QPR 2-2 Blackburn Queens Park Rangers twice came from behind to claim a point at home to Blackburn on Wednesday. Shane Duffy put Rovers ahead on 14 minutes after finishing from close range but Chris Ramsey’s side hit back a minute into the second half when Adam Henley diverted into his own net.Jordan Rhodes restored the visitors’ lead on the hour, converting a headed pass from Bangaly-Fode Koita from inside the box. Nedum Onuoha rescued a draw for QPR with 11 minutes remaining with a powerful header to ensure Rovers’ winless start to the season continued. 1
Ahmed Elmohamady Brighton’s lead at the top of the Championship is down to two points after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Reading at the Madejski Stadium.The Seagulls led through Jamie Murphy’s strike but Matej Vydra’s first Royals goal earned the home side a point.Brighton remain the only undefeated team in the top five tiers of English football, but all their rivals made up ground on them on Saturday.Second-placed Hull are now just two points off top spot after they triumphed 2-0 at MK Dons.Ahmed Elmohamady scored the Tigers’ first on 19 minutes and sub Mo Diamé sealed the points in stoppage time.Burnley remain third, level on points with Hull, after they beat Huddersfield 2-1 at Turf Moor.Andre Gray struck his seventh and eighth goals of the Championship to put the Clarets in command at the break.Michael Duff’s own goal two minutes from time gave Huddersfield hope but the home side held out to maintain their promotion charge.Middlesbrough ran out comfortable 3-0 winners over Charlton at the Riverside to keep their grip on fourth spot.Karel Fraeye took charge of his first game as Charlton boss but was unable to prevent a fourth straight defeat for the Addicks, who remain in the bottom three.All the goals came in the second-half, with David Nugent, Daniel Ayala, Albert Adomah the Boro scorers.Derby extended their unbeaten run to nine games as they beat bottom club Rotherham United 3-0 at home.Andreas Weimann, Jacob Butterfield, Richard Keogh secured the win for Paul Clement’s side, who remain fifth.Birmingham occupy the final play-off spot despite going down 2-0 at home to Wolves in the early kick-off.The Blues were outplayed at St Andrews as a goal in each half from Dave Edwards and Sheyi Ojo sealed a deserved win for the visitors.Sheffield Wednesday’s good week continued, meanwhile, as they beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 at Hillsborough.After stunning Premier League title hopefuls Arsenal in the League Cup in midweek, Wednesday claimed their fifth win in seven league games thanks to Fernando Forestieri’s strike.The Owls, unbeaten in eight, are now within a single point of the play-off places.Fulham also edged closer to the play-off places as they thrashed Bristol City 4-1 at Ashton Gate.All the visitors’ goals came in a stunning first-half performance, with Moussa Dembele (2), Ross McCormack and Ryan Tunnicliffe the scorers.The beaten Robins, who grabbed a late consolation through Jonathan Kodjia, are now just a point above the drop zone.Finally, Ipswich and Cardiff played out an uneventful goalless draw at Portman Road.Championship results:Birmingham 0-2 WolvesBristol City 1-4 FulhamBurnley 2-1 HuddersfieldDerby 3-0 RotherhamIpswich 0-0 CardiffMiddlesbrough 3-0 CharltonReading 1-1 Brighton Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Nottingham Forest 1
1 Arsene Wenger has no plans to make any further January signings bolster his Arsenal squad in the closing days of the transfer window. The north London club, who are three points adrift of Leicester as they bid to win their first Barclays Premier League title in over a decade, signed Egypt international Mohamed Elneny earlier this month.But Wenger, speaking ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Burnley on Saturday, is anticipating a quiet deadline day at the Emirates Stadium.Asked if any more players could arrive before the window closes, Wenger said: “No, not at the moment.“We have 23 players in training – and plus two is 25 – so unless people go out we are not on the verge of bringing anybody in.”Francis Coquelin, sidelined since November with a knee problem, and Tomas Rosicky, yet to play this season, could feature against Burnley on Saturday.Danny Welbeck, who has not played in 10 months following a knee issue, is also closing in on a first-team return after resuming full training.“It has to be gradual, and he has to go through under-21 games,” said Wenger of the England forward.“Danny has not played since April and we are now in February so that is very long for a top-level competitor. That means you have to accept that he goes through small steps and one of them is to play in the under-21s for the first 45 minutes.“He is basically fit but now he has to absorb the competition, the intensity of the competition, and that becomes the next step for him.”Wenger’s side are aiming to win a third straight FA Cup and will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 1-0 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday.Arsenal were reduced to 10 men after Per Mertesacker up-ended Diego Costa with 19 minutes gone before the Spain international scored the only goal of the game moments later.“Ideally I don’t want anyone to make a mistake but that is part of defending as well,” Wenger said.“We were caught on the counter-attack and we were of course in a bad position.“When you are down on the pitch it happens all so quickly that if you are caught in a bad position for a fraction of a second it is impossible to correct and you have to accept that and live with it.“We forget as well the number of times Mertesacker saves a goal that didn’t happen. The risk is part of the game and you have to feel comfortable with that.”Regarding his own future, Wenger, who has 18 months to run on his current contract, added: “I am completely focused on doing well and give everything until the end of the season and then go for the next season hopefully.“I don’t imagine at this moment to manage anywhere else. Will I stop working once I stop managing at a competitive level? No, I will always try to work if I have health and try to be useful.“Maybe it will be a different level. It could be managing kids or developing young players but I will not run for FIFA.” Arsene Wenger
Pep Guardiola and Thiago 1 Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago will not fellow Pep Guardiola to Manchester City.The Spaniard is set to takeover from Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad in the summer and new signings are expected.Thiago is one of those players linked with a move to Manchester City, but the Spain international has poured cold water on those claims.“There are always rumours, but it is true that Guardiola will go to City and we have to respect his decision, but it’s a lie that I’ll follow him to Manchester City,” Thiago told Mundo Deportivo.“I wouldn’t have signed a new contract if I wanted to change clubs. I renewed for one reason because I like life in Munich.“I enjoy the city and the life here, and I have no intention of a change of scenery.”
Palos Verdes’ Kathryn Webb and Brooke Schweyer dropped just five games between them in sweeping their singles sets. Webb is 14-1 in Bay League action this season, her only loss coming to Gibbs the first time the teams met, when Palos Verdes won at Mira Costa on games after the teams tied, 9-9, in sets. Schweyer improved to 11-2 in Bay League play with her sweep. Her only league losses have come against Gibbs and Redondo’s Della Taylor. Schweyer had both of her legs wrapped below her knees against Mira Costa, but her mobility did not appear to suffer. “She has shin splints,” Moscovici said. “It bothers her a little, but she’ll be OK. She has some time to rest now.” Palos Verdes’ Morgan Thomas, who is typically the team’s No. 3 singles player when she’s not playing doubles, improved to 9-1 in singles in league play with her 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 sweep. Palos Verdes’ dominance in singles did not surprise Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli. “We expected to struggle in singles,” Ciasulli said. “But to get shut out in doubles in the first round was unexpected.” Palos Verdes took six of nine doubles sets, highlighted by a sweep from Alex Scotten and Charlotte Newell. The duo is 14-0 in league and 17-0 overall this season. In their toughest set of the day, Scotten and Newell edged Mira Costa’s No.1 doubles team of Natasha Bothwell-Casey Reede, 7-5, in the first round to help keep their unbeaten streak alive and help give Palos Verdes a 6-0 lead. “Confidence is so important in tennis,” Ciasulli said. “Our No. 1 doubles team got down on themselves in that match and didn’t play well. When you play with confidence, they are a lot better.” Gibbs’ presence might have meant more than just two or three singles wins for Mira Costa. “We seem to play with a lot more confidence when she shows up,” Ciasulli said. Mira Costa is still in line to take second place in league, but a loss to Peninsula next week could drop it to third. The Mustangs still figure to be dangerous in the CIF Southern Section playoffs, because Ciasulli said he expects Gibbs to be around for those matches. Palos Verdes, which also received two doubles wins from Austin Ruth and Catherine Chen, can clinch at least a share of the league crown with a win Tuesday at home against West Torrance. The Sea Kings have lost at home only once this season, on Sept. 19 against Campbell Hall. “Our chemistry is good, our lineups are set and we have some different combinations we can use,” Moscovici said. “And we’re playing with a lot of confidence right now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Palos Verdes (14-3, 5-0), which swept its singles sets, remains undefeated in league play, while every other team has at least two losses. The Sea Kings have three more matches left. It would take a monumental collapse for Palos Verdes not to capture the league crown outright. “It feels great to be in this position,” Palos Verdes coach Danny Moscovici said. “It’s a relief.” Mira Costa (13-5, 4-2) was playing without freshman phenom Nicole Gibbs, who is in Brazil playing in an international tournament. But with the way Palos Verdes was playing, Webb’s presence might not have made a big difference. “Gibbs not being here definitely was a factor,” Moscovici said. “But we’re playing better now than the last time we played them. “We heard rumors about her playing today and about her not playing today, so we prepared as if she was playing. I don’t know how much difference it would have made.” GIRLS TENNIS: Webb, Schweyer sweep in 15-3 victory over Mira Costa. By Dave Thorpe STAFF WRITER Palos Verdes, appearing more dominant as the season has progressed, all but wrapped up its first Bay League title during a 15-3 win over Mira Costa on Thursday at Palos Verdes High.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Attention, late-night talk show hosts: Vice President Dick Cheney is going hunting again. Cheney became the butt of jokes for wounding a companion in 2006. On Monday, the vice president is picking up his shotgun for an outing in New York’s Hudson River Valley. He is expected to spend the day at a hunting club in Dutchess County. Cheney, on a hunting trip in Texas on Feb. 11, 2006, shot attorney Harry Whittington in the torso, neck and face when he pulled the trigger on his 28-gauge shotgun. The shooting was ruled an accident.
There is fun for all the Family at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford Strabane this Valentines Weekend!Eclipse Cinemas start the weekend off on Friday 13th with 50 Shades Of Grey.Due to the high demand management at Eclipse have added an EXTRA show at 8.30pm. We will have the red carpet out and Charlie Mc Cosker photography will be here to catch you all glammed up.On Friday night we have Movie and Meal Deals for 50 Shades with Lifford Old Courthouse (0749141773) & The Fir Trees Hotel (+442871382382).Please contact them to book your table.On Saturday our friends from Mighty Mascots will be here with PEPPA PIG to meet and greet all the Children. Peppa will be at the cinema from 1.30pm to 4pm. Come and see PEPPA on the big screen and then meet her in person.Also to be in with a chance to win €400 simply buy any combo at the shop to be entered into the draw. TICKETS ALMOST SOLD OUT AHEAD OF FIRST SCREENING OF FIFTY SHADES OF GREY AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessEclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesFifty Shades Of Grey
Ousmane Dembele in action for Rennes Barcelona have opened the bidding for Arsenal, Leicester and Manchester United target Ousmane Dembele – but their £27m offer was snubbed by Rennes.According to France Football, Barca made their move with a solid offer but the French club knocked it back with other big clubs in Europe now set for a summer auction.The trio of English clubs hold an interest in Dembele while Bayern Munich are also big fans of the teenage midfielder.The report also states that Manchester City are keeping tabs on the situation and could make a move for him too.However, it is Barcelona who firmed up their interest first after sporting director Robert Fernandez watched him in person earlier this month when the 18-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Nantes.It is unclear how much Rennes want to pocket for the sale of Dembele but they hold a strong hand in the negotiations given the youngster only signed his first professional deal – which lasts for three years – in October. 1
1 European qualification explained…How many Champions League and Europa League places does the Premier League have? Four in the Champions League, which could become five, and three in the Europa League.Winning the Premier League guarantees seeded status in the Champions League group stage, while finishing second or third guarantees a group stage place.Finishing fourth in the Premier League is scheduled to provide a place in the final Champions League qualifying round.A Europa League group stage place is allotted to the FA Cup winners and at least one club via Premier League standing. Winning the League Cup provides a place in the final Europa League qualifying round (if League Cup winners Man City qualify for Europe via another route, the League Cup winners’ place will be awarded on the basis of Premier League placing – see below).Of course, it’s possible and likely clubs will qualify for European competition by more than one route, in which case it changes the qualification details, as explained below.How could five Premier League clubs qualify for the Champions League?If Liverpool win the Europa League and finish outside of the top four in the Premier League.Is it possible that fourth place in the Premier League won’t provide a place in the final Champions League qualifying round?Yes. If Manchester City win the Champions League and finish fourth in the Premier League, they would qualify directly for the Champions League group stage, as holders, and no Premier League clubs will take part in the qualifying round.How are the three Europa League places awarded?Europa League group stage qualification can be secured via a Premier League place (see below) or winning the FA Cup, while winning the League Cup secures a place in the third qualifying round. As winners of the 2016 Capital One Cup, as it stands Manchester City have a place in the Europa League third qualifying round. But it looks as though City will qualify for the Champions League, most likely by finishing in the top four or possibly by winning the Champions League itself. In which case, their qualification for the Europa League via the League Cup will go to another club, based on Premier League placings. Here’s where it starts to get a little bit more complicated.Fourth place in the Premier League will definitely provide Europa League qualification if…Manchester City win the Champions League but finish outside the Premier League top four and Liverpool win the Europa League.Fifth place in the Premier League will definitely provide Europa League qualification if…Manchester City don’t win the Champions LeagueSixth place in the Premier League will definitely provide Europa League qualification if…Manchester City finish in the Premier League top fourSeventh place in the Premier League will definitely provide Europa League qualification if…Manchester United win the FA Cup and finish in the top six, and Manchester City finish in the top fiveEighth place in the Premier League will definitely provide Europa League qualification if…Liverpool win the Europa League and finish seventh in the Premier League AND Manchester United win the FA Cup and finish in the top six in the Premier League AND Manchester City qualify for the Champions League (either finishing top four or winning the Champions League itself)Clubs definitely CANNOT qualify for the Europa League by…Finishing as runners up in the FA Cup final or via the ‘Fair Play’ league.Last season West Ham United earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the Europa League having topped the 2014-15 Premier League Fair Play table, but qualification places are no longer awarded on this basis.The last time the FA Cup runners up were eligible for Europa League qualification was in 2014, when Hull City lost to Arsenal at Wembley but were awarded a European place due to the Gunners’ Champions League qualification.When Arsenal won the FA Cup again in 2015, while also qualifying for the Champions League, Liverpool took the Europa League spot thanks to their Premier League place, rather than cup final runners up Aston Villa.FA FAIR PLAY LEAGUE: WHO’S BEEN NAUGHTY AND WHO’S BEEN NICE? CHECK OUT THE RANKING, SO FAR THIS SEASON, HEREQualification details correct on 21 April 2016
Should Jermain Defoe have been heading to France next week? The Sunderland striker ended the Premier League season in red-hot form, but he was snubbed by Roy Hodgson when he named the England squad for Euro 2016, instead choosing Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford. The 33-year-old has 55 senior Three Lions caps and many fans were calling for his inclusion for the Euros, which starts on Friday. He netted 18 goals in all competitions for Sunderland in 2015/16 and the ex Tottenham, West Ham and Portsmouth front man Defoe played in Sunday’s Soccer Aid charity match at Old Trafford, scoring twice against a Rest of the World team made up of ex pros and celebrities. His brief cameo – sent on by club manager Sam Allardyce, who was managing the England side – showed his sharpness and deft touch and England fans believe he should be with Hodgson’s squad heading across the English channel next week. See some of the best social media reaction, and both goals below: 1 .@IAmJermainDefoe makes it 3-2 for England! That mazy run from Dyer, though 🙌 #SoccerAid https://t.co/xwh7gjXqyz— Soccer Aid ⚽️ (@socceraid) June 5, 2016 .@IAmJermainDefoe continues his rich vein of goalscoring form to level the score for England! 🔥 https://t.co/s3gtBX5gfI— Soccer Aid ⚽️ (@socceraid) June 5, 2016 Jermain Defoe netted twice for England in the Soccer Aid charity match