Pelle strike seals Saints win

first_img Former Southampton boss Redknapp received the hate-filled welcome he anticipated, after quitting Saints for bitter rivals Portsmouth in 2005. The ex-Tottenham boss was subjected to vitriolic chanting from home supporters, but would have chuckled to himself when Austin stole the second half equaliser. The former bricklayer had a fine chance to double his tally, but headed wide, while Nico Kranjcar also hit the woodwork with a fine free-kick. The ex-Portsmouth midfielder fired a set-piece goal to steal QPR a point against Stoke last weekend, but was just unable to repeat the feat at St Mary’s. Pelle’s stunning volley won the day however, the £8million summer recruit notching his fifth Southampton goal. Southampton’s victory kept them second in the table, after Chelsea eased past Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge, to continue new boss Ronald Koeman’s fine Premier League start. Dusan Tadic spent the first half gamely battling to cajole Southampton’s staccato attack into something resembling fluency. Despite his best efforts however the hosts were unable to break the deadlock before the break, even with QPR remaining largely toothless up front. Morgan Schneiderlin squandered the chance of the half, screwing his low shot well wide after being sent clean through by Sadio Mane. Serbia striker Tadic wasted a gilt-edged chance himself, unable to connect cleanly enough in the box to provide the power to beat Rob Green. The relieved Rangers keeper tapped wide at full stretch when Tadic should have buried his point-blank effort. None of Saints’ big men were able to meet Tadic’s early whipped free-kick with any accuracy early on and that missed opportunity set a frustrating tone for the opening exchanges. Pelle fired wide of Green’s left post when he could have aimed across goal too, as Saints continued their wasteful half. Eduardo Vargas and Austin spent precious little time combining with their midfield to offer any tangible threat for Rangers, but Kranjcar and Leroy Fer had to shoulder their share of blame for not bridging the divide. Matt Phillips blasted high and wide after a botched clearance from Nathaniel Clyne, before Austin chipped wide in first-half stoppage time. Redknapp’s men were fortunate to turn around on level terms, desperately hoping to grow in stature with every chance Saints fluffed. Just when the visitors thought they could frustrate Southampton into a costly error though, Koeman’s men opened the scoring. Mane’s prescient back heel opened the QPR defence, Bertrand raced through the door and blasted the ball under Green to wrestle control for Saints in the 54th minute. Austin disabused any Saints notions of coasting to victory with a fine finish 12 minutes later, firing home on the spin after controlling Vargas’ cross. Rangers’ return to level terms was meant to stun Saints into a state of shock, but instead the hosts struck straight back. A peripheral figure for much of the afternoon, Pelle forced the tie to turn on his acrobatic finish. The Italian striker teed himself up before unleashing an unstoppable scissor-kick blast into the top corner to put Saints 2-1 to the good only two minutes after the visitors had levelled. Steven Davis rattled the woodwork from 20 yards as Saints pressed again, before Austin headed wide in another fine opportunity for QPR. Kranjcar hit the angle of post and bar for QPR as Redknapp’s men ground on in search of a second equaliser. Tadic struck a post as the match edged into stoppage time, but Saints eased to victory despite failing to add a third goal. On-loan defender Ryan Bertrand opened his Saints account to hand the hosts the lead before Charlie Austin blasted home on the turn. Italian striker Pelle trumped Austin’s smart finish with a true showman’s goal to secure Saints’ fourth win in six Premier League ties this term. Press Association Graziano Pelle’s acrobatic volley ensured an unhappy south coast return for Harry Redknapp as Southampton saw off QPR 2-1 at St Mary’s.last_img read more

Toure keen to help Man City become ‘bigger’ than United

first_img(REUTERS)Midfielder Yaya Toure is determined to realise his dream of helping Manchester City eclipse arch rivals Manchester United.The side have a long way to go to overhaul England’s most successful club but backed by the wealthy City Football Group, Toure felt huge strides had been made since he joined from Barcelona in 2010.“I have already won two Premier League titles and I want more than that, another new story,” Toure told British media.“What we are seeing is the Premier League is so tough, this year it’s going to be tougher than any other years. When I signed for City, I came to this club to make history.“I want this club to change, I want this club to be bigger than United. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but that’s my dream.”City made a flying start under manager Pep Guardiola, winning their first 10 games, but have won just six of 17 matches since, a run which has left them third in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Chelsea after 17 games.Toure, however, is certain Guardiola will not buckle under pressure to tweak the tactics that have served the manager well during trophy-laden spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“You always have to do what you know. I don’t think he’s (Guardiola) going to change many things,” Toure said.“I think he’s seen how difficult this league is physically, but he’s a very intelligent guy, he understands football very well. He always has to win, to conquer a league, but he’s seen that in England it’s complicated.”City travel to face last-placed Hull City on Monday.last_img read more

Study: Too much info for students

first_imgA recent study conducted by Project Information Literacy, an ongoing research project based in the University of Washington, suggests that college students in the digital age are facing new problems conducting research.The study surveyed 8,353 students from 25 college campuses across the United States and found that in an era when vast amounts of information is easily accessible, students struggle sorting through everything and making sense of their research.According to the study, 84 percent of students said that the most difficult part of the research process was simply getting started. Sixty-six percent struggled defining a topic, and 61 percent said they frequently had difficulty filtering through irrelevant results once they began their research.Alison Head, who co-wrote the report along with Michael Eisenberg, said the study focused on revealing the truth behind the difficulties students face in conducting research.“Our research was different because we really wanted to find out from the students’ perspective what it’s like to be a student today and do research in a college setting,” Head said. “What we were trying to do is tell the students’ story, get away from standards and tell what it’s like to be a student today on a college campus.”When students have access to thousands of sources at their fingertips, the study suggested that this proliferation of information is precisely what causes problems for students. With so many sources available, simply navigating the information becomes overwhelming.Robert Labaree, the head of the Von Kleinsmid Center Library, agreed that research skills have changed dramatically with the growth of technologies such as the internet.“The original conceptualization of the digital divide was that you had people who didn’t have access to computers or the Internet,” Labaree said. “Nowadays, it’s more of a divide between those who are skilled in locating the right type of information and those who struggle to understand how to search it effectively.”According to the study, students often turn to online search engines such as Google to start their research, but Labaree and Head said that such techniques can often overwhelm students because of the amount of information that is returned by a search.“Search engines are the most difficult part of doing research,” said Matthew Redhead, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, politics and law. “It’s such a pain looking for information you need that is stuck in the [complicated] mess that is the Internet.”Resources are available through the university to assist students in conducting research. Labaree said some of the most helpful and underutilized resources for students are the librarians.“We’re here for the purpose of helping facilitate the research and the learning of students here on campus,” Labaree said. “We can make their lives so much easier if they just ask for help.”However, he acknowledged that libraries still have work to do in order to adapt to the changing information landscape and continue to help students.One suggestion Labaree made is that libraries need to extend their technological presence and take advantage of things such as smartphone applications, to be more accessible to students. Labaree said that there are still several basic fundamentals that libraries can improve upon in catering to students’ needs at USC but that some obstacles stand in the way.“The ratio of the number of library faculty here and the number of students at USC is not on par with similar research universities,” Labaree said. “The faculty that are here do a great job, but when you see peer institutions that have twice as many, you become concerned about who you’re not reaching.”Hugh McHarg, executive director of communications and public programming for USC libraries, said there is still progress being made by USC libraries despite some struggles faced by students and staff.“We’re trying to reverse the trend of students not going to librarians as a resource,” McHarg said. “In 2009, we re-established the reference desk in Doheny and staffed it with librarians. For the fall semester last year, the number of students going to ask for research help increased by 68 percent.”“Those numbers suggest that USC students are finding those resources,” he said.last_img read more

UW play-action bewilders NIU

first_imgJames White (center) attempts to slip by two NIU defenders Saturday, something he did often in gaining 126 total yards a score.[/media-credit]CHICAGO – Opposing defenses are going to have to learn not to turn their backs on Wisconsin’s passing game.Time and time again in Wisconsin’s (3-0) 49-7 win over Northern Illinois (1-2) Saturday, quarterback Russell Wilson feigned a handoff and connected downfield to an open teammate, taking advantage of the tendency of Northern Illinois’ safeties to fill the holes against Wisconsin’s well-known run game.Midway through Wisconsin’s second drive of the game, on a handoff to running back James White, wide receiver Jared Abbrederis was flagged for a block in the back when the Northern Illinois defender quickly turned his back on the wide receiver to cover the run.The play caught the eye of UW head coach Bret Bielema and his coaching staff, who then deduced that the play-action should leave targets open downfield.“That first penalty on Abby, the safeties were turning their shoulders right away to fill on the run game and we can’t put our hands on them – Abby did,” Bielema said. “But as soon as they do that, the counter-action to that is, they can’t see what our receivers are doing. Once they started doing that, that’s why I went to the play action.”Easily the best example of that strategy’s success came in the third quarter with the Badgers on the Huskies’ 9-yard line. Wilson faked the hand-off to running back Montee Ball, turned around and tossed a touchdown pass to Jacob Pedersen, who was standing upright and alone in the endzone.Nobody was within five yards of the redshirt sophomore by the time the ball landed in his hands.“That was nice,” Pedersen said. “We’ve been working on that all week. We saw teams bringing that safety down hard and everything and it popped and worked just the way we hoped it would.”Two of Wilson’s three touchdown passes stemmed from the play-action while several other chain-moving throws – including a 38-yard pass to Abbrederis and a 55-yard pass to Pedersen – did, as well.The long passes to Abbrederis and Pedersen were two other examples of the play-action’s effectiveness, as both plays saw the two Badgers slip by all three levels of NIU’s defense before making the grab.In completing 23-of-32 passes for 347 yards (and one interception) Wilson was able to hit seven targets – four of which gained at least 50 yards receiving.Abbrederis led the team in that category, with six catches for 83 yards, while Nick Toon scored two touchdowns on top of his five catches for 75 yards.Pedersen and fullback Bradie Ewing, meanwhile, combined for 115 yards on six receptions.“It’s a positive thing for our football team, that a lot of guys can make a lot of great plays,” Wilson said. “Just giving the ball to the right guy, that’s my job, to just facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time and make plays when I need to. So that’s a positive thing and we’re doing a great job of doing that right now.”Wilson also combined the play-action with rolling out of the pocket – sometimes appearing by design and other times as improvisation.With Northern Illinois determined to stop Wisconsin’s running backs, Wilson’s ability to expand the game outside of the pocket – to throw or tuck and run – went a long way in helping UW gain a season-best 621 yards of total offense.Wilson gained an additional 37 yards on the ground on five attempts and avoided getting sacked on the day, leading his head coach to come away from Saturday’s win with the highest of praise.“Russell Wilson, he’s a guy that he knows the plan, he knows how to stick to it, but he can adapt very well,” Bielema said. “Very creative. Some of those plays that he got us out of with his feet were extraordinary.“He’s playing at a high, high level, if there’s somebody that’s better out there right now I’d like to see him compete.”last_img read more

Anthony Davis: Celtics, Lakers, Knicks are on his list … along with 26 other teams

first_img Anthony Davis situation a ‘dumpster fire’ for Pelicans, says Alvin Gentry Without actually naming the organizations, Davis confirmed the three as potential destinations during Media Day for the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina.At first, he dispelled talks about the Celtics. Davis said multiple times, “They were never not on my list,” erasing the perception he wasn’t interested in Boston. Related News Anthony Davis was asked about the perception the Celtics were not a preferred destination. He then repeated several times: “They were never not on my list.”— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 16, 2019This, however, didn’t stop questions about the Celtics, prompting Davis to finally proclaim: “They are on my list.”Anthony Davis is asked about the Boston Celtics not being on his list. “They are on my list.”— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) February 16, 2019His response for the Knicks and Lakers? “Whatever list that came out. That’s between my agent and the Pelicans. It’s true.”As the questions continued, we soon learned that the Celtics, Lakers and Knicks are not alone on that “list.””All 29 teams are on that list,” Davis said.Davis is under contract with the Pelicans through next season, but before the NBA trade deadline, he asked to be traded, touching off a firestorm and flurry of activity. NBA trade rumors: Celtics F Jayson Tatum ‘wouldn’t mind’ being sent to Pelicans in Anthony Davis dealcenter_img Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis confirmed the Celtics, Lakers and Knicks as teams he is interested in playing.But as fans of those teams learned a little bit later, those three teams have company — sort of. “I don’t have a preferred destination,” he said. “I just want to win.”And to put a cap on this line of questions — at least until the next time — Davis said, “I never gave a destination.”Pump the breaks, everyone (especially those in Boston)Anthony Davis says all other 29 teams are on his list and he doesn’t have a preferred destinationHe just wants to win pic.twitter.com/Ech6uDTRI0— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 16, 2019last_img read more

Dea Herdželaš in the Finals of the ITF Tournament in Belgrade

first_imgThe Bosnian tennis player Dea Herdželaš placed herself in the finals of the ITF Tournament in Belgrade.This 18 years old girl from Sarajevo, currently on the 590. position of the WTA list won today in the semi-finals against Dejana Radanović (876. WTA) from Serbia with the result 6:3, 7:6.The match for the title at the 10 000 Dollars worth tournament, Herdželaš will play on Sunday against the sixteen years old Nina Alibalić from Croatia (1071. WTA).(Source: Fena / photo: sportsport.ba)last_img read more

Statistics prove Neymar is a better international player than Cristiano Ronaldo!

first_imgAdvertisement 5tjvNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E9kfcp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5kndWould you ever consider trying this?😱9m7jtCan your students do this? 🌚zRoller skating! Powered by Firework Although Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most succesful players domestically and Internationall, Neymar Jr. seems to have better stats than the PortugueseAdvertisement .The Brazilian forward has netted 61 goals in 98 caps while Ronaldo in 160 games has found the net 93 times.Advertisement Neymar is also leading in the assists department. He has 41 assists for the ‘Canarinho’ meaning he is involved in 1.05 goals per game in a Brazil shirt.In contrast, Ronaldo has 37 assists meaning his overall goal contribution sits at 0.81 for the current European champions.Advertisement Currently Ronaldo is second only to Ali Daei of Iran in the list of all time International top scorers. Ali Daei had scored 109.Speaking to IRNA News, via Persia Digest, the record holder said, “Records are for breaking; I did it when it was my turn, and it will be someone else’s turn to beat my record next. It’s not a big issue.”Asked if he would be upset to lose the record Daei added, “No, why should I be upset. Ronaldo is a great player with many honors in the world of football. He is on top form right now.” Advertisementlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — LVR Rugby Bombers

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Rugby Bombers are once again Kings of the Kootenays in the rugger sport after blasting the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley in the zone final last week at the Lakeside Pitch. The Bombers travel to Kelowna Saturday to open the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships against Southridge of Surrey.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports want to give the seventh-seeded Bombers a fine send off with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, back row, L-R, Jake Lock, Cail Spencer, Conrad Lanaway, Jake Kindred, John Katountas, Jordan Hunter, Lenny Fetchy and Xavier Oragbond.Front, Alexander, Calahand Seagram, Trace Cooke, Sean Edler, Simon Yole, Ezra Lloyd and Sabestian Lutz.last_img read more

Aubameyang mocks rivals Spurs after shock Carabao Cup loss at Colchester

first_imgPIERRE-EMERICK Aubameyang has ripped into Spurs over their Carabao Cup humiliation by Colchester – and Arsenal fans love it.Mauricio Pochrettino’s team were dumped out by the League Two side on penalties after a goalless draw, continuing their wretched form that has seen them slump to seventh in the Premier League.Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura were the unlucky pair to miss from 12 yards as Spurs fell at the first hurdle of a competition that they reached the final of only seven months ago.2 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has had fun at Spurs’ expenseThey’ve also made a stuttering start to their Champions League campaign, chucking away a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 with Greek side Olympiakos last week.And Aubameyang has joined in with the general good cheer amongst Gunners fans at the plight of their great rivals by “liking” a post from a supporter on Instagram that said: “Like if you’re laughing at Spurs.”The Gabon forward has made a brilliant start to his season, netting six goals in six league games during the Gunners’ solid if unremarkable first half-dozen games.Unai Emery’s team travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on Monday looking to break their duck on a ground where they haven’t won in the league since 2006.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneTottenham meanwhile are preparing to face Southampton as they attempt to kick-start their season.Following their shocking loss to the League Two side, Pochettino conceded that a lack of harmony within the dressing room is contributing to his team’s troubles.He said: “Maybe our performances are good but you need this extra. It’s energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad.”2Saturday Premier League preview including Sheffield United vs Liverpool and Everton vs Man Citylast_img read more

Miller hails bowlers after Scorpions win – Jamaica beat Windwards by 41 runs at Sabina Park

first_img WICKET TAKERS SCOREBOARD Leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, who for the most part bowled in tandem with Miller, also played a part by taking three for 17. The other wicket to fall was accounted for by debutant fast bowler Reynard Leveridge. Wicketkeeper batsman Sunil Ambis, who was the joint top scorer in the Windwards’ first innings did not bat due to an injury. The win was the Scorpions’ first of the season after losing their opener last weekend away to defending champions Guyana Jaguars. “It was a fighting effort, and I must congratulate the lads,” said Miller, who is in his second match as captain. “I am happy that we won the game, and I am happy for the bowlers. “I am, however, not happy with the batsmen. They need to take it up on themselves and improve, as at this level the type of batting performances we are displaying are not acceptable.” Liam Sebastien, captain of the Windwards, who are now losing their second match in a row, described his team’s batting display as atrocious. “Its inexcusable having to score about 100 runs to win and getting bowled out for 60-odd,” he bemoaned. “It’s a game that we should have won having put ourselves in a good position to win. Jamaica will next host Barbados Pride at Sabina Park starting on Friday. Spinner Nikita Miller has hailed the character shown by the Jamaica Scorpions in their 41 runs win over the Windward Islands Volcanoes in the Digicel WICB Regional Four-day Championship action at Sabina Park yesterday. Resuming the day on 92 for two for a 38 runs lead, and needing most things to go right, Jamaica were led to victory via a spirited and fighting bowling and fielding display. This was, however, after their batsmen, almost made victory improbable. Starting with overnight batsmen John Campbell, not out on 43, and Jermaine Blackwood, not out 16, Jamaica progressed to – at one stage, 121 without further loss, and was eyeing potentially a healthy second innings lead. However, in the space of 36 runs, they were bowled out for 157. Campbell, who made 32 in the first innings went on to lead all batters with 67, while Blackwood fell for a second-best score of 27. This left the Windwards with a victory target of 106 runs, but in one of their worse batting displays, they were dismissed for 64 in the post-lunch session. Leading the way for Jamaica was Miller, who picked up five for 22, a performance, which gave him the Man of the Match award. SCORPIONS 1st Innings 151 VOLCANOES 1st Innings 205 SCORPIONS 2nd Innings (overnight 92 for two) J Campbell lbw b Edward 67 T Griffith lbw b Mayers 22 D Thomas b Mayers 9 J Blackwood c Johnson b Edward 27 A McCarthy c Sebastien b Edward 1 +C Walton c Johnson b Edward 14 D Green c wkp Robinson b Matthew 2 D Jacobs c Johnson b Edward 3 *N Miller c Johnson b Edward 4 O Thomas c Smith b Johnson 0 R Leveridge not out 2 Extras (b4, lb2, nb2) TOTAL (all out, 61.1 overs) 159 Fall of wickets: 1-53, 2-75, 3-121, 4-126, 5-138, 6-144, 7-149, 8-153, 9-157, 10-159. Bowling: Shillingford 11-0-52-0 (nb1), Johnson 6.1-2-14-1, Matthew 13-5-22-1, Mayers 16-2-45-2, Edward 15-3-20-6. VOLCANOES 2nd Innings (target: 106 runs) D Smith c Griffith b Miller 19 T Theophile c Thomas b Leveridge 0 +J Robinson c Griffith b Miller 5 K Hodge lbw b Jacobs 9 *L Sebastien lbw b Miller 0 K Mayers not out 15 S Shillingford c Leveridge b Miller 0 M Matthew lbw b Miller 8 D Johnson c wkp Walton b Jacobs 5 L Edward c Griffith b Jacobs 1 S Ambris ret. out 0 Extras (w2) 2 TOTAL (all out, 27 overs) 64 Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-21, 3-31, 4-35, 5-35, 6-36, 7-51, 8-58, 9-64, 10-64. Bowling: Thomas 5-2-9-0, Leveridge 4-1-11-0, Miller 9-2-22-5, Green 1-0-5-0, Jacobs 8-2-17-3 Result: Scorpions won by 41 runs. Points: Scorpions 16.2, Volcanoes 5.2. Man-of-the-Match: Nikita Miller.last_img read more