Redknapp admits defeat in drop race

first_imgHarry Redknapp conceded defeat in his bid to keep QPR in the top flight, admitting it is now an “almost impossible” task for his side. Rangers needed to beat fellow strugglers Stoke to stand any realistic chance of the greatest of escapes but instead fell to a 2-0 defeat at Loftus Road. Peter Crouch did the damage against his former club, opening the scoring in the first half before winning the penalty from which Jon Walters made sure of the three points. The defeat leaves QPR 10 points adrift of safety with only four matches remaining – a position Hoops boss Redknapp does not expect his side to recover from, and he said: “It looks like that’s it. It is almost impossible now.” He added: “It is a big disappointment but even today I felt in the first half we were bang in the game. “I was disappointed to come in at half-time 1-0 down as I thought we did okay in the first half. But we lack a forward ball and without Bobby Zamora it is very difficult. We’ve got no real target up there. “Loic Remy needs to play off somebody as he is not a target man and it was just a problem for us. “In the first half I thought Adel Taarabt in the hole was a threat to them and then we lose him to a shoulder injury after Andros Townsend does his hamstring. I felt the threat really disappeared then. “I thought we would still be in with a chance at this stage when I came in, but you don’t know until you get here and work with the team. “You’re not sure what you’ve got, who is who and how they are. But I felt we’ve been in every game apart from Liverpool, who battered us here and were different class. “Other than that, we’ve been in every game. It is just that little dividing line that makes the difference.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Mavrias in Sunderland medical

first_imgGreek teenage winger Charis Mavrias has arrived in Sunderland for a medical ahead of a £2.5million move from Panathinaikos. The 19-year-old Greece international, who has two caps to his name, has begun talks at the Stadium of Light. Mavrias is the second youngest player to play in the Champions League – at the age of 16 years and eight months – and has since made more than 60 appearances for Panathinaikos, scoring six goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

‘J-Bo’ draws praise from Bo with play

first_imgFor the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, this season has been as highly anticipated as any in its history. The Badgers received the No. 9 ranking in both preseason polls and were ranked fourth in the country by CBS sports. Senior forward Alando Tucker has received just about every preseason award a player can, and senior guard Kammron Taylor was also named as a candidate for the John R. Wooden award, given at the end of the year to the nation’s best player. “I don’t read too much into it right now,” said UW head coach Bo Ryan of his players’ performances so far this year. “You get opportunities, and every coach, whether it’s an offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator [in football], or a head coach in basketball, you put guys into positions, and either they perform or show that they’re ready to get more out of their performance, or they’re not quite ready yet.”Although Ryan is reluctant to draw many conclusions from the season so far, a few things have already become apparent. Taylor and Tucker have shouldered the scoring load, leading all Wisconsin players in the season-opener with 21 and 20 points, respectively. While the contributions of these two players have been more or less expected, the beginning of the season has also unveiled a couple pleasant surprises, both by the name of Jason. Guard Jason Bohannon, or “J-Bo” as he is called at practice, has emerged as the Badgers’ top freshman. His shooting proficiency was on display in the Badgers’ first exhibition game against UW-Stout when he scored 11 points on 4-7 shooting, including two three-pointers. He followed up that performance with two more from behind the arc against Carroll College. Although he was recruited largely because of his shooting ability, he has displayed much more so far this year. Talent, particularly in freshmen making the jump to college basketball, is sometimes hidden by a lack of confidence. However, unlike many true freshmen, Bohannon is unafraid to take the open shot, as evidenced by his exhibition performances. In the season opener against Mercer, he demonstrated his passing ability, matching starting guards Taylor and Michael Flowers with three assists. Bohannon has also shown the ability to handle the ball under pressure both in the half- and full-courts, and his savvy has not gone unnoticed by his coach.”He is very intelligent when it comes to picking up things from film, from practice drills, rotations defensively,” Ryan said. “He’s good with the ball. He made a couple really good decisions with the ball in [Sunday’s] game. Guys like playing with him because he finds them. Defensively, he understands ‘help-and-recover.’ He’s an intelligent player who doesn’t back down from anybody any time.”The other Wisconsin Jason, senior forward Jason Chappell, has also been impressive this year. Most notably, he led the team in scoring in the first preseason game with 14 points on 6-7 shooting while averaging five rebounds per game. Even more valuable to the Badgers has been his increased willingness to be a floor leader, particularly in getting the younger players accommodated with Ryan’s unique swing offense. “He’s a year older,” Ryan said. “He redshirted the one year after the knee surgery and gained some confidence last year with some things that he did. You go into the next year, and you want to be better. He’s worked extremely hard to be able to be a contributor in this program. He has contributed, and hopefully he’s got a lot more to contribute.”last_img read more