Derry: Barton’s comments ‘unwise’

first_img Club owner Tony Fernandes, who celebrated his 49th birthday with a big QPR cake, met with manager Harry Redknapp yesterday to formulate a plan to try to get Rangers back in to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt. Fernandes was happy that Redknapp was willing to continue as manager, but he was in a far less joyous mood when asked about the performances of some of his players this season. The Malaysian businessman will likely try to clear out some of those players in the summer, including Barton, whose loan at Marseille expires in the summer. Midfielder Esteban Granero has hinted that he would be willing to remain at Loftus Road, but Loic Remy, Djibril Cisse, and Julio Cesar appear to be considering their future. Remy, who has scored five goals since joining from Marseille in January, revealed he wants to playing the top flight again next season. When asked whether Premier League football suited him, the French striker told “I feel like it is, in every way. “You get less time to read the game in this league. There’s more pressure and there’s more contact, though there is more space too. It’s great for a player like me. They play deep here and I like that. It feels like the perfect league for me.” Midfielder Shaun Derry thinks Joey Barton decision to brand QPR’s players as “maggots” was unwise. Barton wasted no time in delivering a damning verdict on QPR’s relegation on Sunday afternoon, describing some members of the squad as “maggots” shortly after the team’s 0-0 draw at Reading. “I know Joey. I know him on a different level and I know that when things go against him personally he comes out with some unbelievable comments,” Derry told talkSPORT. “Deep down he’s a fighter, but at the same time, when you’re down and you’re really at the bottom of what’s been a horrible season perhaps it wasn’t the wisest thing.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Moses becomes Reds’ third signing

first_img Eight players have now been brought in by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers this summer, with Monday’s arrivals following those of Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Aly Cissokho. Moses told “First and foremost, I’m delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool. “The most important thing is for me to be professional about it and I’m here to do a job for the club. “The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League – and I’m delighted to be here. “The manager has done very well and the formation and players here will help me and I just want to gel in, get to know the players and play with them. “There are a lot of quality players here – they’re winning games and creating chances. It’s a massive thing for me to be here.” France defender Sakho played 201 games for PSG, securing the Ligue 1 title with the capital club last season to add to winners’ medals in the 2010 Coupe de France and the 2008 Coupe de la Ligue. But now the 23-year-old, who can operate in central defence or at left-back and has won 14 caps for Les Bleus, cannot wait to get started for his new team. Liverpool have announced their third signing of the day after confirming Chelsea forward Victor Moses had joined on a season-long loan. Press Association “I’m delighted to be here,” he told ”I’d like to thank everyone for the welcome. “I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. “I’m really looking forward to playing my first game.” He continued: ”I’m really looking forward to cracking on with work and I can’t wait to get on (the) pitch. “I know the Liverpool fans are fantastic and while I was in France, it was clear for me to see they are amongst the best in England.” Portuguese centre-back Ilori was equally thrilled to have arrived on Merseyside. “It feels great being a Liverpool player – coming to the Premier League has always been a dream for me,” the 20-year-old said. “I’m going to try to achieve everything I can. I want to play as much as possible and we’ll see what the future holds. I will give my all and try my best to help the team.” The 6ft 3in London-born centre-back has represented Portugal at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, and has played at Anfield for Sporting in the 2011-12 NextGen Series. ”I know the history of the club and the Premier League is the best league in the world, in my opinion,” he added. ”Liverpool have a great team and I think it’s the place for me to be at the moment. ”I know there have been some great teams here in the past and the club has won a lot of trophies and I want to be a part of it.” The triple swoop will no doubt add to the feeling of optimism around the club, who have started the Premier League season with three straight wins. The Reds had already brought in defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho from Sporting Lisbon and Paris St Germain respectively. Moses only joined Chelsea last summer, scoring 10 goals in 42 appearances, and his switch was confirmed on transfer deadline day after he passed a medical at the Anfield club. last_img read more

Event highlights Internet literacy across cultures

first_imgA research seminar conducted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism concerning the evolution of digital literacy worldwide was held Monday in the Geoffrey Cowan Forum.The seminar featured Cal State San Bernardino Professor Mihaela Popescu, whose research interests include Internet governance, communication history and the relationship between media policy and cultural capital.Digital literacy · Cal State San Bernardino Professor Mihaela Popescu presents research on how Internet-savvy different cultural groups are at an Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism event Monday. – Shoko Oda | Daily TrojanPopescu’s discussion pertained to the challenges society faces in the global digital age as countries begin to envision a pro-digital learning environment.“We know that new literacies are shaped by conditions associated with socioeconomic status,” Popescu said. “We have cause to believe that the lack of certain digital literacy competency may widen the knowledge gap that already exists along fault lines such as gender, race and income.”Popescu illustrated the interconnectedness between the effective use of digital technologies and social, economic and cultural capital. She presented data from research she conducted in 2005 on patterns of internet consumption in different cultures in Southeast Europe, particularly in Romania.According to her research, the level of Internet usage by particular groups of people is dependent on social class — high, upper status sections of economic and civic capital tend to be more frequent users of digital technologies in contrast to the lower status segments of populations.“Internet use is very much dependent on class,” Popescu said. “Diffusion of digital literacies in Romania is highly stratified.”Raffi Sarkissian, a Ph.D. candidate studying communication, found Popescu’s research interesting, noting the fact that more data collection on the topic of internet usage among younger demographics might provide more context in terms of analyzing how digital literacy is intertwined with cultural capital.“I’d be interested in seeing the shift in data because huge internet phenomena, such as Facebook and Youtube, came after 2005,” Sarkissian said. “I’d be curious to see how that has shifted internet usage, especially among young demographics.”Adam Kahn, a fifth year Ph.D. candidate studying communication, also said the research could provide interesting insights into other cultures for college students at a technologically advanced school like USC.“I’m working on a project about integrating digital literacy skills into large lecture courses and whether that courts over to other schools that aren’t necessarily as fortunate as USC,” Kahn said. “It’s very interesting to observe how a country with low internet penetration such as Romania compares with parts of the U.S.”last_img read more

Women of Troy dominate in victory over Fresno St.

first_imgThe USC women’s lacrosse team, needing to win its last two games in order to ensure a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, took care of business on Saturday as it trounced Fresno State 19-1 at McAlister Field in the final home match of the season.All-purpose · USC freshman attacker/midfielder Caroline Cordrey scored two goals and notched one assist in the team’s win over Fresno St. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanSophomore attacker Olivia Gerton scored four goals and recorded an assist for the Women of Troy (7-9, 4-3 MPSF), which had seven players score two or more goals each. Freshman midfielder Caroline de Lyra led USC with six points (two goals, four assists), while freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen finished with five points (two goals, three assists) and 13 draw controls, two away from tying the NCAA record. Freshman midfielder Paige Bonomi finished with a hat trick of her own.“Offensively, we played really smart,” Gerton said. “We wanted to work hard and draw the double, then look for the open player. Personally, I just tried to keep my space, not cut to the ball and crowd it. We all worked as a unit to move the ball quickly and efficiently, and that opened up so many opportunities for everyone.”The 19 goals were the third-highest scoring total for the Women of Troy this season and the most since scoring 23 against LIU Brooklyn on March 1. USC’s defense also turned in its best performance of the year, holding Fresno St. to just a single goal, the fewest any opponent has scored all season. Further, the 18-goal win was the team’s second-largest margin of victory (the first coming in a 24-4 win against Presbyterian on Feb. 15).“We really played as a team,” Johansen said. “We all knew where the ball was, and every time we tried to get a goal, someone was there for backup.”Midfielder Kara Concheck scored the only goal for the Bulldogs (2-13, 0-8 MPSF).The Women of Troy took control of the match from the start, with USC scoring the first 11 goals of the match, including three in a 17-second span, and jumping out to a 13-1 lead at halftime. Bonomi earned her hat trick 13 minutes into the game, while Gerton, de Lyra and freshman midfielder Caroline Cordrey scored a pair of goals each in the half. Concheck’s unassisted goal with 6:18 left in the half eliminated the possibility of a shutout, but Cordrey’s two goals in the last 35 seconds of the half kept the momentum on USC’s side. The Women of Troy outshot Fresno State 18-5 in the first half, and won 12-2 on draw controls.“On any given day, it’s just which team comes out there,”  USC head coach Lindsey Munday said. “For us, starting slow has been an Achilles’ heel of ours. Our biggest goal is making sure we play a full 60 minutes. We’ve shown we can compete at the highest level, and it’s just a matter of whether we can do it consistently.”The Women of Troy carried their momentum into the second half, shutting out the Bulldogs and forcing them to make mistakes. Fresno State committed 21 fouls in the second half to give them 29 for the game and picked up four yellow cards. They were only able to convert on three of their seven clear attempts and didn’t pick up any draw controls.“It was a great win today,” Munday said. “It was a team win across the board defensively, at midfield and offensively. Everyone was working together, so we’re really proud of them, but we have a big week ahead of us in terms of preparation. San Diego State is a great team, so we have a lot of work to do.”USC outshot the Bulldogs 29-7 for the game, also winning 10-5 in ground balls and 19-2 in draw controls.USC will play its final game of the regular season on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at San Diego State.last_img read more

Hurling championship goes up a gear

first_imgTheres also a double header in Toomevara,when Kilruane McDonaghs come up against JK Brackens from Mid Tipp.Throw in is at 2pmIn the second encounter there North champions Kildangan meet Upperchurch-DrombaneThe action gets underway at 3.30 We will have live updates here on Tipp FM throughout the afternoon on all those games. At 1 O clock in Moneygall Nenagh Eire Og take on Roscrea in an all North clash, at Theres a double header in The Ragg when South meets North as South champions Killenaule take on Portroe at 2pm.center_img The action continues this evening when County champions Thurles Sarsfields meet South runners up Mullinahone.Throw in is at 6pm in Leahy Park Cashel. In the second game Eire Og Annacarthy meet Lorrha at 3.30.last_img

National Team of BiH to welcome Selection of Belgium on Grbavica Stadium

first_imgThe National football team of BiH will play a very important match of the 9th qualifying round for the World Cup 2018 against Belgium at the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo.“When we received a notification from FIFA that Bilino Polje stadium was suspended, we also received the information that their inspectors recommended Grbavica Stadium for the match with Belgium. We received instructions on what we need to fix in this period before the match as well, so we can confirm that this match will be played on Grbavica,” according to Elmir Pilav.To recall, the Appellate Commission of FIFA decided to reject the appeal submitted by the Football Association of BiH after the decision of the Disciplinary Commission of FIFA to suspend the stadium in Zenica after the incidents that took place in the match between BiH and Greece.Besides the suspension of Bilino Polje for one match, the Football Association of BiH was also punished with 30,000 CHF.After eight qualifying rounds, our national team is in the second place of the group H for the World Cup and they need to win against Belgium in order to keep their hope for the placement in the play offs.(Source: N. K./ read more

The NFL Combine’s new drills, explained: 16 workouts added, 10 taken away for 2020

first_imgIf you’ve been an avid watcher of the NFL Scouting Combine, then you’re going to notice something is off in 2020.Not only is the event being moved to primetime (instead of morning/afternoon), but there will be brand new drills to keep track of. And this isn’t a small change. The NFL Combine has added 16 new drills while removing 10, and changed some things about existing drills. Jeff Foster is the president of NFL Scouting Inc., which is the company that runs the combine. Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Foster explained the process behind changing the drills. He said he spoke with five general managers who held conference calls to discuss what to change.MORE: How to watch the NFL Combine in primetime“The majority of the combine drills are antiquated and have limited relevance,” a veteran scout told SI. “If we want to evolve, sure, there will be a gap of time without the ability to compare current to past, but we need to focus more on the future.”Some of the changes to existing drills include simply adding a timer. According to SI, drills like the gauntlet, and the W drill will now be timed.“The idea is to make it more competitive for the group of players,” Foster told SI. “See if that data helps us as an evaluation, and also make it more exciting for the fans and on TV.”So just what are these new drills? We’ll break them down below by position, with help from’s descriptions.NFL COMBINE: Schedule | Participants | MeasurementsQuarterbacksEnd zone fadeThe fade route will be added to routes thrown from quarterbacks to receivers. This will be a 10-yard route to the right side of the end zone. The fade route is a controversial play because many view it as a waste of time. The Ringer wrote an article explaining why “The Fade Route Is Garbage.” Despite many critics, teams still like using this play in red zone situations, so it makes sense why it was added to the combine.Timed smoke routeAs SI describes it, the smoke route “is a short route, a one-step hitch that is popular in run pass option plays which are now a staple of NFL offenses.” The drill will be quarterbacks throwing two passes to a receiver using this route. The QB will throw one route on each side of the field consecutively. This drill will be timed from the quarterback’s hands to the receiver’s hands.Running BacksDuce Staley drillYou probably recognize the name as the former Eagles running back. Per, this drill involves a running back “lining up behind a horizontal step-over bag that is part of three bags laid to form a cross. The running back will step over the bag in front of him, then laterally over the perpendicular bag, then backward over the other horizontal bag before repeating the path in the opposite direction. Coaches lined up eight yards away holding pop-up dummies will move in coordinated fashion, creating a hole for the running back to identify before exploding through it.”Basically this drill tests a running back’s ability to use his eyes downfield while also dealing with the physical obstacles in front of him.Inside routesThis drill is pretty simple, and anyone who has played Madden 20 has probably used one of these routes before. We included an image of what the play looks like in Madden below. With the league utilizing running backs in the passing game more, it makes sense why they’d add in drills that focus on a back’s ability to catch the ball. Essentially this drill is just making running backs run the angle route, and testing how well they perform. (EA Sports) BoxFrom “The player will back pedal five yards and then break at a 45 degree angle on the coach’s signal. Once he reaches the cone, the player will plant, open his hips and run back five yards with his eyes on the coach. On the coach’s signal, the player will break toward a coach at a 45 degree angle and catch a thrown ball.”GauntletIf you’ve watched this drill in the past, then you’ve seen it performed by receivers (video below). This is the same drill, but will now feature cornerbacks as well. Also, this drill will now be timed.Eliminated: Close and Speed Turn, Pedal and Hip TurnSimilarly to other eliminated drills for defensive players, the new drills added essentially go over the same things. Eliminated: Pitch and cone drill, find the ball drillThese two drills will no longer be a part of the combine testing for running backs.Wide Receivers / Tight EndsEnd zone fadeWe described this event in the quarterback section. Same thing, but in addition to testing out quarterbacks it will also test the players receiving the ball.Eliminated: Toe tap drillThe toe tap drill, where receivers would run to the sideline and try to keep their feet in-bounds, is no longer part of the combine.Offensive LineMirrorPer “Player lines up at set point between middle of two cones roughly six yards apart and slides laterally left and right based on coach’s direction.”The NFL Combine has had similar mirror drills for offensive linemen in the past. Below is video from 2010 of what that drill looks like.But this year will have coaches in that role instead of a defensive player acting as the “rabbit.” Foster told SI, “The rabbit doesn’t typically make those movements any other time, so why would we have him do it then? And then we have him turn around and do the drill, that is not reflective of today’s game.”Screen From “Player will set in pass protection position, then release and sprint toward first coach holding blocking shield 15 yards wide of starting point to simulate engage and release action of a screening lineman. If the first coach steps upfield, player must adjust direction and advance to second coach, at whom he will break down and engage. If first coach remains stationary, player will break down and engage him.”According to SI, this drill was added “so evaluators can see [the offensive linemen’s] speed in blocking on screen plays.”Defensive LineRun and clubFrom “Five stand-up bags are in a vertical line, five yards apart, with the final bag including “arms”. The defender will fire out of a three-point stance and run through the bags, clubbing the first with his right arm, spinning on the second bag, clubbing the third bag with his left arm, ripping through the fourth bag and flattening downhill to slap bag with arms to simulate a strip.”This sounds like a very intense drill for defensive linemen, but basically it will allow them to showcase a number of abilities. It will allow them to show their strength with clubbing on each earm, and their agility with how well they can spin on the second bag. Then it shows the physicality with the final flattening of the fourth bag.Run the hoopFrom “Two pass-rush hoops are laid on the ground two yards apart, forming a figure eight. Two towels are inside the hoops, one in each. The player lines up at a start cone (to right of hoops) in a three-point stance, fires off at movement of a ball on a stick (simulating snap), runs around the first hoop, picks up the towel with his left hand, crosses to the second hoop and drops the towel, continues around the second hoop, picks up the towel with the right hand and crosses back to the first hoop and drops the towel before finishing through the start cone.”SI adds this drill is common at pro days and that this will be timed drill at the combine.The video below is not a replica of this drill, but if you’re new to defensive line drills it can help paint a picture of what to expect.Eliminated: Stack and shed drillThe Run and Club drill kind of fills the need of this, so that’s likely why it was removed.LinebackersShuffle, sprint, change of directionPer, defenders will “start in a two-point stance five to seven yards outside the hash before shuffling across the field. He’ll then open his hips and sprint on the coach’s command, then change direction on command and finish with a catch of a thrown football.”The NFL Combine has held a similar drill in the past, so it sounds like they just tweaked some of the details of this one.Short zone breaksPer, this drill involves three different route reactions.Run 45-degree angle, flatten out at five yards, break forward, catch a ballRun 45-degree angle, flatten out at five yards, break inside, catch a ballFlat drop, react to coach’s signal to turn, run with whell route, catch a ballEliminated: Pass dropThe two new drills are essentially different versions of the pass drop, so that’s why it was removed.Defensive BacksLine drillThe line drill is essentially the video we shared in the linebacker section. Players will back pedal, open their hips when the coach gives direction, back pedal again, and again open their hips on command and finishes with the ball being thrown at them.Teryl Austin drillNamed after the Steelers secondary coach. says this drill is broken down into two parts.Part 1: Player backpedals 5 yards, breaks downhill on a 45-degree angle, catch a ballPart 2: Player backpedals 5 yards, open at 90 degrees and run to the first coach and break down, then plant and turn around (180 degrees) to run toward a second coach and catch a ball from thrown by a QB before reaching the second coachlast_img read more

Ziya Laura – Local Young Lady to Compete for Miss Jr….

first_imgSubmitted by Adrienne CherryZiya Laura of Olympia was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Tacoma/Seattle pageant competition that will take place on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  Ziya learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Tacoma/Seattle area.  Ziya submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Tacoma/Seattle Pageant Coordinator.Ziya will be competing, for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Ziya will be competing in the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear.  Most important, Ziya will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Tacoma/Seattle judging panel.  Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.If Ziya were to win the title of Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Tacoma/Seattle, she would represent Tacoma/Seattle and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida.  Over $30,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Ziya in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her.  Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Ziya to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Tacoma/Seattle Pageant.Ziya sends her thanks to her local sponsors – Elly Molina, did, inc., McLendons Hardware, and Vision Health. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Leafs add size to the blueline with addition of Patrick Coome

first_img“He’s big, and he brings our defence to six D,” Maida told The Nelson Daily.Maida has totally revamped the Leafs from the team that was knocked out of the KIJHL playoffs in the first round for the third consecutive season.And that team has been on fire to start the season, undefeated in September – five exhibition wins and two regular season victories.“I’m very happy with the way we’ve started the season,” Maida explained. “But we’ve got a long way to go.”Maida was pleased with opening weekend after registering wins over Murdoch Division rival Castlegar and outlasting Creston Valley Thunder Cats.“I thought we played well early in both games, had a bit of a lapse in both games but were able to get is back,” he said.ICE CHIPS: The Leafs have just one game this weekend against the Steam. . . . Don’t look know but if the season ended today, the Grand Forks Border Bruins would hold down top spot in the Murdoch Division after starting the season with three straight wins — two over Spokane and an overtime win against Castlegar. . . . Nelson hosts Grand Forks Saturday, September 28. . . . Nelson dealt the rights of Colton St. John to Creston for future considerations. . . . Former Nelson Leafs Linden Horswill has left the Trail Smokie Eaters of the BCHL. He’s a player Leaf fans won’t miss on the ice.Nelson Leafs coach Frank Maida added another piece to the 2013-14 roster by acquiring 6’4”, 200-pound defenceman Patrick Coome from the Comox Valley Glacier Kings.Coome, a late cut from Portage La Prairie of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, is expected to be in the lineup Friday when Nelson hosts Summerland Steam in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League interlocking action at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Iceland name Swede Hamren as new coach

first_img0Shares0000Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren has been named as the new Iceland boss © AFP/File / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDREYKJAVIK, Iceland, Aug 8 – Former Sweden coach Erik Hamren was on Wednesday announced as Iceland’s new manager, replacing Heimir Hallgrimsson who stepped down after leading the island nation to its first World Cup in Russia.Selected ahead of 30 other candidates, the 61-year-old now faces the task of taking the team to Euro 2020, which would be their third major championship in a row after reaching the Euro 2016 quarter-finals in France and the World Cup in Russia earlier this summer. “I like the challenge and I believe we can do it,” said Hamren, who has been a coach for more than 25 years at the highest level in Sweden, Denmark and Norway.“I’m coming into a new country and new team. It’s important that I won’t change everything. We have to hold onto the things that have worked well in the past.”Iceland’s former coach Hallgrimsson, 51, stepped down in July, saying it would be “good for the team to have a new vision”.Hamren signed a two-year contract with the possibility of an extension for another two years.Under his leadership, Sweden qualified for Euro 2012 and Euro 2016, but were knocked out in the group stage on both occasions.But Hamren failed to take Sweden to the 2014 World Cup after losing in a playoff to Portugal.He previously coached several clubs in his home country, but won his only league titles with Denmark’s Aalborg and Norway’s Rosenborg.Hamren had been the technical director of South African club Mamelodi Sundowns since January before resigning two days ago to take on the Iceland job.He will be assisted by Freyr Alexandersson, who has been coaching the Icelandic women’s team for five years.The two men will begin work in September for the start of the inaugural UEFA Nations League.“I’m very happy getting Freyr into the setup with me,” Hamren added. “In the short time since I met him he has impressed me hugely.”Iceland are to face Switzerland on September 8 and Belgium on September 11.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more