning (2013) AFCON was a great feeling at that moment, but I didn’t know how big it was till now that I have stopped playing for the national team and seeing the way people appreciate me when I go out there.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“I think winning AFCON is a big thing. So, I advise every young player to always put this in their mind that winning something for Nigeria is a big deal. You won’t understand how big it is until you stop playing for Nigeria. But it is a big, big, big deal – winning something for Nigeria,” Emenike stressed.Aside from helping Nigeria win the 2013 AFCON, Emenike also emerged as the tournament’s joint-topscorer with 4 goals, a feat he said he never planned for heading to South Africa.“Being the top scorer is great; it’s good, which is something I did put in my head before going into the tournament,” he said.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Download Audio“What we had in our head was to win the trophy, but coming out as the top scorer was great. Aside from being the top scorer, winning the tournament, that is, winning those two trophies was a big bonus in my life.”The former Olympiacos and West Ham striker managed 9 goals in 37 appearances with the Super Eagles before his premature retirement from the national team in 2015 following a 4-year stint.Emenike is currently a free agent after leaving Belgian side Westerlo in 2019.RelatedEmenike Backs Obasi’s Super Eagles Bribery ClaimsMay 13, 2020In “Featured”2019 AFCON: Nigeria Lacks Star Players – RohrFebruary 13, 2019In “AFCON”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Tanzania Football Federation Guarantee Emmanuel Amuneke’s FutureJuly 3, 2019In “AFCON”last_img read more

Le Roy sticks to unchanged team

first_imgAnthony Annan retains his place in Ghana’s starting line up for the quarter-final clash which kicks off at 17:00GMT at the Ohene Djan Stadium.Quincy Owusu-Abeyie also keeps his place on the right side of attack while Sulley Muntari plays on the left side of midfield.Michael Essien remains in central midfield where he would be partnered by Anthony Annan.Laryea Kingston who sat out of Ghana’s final group game against Morocco through suspension would start on the bench for Ghana.Starting line-up:Richard Kingson, John Paintsil, Hans Adu Sarpei, Eric Addo, John Mensah, Michael Essien, Anthony Annan, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan and Junior Agogo. Subs: Sammy Adjei, Haminu Draman, Nana Kwasi Asare, Harrison Afful, Alhassan Illiasu, Anthony Annan, Bernard Kumordzi, Andre Ayew, Laryea Kingston, Baffour Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah and Fatau Duada.Source: www.ghanafa.orglast_img read more

Top three issues on table for Trump, Chinese president’s meeting

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — It is perhaps President Trump’s most important meeting with a world leader yet — a high-stakes summit between two of the world’s greatest powers amid heated rhetoric and heightened tensions.Trump and his top advisers will host Chinese president Xi Jinping and his delegation this Thursday for two days of meetings at the president’s golf club Mar-a-Lago in Florida — even though Xi does not golf. It’s the first time the two leaders will meet face-to-face after Trump famously bashed China on the campaign trail.Since coming into office, Trump has taken a more muted tone on China, agreeing to the one-China policy and so far declining to label China a currency manipulator. Still, there are several critical issues on the table that the two sides will have to address, including the increasingly dangerous threat from North Korea and one of Trump’s principal talking points, trade.As Trump himself tweeted last week, “The meeting next week with China will be a very difficult one.”NORTH KOREANorth Korea is reportedly on the verge of its sixth nuclear test as the country moves closer and closer towards its stated goal of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. with a nuclear bomb.That threat has pushed the Trump administration to make North Korea a top priority. Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have both visited allies in the region, and Vice President will reportedly do the same this month.In particular, Trump has been keen to put pressure on China to do more to bring North Korea to the table and relinquish their pursuit of a nuclear-tipped ICBM.“China has great influence over North Korea. And China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t,” Trump told the Financial Times Sunday. “And if they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”That kind of threat has been echoed by Trump’s top foreign policy advisers, but it hasn’t moved China much so far — and Trump promised Sunday, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.”What options the administration has to do so remains unclear. Secretary Tillerson said while in South Korea that diplomatic efforts had failed and that preemptive military strikes are on the table.China has increased some pressure on North Korea, recently halting the purchase of coal from its neighbor. But as North Korea’s largest trading partner, there is more China could do to pressure the reclusive country economically. China’s leaders, however, fear any instability in the country, including the possibility of North Korean refugees pouring over their border.Instead, China has called on the U.S. and South Korea to stop joint military exercises in exchange for a halt to North Korea’s nuclear and weapons tests. The U.S. has rebuffed that offer, calling the two “apples and oranges.”Finding some common ground and a way forward will be critical to global security.TRADEWhen Trump bashed China as a candidate, it was almost always on the issue of trade.“We can no longer have massive trade deficits and job losses. American companies must be prepared to look at other alternatives,” he tweeted Thursday.“We cannot continue to trade if we are going to have an unfair deal like we have right now. This is an unfair deal,” he told the Financial Times Sunday.But since he took the oath of office, there has been more talk than action.Trump signed two executive orders Friday, initiating a review of trade deficits and strengthening some anti-dumping enforcement. Beyond that, though, he has done little to change the trade relationship with China, besides withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which critics says benefited China as it negotiates its own trade agreement that excludes the U.S.Candidate Trump proposed taxing imports from China — at one point, by as much as 45 percent, but later denying that. But more recently, Trump has refused to say whether such a tariff is still on the table, but critics warn that doing so could lead to a trade war as China retaliates with its own tariffs.Republicans have also been talking about a border adjustment tax, which would tax American companies that import goods from other countries, including China, but Trump has wavered on whether he supports that, too.One aspect of the economic relationship where Trump has whiffed so far is labeling China a currency manipulator, which he promised to do on day one of his administration. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in February the administration will use current processes to determine if China is manipulating its currency. Previous reviews have found that they did not, and economists say that more recently, China has been trying to boost its currency, not manipulate it lower, amid an economic slowdown in the country.All of this will be on the table, with nearly $660 billion of trade hanging in the balance.SOUTH CHINA SEAThe Trump team has also talked tough on the South China Sea as well. Top administration officials have said the U.S. will defend these international territories from a takeover, even as China continues to build them up and install military facilities on them. It’s unclear if the White House will include those concerns in this week’s meetings.In his confirmation hearing in January, Tillerson compared China’s actions to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, adding, “We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that first, the island-building stops, and second, your access to those islands is also not going to be allowed.”What could be seen as a threat of military action has been dismissed and defied by China. So far, the U.S. has taken no new steps to send that signal, and China has warned the U.S. not to get involved in what it sees as a regional issue.“The United States is not a country directly involved in the South China Sea,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said in January. “We urge the United States to respect facts and speak and act cautiously to avoid damaging peace and stability in the area.”Previously, the U.S. had not taken a position on who had claim to each island, but asserted its right to freedom of navigation in the waters around and the air above them. The maritime area hosts about half of the world’s commercial shipping, as well as key fisheries and natural resource reserves.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Five Subarus Unique to Colorado

first_img1. Subaru Baja – A car people only cared about once manufacturing ceased. Despite being named Consumer Report’s Most Reliable Pickup of 2006, Subaru’s attempt at an all-in-one utility vehicle spectacularly failed (projected to sell 24,000 annually, less than 30,000 Bajas were sold in the U.S. from 2003-2006). Only in Colorado do people desire a specific model of Subaru simply because it’s no longer being made. Or maybe they’re genuinely attracted to the because-we-can look of a truck-bed-toting sedan.2. Legacy Spec B – A 2006 limited edition with improved suspension and navigation systems, of which only 500 were made. The Spec B added a splash of much-needed youth to an otherwise plain car that’s essentially the auto industry’s equivalent of Dad Jeans.3. Impreza 22B STI – A hyper-rare Japanese-made model crafted to resemble Subaru’s own rally car. With a total release of less than 500, the majority never left the company’s homeland. Two known originals are famously in America today; one in New Jersey, home to Subaru of America’s headquarters, and the other (you guessed it) in Colorado. No, not Boulder, but Colorado Springs, where a Colorado Springs Subaru dealer keeps it tucked away in his private garage, like a famous stolen painting destined never to see the light of day.4. Any Hatchback – The most popular type of Subaru in Colorado, the hatchback’s allure lies in the realtive spaciousness of both its trunk and cab. It’s perfect for hauling a week’s-worth of camping gear deep in the mountains.  Or, more realistically, for hauling a carload of one’s friends and accessories to any of our country’s ever-multiplying music and arts festivals for a weekend of drug-fueled debauchery (please drive responsibly).5. Outback LLBean – Because Boulder. Never has a particular make and model of car ever been more closely associated with a specific geographic location. I don’t doubt that they’d make it their official city vehicle given the chance.last_img read more

Trump readies opioid plan, but some worry it won’t be enough

first_img President Donald Trump, escorted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives on Capitol Hill to have lunch with Senate Republicans and push for his tax reform agenda, in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) “If there’s no new money to expand our treatment infrastructure, I don’t know what the punch is going to be,” Kessler said. He acknowledged that declaring a national emergency “would put it in the national spotlight. Create buzz. Create talk.” But with news coverage of the opioid crisis already saturating front pages and newscasts, he said, “I don’t know how much more buzz we can generate.”Some health advocates also are concerned that devoting more public health resources to opioids could pull attention and resources from other health problems such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. What’s needed, they say, are new funding streams and a willingness to work hand-in-hand with states and local governments.“An emergency declaration without significant new funds will likely be unsuccessful. The problem is enormous and requires a similar investment in a comprehensive strategy that includes primary prevention,” said Becky Salay, director of government relations at Trust for America’s Health, a Washington-based public health research and advocacy organization.The idea of declaring a national emergency was first raised in an interim report prepared by an opioid commission chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and convened by the president earlier this year.“The first and most urgent recommendation of this commission is direct and completely within your control. Declare a national emergency,” read the report from the group, which argued the move would empower Trump’s Cabinet to address the crisis and force Congress to dedicate more money to fighting overdose deaths.Trump said back in August he planned to adopt the recommendation, and claimed his team was working on documents to formalize the declaration. But his words spurred immediate push-back from some inside his administration who argued it wasn’t the best move.Emergency declarations are typically reserved for natural disaster like hurricanes, infectious diseases like swine flu and bioterrorist threats like anthrax, and Trump’s now-departed Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price argued publicly that the administration could deploy the needed resources without a formal declaration.As the weeks have passed, Christie appeared to grow impatient, telling an audience in New Jersey earlier this month that it wasn’t “good that it hasn’t been done yet.”“All I know is, two months is two months and I would have loved to have had the time to have worked on it in that respect,” Christie said. “But you know, they’re telling me they’ve got legal issues and hurdles to get over that they haven’t gotten over yet. I take them at their word. But if you’re asking me, would I have preferred him to sign it August 1st, yeah.”He said the problem was too big to say the delay had made a significant difference, “but I would also say you can’t get those two months back.”The Office of National Drug Control Policy defended the administration’s handling of the matter, saying Trump’s policy advisers, along with relevant government agencies, have been “working tirelessly since the beginning” to respond to the opioid crisis.With an estimated 142 Americans dying every day from drug overdoses, more than 10,000 people have died in the weeks since the president first committed to the plan.At a commission meeting last week, no overt reference was made to the president’s promise, but members stressed the need to act.“We ought to be treating this like a FEMA response and getting the necessary medication,” said former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, who argued that, if the drug crisis were Ebola, “we’d waive all the rules and we’d say get it done and start saving lives, I mean that’s what we need.”“That’s what we’ve been saying,” Christie responded. The New Jersey governor later compared the response to the AIDs epidemic.“I still have not seen the passion for this epidemic that I saw in the AIDS epidemic,” Christie said.The commission had suggested two mechanisms for an emergency declaration: the Public Health Service Act or the Stafford Act. The nation has a public health emergency fund, but it is empty, Kessler said.If the emergency is declared instead under the Stafford Act, funding could be included with disaster relief for hurricanes and wildfires. But that would put the opioids emergency under the jurisdiction of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is under the Department of Homeland Security.“All that money could go to border security and drug interdiction, rather than toward treatment,” Kessler said.Trump’s delays have frustrated observers.“The failure to follow through is a betrayal of families and I think unconscionable,” said Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University professor and the director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law.AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson reported from Chicago. Follow Colvin and Johnson on Twitter at and WASHINGTON | President Donald Trump’s long-awaited declaration that the opioid epidemic is a national emergency finally arrives this week, but some advocates are worried that it won’t be backed with the money and commitment to make much difference.Trump is expected to make the formal declaration and deliver a major speech on the topic Thursday, more than two months after he first announced that would be his plan.There is concern the White House actions will be empty talk without a long-term commitment to paying for more addiction treatment: An emergency declaration would lack punch without money, said Andrew Kessler, who represents substance abuse treatment providers as a lobbyist in Washington.last_img read more

Boston’s pro sports franchises unite to fight racism

first_imgIn this May 1, 2017, file photo, Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones prepares to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston. Jones says the widely condemned racial insult hurled at him at Fenway Park illustrates the need for dialogue about race and for fans to police each other. Jones spoke Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City while his team plays a series with the Royals. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON (AP) — The Boston area’s five major professional sports franchises are teaming up to fight racism.The Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins, and Revolution later this month will unveil a public service project called “Take the Lead” featuring videos of athletes calling on fans to take a stand against racism and hate speech at sports venues. Each team has agreed to prominently play the video in their venues.A few fans seated above the Green Monster dropped down a sign denouncing racism during the fourth inning of Boston’s game against Oakland at Fenway Park on Wednesday night. The sign — draped over the top middle of the 37-foot Monster — read: “Racism is as American as Baseball.” It was up for about one batter and the umpires asked it be removed because it was in fair territory.(AP Photo/File)Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy tells The Boston Globe ( ) the effort was sparked by two racist incidents at Fenway Park in May, including one in which Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was the target of a racial slur from someone in the stands. Jones is Black.Kennedy says the pro teams “have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion” about racism.___Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.comlast_img read more