Redknapp: Things have to change

first_img “Next year lots of things have to change here – the whole discipline of the club. I have pussyfooted around with some of them because they are here and you need to get the best out of them. I want players who want to be here, work hard and train hard – the others, just don’t bother. In terms of discipline, it has got to change. “Some of them think they can do what they want, when they want. It’s been difficult because we have had to use them, but now is the time when we have had to make the changes. “You have to get a good squad of players and need strong characters as much as ability. There are some good characters here and they are not all dysfunctional. There are some good lads here too, but you do need more. It’s a different game, different people and different characters, but it is still football. I love football.” QPR welcome Newcastle to Loftus Road on Sunday as Alan Pardew’s side search for a positive result to ease their own relegation fears. Redknapp admits it is difficult to get his players worked up to perform to their best but they will not allow Newcastle to walk away with a win. “When you have nothing to play for but pride it is difficult. I’m looking forward to try and build a team for next season,” he said. “We don’t want to be rolling over for anyone. We will give it our best shot and try to win the game. I think Newcastle will be okay.” The Magpies go into the game with their top-flight status out of their own hands but Redknapp feels they have struggled due to disruptive injuries to key players throughout the season. “I’m sure Newcastle will come back strong,” he said. “Alan did a great job last year and overachieved, but underachieved this year. Injuries have affected them, but I’m sure next year they will come back and be strong again.” Press Association QPR manager Harry Redknapp believes the ethos of the squad must change if they are to be successful next season.center_img Redknapp’s side currently sit bottom of the Barclays Premier League, with just four league wins to their name so far this season and their relegation confirmed two weeks ago at Reading. The 66-year-old has also called the discipline of the squad off the pitch into question. Midfielder Stephane Mbia is the latest player to upset Redknapp, tweeting on Monday that he wants to secure a move back to previous club Marseille. “If they practised more rather than tweeted they would be better footballers,” said Redknapp. last_img read more

Tennis News Serena Williams’ doll gift to daughter is a lesson in dealing with racial diversity

first_imgMelbourne: Serena Williams says she made sure the first doll her daughter Alexis Olympia received was black, and her second one will be white as she teaches a message of “love for each other”. The tennis great, in Melbourne in her bid to win a 24th Grand Slam title, is married to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian with their first child born in late 2017. Williams, 37, said she rarely came across black dolls when she was growing up and wanted to make sure her baby had one. “Qai Qai is a doll I got for her. I wanted her to have a black doll,” she said after easing into the tournament second round Tuesday.            “Growing up, I didn’t have that many opportunities to have black dolls. And I was just thinking, like, I want her first doll to be black. And her heritage, obviously she’s mixed, she’s Caucasian and black, but I feel like that was her first doll and I said her second doll would be CaucasianRead More | Andy Murray on hip injury: So sore I can’t walk my dogs”I definitely want to always teach her love and teach her just that humans should always have love for each other, no matter what colour they are,” she added. Bizarrely, the doll has its own Instagram page with more than 87,000 followers, and growing.     Read More |  Australian Open 2019: Rafael Nadal cruises into second roundQai Qai is described on the social media platform as “daughter and best friend of @olympiaohanian and grandaughter of @serenawilliams”. Williams said the name Qai Qai came from her nephew. “We were all sitting in our living room, and we were running around names, and he said, ‘call her Qai Qai’. He actually is the magic behind the name,” said the American.Williams last played the Australian Open in 2017, when she won the tournament while eight weeks pregnant. She assured reporters she wasn’t expecting again as she reflected on life on the road with a child.”It’s definitely different to travel with a toddler as opposed to a baby, an infant,” she said. “Infants I think are easier, and everyone said it’s easier. I didn’t quite understand. Olympia takes a lot more attention now, which is why I’m trying to get out of here (press conference room). It’s cool. It’s really cool to be a mom and to be her mom, in particular. I feel really special.” Serena launched her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title with a straight sets mauling of Germany’s Tatjana Maria in the Australian Open first round. In an ominous warning to her rivals at Melbourne Park, the American took just 49 minutes to dismantle Maria 6-0, 6-2, justifying her status as bookies’ favourite to claim an eighth Australian title. The 37-year-old won her 23rd major Down Under two years ago while eight weeks pregnant and is now attempting to match Margaret Court’s mark of 24 singles Slams on the Australian’s home soil.”The last time I was here I was pregnant and playing at the same time, so it’s kind of weird walking back on by myself this time,” she said. “I have so many good memories of the last time I was here. It was literally the best win of my career, so it’s just good to get back.” It was Serena’s first outing on tour since her infamous meltdown at the umpire while losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Badgers shut out Notre Dame, avoid season sweep

first_imgWisconsin Men’s Hockey Team has gone through a rough patch as of late.After a disappointing series against Penn State University and Michigan State University, the Badgers were determined to obtain a decisive win against No. 1 Notre Dame at the United Center Sunday. Notre Dame had come away victorious in the three previous meetings between the two Big Ten opponents this season.In the first period, UW Defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk opened the game with his second goal of the season. From then on, the game was all Wisconsin.Men’s hockey: Wisconsin dominates during East Coast weekendThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team found success out East after winning against both No.13 Boston College and Merrimack. Read…Trent Frederic scored a short-handed goal, followed by a Seamus Malone power-play one-timer goal to extend Wisconsin’s lead to 3-0 at the end of the second period.Finally, Linus Weissbach and Sean Dhooghe contributed two goals late in the third period to cap off a sweet 5-0 win against Notre Dame.Goaltender Jack Berry was solid at net stopping forty shots (a career high).According to head coach Tony Granato, Berry played a key role in the win.“Goalie was great, it starts in the net. I thought right out of the gate, this was solid for us, gave us a lot of confidence. We were able to solve their goalie a bit tonight, which has been a challenge all year for us,” Granato said.Granato looked back at the season series against Notre Dame and noted this win did not differ all that much from the last three games against the Fighting Irish. But it came down to a few key plays the Badgers were able to capitalize on.With only eight games left in the season, the Badgers need to step up their game to have any hope for a berth in the NCAA tournament. Though Wisconsin decisively beat top ranked Notre Dame the Badgers placed 18th in the rankings as of Jan. 23.Wisconsin will try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they play against No. 14 Penn State this Friday at 8 p.m. at the Kohl Center.last_img read more

Former USC basketballer contributes to Warriors championship

first_imgNick Young, also known by his nickname, “Swaggy P,” won the 2018 NBA Championship with the Golden State Warriors after sweeping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 3.Photo of Nick Young courtesy of NBA.comComing from Cleveland High School in Los Angeles, Young was deemed a top-50 recruit entering USC in 2004, ranking as high as No. 7 in the nation in some polls. As a freshman, he averaged 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Young continued to improve those numbers over his next two years to average 17.5 points per game during the 2006-2007 season and rank second-best in the conference for scoring and 3-point percentage (44.0 percent). He was selected to the All Pac-10 First Team for both his sophomore and junior seasons for his leadership on the court and impressive numbers. In his junior year, the Trojans basketball team was a fifth seed in the NCAA tournament when it lost in the Sweet Sixteen under head coach Tim Floyd. Young led the team throughout the regular season alongside Taj Gibson and into the postseason tournament where they defeated powerhouse players like Kevin Durant with the University of Texas. After the 2006-2007 season, Young chose to forgo his senior season to enter the NBA Draft. He was selected in the first round as the 16th overall pick by the Washington Wizards. As a rookie, he played in 75 games and averaged 7.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. He shot 43.9 percent overall and 40.0 percent from behind the arc. In the following two seasons, Young continued to establish himself as a reliable shooter for the Wizards by ranking 16th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage during the 2009-2010 season. Young eventually earned his spot as a starter for the Wizards until he was traded in 2012 to play for the Los Angeles Clippers. Future teammate Javale McGee also left the Wizards at the same time, and would later reconnect for a championship in Northern California. On average, Young contributed 8.3 points per game in the Clippers’ 11 playoff games that season. In the 2012-2013 season, Young played for the Philadelphia 76ers, where he held a 41.3 field goal percentage and averaged 10.6 points per game. Young quickly returned home when he began playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2013. As a bench player, he averaged 18.8 points per game and even tallied two 40-point games. Those games ranked as the two highest scoring games for a bench player in the league that season. He continued to shine with the Lakers (and play with Kobe Bryant during his farewell tour) until Young finally earned his starting spot in the 2016-2017 season, averaging 13.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Last summer, Young signed with the Warriors, where he would reunite with McGee and become teammates with his cousin, Kevon Looney, to win the NBA title. He averaged 7.3 points per game throughout the season and only 2.6 points per game in the playoffs. Young did, however, start in place of Stephen Curry through Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the New Orleans Pelicans while Curry recovered from injury. He helped the Warriors through the playoffs and into the finals, where they would win the title. Young is now the fifth USC alumnus to win an NBA Championship, placing himself in the company of greats like Bill Sharman and Paul Westphal.last_img read more

Syracuse to host Old Dominion in mid-December

first_img Published on May 10, 2018 at 3:06 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse will host Old Dominion on Dec. 15 as part of its nonconference schedule, SU Athletics announced Thursday afternoon. Old Dominion finished last season 25-7 and 15-3 in Conference USA, falling in the semifinals of its conference tournament to Western Kentucky. The Monarchs have not made the NCAA Tournament since back-to-back appearances in 2010 and 2011. Head coach Jeff Jones is entering his sixth season at the helm for Old Dominion after stints at Virginia and American. He is 114-58 with the Monarchs and owns a 471-344 career record.Syracuse has played Old Dominion three times ever, all coming during the tenure of head coach Jim Boeheim. The Orange has won two of the three including a win in the 1977 ECAC Upstate-Southern Championship. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Cardinals’ Molina exits game against Cubs with bruised elbow

first_img St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs because of a bruised left elbow.It was not immediately clear when he was hurt. The nine-time All-Star and nine-time Gold Glove winner was replaced by Matt Wieters in the sixth.Molina was batting .276 after going 0 for 2 on Monday.Image credits: AP LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 06:41 IST Cardinals’ Molina Exits Game Against Cubs With Bruised Elbow St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina left Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs because of a bruised left elbow First Published: 8th September, 2020 06:41 IST COMMENTcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Angels GM Billy Eppler saw better things coming for both Andrelton Simmons, Didi Gregorius

first_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Coming into this weekend’s Angels-Yankees series, Simmons was hitting .318 with three homers and an .866 OPS. Gregorius was even better, hitting .345 with nine homers – second only to Mike Trout in the American League – and a 1.245 OPS.Eppler, who was quick to give Yankees GM Brian Cashman the credit for the Gregorius move, nonetheless conceded there were similarities between what he saw from both players before his teams acquired them.“They are both high-level athletes, with very quick-twitch tendencies that help drive their athleticism,” Eppler said Friday. “They were strong on the defensive side of the game and young with some underlying process characteristics that give you some degree of hope that they have a chance to get better offensively.”WAITING FOR CALHOUNKole Calhoun was hitting .174 with three walks and 27 strikeouts heading into Friday’s game. So far Manager Mike Scioscia’s only nod to the slump has been to drop him to eighth in the order and sit him against lefties.“There is no doubt he’s trying to find a comfort level in the box,” Scioscia said. “You can look to a lot of things that aren’t working right now for Kole. Once he gets comfortable in the box, those things will reverse course very quickly. Kole is going to be fine.” ALSOIf Shohei Ohtani starts at DH on Saturday, as expected, he will get a chance to face Masahiro Tanaka for the first time since Ohtani was a rookie in Japan in 2013. Ohtani went 0 for 11 against Tanaka. The two chatted briefly in the outfield on Friday afternoon, the prelude to a game that will be highly anticipated by Japanese fans and media. …Matt Shoemaker (forearm strain) said he’s moved back to about 90 feet in his throwing and so far everything “feels great.” Shoemaker said he’s hoping he can get on a mound soon and return to the Angels within a matter of weeks. …Blake Wood (elbow impingement) began playing catch on Friday. Wood said he doesn’t consider it to be a serious injury, but he’s also not sure he’ll be back when he’s eligible on Wednesday. …Parker Bridwell (elbow inflammation), who is on the Triple-A disabled list, is getting close to throwing again, Eppler said. …Related Articles Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — Aside from being childhood friends and teammates from Curacao and both having offensive breakouts in recent years, there’s one more common thread between the shortstops of the Angels and New York Yankees.Angels general manager Billy Eppler acquired Andrelton Simmons in November 2015, one of his first moves after taking the job.Eppler was the Yankees assistant GM when they got Didi Gregorius in a three-way trade in December 2014.Neither player had hit much with their previous teams, but both have blossomed since the deals.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Outfielder Jo Adell, the Angels’ second-best prospect, is on the seven-day disabled list at Class-A Burlington, Iowa, because of a thumb contusion, Eppler said. He was hurt on Tuesday night. He is expected back around the time he’s eligible. …Alex Meyer, who is likely to miss the season after undergoing shoulder surgery, began throwing on Friday. “It was exciting,” Meyer said. “Today was a huge step, and it felt great.” …JC Ramírez, who underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, returned to the Angels’ clubhouse in a much better mood than he was immediately after getting the diagnosis. Ramírez said he was so down for about a week and a half that he brought in his mother for moral support. “I was really sad and frustrated,” he said. …The Angels sent Luke Bard back to the Minnesota Twins, the team from which they selected him in the Rule 5 draft over the winter. Although Bard pitched well with the Angels, with the exception of one bad game, he was caught in a roster crunch. The Angels needed to call up a fresh reliever, and they had to use Bard’s roster spot to bring up Eduardo Paredes. …UP NEXTAngels (Garrett Richards, 3-0, 3.46) vs. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 3-2, 5.28), 6 p.m. FS1, KLAA (830 AM) Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 last_img read more

Marcus Peters vs. Jalen Ramsey: Expletives, profanity and a heated confrontation after Ravens-Rams

first_imgWho could have guessed Marcus Peters would be fired up and eager to trash-talk the team that traded him last month so it could replace him with a different cornerback?The feisty, 26-year-old Ravens CB was understandably vocal throughout his team’s 45-6 thrashing of the Rams on Monday night. He was seen jawing at Los Angeles’ sideline during the game, with the chatter rising to a crescendo after Peters intercepted Jared Goff early in the fourth quarter. Peters’ primary target appeared to be Jalen Ramsey, the player for whom the Rams traded hours after they dealt Peters to the Ravens in October. Enough said. LA’s loss dropped it to 6-5, and based on the current NFC playoff picture, the Rams’ postseason chances are slim. Peters’ new team, on the other hand, may or may not be the best in the NFL.Peters, who recorded two interceptions in six games with the Rams this season, already has three picks in five games with the Ravens.He didn’t need to speak with media after the game for us to know his latest was the sweetest. bruh … marcus peters hilarious 😂😂— Alex Glaze (@Alex_Glaze) November 26, 2019The context: On Oct. 16, the Rams in a surprising move traded Peters to the Ravens in exchange for linebacker Kenny Young and a 2020 fifth-round pick. The deal made more sense to observers a few hours later, when the Jaguars traded Ramsey to the Rams in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, a 2021 first-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.The moves were viewed as Los Angeles attempting to upgrade at cornerback, and Peters, a California native, was sent to Baltimore. The Rams reportedly had no interest in extending Peters, an All-Pro selection three seasons ago, and instead hope to pay Ramsey a long-term contract.”Everything, man,” Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon said after Monday night’s game (via ESPN) when asked what it meant to Peters. “He wanted to come in and get this win. You always do when you go back home.”In a development that surprised nobody, the confrontation did not end when the game clock hit zero. As the teams met on the field for post-game handshakes and hugs, Ramsey appeared to approach Peters, who had no intentions of ceasing with the trash talk. ESPN’s cameras caught the exchange as the network was ending its broadcast.Marcus Peters gave Jalen Ramsey the BUSINESS after the game 😳#BALvsLA— SportsLine (@SportsLine) November 26, 2019According to The Athletic, Peters “had a loud, lengthy string of expletives as he ran up the Coliseum tunnel among former Rams teammates.” Added CBS: “Peters came into the tunnel talking copious amounts of s—.”ESPN’s account: “After his exchange with Ramsey, Peters eventually retreated to the visitors locker room while delivering a profanity-laced rant to no one in particular. Rams cornerbacks coach Aubrey Pleasant attempted to greet him, but Peters brushed him aside.”Which is why Ramsey had to be restrained by two Rams staffers in the tunnel.After the game, Rams CB Jalen Ramsey was being restrained by Rams personnel in the tunnel while shouting at Ravens players and staff going into their locker room. @NBCLA— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) November 26, 2019″If you’ve got questions about the game, I’ll answer that,” Ramsey told reporters when asked about his exchange with Peters. “Other than that, I ain’t going to answer no B.S.”Peters did not speak with media after the game, but many in the tunnel heard him yell: “Kicking the Rams’ ass out of the playoffs.”last_img read more

Invasive Plant Species Crowding Out Native Beachgrass

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan |SANDY HOOK ­­– The American Littoral Society is asking local beachgoers to rid the beaches of an invasive plant which crowds out the native American beachgrass and other plants which protect dunes from eroding.The grass, Carex kobomugi, or Asiatic sand sedge, originally from Japan, has curly leaves, a long tap root and spreading rhizomes from which new plants grow.Tim Dillingham, executive director of the society, wants those who see the plant on the beaches to notify the group, but not to pull the plant out.He said the area from which the plant is removed has to be replanted with American beachgrass or the sedge will spring up again.American beachgrass, which is long and slender, blocks sand blown off the beach during storms, creating wider and higher dunes. Dillingham said the sedge is much shorter than the beachgrass and therefore doesn’t block the sand, allowing for dune erosion.He said there are currently no public funds available to aide in the removal of Asiatic sand sedge.SedgegrassAccording to Pim Van Hemmen, assistant director of the society, a group of volunteers from the engineering firm T&M Associates, Middletown, recently removed Asiatic sand sedge from the dunes at Sandy Hook. The dunes will be replanted with American beachgrass in the early spring.Jeff Dement, the chief naturalist for the society, said the American beachgrass had to be planted before March or April so it will be established by the summer.He said it was unclear where the Asiatic sand sedge first came to the Two River area, but that some was planted in Island Beach State Park years ago.There has also been speculation it was used as packing material in cargo from Japan, he said, but that was not confirmed.In addition to being less protective of the dunes than American beachgrass, the sedge also discourages the growth of other plants which serve as habitat and protection for small birds and monarch butterflies. Dillingham said the sedge can block the growth of goldenrod which attracts monarchs to Sandy Hook in the fall during their migration. Goldenrod supplies the butterflies with nectar on their journey to Mexico.“I think the dunes are the best protection we can build,” Dillingham said, to preserve the beaches.He said the society was working with local school systems to enlist interest in protecting the dunes, and relying on media coverage to spread the information about the problems with Asiatic sand sedge.If you notice Asiatic sand sedge at a local beach, contact the American Littoral Society at 732-291-005.This article was first published in the August 3 – 10, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Arnett Gardens Rockers retain SBC League title

first_imgLed by a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds from Kwame Lawrence, the finals’ most valuable player, Arnett Gardens Rockers overcame a determined effort from Upper Room Church to win game three of their WorldNet/Southern Basketball Conference (SBC) league championship finals 82-71 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Sunday. The Rockers swept the best-of-five 3-0 and claimed their second successive SBC league title.Needing to win to keep the series alive, Upper Room started well and raced into a 11-3 lead before ending the quarter ahead 28-17. Arnett were having problems stemming Upper Room’s attacks, with Jermaine Brown (20 points) and Dwayne Pottinger (17 points and 14 rebounds) proving very difficult to contain.INCREASEDINTENSITYHowever, the introduction of Fernando Young increased the intensity in Arnett’s defence, and they were able to win the second quarter 21-16 as Upper Room led 44-38 at half-time.With Upper Room now within reach, the home team was expected to overtake their opponents in the third period, but the visitors continued to prove stubborn, and despite losing the quarter 17-11, they went into the final period tied up at 55-55.The effort it took to keep the hosts at bay eventually took its toll, and in the final quarter, Arnett ran riot as Lawrence, Vivian Spence (16 points and seven rebounds), John Brandt Jr (15 points), Arnell Campbell (12 points and 11 rebounds), Delano Mallett (10 points), and Young (12 rebounds) toyed with their opponents before romping to a nine-point victory.Arnett’s player-coach, Mallet, was very pleased to have ended the series at three games and in front of their home fans.”Last year, it was rougher than this one because we had to play hard at Waterhouse to win, so to win in front of our home fans is a great feeling,” he said.Arnett pocketed the $100,000 winners’ cash prize, $50,000 of which was contributed by sponsor World Net. The other $50,000 came from a cash pool contributed to by all the teams. This was established to offset the league’s expenses at the start of the season and prior to WorldNet sponsorship. According to SBC general secretary, Tanya Wright, the runners-up prize money and All Star game were also financed from this pool.last_img read more